Ephesians 1 Lesson

God's Amazing Grace!

Unlike Galatians and Corinthians, Ephesians was not written to address any specific concerns within the church. Instead, it was written to emphasize all that we receive when we become Christians. In this epistle, Paul lets everyone know that these precious gifts come with a responsibility to act in a manner worthy of our calling.

Ephesus was considered the foremost of the Asian churches. At the time of Paul’s letter, it was the commercial and religious center of Asia Minor. Paul was familiar with the people living in Ephesus, having previously spent three years there in ministry.

This epistle was written in approximately 60-61 AD, while Paul was under house arrest in Rome. It is the seventh of thirteen epistles written by Paul. A chronological listing of Paul’s epistles is provided below.

  • Galatians 49 AD
  • 1 Thessalonians 51 AD
  • 2 Thessalonians 51 AD
  • 1 Corinthians 56 AD
  • 2 Corinthians 56 AD
  • Romans 57 AD
  • Ephesians 60-61 AD (During 1st imprisonment under house arrest)
  • Colossians 60-61 AD (During 1st imprisonment under house arrest)
  • Philemon 60-61 AD (During 1st imprisonment under house arrest)
  • Philippians 62 AD (During 1st imprisonment under house arrest)
  • 1 Timothy 62-63 AD
  • Titus 63 AD
  • 2 Timothy 67 AD (During 2nd imprisonment in Rome)

**Dates are approximations based on the consensus of theologians and historical records.

The first three chapters of Ephesians talk about the believer’s heavenly possessions, including:

  • Adoption,
  • Redemption,
  • Inheritance,
  • Power,
  • Life,
  • Grace,
  • Citizenship,
  • The love of Christ.

The remaining three chapters talk about the responsibility believers have to conduct themselves according to their callings.

Ephesians 1 makes three basic points, followed by a prayer.

  1. We are chosen by the Father. “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.” – Ephesians 1:4.
  2. We are redeemed by the Son. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight.” – Ephesians 1:7.
  3. We are sealed by the Spirit. “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:13-14.

Ephesians 1:7 says:

  • “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.”

Paul is talking about God's grace being lavished upon us.

Grace means, “Unmerited favor,” or receiving something that we have not earned. Paul uses the phrase, “Lavished upon us,” to indicate that His grace is bestowed in generous/extravagant quantities.

So what have we received from God that we have not earned? What was lavished upon us?

THROUGH JESUS, GOD’S GRACE PROVIDES

  1. Hope,
  2. The perfect example,
  3. Redemption from our sins,
  4. The promise of eternal life,
  5. The Holy Spirit,
  6. Freedom from the bondage of sin,
  7. The right to be called children of God.

In the history of the world, there has never been a gift as precious as Jesus!

In Ephesians 4:1 Paul implores the Ephesians (and us) to, “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”

Once we understand the abundance of grace that has been lavished upon us, our hearts should be stirred to walk in a manner worthy of such a gift.

We will conclude today’s study with the following words written by The Apostle Paul:

  • “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” – Ephesians 1:18-19. 

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Peggy Sue

Thank you so much for these lessons. During this time when we are stuck at home ( which I have totally enjoyed) these have been such as blessing. I pray God will bless you for this work and our nation will be blessed because of it. THANK YOU.

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Michael

I am thankful that I have people to study God's word with online. Thank you Peggy Sue, Betty, Dan and John for studying with me!

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Peggy Sue

Thank you so much for these lessons. During this time when we are stuck at home ( which I have totally enjoyed) these have been such as blessing. I pray God will bless you for this work and our nation will be blessed because of it. THANK YOU.

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