Ephesians III: Redeemed By His Blood - Ephesians 1:7-10

Paul began by blessing God for the blessings He gives us in Christ, but when he brings up just how desperate our circumstances without those blessings, it makes what God has done that much more wonderful. Apart from Jesus, you are enslaved and you need to be redeemed from this slavery, and that’s exactly what Jesus does, by buying us back with His own blood.When Paul was writing, it was expected that if you were enslaved or kidnapped, your family would be the ones to redeem you. This is where predestination is such good news: even before you were part…

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians II: Chosen for Blessing - Ephesians 1:3-6

What a joy it is that you have been chosen by God for blessing. You weren’t passed by or overlooked; you’ve been called by God! And God didn’t choose you in order to judge you or correct you; God chose you for your good! This is the central message of our text today; this is what you need to believe and take to heart: God chose you so that He could bless you.Eph. 1:3-14 contains a prayer of benediction, praise to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In v. 3: you are blessed by God the Father, in Christ…

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians I: All Things United in Christ - Ephesians 1:1-2, 10

God’s plan for the world is to unite all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth. He is bringing about a cosmic redemption, undoing the division and destruction that has torn the world apart. Everything that sin has shattered – our relationship to God, natural human and supernatural relationships, even internal divisions that exist in our own hearts – all of this is going to be put right! That’s God’s plan, and Jesus is how this divided world is united once again.And so when he writes to the Ephesians, Paul introduces himself as an apostle of Jesus…

Posted on Thursday, May 09, 2019 by CJ Bowen