Accepted as a Beloved

The Epistle to the Ephesians is a complete body of divinity, treating of doctrinal, experimental, and practical godliness, in the most full and instructive manner. Its peculiar quality is sublimity. To be truly understood it must be spiritually discerned. O Lord, enlighten us.

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:1, 2

Grace first, and peace as its consequence. That peace which does not come to us as the result of grace is false and dangerous. Note how he links the Father and the Lord Jesus together; for neither grace nor peace can come to us, except through God in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:3, 4

All spiritual blessings come to us by the way of election, and have their fountain in eternal love; but we are not chosen that we may live in sin, God has chosen us to holiness.

Ephesians 1:5, 6

Adoption and acceptance in Christ follow upon the divine choice. Do we possess these priceless blessings?

Ephesians 1:7-10

Jesus is the centre as well as the channel of all blessedness; all the chosen in heaven and earth are to be gathered together in one in him.

Ephesians 1:11

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, we have it even now in its price, in its first principle, and in the divine pledge and earnest of the Spirit

Ephesians 1:13, 14

Have we the Holy Ghost? Then we have already a part of heaven; yea, the very soul, mainspring, and glory of its infinite delights.

Ephesians 1:15-17

Where there was much good, the apostle prayed for more. We all need still further to advance in divine things. To stand still is impossible.

Ephesians 1:18-23

How enraptured the apostle is when he speaks of the glories of Jesus; and well he may be, for it is a theme far excelling every other. Let us muse upon it till our hearts burn with love and our souls bow in adoration at his feet.

 

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