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Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow – Eph 1:1-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:14

 

The crown jewel of St. Paul’s writing!

The divinest composition of man!

The most authoratative and grandest expression of the Christian faith!

 

These are some of the ways that theologians and pastors like C.H. Dodd, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and John Calvin used to describe the book of Ephesians. There are at least three major themes in this opening portion of Ephesians: 1) Chosen or predestined, 2) Spiritual blessings in Christ, and 3) Praise to the glory of God.

 

The idea of chosen or predestined is seen in verses 4, 5, and 11. Traditionally, the emphasis of being chosen or predestined has been interpreted from an individual perspective. What we mean by that is I have (or you have) been chosen and predestined to be saved. But perhaps a better way to understand this concept is that God has chosen and predestined the Church (collective) to be the means by which He will bring all things together under Christ (v10). The emphasis here is on corporate election. You and I (or anyone for that matter) become part of God’s chosen when we are united with Christ (make a profession of faith to follow Christ). This view doesn’t minimize the love of God by any means but rather, it elevates the importance of the Church (which Paul will expound on in the 2nd half of Ephesians).

 

Paul lists the many spiritual blessings that God lavished upon us when we are united with Christ: chosen to be holy and blameless, adopted as sons and daughters of God, redeemed through the blood of Jesus, forgiven from our sins, wisdom and understanding, revelation of God’s will, and the gift of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance.

 

Finally, the only proper response to God who lavishly gives us all these blessings in Christ is to praise the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to offer our lives as our act of worship to Him. Isn’t that simply amazing !

 

Peace and Grace, John

 

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