BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 22, Day 2: Ephesians 1:1-14

Summary of passage:  Paul is now writing to the Ephesians.  Praise to God for blessing us in the heaven with spiritual blessings.  We have been chosen since before the Creation to be holy and blameless in His sight.  Through love God predestined us to be adopted into His family through Christ for His pleasure and will by the gift of grace which he gives us freely.

We have redemption through Christ’s blood by God’s grace, made known to us through Christ, to bring all things in heaven and earth together in God’s timing.

We are also for the praise of God’s glory.  Having believed we were marked with a seal (the Holy Spirit) which guarantees our inheritance (our possession by God) until we are redeemed–to the praise of His glory.

Questions:

3)  God

4)  1 Corinthians 15:10 “By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect…the grace of God was with me.”  Paul realized he was saved by God’s grace, God had turned him towards Him (converted him Acts 9).

“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:18

“May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”  2 Thessalonians 3:16

When you accept God’s grace you have peace.  Paul repeatedly opens his letters with “Grace and peace be with you.”  God is a God of peace He wants us to have peace as well.

I think Paul did find this.  He had to in order to endure all of his hardships (beatings, shipwrecks, hunger, thirst, etc).  He found God’s peace in God’s calling on his life and he persevered till the end.

5)  Heavenly realms is heaven and every spiritual blessing I see as eternal life and everything that accompanies that.  Every blessing we receive is from God so therefore it is spiritual.

6a)  He chose us before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ for his pleasure by his grace as a free gift.  WE have redemption through his blood, forgiveness of sins by God’s grace.  He made known to us the mystery of his will purposed in Christ which will go into effect when the times have reached their fulfillment (End Times) so all things in heaven and earch may abide together.

b)  To be adopted as God’s children, to be cleansed of our sins forever so that we may abide in the Lord’s presence; to be for the praise of His glory since as believers in Christ we have been gifted with the Holy Spirit, thus guaranteeing our inheritance in heaven.

c)  To be holy and blameless and adopted as God’s sons.  He has predestined us to be Christ-like and therefore justified (made righteous and able to stand before God) and glorified.  All for God’s pleasure.

7)  According to Webster’s Dictionary, redemption means “to buy back, repurchase, to free from captivity by payment of ransom, to free from the consequences of sin, to change for the better, to atone for, to make good, fulfill.”

According to Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary by J D Douglas and Merrill C Tenney, redemption “describes God’s merciful and costly action on behalf of his people…release or freedom on payment of a price, deliverance by a costly method.”

We have been atoned for and bought back by the blood of Christ.  Christ paid the price to free us from our sins so that we can have deliverance into God’s hands.  We have been fulfilled of God’s plan.

Conclusions:  Great study of the fundamental truths and foundations of Christianity. The essence of what we believe, why we believe it, and its purpose is right here.  God sent Jesus to die for our sins so we can stand with God for all of eternity–God’s ultimate plan since the beginning of time.  Always great to hear!