This doxology does not only belong to the prayer that precedes it, but also to every glorious privilege and blessing spoken of the first three chapters. (See notes Titus 2:11; Titus 2:12; Titus 2:13; Titus 2:14). John 12:30 (Context: The Father had spoken from heaven in answer to Jesus' request to "glorify Thy Name." Ephesians 1:7). 3. b. Partakers of His promise in Christ: The truth of this mystery means that Gentiles are now full partakers of His promise. (See notes Romans 8:16; 8:17; 8:18; 8:19; 8:20; 8:21; 8:22; 8:23). The greatest power shortage today is not in our generators or our gas tanks. i. The Gospels In Acts 25:10 Paul appeals to the emperor and he is taken to Rome in captivity (chained to a Roman soldier). Ephesians 1:2 Paul begins and ends (Ephesians 6:24) this letter with a "benediction" of grace to his readers - since they were already saved by grace, this indicates the ongoing need of grace in our daily lives and speaks of enabling grace, grace which makes it possible for saved sinners to walk in a supernatural manner worthy of the calling to which they have been called. But remember, no one ever died of seasickness.". The Gospels He saved us when we were dead (note repetition which emphasizes that salvation is unmerited favor) in our transgressions - dead to spiritual truths of God and helpless to save ourselves! As you prepare your heart for study, know that God desires to reveal Himself to you, and He has given you His Holy Spirit to guide you into truth. Hebrews 6:18-20 in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. Ephesians 2:5 (Titus 3:5) What did God do? Ephesians 1:21 How is Christ's position explained? (2) The other view is that the inheritance means all that we will inherit in Christ. The second "installment" of the sentence is when Satan is bound in the abyss for 1000 years so that he is unable to deceive the nations, as described in Revelation 20:1-3. 1Thessalonians 5:23-24 How sure of the hope? Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. (Spurgeon), ©2006 David Guzik - No distribution beyond personal use without permission. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. The disciple's success was a preview of the ultimate falling of Satan from heaven like lightning and so was descriptive of a still future event when he will be cast out of heaven once and for all by Michael and his angels. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time. The love of Jesus has height. And the dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. That is how certain the inheritance associated with "hope of our calling" is for believers and why Paul is praying for the saints to know beyond a shadow of a doubt about this truth so that they might lay hold of it by faith and might walk in the light (enlightened in their heart, the center of their being) of this life transforming truth. Ephesians 3:1-7. I see God, not as through a glass darkly, but face to face. 4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has … According to the riches of His glory: "It would be a disgrace to a king or a nobleman to give no more than a tradesman or a peasant. e. What is the width and length and depth and height: This means that the love of Jesus has dimensions and that it can be measured. ii. Pentateuch "In English a 'mystery' is something dark, obscure, secret, puzzling. No language was powerful enough for the apostle, - I mean for the Holy Ghost speaking through the apostle, - for very often Paul has to coin words and phrases to shadow forth his meaning, and here is one, 'He is able to do exceeding abundantly,' so abundantly that it exceeds measure and description." Johannine Writings "But while Paul was thus thankful for his office, his success in it greatly humbled him. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. ", (Comment: In fairness, it should be noted that the interpretation of this passage is considerably debated. View (1) is probably the more valid interpretation although both truths are taught in Scripture and the Greek text does allow for both interpretations. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! He wants everybody to see and share in the fellowship of this mystery - which is a mystery precisely because it was unknown and unknowable until God revealed it. (Wood), i. i. Paul suffered for the very truth he would explain to the Ephesians, and this did not make him back down one bit. Have obtained = past tense of something future! Paul begins to pray that the Gentile readers (including us today) would come to experientially and intuitively know God in a deeper way and to fully understand their resources in Christ so that they might live in His power to the praise of the glory of God's grace. In sum, this evil world system is the domain of the evil one, Satan! What is the second component of Paul's prayer for his Gentile readers? According to His mercy = washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit (note), What is God's grace? Paul knows that as a man thinks in his heart, his spiritual interior, will determine how he walks. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. (Spurgeon). "Among all the great sayings in this prayer, this is the greatest. (1 Peter 1:12), - I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. On a strategic visit to Jerusalem he had the opportunity to preach to a vast crowd on or near the temple mount (Acts 21:39-22:22), but the opportunity ended in disaster because the Jewish crowd could not stand the idea of the good news of the Messiah being extended to the Gentiles (Acts 22:21-22). The ruler of this world is Satan who will be cast down (cf Rev 12:7-9 where "thrown down" is used 3 times). A [stands] for Access, the privilege of grace. Poetical Books The Jews and Gentiles are saved through the same grace. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. 1989. Here, Paul draws back the invisible curtain that hides these beings just as Elisha prayed at Dothan, LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. ii. God raised Jesus from dead (resurrection power), God Seated Him at right hand (ascension power). What made the difference? 