The supremely important part, the second great step in Paul's argument, lies at the very end of this passage; but there are certain things we must note in the verses which go before. What if the people who come after them forget? That is what Paul says that God has done for us.

Cicero defined it as knowledge of things both human and divine.

Ephesians 1:3. Who have blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: “Blessed,” says he, “be God, who hath blessed us.” Well may we bless him with our feeble thanks who has blest us with his might; mercies. There are many who are like that; and yet religion is nothing unless it is a personal discovery. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. I am going out to take a good sniff of it, for I shall know that the game is up." It is quite true that, when a father was judging his son, he was supposed to call the adult male members of the family into consultation, but it was not necessary that he should do so.

Men, he said with a kind of despair, love their vices and hate them at the same time. "Men," said Hesiod, "delight their souls in cherishing that which is their bane." It must always be remembered that this difference on which Christ insists is not one which takes a man out of the world; it makes him different within the world. As an opera has an overture, setting the tone for all the melodies that will follow, so Ephesians 1:3-14 sets the tone for the rest of Ephesians. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue.

Why are we here on this puny mud-heap spinning in infinite space? The high mystery of election is taught in the Word of God, but some are afraid to speak of it. "William Barclay's Daily Study Bible". According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, That is the commencement of all the blessing, God’s electing love. What is the price?


Some dancing girls are engaged for a public entertainment and are paid so much in advance. The great object of the divine choice is our holiness. The Christian life could be described as getting to know God better every day. (ii) There is forgiveness. I do not believe that any future consummation could make sense of all the irrationalities of preceding ages.
It was just that liberation which Jesus Christ brought. He always thought of God as having chosen him. The secret was a purpose which he formed in his own mind before time began, so that the periods of time should be controlled and administered until they reached their full development, a development in which all things, in heaven and upon earth, are gathered into one in Jesus Christ. "My conscience hath a thousand several tongues.

Its interest lies in the fact that it is a sacrificial word. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information.

It is the Christian conviction that history is the working out of the will of God. Alister MacLean tells of a lady in the West Highlands who lived a hard life, yet one of perpetual serenity. "Yes," he said, "but what if Peter and James and John grow tired? Because Jesus came into the world, men, even in their sin, discovered God's love.

(v) Paul finishes by speaking of the conquest of Christ in a sphere which does not mean so much to us today. We come to the last two verses of this chapter, and in them Paul has one of the most adventurous and most uplifting thoughts that any man has ever had. The first saints led the way in the front of the army, and they are to the praise of God’s glory to this day. The shoemaker makes shoes; the baker makes bread; the tailor makes clothes; each has his own job, and each sticks to his own job; and when each efficiently carries out his job the total good of the whole community follows. Ephesians 1:7. It was, however, not uncommon, for children were often adopted to ensure that some family should not become extinct. Once a man had done an evil thing Nemesis was on his heels; and punishment followed sin as certainly as night followed day.

All the fullness of blessing dwells in Jesus, and in him only. “Accepted in the Beloved.” You can never be accepted apart from Christ, the Father’s best Beloved. (iii) There is wisdom and sound sense. Paul would have us peaceful, restful, quiet.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace: Notice how the Apostle keeps on insisting that we have everything in Christ. Whenever we mention the word grace, we must think of the sheer loveliness of the Christian life and the sheer undeserved generosity of the heart of God. Well may we say, “None but Christ,” for, indeed, there is none but Christ who can bless us. It was dedicated to Our Lady of Hate. There are actual instances of a father condemning his son to death.

We make pronouncements which are characterized, not by Christian charity, but by a kind of condemning bitterness. The monks and the hermits had a loyalty to Christ which made them abandon the ordinary activities of life in order to live alone in the desert places. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: It is right that we should bless God as he has so richly blessed us. He taught men, not of the hate, but of the love of God. The true Christian loves Christ and loves his fellow men. That is precisely what Christianity did do for men. It is Paul's claim that Jesus brought us sophia (Greek #4678), the intellectual knowledge which satisfies the mind, and phronesis (Greek #5428), the practical knowledge which enables us to handle the day to day problems of practical life and living. In the very last phrase of the chapter Paul has two tremendous thoughts. Never do the saints seem to delight so much in God as when they behold him in the person of Jesus Christ. Gabriel looked very doubtful, for he knew well what poor stuff men were made of. "Commentary on Ephesians 1:4". The possession of the Holy Spirit is the seal which shows that a man belongs to God. The Jews were the people who were so prepared that from them God's Messiah should come. That word was two things.
Under Roman law a child could not possess anything; and any inheritance willed to him, or any gift given to him, became the property of his father. Grace has always two main ideas in it.

We look to the first verse to see who they are, and we find he is addressing the faithful in Christ Jesus; that is, those who are believing in Christ Jesus. You would think, from the talk of some, that God was man’s debtor and must needs do according to the will of man.

It is not that the Holy Spirit brings a seal with him.

This word does not mean that the Christian must be respectable; it means that he must be perfect.