HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

August 25/Ephesians 1

In a nutshell Paul wrote to the Ephesians about the Church of Christ. In the first three chapters he explained who we are as a church and the last three chapters he described the conduct of the Church.

Verse 1 > Paul gives us our identity as the Church > Holy People. When you know who you are you will begin to act like who you are. We behave as to how we perceive ourselves. Prov. 23:7 says that as a man thinks in his heart so is he. You cannot consistently act inconsistently with how you perceive yourself. If you perceive yourself to be a loser you will act like a loser.

Example: If you perceive yourself to be a runner you will have change your eating, sleeping and lifestyle habits to help to make you a better runner. You will say no to things that will hinder your running ability and yes to the things that will enhance your running ability.
Once Paul gives us our identity he gives us our purpose as a Church > Faithful followers of Jesus Christ.  We will now be conscious of living lives that reflect the character of Jesus but still maintaining our individual personalities.
Verse 2 > As the Church we can count on God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit to be close and personal in our lives. At least as close as we want them.  Grace contains favor and power to live for Christ. Peace gives us the ability to remain at ease even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Verse 3 > The Church is the place to receive all the blessings of God. Think of what people are missing out on by not being a part of the Church. Whatever blessing was bestowed on Jesus is available to us; peace, joy, faith, perseverance, provision, health, identity, purpose, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, victory over sin, death and the devil, to name a few blessings.
Verse 4 > Because of what Christ did for us, the Church, we are holy and without fault in the eyes of the Father!
Verse 5 > To get into a room you pass through a doorway. To get into God’s family you pass through Jesus by believing in Him for the forgiveness of sin. This is like passing through a carwash that cleans you up. When we pass through Jesus, receiving what he did for us on the cross, we are washed clean by his blood and filled with his Holy Spirit. So when God the Father looks at us, the Church, he sees the cleanliness of Jesus in us and the mark of the Holy Spirit! It gave God great pleasure to do this. God did this for His Glory! God is for us for His Glory!
Verse 6 > When we think of what God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ have done for us the only proper response is to stop and give thanks.
Poured = charitoo, which means to be highly favored. We are highly favored by God. We belong to Him by the work Jesus did on the cross to forgive us of our sins and adopt us into His family. Highly favored was only used one other place in the gospels when it says that Mary was highly favored of the Lord and she was chosen to carry and give birth to Jesus. As God pursued and chose Mary to highly bless her, He pursues and chooses us to highly bless.
Luke 1:28 (ESV) — 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
We have been chosen to carry Jesus. The Lord is with you. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and when our lives reflect the character of Jesus, in  sense we are giving birth to him. We are letting him live his life through using our human bodies and our personalities.
Verse 7 > God is so rich in kindness and grace that he will never ever run out! By the blood of Jesus we are freed from the power of sin in our lives to live for Jesus. Someone might say, “I don’t feel free.” It doesn’t matter how you feel. Read the word. The word of God says you are free. The prison cell has been open. Begin to live in this new freedom.
God wants us close so he can lavish his love on us. We are the apple of his eye. We have complete access to the throne room. Practice the presence of Jesus. Remind yourself that you are God’s beloved son or daughter and that he wants to lavish his love on us.
Verse 8 > God is so rich in kindness that He can shower it on us. To be showered is to have more than enough. He doesn’t have to ration it out because no matter how much He showers on us He will always have more. When I shower I am drenched with more than enough water. The excess runs down the drain.
Verse 9 > God saved us for His pleasure! It gave Him great enjoyment to set us free from the clutches of Satan. People use other people for their own pleasure but that is not the way of God. Everything He does is for our good, even if at the moment it doesn’t seem good to us.
Verse 10 > Remember that God’s timing in our lives is always right.

Verse 11 > Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. What Jesus receives we receive.  I can relax and enjoy life because Jesus is making everything workout according to his plan. When someone asks me how I am doing I can say, “Its working out.” For the praise of His glory!

“We have received” means that what ever Christ has we have. What ever the Father has is ours. He wanted us to have this inheritance.
Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In the first half of the chapter Paul lays out the foundation of the gospel. He then moves on to pray over the church for wisdom and understanding of the power of God. Paul knows that the blessings of God are directly tied to knowing God through Jesus.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Verse 4 states that “even before He created the world He loved us (me) and chose us(me)to be holy in Christ Jesus.” I don’t know about you but to know that my Abba has known me and chosen me before the beginning of time gives me great pause…..how can I understand a love so immense? How can I not fall down and worship Him? How can I not want to share that love with others? No matter what I’m going through I can rest in the arms of Abba knowing that He chose ME.