Thoughts on Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:2—”Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

How could Paul send grace and peace from God to the Ephesians in a letter?

Ephesians 1 is a gospel chapter.  It highlights so many spiritual blessings we have through the gospel, through Jesus.

If Paul was going to write a letter sending grace and peace from God through his letter, then one has to conclude that God did indeed ask Paul to send grace and peace.  Paul would not say he was sending grace and peace from God unless it really was from God.  God was sending grace and peace to His sheep through His apostle.

Some other highlights of the gospel full of grace mentioned in Ephesians 1:

We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing.

He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.

He predestined us to be adopted as sons/daughters through Jesus.

He has lavished glorious grace upon us.

In Him we have redemption and forgiveness of our trespasses.  

He revealed His mystery of Jesus and the gospel to us.

In Him we have an inheritance.

We who hope in Him might bring praise to His glory.

In Him we were sealed with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is a down payment of our inheritance.

Paul prays that God would give them a Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

God raised Jesus far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion now and forever more.

Jesus in the head of the church.

He also prayed that they would know the wealth of His glorious inheritance.

Paul wanted his sheep to know the immeasurable greatness of His power.

As an apostle of the gospel, Paul deeply desired that Jesus be formed in his disciples.  He is formed in us as we begin to trust and comprehend the immeasurable greatness of His power in us.

“O Saviour, how unspeakable is Thy love!  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high.  I cannot attain unto it.  I can only yield myself to Thy love with the prayer day by day. Thou wouldest unfold to me somewhat of its precious mysteries, and to encourage and strengthen Thy loving disciple to do what his heart longs to do indeed—ever, only, wholly to abide in Thee.”  Quote from “Abide in Christ” by Andrew Murray.

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