Ephesians 1-3

Summary

Ephesians chapter 1, After the salutation, and thanksgiving for the Ephesians, he treats of our election, and adoption by grace; which is the true and proper fountain of man’s salvation. And because the height of this mystery cannot be easily attained unto, he prays that they may come to the full knowledge and possession thereof in Christ.

Ephesians chapter 2, By comparing what we were by nature, with what we are by grace, he declares that we are made for good works: and being brought near by Christ, should not live as Gentiles and foreigners, as in time past, but as citizens with the saints, and the family of God.

Ephesians chapter 3, The hidden mystery that the Gentiles should be saved was made known to Paul by revelation; and to him was that grace given, that he should preach it. He desires them not to faint for his tribulation; and prays that they may perceive the great love of Christ toward them.

Insights and Prayers

  • Paul was continually thankful for everything God let him do, and for all the people he reached with the gospel. He prayed, “I…cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (1:16, KJV).
  • Lord, give me a continuous attitude of gratitude for everything I have and for all that I am. May I never lose a positive appreciation for all that Christianity has done for me. Amen.
  • Paul prays that the Ephesians will have spiritual insight to know God better, and wisdom to direct their lives according to what they have learned about God.
  • Lord, I want to know You better and understand Your plan for my life. Give me wisdom to live according to all I know. Amen.
  • Paul prays that the Ephesians will have great hope for the future because they have been saved.
  • Lord, open my eyes to the power of hope that is mine because I belong to You. Amen.
  • Paul prays for the Ephesians to have spiritual power available to them that comes from “His mighty power” (1:19, KJV).
  • Lord, give me spiritual ability to do all the things for You that I want to do. It’s not worldly power I want; I want Your power transforming me. Amen.
  • The Christian should thank God that he is delivered from his depravity and sins. “In time past ye walked according to the course of this world” (2:2, KJV). That means the unsaved are controlled by evil spirits (v. 2) and inner evil desires (v. 3).
  • Lord, I thank You for freeing me from the control of evil spirits and from my internal sinful nature. Thank You for the relief I find in Christ. Amen.
  • The key thought in Ephesians is that Christians are placed in Christ in the heavenlies (2:6). That is their spiritual position before God while they continue to live on this earth. In the heavenlies (2:6, 3:9) means being
    • (1) made alive in Christ (v. 5);
    • (2) raised from spiritual death with Christ (v. 5);
    • (3) seated with Christ (v. 6); and
    • (4) shown the riches of God’s grace.
  • Lord, thank You for forgiveness of sin, and identification with Christ. Thank You for the riches I have in Christ. Amen.
  • Christians don’t deserve salvation because of their past sins (vv. 1-3, 11-13), but God gave them the greatest free gift of all-salvation. Then God equipped them to serve Him in good works.
  • Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation. Because You have done everything for me, I will serve You. Amen.
  • The greatest part of salvation is that we are placed in Christ’s body (1:23), also called a building and a sanctuary (2:21, 22). A sanctuary is where God dwells, so this means Christ comes to live in us.
  • Lord, the greatest thing in my life is that Christ lives in me and I get to live for Him by my daily service. Amen.
  • Paul prays that “He would grant you…to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (3:16, KJV). Isn’t that what most of us need-inner strength? Lord, help me realize what You’ve done for me, and make me strong inwardly. Amen.
  • Paul prays that his readers would completely understand Christ’s love (v. 18). He says it is wide, high, long, and deep; and Christ’s love goes beyond comprehension (v. 19).
  • Lord, I want to know the unknowable, so do a miracle in me to remove spiritual blindness. Help me understand Your complete unselfish love for me, and break my heart because of my selfishness. Amen.

Sources

  • Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
  • Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible
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