1John 5:19 We know that we are (present tense = continually) of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 1John 5:19 What is scope of the devil's power? How did this hope of seeing Christ, either at death or at the Lord's return, keep Paul going? "By the dispensation of the grace of God we may understand, either the apostolic office and gifts granted to St. Paul, for the purpose of preaching the Gospel among the Gentiles … or the knowledge which God gave him of that gracious and Divine plan which he had formed for the conversion of the Gentiles." -------------------- Minor Prophets Understanding the character of God, we can say that this is not for a selfish or self-glorying motive, in the way we think of the proud man showing his brains and accomplishments to everyone. How does Paul explain salvation? If not, what is he doing? Return to the Main Player. Wisdom Literature Our hope is not "hope so" but is a certainty! The ancient Greek word polupoikilos, has the ideas of intricacy, complexity, and great beauty. They see in us indeed all our weakness, and all our sin. Who but they shall carry our spirit like that of Lazarus into the Father's bosom? (1 Timothy 5:21). Ephesians 1:11 How certain is our inheritance? i. The cross pointed in four ways, essentially in every direction, because …. We may think our lives are small and insignificant; the angels know better. God will use the regeneration of believers to demonstrate the wealth and richness of His grace (cf. (2 Kings 6:17) These angelic beings see us perfectly and know us far better than we know them. "The Indwelling is, from one side, the sovereign gift of God. The Old Testament b. (See notes Colossians 2:2; Colossians 2:3). Prayer is usually directed to the Father, through the Son, by the empowering and direction of the Holy Spirit. How does God describe their spiritual legacy? To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. i. (Clarke). (Spurgeon), iii. In the Old Testament, the salvation of Gentiles in the Messiah is prophesied, the coming together of Jew and Gentile into the Church is never spoken of. The Greek word mysterion is different, however. Pick a lesson from our Ephesians Bible study guide below to start your journey through Ephesians today. 2) Devil - the prince of the power of the air, spirit now working in sons of disobedience, 3) Flesh - lived according to the lusts of the flesh, indulging desires b. Titus 3:3 What parallel truth does this verse teach about unbelievers? Paul wanted them to know it by experience and not just in words. Luke-Acts 3. "), but paled in comparison to the brightness of grace that appeared at the Incarnation (see note Titus 2:11 "the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men"). 11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.". This miracle of transforming grace will be the subject of eternal revelation. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. iii. Ephesians 3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given … (Moule). "The church thus appears to be God's pilot scheme for the reconciled universe of the future, the mystery of God's will to be administered in the fullness of the times when the things in heaven and the things on earth are brought together in Christ." Ephesians 1:18b The Riches of His Inheritance. The same principle applies to any area of life. Revelation 12:7-9: Who was with Satan? In classical literature of ancient Greece, the minister (diakonos) "is a table waiter who is always at the bidding of his customers." A wonderful joy is now flooding my heart, Giving assurance that will not depart. In other words, it means to be drawn into God Himself and not just the facts about Him. To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man: Paul asked that they would be strengthened with might, and that the strength would be according to the riches of His glory (a most generous measure). (Alford) "The history of the Christian church becomes a graduate school for angels." The New Testament What is the main point of 14-21? But who are the audience? When a person puts out his hand to take a gift that someone else offers, he or she is doing nothing to merit that gift. -------------------- How long will it continue?" God himself has written the play, and he directs and produces it. Adam Clarke saw a connection between Solomon's kneeling prayer at the dedication of the temple and Paul's kneeling prayer here. (Moule), iv. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. DAY 1 Read the paragraph 3 times. Will you, starting today, begin to know by experience God—God’s calling—God’s riches—and God’s power? Prophets Paul is praying for a deeper spiritual understanding, that "Ah Ha" reaction we have when we begin to really understand and exclaim "I see it! Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. "What then have they to learn from us? "May not the holy Angels be bound up in spiritual families, though they marry not nor are given in marriage?" -------------------- A verse by verse study of Ephesians 3:1-13, about the mystery revealed in the gospel of Christ. "The doctrines of the gospel are a golden throne upon which Jesus sits, as king-not a hard, cold stone rolled at the door of the sepulcher in which Christ is hidden." Paul didn't want them to be discouraged for his sake, because Paul was still being used in the service of God's eternal plan. Pauline Epistles i. Ephesians 1:15: How does Paul introduce this section? That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body: This describes the mystery itself - that believing Jews and believing Gentiles are joined together into one Body of Christ, into one Church, and no longer separated before God as such. i. