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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
EPHESIANS

Author: The apostle Paul (1:1).

Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 64.

Place of Writing: Rome, where Paul was imprisoned (3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Acts 28:30).

Recipients: The saints in Ephesus (1:1).


Subject:
The Church -- The Mystery of Christ,
the Body of Christ as the Fullness of Christ,
Becoming the Fullness of God

CHAPTER 1

I. Introduction
1:1-2


1 1Paul, an aapostle of Christ Jesus through the 2will of God, to the 3bsaints who are 4in cEphesus and are 5dfaithful in Christ Jesus:

2 1aGrace to you and 2peace from 3God our bFather and the 4cLord Jesus Christ.


II. The Blessings and Position
Received by the Church in Christ
1:3--3:21

A. God's Blessings to the Church
1:3-14

1. The Father's Selection and Predestination,
Speaking Forth God's Eternal Purpose
vv.3-6


3 1aBlessed be the 2bGod and Father of 3our Lord Jesus Christ, who has 4blessed us 5with every 6spiritual 7blessing in the 8cheavenlies 9in Christ,

4 Even as He 1achose us in Him 2bbefore the foundation of the world to be 3choly and 4without blemish 5before Him 6in 7dlove,

5 1aPredestinating us unto 2bsonship 3through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the 4cgood pleasure of His dwill,

6 To the 1apraise of the 2bglory of His cgrace, with which He 3graced us in the 4dBeloved;


2. The Son's Redemption,
Speaking Forth the Accomplishment
of God's Eternal Purpose
vv.7-12


7 In whom we have 1aredemption through His bblood, the 2cforgiveness of doffenses, according to the eriches of His grace,

8 Which He caused to 1abound to us in all 2awisdom and prudence,

9 1Making known to us the 2amystery of His bwill 3according to His cgood pleasure, which He 4dpurposed in Himself,

10 Unto the 1aeconomy of the 2fullness of the times, to 3bhead up all things in 4Christ, the cthings in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

11 In whom also we 1were designated as an ainheritance, having been 2bpredestinated according to the 3cpurpose of the One who works all things according to the 4counsel of His 4dwill,

12 That we would be to the 1apraise of His glory who have 2first hoped in Christ.


3. The Spirit's Sealing and Pledging,
Speaking Forth the Application of God's Accomplished Purpose
vv.13-14


13 In whom you also, having heard the aword of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were 1bsealed with the cHoly Spirit of the 2promise,

14 Who is the 1apledge of our 2binheritance 3unto the 4credemption of the 5acquired dpossession, to the 6epraise of His glory.


B. The Apostle's Prayer for the Church
regarding Revelation
1:15-23

1. His Thanks for the Church
vv.15-16


15 Therefore I also, having aheard of 1the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you and your love to all the saints,

16 Do not cease agiving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,


2. His Supplication for the Church
That the Saints May See:
vv.17-23

a. The Hope of God's Calling
vv.17-18a


17 That the 1aGod of our Lord Jesus Christ, the 2Father of glory, may give to you a 3bspirit of 4cwisdom and drevelation in the efull knowledge of Him,

18 The 1aeyes of your heart having been 2benlightened, that you may know what is the 3chope of His 4dcalling, and what are the 5eriches of the glory of His 6finheritance in the saints,


b. The Glory of God's Inheritance in the Saints
v.18b

c. God's Power toward Us
vv.19-21


19 And what is the surpassing greatness of His 1apower toward us who believe, 2according to the boperation of the cmight of His strength,

20 Which He caused to operate in Christ in 1araising Him from the dead and 2bseating Him at His 3right hand in the 4cheavenlies,

21 Far above all 1arule and authority and power and lordship and 2every bname that is named not only in this cage but also in that which is to come;


d. The Church -- The Body, the Fullness of Christ
vv.22-23

22 And He 1asubjected all things under His feet and 2gave Him to be bHead over all things 3to the 4cchurch,

23 Which is His 1aBody, the 2bfullness of the One who 3cfills all in all.