Lesson No. 472
Book of Ephesians, Chapter 1
"The Riches of His Grace."

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Greetings from Paul

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s overflowing kindness 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers 15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Lesson No. 472 "…The Riches of His Grace."

Book of Ephesians, Chapter 1



1) How about that introduction in verses 1 and 3!

2) Verse 3 blesses God and the Father; can we do that?

3) Verses 4 and 5 say we were ‘chosen’ and ‘predestined’ unto His adoption by the pleasure of His will. Is this Calvinism? What about free choice?

4) Verses 6 and 7 say it all! Is there any other grace?

5) What is the mystery of His will (v 9), gathering together in one all things in Christ (v 10), our inheritance and His purpose (v 11), and to the praise of His glory (v 12)?

6) So we hear the word of truth (v 13) the gospel of salvation, and we are ‘sealed’ with the Holy Spirit of promise (what promise), which is what in verse 14? Purchased by who? Later Paul says that the Holy Spirit in us is the first or the ‘down payment’ or the guarantee of our salvation.

7) So what brings great thanks to a spiritual Christian leader like Paul? (Hint: 15, 16)

8) What does Paul pray for the people in the churches in Ephesus? (Hint: 17) Why does he pray this prayer? (Hint: 18, 19)

9) Why does Jesus have the right and mighty power to answer Paul’s prayers for the churches? (Hint: 20, 21)

10) Specifically, what is Jesus’ responsibility? If He is the head, then what are we? (Hint: 23)

11) So then, if He is the head and we are the body, can there be any division in His church? If we have ‘division’ in our body, do we function correctly? What causes division in the church, and what unites our church as the body of Christ?

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