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself. (Moule), iii. Poetical Books We can't pray effectively if we do not have insight into God's purpose and will. Victor). iii. ii. He will be cast out of heaven by Michael and his angels (Rev 12:7-9). Daniel prayed on his knees (Daniel 6:10). vi. i. Delivered us (rescued) from domain of darkness (the ruler of which was Satan), Transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Click to enlarge Michael and His Angels Fight the Dragon, And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. Put all things in subjection under His feet, Ephesians 1:3 Our blessings are there in Christ, Ephesians 1:20 Christ is there seated at the R hand of God, Ephesians 2:6 Believers are seated there in Christ, Ephesians 6:12 Spiritual forces of wickedness are there. To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Through faith = Faith is the instrument or channel or means by which one accesses the grace of God and receives salvation. (Clarke). [A new version of this page can be found here]. God’s ultimate purpose is to glorify Himself. ILLUSTRATION - This following story beautifully illustrates the present value of our future blessed hope - "Isaac Asimov tells the story of a rough ocean crossing during which a Mr. Jones became terribly seasick. The main subject of Ephesians 3:1-13 is God’s call to the Gentiles and Paul’s mission as an apostle to take the Good News to the Gentiles. It gave him reason to live for Christ. Mr. Jones lifted his green countenance to the steward's concerned face and replied, "Oh, don't say that! Ephesians 2 Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4. Reprinted by permission. i. (See notes 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:10; 2 Timothy 1:11; 2 Timothy 1:12). The Spirit is the first fruits, but a greater harvest is on its way at the return of Jesus Christ, when our redemption is finally completed. Choose a verse from 'Ephesians 3' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org -------------------- i. They all certainly have a place in God's eternal plan. Faith is not an act or work that earns merit with God that He rewards with salvation. That something can be conquered as the Spirit of God gives us the victory of faith. And so we get a glimpse of the significance of Paul's three combination verbs used to explain our salvation. Major Prophets GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point John 1:1, 14-17 What do you learn about grace? For this reason: The basis of Paul's prayer was his knowledge of God's purpose. Minor Prophets One has the idea of living in a place as a stranger, and the other has the idea of settling down in a place to make it your permanent home. From the other, it is a matter for the simplest and most personal reception by man. 1Peter 1:3-5 What learn about future inheritance? Luke-Acts (Spurgeon). d. May be able to comprehend with all the saints: Paul asked that they might be able to understand together, in community every dimension of the love of Jesus. (Ephesians 3:6.) v. Sometimes Christians get the crazy idea that God saved them and works in their life because they are somehow such great people. "In his immortality, never touched by one drop of our cold river, it is instructive to him beyond all our thought to see his God triumphing over pain and death in some sufferer in the fire of martyrdom, or in the torture of cancer, or in the shipwreck, or just in the silent awe of any form of our departure from the body … They see these fallen and mortal beings, this Community of the lost and saved, not only bearing and doing for God here on earth, but spiritually present with Him in the Holy of Holies above." Therefore, weep not for me!”, Warren Wiersbe offers a very practical understanding and application of this great passage…. John minces no words in this passage emphasizing that there are only two spheres of spiritual existence - one is either in Christ (in His Kingdom - children of God) or in Adam (in the world - children of Satan), the latter "spiritual address" applying to every person who has never been saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. ii. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; a. Divisions in the church have not always been between Jew and Gentile. (Wood). Here are a few of many other aspects of the "hope of our calling" as recorded in the New Testament (See related in depth study of the Believer's Blessed Hope), Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. He wished that, but his one soul afforded far too little space, and so he cried 'unto him, be glory in the church.' (See notes Philippians 1:3; Philippians 1:4; Philippians 1:5; Philippians 1:6). John Darby’s Synopsis; The Geneva Study Bible; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible; Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown; B. W. Johnson’s Bible Commentary; Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; Footnotes This appears to me to be the true word, and not "the fellowship." i. Eph 3:1. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible -------------------- Maltbie Babcock, who wrote “This Is My Father’s World,” has said, “Life is what we are alive to.” When my wife and I go shopping, I dread going to the yard goods department, but I often have to go because my wife enjoys looking at fabrics. (Alford). Now Paul was imprisoned in Rome, waiting for his trial before Caesar - and there because he knew God wanted Gentiles to share in the good news of the Messiah, and he wasn't afraid We are called to be the means by which God teaches the universe a lesson, and a beautiful lesson. We aren't parents for children; we are parents for Jesus. Christians may rest in the truth that Satan is a defeated enemy. "For this reason" which is known as a term of conclusion. ii. Gospel of grace - The gospel has grace, grace to save. Its fulfillment is a certainty (as shown by the initial work of bringing Jew and Gentile together in Jesus), so he can speak of it as already finished. Mt 12:22-28 Who is Beelzebul ("lord of the flies") and what is his realm of authority? Salvation is not by works since its basis is grace and its means of reception faith. Two criminals were punished with Jesus and both were crucified with (metá) Him, i.e., in His company, but only one was spiritually crucified with (sún) Christ, i.e., bound up or in union with Him while the other thief was not. Ephesians 3. Has you life changed from the "former" things. "And, lastly, what think some of you, would angels say of your walk and conversation? (Stott, quoting Mackay). 