EphesiansLife in the Body of ChristPage 1 of 11
Study No. 1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,To the saints in Ephesus,
in Christ Jesus:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in theheavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance withhis pleasure and will—
to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely givenus in the One he loves.
In him we have
through his blood, theforgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
that he lavished onus with all wisdom and understanding.
made known to us the mystery
of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
to be putinto effect when the times will have reached their fulfilment—to bring all things inheaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
In him we were also
having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
in orderthat we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
And you also were included in Christ when you
the word of truth, the gospelof your salvation. Having
, you were
in him with a seal, thepromised Holy Spirit,
who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until theredemption of those who are
—to the praise of his glory.
I wonder what impresses you most as you read through the first chapter of thisletter?I was always struck by the length of the sentences – especially in the AV. Paul’sargument is a long string of statements and it’s difficult to read the passage withouthaving a sense of thoughts tumbling over each other.I also used to get a bit tense whenever I spotted that word in v 5 “
” – I’dworry a bit about it. As a result I often missed the general thrust of the words.