Ephesians 1 Outline
– Paul introduced himself as the apostle (Ephesians 1:1-2)
– The spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3-14)
– The prayer of Paul (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Ephesians 1 Bible Study
In Ephesians 1:1-2, Paul called himself an apostle of God. Apostle means someone who is called God to do his ministry. Paul was converted from Judaism to Christianity when he was on his way to Damascus. Paul wrote the letter to all who are faithful to Jesus and belonged to God. Those who have accepted Jesus as Lord over their lives will always have the grace and peace of God in their hearts.
In Ephesians 1:3-6, long ago before Jesus was reincarnated into human flesh, God already made up his mind that he will send his son Jesus to die on the cross so that we can become his people as well. Because Jesus was willing to die on the cross for our sins, we are able to inherit the kingdom of God and live with him in the afterlife. God had sent the Holy Spirit, at the request of his son Jesus so that he can get involved in our lives. The Holy Spirit guarantees that God’s plans in our lives will be successful. We should always thanked God with praise and gratitude because of the good things he had done in our lives.
In Ephesians 1:11-14, God never change his mind. He always do what he plans. He we can did this so that we can inherit eternal life with Jesus. When you believe in Jesus and accepted him into your lives, the Holy Spirit will live in you. The Holy Spirit is a witness that we are the children of God. The Holy Spirit will help us to live our lives in holiness for God so that we can become a living testimony for God’s glory. When you totally obey God’s commandments, you will be fully entitled to God’s promises and blessings.
In Ephesians 1:15-18, Paul praised the Ephesians for the steadfastness of their faith and love for people. He always thanked God for them in prayer. The Holy Spirit is the witness of our thoughts and emotions. He knows what you are thinking. When you do something wrong, the Holy Spirit will make you feel convicted so that you know that you are disobeying God. Christians must learn to listen to the small voice of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. The Holy Spirit lives in your heart once you accepted Jesus as savior and Lord. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will know how to live for Jesus and not be led astray from God.
In Ephesians 1:19-23, God will always help us as long as we seek him. God’s power in our lives is the same as the power he used to raise Jesus from the dead. After Christ ascended into heaven,he sit on the throne at the right hand side of God and rule over all authorities. Christ is pictured as the body of the church. We are the members of his body, the church. The church of Jesus is not a building or denomination. It is the true believers that makes up the body of Christ.