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. G. Campbell Morgan told about a Christian woman who was struggling with giving her life fully to Jesus. f. To know the love of Christ: Paul wrote of something we can know. 3 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Their faith was shown to be real because of the agape love, the same love God demonstrated toward us on Calvary, was flowing forth to all the other saints. The giver gets credit for the gift, not the receiver. "Preachers ought to grow in grace, for their very calling places them at a great advantage, since they are bound to search the Scriptures, and to be much in prayer. To come to any understanding of the dimensions of God's love, we must come to the cross. But it was not given to only him by revelation. c. Which is your glory: Paul was being used, and probably in a greater way than he ever imagined. Ro 8:17 heirs, heirs of God, fellow heirs w Christ > glorified with Him (see the "hope of His calling" above), Ro 8:18 associated with incomparable glory, Titus 3:7 that being justified (declared righteous, "acquitted") by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed (why not?) Let's illustrate using a well known event, the crucifixion. b. Only God can do this, because He can do far beyond our ability to think or ask. God saved us (See study of sozo, the verb for saved). Paul says “for this reason I bow my knees…”. It also must be made known. That now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known: God is a Being of infinite wisdom and glory, and He wants His creatures to know His great and manifold wisdom. My tribulations for you: Paul wrote the Letter to the Ephesians from prison, and it is useful to remember why Paul was in prison. 12 For this reason (what reason?) Listened to the Message of Truth, the Gospel of their salvation and they believed it. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion. e. How that by revelation: Paul wanted them to know, "I'm not making this up. Paul's preaching was simply the announcement of the good news of what God has done in Jesus. (Gaebelein). conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy Since God lives in the recipients, Paul prays for them. This power … works in us now. What is this power according to (proportionate) to? Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Ephesians 1:15: What had Paul heard (gone about 4 … That I should preach: The ancient Greek word translated "preach" literally means "to announce good news." This isn't my invention. v. The love of Jesus has depth. Ephesians 2:8 What does Paul add to explain salvation "by grace through faith"? "Two expressions are used: 'rooted,' like a living tree which lays hold upon the soil, twists itself round the rocks, and cannot be upturned: 'grounded,' like a building which has been settled, as a whole, and will never show any cracks or flaws in the future through failures in the foundation." God is faithful to bring to pass what He has promised and that for which Paul prays for the saints at Thessalonica ( sanctified entirely, without blame at His coming). KJV (Narrated) NKJV (Narrated) NKJV (Dramatized) NLT (Dramatized) NIV (Narrated) NIV (Dramatized) NASB (Narrated) RVR60 (Español) God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles . The Psalmist called us to kneel (Psalm 95:6). But in the big picture, God doesn't use the angels to reveal His wisdom to the saints, but He does use the saints to reveal His wisdom to the angelic beings, both faithful and fallen angels. G stands for Gift, the principle of grace. Ephesians 2:1; 2:2; 2:3 What was the former state of the Gentile believers? (Spurgeon), iv. "THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Chapter Three OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THE CHAPTER 1) To understand the "mystery" so long hidden that is now revealed, and the role of the church 2) To examine Paul's prayer for the Ephesians' enablement, what it means for us today SUMMARY In this chapter Paul reminds his readers of God's grace that has been shown him regarding the revelation of the "mystery". The angels desire to look into these things. The things Paul prayed for in the previous verses (spiritual strength, the indwelling Jesus, experiential knowledge of God's love, and the fullness of God) belong to us as children of God. "This statement settles the question once for all concerning the existence of the church, the body of Christ, in and during the Old Testament dispensations. (See commentary on Revelation 12:7; Revelation 12:8; Revelation 12:9) (Comment: The events described in this section transpire at the midpoint of Daniel's Seventieth Week). GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Grace is that which is freely bestowed on sinners in the Beloved (Christ Jesus), Grace of God is rich and is that attribute of God which allows our trespasses to be forgiven, These Scriptures validate the familiar acrostic --. a. Epistle to the Ephesians STUDY 3 Ephesians 1:15-18a. Specifically His kindness toward believers as displayed in all that we have in Christ is in view. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons (the future aspect, compare the past aspect in Ephesians 1:5), the redemption of our body (the future aspect of redemption = glorification, compare the past aspect of redemption in Ephesians 1:7). Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think: As Paul came to this great height (what can there be higher than the fullness of God? God acts up to the dignity of his infinite perfections; he gives according to the riches of his glory."
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