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WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This week we happily begin reading the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, which Pastor Bayly has been preaching through on Sunday mornings.

One of the greatest emphases of this letter is summed up in two words: in Christ. This short phrase and its variants (“in Him,” “in the Lord,” “in whom,” etc.) show up more than twenty times throughout Ephesians, a dozen of which occur in chapter 1.

It is truly glorious what God has done, is doing, and will do in Christ Jesus our Lord:

  • God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (1:3; 2:6)
  • God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. (1:4; 4:21)
  • The grace of God is freely bestowed on us in Christ. (1:6)
  • We have redemption, the forgiveness of our trespasses, in Christ through His blood. (1:7; 4:32)
  • God has eternally purposed His kind intention toward us in Christ. (1:9; 3:11)
  • God sums up all things in the heavens and on the earth in Christ. (1:10)
  • We have obtained an inheritance in Christ. (1:10–11)
  • Our hope is in Christ. (1:12)
  • We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise in Christ. (1:13)
  • God made known the strength of His might in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places. (1:19–20)
  • We who were formerly far off have been brought near to God in Christ by His blood. (2:13)
  • Jews and Gentiles are made into one man in Christ. (2:15; 3:6)
  • God is building a household, a holy temple for Himself, in Christ. We get to be a part of that dwelling of the Holy Spirit in Christ. (2:19–22)
  • We have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ. (3:12; 1:15)
  • God’s glory is made known in the church and in Christ to all generations forever and ever. (3:21)
  • We are taught what it means to be holy in Christ, as the truth is in Christ. (4:21; 1:4)
  • We were formerly darkness, but now we are light in Christ. (5:8)
  • Children are to obey their parents in Christ, for this is right. (6:1)
  • We are to be strong in Christ and in the strength of His might. (6:10)

Can you even imagine anything more wonderful than being in Christ?

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
—Ephesians 1:3

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for bringing people from every tribe, tongue, and nation together into one heavenly family.
  • Confession – Confess sin according to Ephesians 4:29: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for the love He has shown you in Christ.
  • Supplication – Pray that God would bring about unity in His church throughout the world.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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