Intro: You must comprehend the concept of the church as the body of Christ in order to comprehend the book of Ephesians. The key to understanding this great book is the revelation that the redeemed are the body of the Lord in this world.
You are aware that God describes His people using numerous metaphors. He refers to us as a bride, a household, a family, a kingdom, a flock, a vine and its branches, and a structure. Paul introduces the concept that the church is also a body in Ephesians. The church's purpose is best summed up in this descriptive term. The word "body" conjures up images of unity, diversity, and dependence on one another. Every muscle, bone, nerve, and fiber in the human body is necessary for the body to function properly. In the body of Christ, the same is true. 1 Cor. 12:18 states, " However, in accordance with his will, God has placed each member of the body in its proper place. Paul reminds us in the same passage, verses 7–11, that each of us has a distinct role to play in the body of Christ; if you will, a specific area of service. In the same way that your human body lets you show the world who you are, the body of Christ lets Jesus show the world who He is when it works as He intended. The head provides our bodies with direction. The body's rest is instructed by the brain on what to do and how to do it. The body of Christ is the same way. Jesus is the body's head, and He directs the body to do what He wants in the world. Jesus literally is able to rise up and walk in the world when the body of Christ is doing what He intended it to. The book of Ephesians elaborates on this depiction of the church as the body of Christ. Pay attention to these verses: 1:22-23; 2:15-16; 3:6; 4:16; 5:30. We are therefore His body. He does His will in the world today by living, walking, and working through us. According to John 12:32, when we live up to our full potential in Jesus, He is seen by the world and souls are drawn to Him. When Paul writes about the body, he almost always does so from the point of view of the present moment. He wants us to understand who we are and how we should function in today's world. Paul takes us all back in time with these verses. He wants to show us how God created the church before the world was created. The Greek translation of Ephesians 1:3–14 consists of a single, extended sentence. It is a sentence of approximately 202 words in the original language. Paul began to praise the Lord for His grace in saving him in these verses, and he continued to rise to new heights of God's grace's riches and glory. Theological truth literally fills this sentence. We could spend a lifetime studying these verses and never discover all of the truths hidden within. As it stands, we will attempt to acquire a fundamental understanding of these timeless, eternal truths for several weeks. I'm not going to rush you. I hope that you aren't, too! These verses take us back to the beginning of time and explain how the Lord established His church before the world was created. They instruct us regarding the eternal purpose of God's salvation. One fundamental, huge, and significant fact is brought to mind in these verses. They serve as a reminder that we are not overlooked. We are not just a few individuals who had the foresight to one day ask Jesus to save them. We can learn from these verses that God has been thinking about us for a long time! We learn from these verses that He cares about us! In the world, a lot of people are looking for self-esteem. They are constantly seeking a means of recognizing the significance of their lives. As a result, some people attempt to become somebody by attending seminars and reading books. In order to become someone else, other people attach themselves to people who are already somebody. Because they live vicariously through someone who is already somebody to them, some people follow the lives of people they believe to be somebody in the hope that one day they too can be somebody. Because they are related to someone who was somebody at some point, some people look back into their genealogy to locate ancestors who were somebody. Others look to religion for self-worth. They work in their church and do a lot of different things in the hope that someone will notice, give them a pat on the back, and praise them for everything they do. They feel like they belong somewhere. Playing such mind games will never help you find your self-worth. Look no further than your position in Jesus Christ if you want to discover your own sense of worth. Understanding that you were chosen in Jesus Christ before the world was created will significantly improve your sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Take a look at it! God chose you before the world was created, if you are saved! Your name was entered into the Lamb's book of life for the creation of the world by him. He picked you! Why? I don't get it. How? I don't know how. Even though I do not have all of the answers to the questions that this raises, I still find joy in it because I am certain that it is true. I was chosen by God, and that makes me a person! That brings me to the piece of writing I want to start reading today. We will be studying a lengthy praise anthem as we study verses 3 to 14. Paul praises God in verses 3-6 for His sovereign work in the election. He praises God for His saving work in redemption in verses 7 to 11. He praises God in verses 12 to 14 for His part in granting us an inheritance in Jesus. Let's begin by examining the verses that have served as our text for the day. We'll be here for a while, so settle in and let the Lord teach you the truth. As I mentioned earlier, Paul transports us into the past in these three verses. He lets us see God's sovereign work as He plans to save the body of Christ by letting us witness it. As a result, Paul begins this hymn of praise with Praise for the Sovereign Work of God. I want you to see why these verses encourage us to praise the God who chose Jesus before we were even born! In verse 3, God is to be praised for his charity (Ill.). Verse 3 describes the blessings we receive as God's children. We are, in fact, much wealthier in Jesus Christ than we can comprehend. According