Ephesians 1:15-23

      We now are at Paul’s first prayer: This comes as a result of thankfulness for all that God has done for us.  In verses 3-14 we discussed the 1. Past – Election 2. Present – Redemption 3. Future – Inheritance Paul does end these magnificent truths with a prayer which begins by […]

Ephesians 1:11-14

      Treasure or Trash? This is the title of Chapter 2 of John MacArthur’s book, “Our Sufficiency in Christ”.  He begins the chapter by telling a story about 2 men who inherited their fathers estate which made them financially secure.  These two men lived a lifestyle that was not consistent with what they […]

Ephesians 1:9-10

Introduction: So far we have seen our: 1.  Past — Our election, God’s choosing and predestination before the world began 2. Present — Our redemption.  God took the choosing,  and predestination and workeded out in history our redemption so we have it today. Lastly we will our inheritance.  Let me start by comparing a couple of versions […]

Ephesians 1:7-8

Introduction: There are many ways today’s church-goers try to attain salvation which denies our sufficiency in Christ. 1.  Gnosticism: A belief that matter is evil and spirit is good.  They believed that the immaterial side of humanity has divinity and needed to be released.  the main way to release this divine part was through intellectual […]

Ephesians 1:5-6

    Introduction: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of […]

Ephesians 1:4

  Introduction: Jer 17:5,7 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”   When we trust in Him we […]

Ephesians 1:3

    Introduction: Mat 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. “If the gauge of righteousness is absolute perfection, what hope is there for anyone?” (John MacArthur—The Gospel According to Jesus, pg. 194) Paul was a man—before his conversion—who claimed to have the perfect life (according to the human standard) for he […]

Ephesians: 1:1-2

Introduction: Unity, unity, unity…that is what is told in most introductions on the book of Ephesians. With the emphasis on the body of Christ they tend to state that to understand Ephesians we need to understand that the church is the body of Christ.  Yes that is true, however, I see something much more than […]