SGA Ephesians Lesson 1

Lesson 1
Ephesians 1:1-14

In order to help us in our study of the first part of chapter 1, I will divide it into five parts.

I. (Vs. l, 2.) The salutation or greeting. The writer is "Paul". His office is "an apostle of Jesus Christ". His call to that office is "by the will of God". The people to whom he writes are "the saints at Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus". His prayer for them is for "grace and peace from the Father and the Lord Jesus".

II. (Vs. 3.) The ground and cause of the salvation of sinners is the free grace of God in Christ. God is the God of Christ, as Christ is man and Mediator, and God is the Father of Christ, as Christ is God by an eternal and unspeakable generation (Ps. 2:7). "Blessed be God, that is, we congratulate his greatness and goodness; we ascribe glory and honour to him and give thanks for all "spiritual blessings". These spiritual blessings are more than common or temporal blessings. They are "special" blessings. They are mercy and grace through the eternal covenant, all things pertaining to justification, peace, pardon, adoption, sanctification and eternal life! "In Christ" God has purposed, decreed and given every spiritual blessing which heaven can bestow, which heaven can require and which is needed to enter and enjoy heaven's realm. Praise God for all that I am, have and ever shall be! It is his gift through my Head and Representative, the Lord Jesus Christ.

III. (Vs.4-6.) Paul deals with the means of salvation as they were purposed, decreed and prepared by the Father in his eternal counsel.

IV. (Vs. 7-12.) Paul deals with the means of salvation, as they were purchased and accomplished by Christ in the work of redemption.

(Vs. 13, 14.) Paul deals in these verses with the means of salvation as they are applied to the elect by the Holy Spirit.

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.