Review, Recapitulation, and Restart

I. Our Creator has blessed us with heavenly blessings (Ephesians 1:1-11)

A. We have been CHOSEN before the foundation of the world (1:4)

1. Many are called – few chosen (Matthew 22:14).

2. Jesus Christ chose us – out of the World (John 15:16, 19).

3. Chosen “to be holy and without blame before him in love”

B. We have been PREDESTINATED unto the adoption of children (1:5).

1. It is implemented according to His foreknowledge (1 Peter 1:2).

a. This recognizes the operation of belief (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
b. This recognizes the operation of obedience (1 Peter 1:2, 22).

2. It is necessary for us to be conformed to the image of God’s Son (Romans 8:28).

C. We have been ACCEPTED, REDEEMED and FORGIVEN by God (1:6-7).

1. Our sins are covered (Psalm 32:1) and forgotten (Jeremiah 31:34).

2. Our sins are impossible to recover (Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:19).

3. Our sins are eternally gone (Hebrews 10:10-18; Isaiah 38:17).

4. Our sins are washed away (1 John 1:9-10).

D.  We have been guaranteed an INHERITANCE in eternity (1:11)

1. We are declared righteous, dead to our old sins, and risen with Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 6:8; Galatians 2:20)

2. We are “sons” and are “heirs” and “joint-heirs” with Christ. (Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:17).

3. We are Kings and Priests with Christ (Revelation 5:10; 1:6).

II. Our Creator has blessed us for His purposes (Ephesians 1:9-14).

A. His will has been made known to us “according to the good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself” (1:9).

1. God has done this “according to His purpose…who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” -- 1:11

2. God meets His good pleasure and purpose (Ephesians 1:5-11; Isaiah 46:9-10).

3. God has also “sealed” and granted an “earnest” in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (1:13-14)

B. His has made possible great potential for us (Ephesians 1:17-19).

1. His “wisdom and revelation” is available (1:17).

2. Our “eyes” can be “enlightened” to “know” hope and glory (1:18).

3. We can experience the “exceeding greatness of his power” (1:19).

III. Our Creator has set the protocol for our relationship (Ephesians 1:20-23)

A. Christ has been set at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22).

1. Christ is set above all other powers (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9-10).

2. Christ has “all things” put under his feet (total authority – 1:22).

B. Christ is the Head of all (the) Church (Ephesians 1:22).

1. The Greek text does not imply … “things to the”

2. The translation should read: “… and has put all under His feet and gave Him Head(ship) over all (the) church.”

a. Christ’s “body” is the church (Colossians 1:18).
b. Christ “fills” all in all (1 Corinthians 12:5; 15:28).

IV. Our Creator clearly reminds us of our prior Condition (Ephesians 2:1-3).

A. We were dead in trespasses and sins (2:1).

1. We were unable to understand or seek God (Romans 3:10-11).

2. We were unable to know the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14).

B. We were “walking” in the “course” of the world and controlled by the “prince of the power of the air” (2:2).

1. We were in bondage to the elements of the world (Galatians 4:3).

2. We had our minds blinded by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

C. Our nature was the “Children of Wrath” (2:3).

1. We “lived” in our “lusts” and “desires” of our flesh (1 John 2:15-17).

2. We were under the condemnation of God (John 3:36).

3. We were “storing up” wrath for ourselves (Romans 2:5-9).

V. Our Creator spiritually transformed us (Ephesians 2:4-10).

A. God is rich in mercy and has a great love toward us (2:4).

1. God’s grace has made us alive (2:5).

a. We are passed from death unto life (John 5:21-24).
 b. We are created in righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).

2. God has raised us up to be seated with Him (2:6).

a. We are now dead to sin; alive to God (Romans 6:4, 9-11).
b. We are now crucified with Christ; with Christ now living in me (Galatians 2:20).
c. We sit together on His throne (Revelation 3:21).
d. We are joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

B. God has specific reasons for this careful transformation.
1. Salvation is by God’s grace and gift of faith.

a. Ephesians 2:8-9; grace through faith – God’s gift
b. 2 Timothy 1:9; according to His own purpose and grace
c. Titus 3:5-7; justified by grace and made heirs

2. Salvation is God’s creation

a. Ephesians 4:24; we are “created” in righteousness
b. 2 Corinthians 5:17: a new “creature” (creation); old things have passed away, all things are new.

3. Salvation is designed to produce good works

a. Ephesians 2:10; “ordained” unto good works
b. Titus 3:8; “maintain” good works
c. Hebrews 10:19-25; “provoke” one another to good works

VI. Our Creator expects us to remember what we were and what we have become.

A. We are told to “remember” what we used to be (Ephesians 2:11-12)

1. We were “aliens” and “enemies” (Colossians 1:21Romans 8:5-8).

2. We were “strangers from the covenants” (Genesis 17:1-8).

3. We were “without hope” and “without God” (Ephesians 2:12-13).

B. We are told to contrast what we were with what we are NOW!

1. We were “far off” but are now “near” (Ephesians 2:13-14)

2. We have had the enmity abolished (Ephesians 2:15).

VII. Our Creator expects us to understand that our “citizenship” has changed.

A. We are “fellow citizens” (only time used) with God.

1. We are of His “household” (1 Timothy 3:15).

2. We are “built together” for Him to dwell in (1 Peter 2:5-10).

B. We now participate in a reality that was a “mystery” before.

1. We all share an inheritance (Romans 8:17)

2. We all participate in the promise (Galatians 3:22-29 & 2 Peter 1:4).

3. We are all able to experience the fellowship (1 John 1:3-7; 5:1).

C. We are now implementing the purpose of God in our lives.

1. Our “assembly” reveals the wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10; 6:12)

2. Our activities are instruction to the angels (1 Peter 1:10-12).

Series: 
Identity
Lesson: 
#5
Book: 
Ephesians
Verses: 
1:1-2:15

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