Ephesians ch1 v1 - v14
This week we began looking at the book of Ephesians in the New Testament. The letter is believed to be from Paul to the church in Ephesus; although some scholars believe that this was a circular letter intended for a number of churches. It is believed to have been written around 62 AD.
In the opening verses Paul concentrates on the many blessings which flow to us from God. We discussed what it means to be adopted into God's family and how we, as unworthy as we are, have become heirs of God. We discussed what God has done for us by redemption and by making us 'accepted in the Beloved' (ch 1 v6) through the work of Calvary.
We then considered how in God's great plan all things are made complete in Christ both in Earth and in Heaven. This led to a discussion about God's plan for us individually. We discussed that if God is able to work his plan out in all of Heaven and Earth and bring all of history together in Christ, then we ought to trust Him with our tiny lives!
We were reassured to be reminded that we cannot add anything to what Christ has done: His work on Calvary is complete and perfect. We depend solely upon His grace and stand upon His merit with an assurance that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit which is the guarantee of our inheritance (ch1 v13) until the day comes when we see Him face to face