Lavished

Paul begins Ephesians with the comprehensive declaration that; The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.. has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (1:3)
He then tells us that we are:
  • Chosen, predestined, and adopted as God’s children (1:4-5)
  • Lavished with His grace (1:6, 8; 2:7)
  • Redeemed and forgiven (1:7; 4:32)
  • Given the mystery of His will (1:9; 3:4-6)
  • Receivers of an inheritance (1:11)
  • Sealed with the Holy Spirit (1:13-14; 4:30)
  • Greatly loved by God (2;4; 5:25)
  • Made alive with new life (2:5-6)
  • The workmanship of God, created by Him for doing good works ( 2:10)
  • Given God’s own peace (2:14)
  • Made one with Christ and with every other believer as His own body (2:13-19; 3:4-6)
  • Made citizens of God’s own kingdom and members of His family (2:19)
  • Built into God’s own temple and the dwelling place of His Spirit (2:20-22)
  • Given boldness and confident access to God (3:12)
  • Made powerful beyond our imagination (3:20)
  • Given the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (4:3)
  • Individually and uniquely gifted by Christ (4:7)
  • Blessed with specially gifted leaders to equip us in the work of ministry (4:11-12)
  • Taught by Jesus Christ Himself (4:20-21)
  • Given a new self in God’s Holy likeness (4:24)
  • Made light (5:8)
  • Offered the fullness of the Holy Spirit (5:18)
  • Given the instructions and resources to make all relationships with others what God intends them to be (5:21-6:9)
  • Given God’s full armor to make us invencible against Satan and his demonic forces (6:10-17)
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