to John MacArthur, the man left a will that stated, "Being of sound mind and body, I spent it all"[i]. He goes on to say that Jesus did not spend all of his money. He gave us everything he paid for! Jesus has provided us with an incredible treasure trove of spiritual riches from which we can draw as we traverse this world. This verse tells us about that wealth and demonstrates that our omnipotent God is worthy of praise.) I. The Source of These Blessings: "God" is the name given to the source of our blessings. "Blessed be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," Paul declares. The translation of the word "blessed" is "to speak good of." The word "eulogy" comes from that. If you've ever listened to a funeral eulogy, you've probably heard someone try to be kind to another person. "God is good!" declares Paul. How accurate is that? He is a merciful God. Melchizedek declares, "And blessed be the most high God..." in Gen. 14:20. “And every creature that is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, honour, glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever,” according to Rev. 5:13. As a result, God is referred to as "blessed" throughout the Bible. When things go our way, we like to say that God is good. I just want to remind you that even when everything seems to be going against you, He remains the same Lord as when you are having the best life has to offer. Paul tells us that God is the "blessed" one in addition to being the "blesser." "Who hath blessed," he says. According to James 1:17, the hand of God above is the source of all the blessings we receive in this life. God can work things out for our good even when we think they are bad, Rom. 8:28. God is good, and when He treats His children well, He demonstrates that goodness to them. He is blessed, and He is the one who bestows it! Paul is praising God for the blessings that He bestows on His children when he declares, "Blessed be God." This merely serves as a reminder that our God is always deserving of praise! Consider this: the majority of our faith-based actions are performed in accordance with commands. As acts of obedience, we attend worship, give thanks, serve as witnesses, and pray. We are offering love to the Lord when we take the time to praise Him with our mouths. We can all praise the Lord for His blessings and grace in our lives, but there are very few things that can offer Him praise for His goodness in our lives. Heb., our words are offerings that please the Lord. 13:15; Hos. 14:2. They had what was called a "freewill offering" in the Old Testament. Someone gave this as an offering to the Lord out of love for Him. Because of their overwhelming love for the God of their salvation, they would freely offer their sacrifice to the Lord. Today, the same kind of offering is still required! He will accept it as a sacrifice. Psa. “Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments,” which can be found in 119:108. II. The Purpose of These Blessings: Paul declares that God "has blessed us." The "saints" and "the faithful" that Paul mentioned in verse 1 are the "us" that he is referring to. Those whom God has saved through His grace are the beneficiaries of His blessings. Our words are our blessings to Him. The things He does in our lives are His blessings for us. The phrase "hath blessed us" that Paul uses to describe God is also used to describe Him. To put it another way, God has kind intentions for His people, Jer. 29:11. This verb's tense suggests that God always has loving thoughts for His children. In both my and your lives, these positive thoughts lead to positive actions. Therefore, He showers us with His blessings because He loves us and because we are His. When you stop and think about it, it is amazing. God chooses to bless us as well because He chose to save us for His glory. It astonishes me how much faith all of God's saints have in Him! He chose us in Jesus because He loved us, and He gives us every good gift. We are blessed beyond our wildest dreams by him. Consider who we are and everything that Jesus Christ has done for us! He did everything. He supplied everything for us. And still, through Jesus, He blesses us! We receive far more blessings from him than we deserve. He treats us so well, and we are completely unworthy! We ought to give Him praise for His wonderful grace, blessings, and gifts! III. The Extent of These Blessings—"ALL spiritual blessings"—means "total, whole, of every kind" in the English language. To put it another way, God has bestowed upon us "all spiritual blessings." Everything that God has to offer has been given to us. God granted us permission to receive an unlimited supply of spiritual resources when we came to faith in Jesus. All of Heaven's spiritual wealth is available to the redeemed. We have received more blessings from God than we deserve. Some charismatic individuals will approach and inquire, "Have you received the second blessing?" Every time, I respond, "Yes, and the ten thousandth too!" The blessings that God bestows upon us are limitless! He simply keeps endlessly favoring, giving us love, bliss, harmony, effortlessness, leniency, brilliance and trust, and incalculable different gifts other than! We praise God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. IV. The Kind of These Blessings: According to Paul, we have received "all spiritual blessings." The Greek word pneumatikos is translated as "spiritual." This word is always used to refer to the Holy Spirit's word in the New Testament. Therefore, the meaning of this verse is that God has provided us with everything that the Holy Spirit can offer. