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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson One

FAITHFUL IN CHRIST            Page 5

V. 2 ** Let's now look at the second set before us, what are the dual blessings for the believer in verse two?

Grace and peace! This became a common greeting in the early church.

** How would you describe God's grace?

Grace is the unmerited favor of God in bestowing salvation upon quilt-laden sinners. Do you recall the acronym we have used for God's grace before?

God's Riches At Christ's Expense

** How does God's peace relate to His grace?

Peace is the by-product of Grace as we enjoy our reconciliation with a holy God which Christ's atoning work alone could accomplish.

** Can you think of two ways to describe this peace that a Christian can experience daily?

Peace with God - Romans 5:1
Peace of God - Philippians 4:6-7

** Finally, let's look at the third set in this passage, what is the dual source of those wonderful blessings?

God our Father
The Lord Jesus Christ

** While we can see that there are two manifestations of the source of blessings from God, is it really coming from two separate sources?

No, not at all! Notice the little word "and" in this phrase that describes the source of all our blessings. In the original Greek language this is the word "kai", which can be used to indicate equivalence and here Paul uses it to indicate that the Lord Jesus Christ is Deity just like God our Father. cf. Colossians 2:9

** When we consider the phrase "God our Father", it brings to mind all sorts of imagery. What do you think of when you consider God as your heavenly Father?

His protection, provision, wisdom, love, caring, majesty, holiness . . . and so on.

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