Ephesians is regarded as the greatest among the epistles of Paul.
It is probably the most profound book in existence.
It concerns those in the "'heavenly places."
Its chapters include both eternities past and those yet to come.
When you read the Book of Ephesians you enter a different sphere.
It is as practical as it is sublime.
Ephesians is a statement of the grace of God to the church
and an exhortation to Christians to live a worthy life.
the purpose of Ephesians is to establish Christians in their faith
and to guard them against the danger of slipping back into the old life.
It also warns of the danger of forgetting as Jews and Gentiles
their unity in the body of Christ.
Ephesians is divided into two great sections of three chapters each.
The first is doctrinal and the second is practical.
The first deals with Christian truth, and the second deals with Christian life
It's All Ours! - 1:1-3
-- True wealth, purpose, love, and power are gifts God wants to give us in Christ.
So, when we feel these longings, it is really God we want.
Spiritual Blessings In Christ- 1:3
-- In this cryptic sentence Paul opens the door into Ephesians and gives us a glimpse
into what awaits us. It is a key to this book of spiritual treasures.
Heavenly Places In Christ - 1:3
-- From eternity to eternity God works all things according to His perfect plan.
All history, all nations, all that exists in heaven and on earth
are included in His purpose.
And that purpose is fulfilled in Christ.
Sealed And Secure - 1:13-14
-- The Holy Spirit is our seal!
The God of the universe has stamped His mark on our souls.
Nature Of Redemption - 1:13-14
-- If we wish to enjoy the freedom and joy that God is providing for us
in the salvation that He has also given us, we must understand
the nature and intent of that redemption.
You Were Dead - 2:1 -- When we truly see the horrible picture of our destitute condition
before we were saved, the greater will be our appreciation
of what God has done for us in Christ.
You Hath He Quickened! - 2:3-5
-- The same almighty hand that was laid upon the body of the dead Christ
and lifted Him from Joseph’s grave to the throne in heaven, is now laid upon your soul.
It has raised you from the grave and death of sin to share
by faith His celestial, heavenly life.
It Is By Grace! - 2:8 -- In order to have a true and clear understanding
of what it is that makes us Christian,
we must learn the truth of this statement: “ By grace are you saved.”
Saved! - 2:8 -- The word “saved” brings to our attention the most solemn consideration
that can possibly occupy our minds.
Nothing is more important to us than our eternal souls.
Salvation through Faith - 2:8 -- Faith is more than belief, though it includes that.
Faith is trust. It is the openness of mind, heart,
and life to receive what God has to give
and to yield to what He demands.
What Makes A Church Great? - 2:10
-- Love is the dynamic that transforms the church into an instrument of God.
It is through the demonstration of sacrificial love by the church,
that is, love like Christ's love, that the world will be won to Christ.
Members Of The Household Of God - 2:19
-- As imperfect as it is, it is the Church in any given community
that God has brought together for the purpose of serving Him.
The Church cares, prays, teaches the Word of God,
and invites people to come to the Lord Jesus.
Gifted By Grace - 3:1 -- God has given me something I did not deserve.
He did not present me with my gifts because I was highly skilled,
or properly born, or spiritually perfect.
My place in the Lord's body is an act of grace.
My function as a member of that body is an act of grace.
My service for Him, using the "spiritual gifts" is a function of grace.
We Are Privileged - 3:1 -- You rarely hear the word, privilege, around a church.
You hear of the words like beauty, responsibility,
obligation, sacrifice, sometimes spoken in a virtuous
and even martyred tone of voice, but rarely the word, privilege.
Spirit Gifts- 3:2 -- Each of us have specific spiritual capacities produced in us
by the entrance of the Holy Spirit into our lives.
This means that I have received spiritual abilities,
so that I might perform adequately as a member of Christ's body.
Our Real Wealth - 3:14-21 -- Paul prays that we might be strengthened with power
through His Spirit in the inner man so that Christ
may dwell in our hearts through faith...
and so that we may experience His abundant love.
Unity Of Spirit- 4:3 -- The failure to cultivate and practice these graces have been
at the root of many a church squabble, and have been
most destructive of the spiritual health of such churches.
The spiritual health of this body is dependent
upon the harmonious functioning of every member.
Live Worthy - 4:1-3 -- True humility is intelligent self-respect
which keeps us from thinking too highly or too lowly of ourselves.
It makes us mindful of the nobility God meant for us to have.
Yet, it makes us modest by reminding us
how far we have come short of what we can be.
One Body - One Spirit - One Hope - 4:4-6
-- So many members of the body of Christ that we are unable to count them,
but yet there is only one body.
They are known as the body of Christ, and the Bible speaks of them as "the church."
One Lord - One Faith - One Baptism - 4:5
-- "One Lord" -- the Lord Jesus is the one Lord.
He owns us, loves us, cares for us, protects us, guides us, and keeps us.
We recognize His sovereignty and own Him as our Deliverer and Ruler,
and we trust, obey, love, and worship Him.
No one can rightly called himself or herself a Christian
who does not acknowledge Christ as Lord.
One God - 4:6 -- Here we arrived at the ultimate source of all union.
God, one God, the only God, who has created all things,
by whom all things are kept going,
the God who planned this great salvation and who sent His Son
Resurrection Power .- 4:7-10
-- Resurrection power is like no other power on earth.
It is unique, and has no possible rival.
For one thing, it is the kind of power that operates in the midst of death.
It works when everything around it is dull, dead, and barren.
It works best in the midst of a cemetery
for that is where it was first demonstrated.