Ephesians 1:3-14 (NKJV)
… looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
– Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)
He (God the Father) chose us in Him (God the Son) before the foundation of the world.
– Ephesians 1:4a (NKJV)
Before God created us in the womb of our mothers, He knew how far we would fall short of the perfection He requires. He knew we would break His heart. And He still created us. Why? Because in eternity past He had already worked out a way to redeem our lives. What a great God we have!
Do you want more and more of God’s kindness and peace? Then learn to know Him better and better. 3 For as you know him better, He will give you, through His great power, everything you need for living a truly good life: He even shares His own glory and His own goodness with us! 4 And by that same mighty power He has given us all the other rich and wonderful blessings he promised…
– 2 Peter 1:2-4a (The Living Bible)
1. We have a great God the Father
a. He has blessed us
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.
– Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
b. He has chosen us
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, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself
– Ephesians 1:4-5a (NKJV)
c. He has adopted us
(He) predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself
– Ephesians 1:5b (NKJV)
d. He has graced accepted us
To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
– Ephesians 1:6 (NKJV)
2. We have a great God the Son
a. He has redeemed us
In Him we have redemption through His blood
– Ephesians 1:7a (NKJV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
– Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
For the wages of sin is death…
– Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
– 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NJKV)
b. He has forgiven us
In him we have…the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
– Ephesians 1:7b (NKJV)
c. He has made known God’s will to us
…which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 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.
– Ephesians 1:8-10 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16 (NKJV)
d. He has made us heirs
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, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
– Ephesians 1:11-12 (NKJV)
3. We have a great God the Holy Spirit
a. He has sealed us
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…
– Ephesians 1:13 (NKJV)
b. He has become our down payment
…who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
– Ephesians 1:14 (NKJV)