The emphasis in Ephesians is that we are a body. In the first three chapters, Paul is discussing the theology of the body. In the second three chapters – Paul is discussing the practice of the body. Ephesians 1.4-6a contains the blueprints for the body. You are I are part of that marvelous body. Today we will talk about why God created the body.
I. Ephesians 1.4 – HOLY AND BLAMELESS
- 1.4 – even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.
- Paul is not talking about how one is saved, but for what purpose he/she is saved. It is the ultimate end of our salvation.
- Compare Colossians 1.22; Ephesians 5.27
- When you see what the focus is, then everything else falls into place.
- He chose us in Him. The only ones who are holy and blameless are those who have chosen Him.
- The “us” in 1.4 are those who believe, those who choose to respond.
- God predestined the result of salvation – not the beginning of it.
- Those who respond to the call will end up looking like Jesus.
- Romans 8.28-30; Philippians 1.6; 2 Corinthians 3.18
II. Ephesians 1.5a – PREDESTINED FOR ADOPTION AS SONS
- 1.5a – In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ… This goes beyond our comprehension.
- 1.5a – In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ… See a close, personal relationship.
- 1.5a – In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ… God is bringing together a people in whom He can delight and enjoy.
III. 1.5B-6a – God did all this for His glory
- 1.5b – God took great delight in thinking about His future people, thinking kindly about them.
- 1.6a -it’s all for a purpose – the praise of His glorious grace.
- Psalm 136.23-24 – When you think about it, all you can do is praise Him. Thank Him. Live for Him. Be an active part of His body….
- The source of our life is Jesus. By His sacrifice, we’ve been born again. Have you?