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Ephesians 1
Paul reminds them of their spiritual heritage.
-This includes background of how it all started

v. 3 Through Christ, we receive all sorts of blessings for the benefit of our souls.

v.9 God is willing to reveal His will to us.

God predestiines- vv.4-5
We hear the Truth and trust in Him- v. 13
We are redeemed and forgiven- v.7
We obtain an inheritance- v.11
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit- v. 13
We are gathered to Him- v. 10

vv. 9-10 "He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him..." The Message

Christ is in charge of everything, authority given Him by God.
v. 23 "At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church." The Message

Ephesians 2
We were taken out of death and alienation to be part of God's family.

We now have life and a citizenship.

If God gave us the option to work for our salvation, we'd just wind up taking all the credit.

The Law has been fulfilled and is no longer applicable in its former form. It's been revamped.

He has united two separate groups of people; his chosen ones and the rest of the world.
-Jews and Gentiles
We are now equals, with the same rights and privileges.

No longer exiles. No longer wandering aimlessly. We have a place to go, and we have a purpose.

With Christ as the crux of everything, the one that holds it all together, we're being made into God's dwelling place. Each person has a part in it.

Ephesians 3
The mystery of God has now been revealed that people who were raised in faith, and the ones who are total newbies are on equal footing.

Paul considers himself the least out of everyone to be doing this.

Christ's strength isn't just a "powering through" kind of strength. It's a fortifying inner strength, that comes as Christ lives within us.


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