Reposted from Pr. Stout:
(23 verses, 2:34 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The blessings of Christ are proclaimed to the saints in Ephesus.
- This is an incredibly dense and beautiful reading, but here is my attempt to summarize some of it…
- 1: Paul’s authority and a greeting to the Saints
- 2: blessing
- 3-14: thanksgiving to God and proclamation of the blessings they have through Christ which include the following: vs. 3- every spiritual blessing, vs. 4 – being chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in Christ, vs. 5 – the predestination of adoption as sons, vs. 7 – redemption and forgiveness, vs. 9 – The revelation of God’s will which is to…vs. 10 – unite all things in Christ, vs. 11 – inheritance, vs. 13 – The seal of the Holy Spirit.
- 15-23: praise of the Ephesians faith and love and promise of his prayers that God began to reveal the aforementioned gifts which are founded in Christ’s resurrection and ascension.
- Notice all the words in this reading that are connected to the wonderful comfort of our election in Christ: chosen, predestined, God’s will.
- More importantly, notice that everything is filtered with phrases like “through Christ” and through the hearing of the “word of truth.”
- In vs. 16, Paul says, “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…” He goes on to list a beautiful prayer that can be used in our daily prayers for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, and a beautiful model for how Christ is – at this very moment – praying for you.
- Follow this link and read at least paragraphs 13-22 for a brief, concise, beautiful and comforting confession on election and predestination.
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Pastor Christopher Stout