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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

BLESSED IN CHRIST            Page 2

Read passage - Ending with "His grace" in Verse 6a

Opening Prayer

Blessed in Christ

INVESTIGATE

V. 3 ** Just as a footnote, verse three through verse 14 inclusive is one sentence of 202 words in the original Greek language. Paul presents to us the triune God in this beautiful expression of adoration to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It will take us three weeks to properly digest this sentence and hopefully catch a glimpse of Paul's love for his Master. Today we will begin with our look at God the Father.

** How does Paul open the passage?

With a doxology (or praise saying about God) - "Blessed be . . ."

** Is that appropriate?

Absolutely - Revelation 5:13 "And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, 'To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.'"

** What did Paul mean by "blessed be"?

eulogeo - from this word we get our English word "eulogy", which is a message of praise and commendation, the declaration of one's goodness. Paul is beginning his comments by "speaking well" of our Heavenly Father.

** What two terms does Paul use to describe God?

1) God . . . of our Lord Jesus Christ
2) Father . .of our Lord Jesus Christ

** What does this double title represent?

1) God of Jesus, refers to the humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ. cf. Matthew 27:46

2) Father of Jesus, refers to the equality between Jesus Christ and God the Father. It proclaims the deity of Jesus!

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