Ephesians 1:11-23

Ephesians 1:11-23

Today’s devotions start as a carry over from yesterday regarding being predestined according God’s plans. What’s really cool here is that God works EVERYTHING to fit his will. This does bring up the question of what God’s will is, and while tht is a multi-part answer, Paul is clear that the end result of God’s working is that those “who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” Therefore ultimately everything is for God’s glory, which is shown through those who put their faith in Christ. This means you and me (as long as we have our faith in Christ) are God’s glory.

Then Paul reminds the Ephesians they are included in this and marked with a seal, the Holy Spirit, which is a deposit in us until the redemption of God’s people. Similarly to how we may put down a deposit on a house as a promise to pay the full amount when applying for a mortgage, God has given us a seal, his very own Spirit, the Holy Spirit as a sign that we belong to Him. 

Next Paul switches gears into thanksgiving for the Ephesians, because of their faith in Jesus and love for other Christians. Paul continues to give them thanks, and similarly to Paul, we ought to be praising God and giving thanks for other Christians continually. Then Paul goes on to let them know he is praying that they Ephesians may know the hope to which God has called them (the Gospel), he riches of God’s inheritance (the blessings we will receive) which would come in heaven primarily with more benefits such as the spiritual gifts here on earth, and the power for Christians which is the same strength used to raise Christ from the dead. If you consider that, it means Christians have the same power used to raise Christ from the dead which can be played out in our fighting sin in our own lives, but also holding firm to Christ when facing troubles in this world.

Lastly, in referring to the power given to us, Paul talks about the role of Christ after being raised from the grave. After that time, Christ as seated at the right hand of God in heaven, above all of the things going on in this world, above all the political leaders, laws, and everything else we can hope to think of here on earth, but also not just now, but also to be the ruler of heaven (the age to come). Christ was appointed to lead the church, which is the body of Christ. It should be noted this is not a denomination specific church, or just a building people come to, but rather is the collective of every soul who has put their faith in Christ. This body should be living in community with one another helping meet everyone’s needs.

 


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