Ephesians 1
Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:1-23

1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

7  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

8  which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

9  having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,

10  that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

11  In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

12  that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

13  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

14  who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

15  Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

16  do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:

17  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19  and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

20  which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

21  far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

22  And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,

23  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

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6 months ago

This amazing provision of life isn’t some random whim that we might or might not be given but is rather a preparation specifically planned with us in mind even before creation. So much more than just some optional blessings and benefits, Christ’s redemption transforms our very existence into that of children with a rightful inheritance of a divine nature with heaven’s riches. For the reality of this extreme equipping to impact our existence and bring glory to the Father, there is but a need for its revelation. It is beyond what a natural imagination can fathom and will not be realized apart from a spiritual gifting of revelation received in His presence. This was a consistent persistence in Paul’s prayers with an understanding that one experience of its revelation only becomes the basis for more necessary seeing. It will never be fully acquired, at least not on this earth, but is to be the unending passionate pursuit of the redeemed. With each securing of our aligned belief in this reality is a door’s opening to His redemptive purpose being fulfilled and displayed through us.

There is authority to be asserted and dominance reversed over areas of unlawful oppression for those who receive the answer to Paul’s prayer today. The unlimited liberty and resources of heaven are already there, waiting to be accessed by faith from the heart of the Father’s enlightened child.

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