The Apostle Paul turns the first chapter of Ephesians into a hymn of praise to the God who blessed us with “every spiritual blessing” in Christ. The first blessing he reviews is predestination. That makes no sense to some people! Predestination is normally a topic for late night debates among Christians. But that’s not how Paul sees it. For him it is a cause for celebration!
This should change the way we read passages like this one.
As Paul talks about being chosen by God before God even made the world, he moves us to worship God. All of God’s work to save us is “to the praise of his glorious grace.”
In Ephesians 1 Paul the Apostle recounts for us everything (almost) that God did to save us. It’s an overwhelming parade of blessings! We begin to see here that salvation is the work of God from beginning to end (we see later in the book why it has to be this way).
(NOTE: due to technical difficulties–we’re still learning the equipment!–the end of this message is cut off. We’ll do better next time.)
Since the Apostle Paul addressed this letter to the “saints” in Ephesus, this message explores the biblical teaching on saints. What is a saint according to the Bible? How can the New Testament refer to all believers as saints, when we sin so much? Is every Christian a saint? What does the Bible say about our new identity as followers of Christ–what change has God made in us and how does he continue to work in us?