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives has provided us with everything we could possibly want or need. We are deficient in spiritual resources and are unaware of it! “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue,” is the verse in 2 Peter 1:3 that states this: The Phil. In 1 Corinthians 1:19, Paul refers to what we have in Christ as "the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." We have a lot of spiritual blessings to offer! Unfortunately, we don't always use what we have in Jesus. In point of fact, we devote a significant amount of time to asking for things that He has already provided. When God says that His love is "shed abroad in our hearts," we pray for love. 5:5. When Jesus has already said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you," we pray for peace. I give to you, not as the world gives. "Neither be afraid nor troubled in your heart," John 14:27. When the Bible makes it abundantly clear that we have "joy unspeakable and full of glory," 1 Pet., we pray for joy. 1:8. Gal. These are the "fruit of the Spirit" in our lives, according to 5:22. As long as we remain in Christ, He will produce these things when He is in us. This isn't all. When God has already told us that we can "do all things through Christ which strengtheneth" us, Phil., we pray for strength to carry out the tasks He has entrusted to us. 4:13. When the Lord has already promised to meet our needs, we worry about them. Phil. He declared that He would "supply all your need according to His riches in glory." 4:19. When He says, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee," Heb., we seek His presence. 13:5. We believe that we don't have all the things we need. In fact, we have a lot of wealth that we have never used. We ask the Lord to help us simply believe what He says and hold on to the spiritual blessings that Jesus already provides. We have few physical resources. You don't have everything, no matter how much you have materially. There is a possibility that we will all one day run out of material and financial resources. We must make good use of the resources we have during these difficult financial times when they are limited. It will quickly vanish if we do not. The saints of God have more in Jesus Christ than we could ever spend in a thousand lifetimes! With His blessings, we are not required to be frugal, but we should spend everything we can while we are here for His glory! V. The Storehouse of These Blessings: According to Paul, "in heavenly places" are the locations of our blessings. This may imply that what we have is in Heaven, according to some. In point of fact, it indicates that the supernatural provides us with blessings. Keep in mind that our "spiritual blessings" are our blessings. Their nature is supernatural. Consider it this way: Phil 3:20 says that when we are saved, we become citizens of Heaven. We reside both here and there. We are traversing this world, but we are no longer welcome here. Our hearts have left this world. Our desires have vanished. The actions of this world are no longer our actions. We are literally people who live simultaneously in two worlds. We exist here on earth, but we commune with God in the higher planes. In this world, we are "strangers and pilgrims," but we long for the next. There are our loved ones there. There are our estates. There are our thrones. There are our Savior and God. As a result, we exist in this world and yearn for another. Paul could have said, "As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;" because of this. as poor while making many wealthy; as possessing everything while having nothing,” 2 Cor. 6:10. Additionally, "We are troubled on every side, but we are not distressed; We are baffled, but not hopeless; Defeated but not abandoned; cast down, but not destroyed, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. Paul remembered what we frequently forget. He realized that we are extraordinarily wealthy in Jesus. All that is required of us is to make use of the things that Jesus has given us and use them to glorify God. I can see what I have in Jesus by reading the Bible. I can read it and comprehend everything I have "in heavenly places," but getting those things here to where I need them is a challenge. Simply submitting to the Spirit of God in our lives is the way we bring those blessings into our lives. All the spiritual blessings of heaven are produced in our souls as we allow the Spirit of God to fill and use us, Gal. 5:16, 22-23. By walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can hold on to the riches that Jesus has bestowed upon us. VI. The Present Situation of These Blessings: Why has God bestowed such immense and wonderful blessings on people like you and me? Only because we are "in Christ" does he do it. A wonderful union with Jesus is established when a person believes in Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit," says Matthew 6:17. We became one with Jesus when we met him. Consequently, everything that used to belong to Him is now ours. Rom. "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God," says 8:16-17. Furthermore, if children, then heirs; God's heirs and Christ's joint heirs; If this is the case, we will suffer alongside him so that we can be glorified together. Take a look at it! We exist "in Christ." That indicates that we are in His place. Eph. According to 1 John 2:6, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus," we do what He does. We, Rom., possess what He possesses. 8:17. Eph. refers to his privileges as ours. 2:18. The saved saints of God have everything Jesus has. We were given these things because of His work in our hearts and lives, not because we deserve them. Jesus is so close to us that He shares everything he has with us because of our close relationship with Him. It is not due to us. It wasn't ours to get. Everything was freely given to us by His grace! Conc: That's a lot of information, but it all serves as a reminder of how truly blessed we are to have Jesus as our Savior. All spiritual blessings are yours if you are in Christ right now. If that is how you feel right now, you should go to Him and express your gratitude for what Jesus has given you. You should also ask Him to help you walk in the Spirit when you come before Him so that you can lavishly spend everything Jesus has given you. After that, you ought to get up, follow His instructions, and go into the world. If you are not yet in Christ and He is calling you to come to Him, you should respond to that call and seek salvation in Jesus Christ. I can't guarantee that you won't run into difficulties, but I can guarantee that you will experience spiritual riches unlike any other.

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