Welcome to the first of six studies on the Book of Ephesians.
In Ephesians Chapter 1 we learn that Christians are chosen by the Father (verses 4-6), redeemed by the Son (verses 7-12), and sealed by the Holy Spirit (verses 13 and 14).
What a great God we have who loves us so much! Enjoy and reflect on these blessings explained here in the first chapter of the Book of Ephesians.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Ephesians Chapter 1, verse 3
Your learning comes from reading and studying the Bible. After you have read the Scripture passage below, it's a good idea to answer the daily study questions.
God Bless and enjoy your study of Ephesians Chapter 1!
Entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus in modern day Turkey.
Ephesians Chapter 1 - from the King James Version
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
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1. Who wrote the epistle of Ephesians and to whom was it written?
2. Paul describes himself as an Apostle. According to your favorite Bible Dictionary, what is an Apostle? To whom was Paul an Apostle?
3. If you were writing a letter to other Christians who attend another church how would you describe yourself?
1. From verses 3 through 12, cite three verses where Paul says God made a decision about you before you made a decision about Him.
2. Verse 9 states that God made the mystery of His will known to us. What is the mystery of His will?
3. Have you ever wondered “What is God’s will for my life?” How can you determine God’s will for your life? Can you share your experience learning God’s will for your life?
1. Looking at the first ten verses of Ephesians Chapter 1, cite three verses that explain the purpose or reason for God’s plan for our salvation.
2. How can our understanding that God had a plan for us before we were born, and that we should be especially blessed by Him, hurt us if we misconstrue it? How can it help us in our daily walk and witness?
3. What do the first 14 verses of Ephesians Chapter 1 teach us about the character of God?
1. How many verses from the Bible can you find where the Holy Spirit was promised as stated in Ephesians Chapter 1 verse 13?
2. Do you think Paul had visited with the church in Ephesus prior to writing this letter to them? Why or why not?
3. Paul says he prays for the believers in Ephesus. What does Paul ask God to give them?
1. What four reasons did Paul give for asking God to give the believers these things?
2. From reading Chapter One, what is the ultimate purpose of our salvation? Cite the verse(s).
3. God’s Holy Spirit in us is God’s seal. From the following scriptures, what truths are signified by a seal?
1. In Ephesians Chapter 1 verses 19 through 23 we learn about God’s power. What impresses you about that power of God? What did God do with His power for Jesus Christ?
2. What do we learn from the following verses about God putting everything under the feet of Jesus?
3. What blesses you the most about Ephesians Chapter 1?
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16 NLT
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