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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

BLESSED IN CHRIST            Page 3
V. 3 (Cont'd.)

Paul would repeat this theme of the deity of Christ four more times in this epistle by mentioning Him in the same breath with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
cf. Ephesians 2:18, 3:14-17, 4:4-6 and 5:18-20

The Jews of Jesus' day fully understood that if God were the Father of Jesus it would mean that He too was deity and was to be worshipped. Let's look together at one of those times when Christ had to confront them on this issue. All see - John 10:22-33

** Now, back in Ephesians 1:3, what has the Father done to warrant Paul's blessing?

He has "blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places".

** How does that compare with us blessing God?

God is the source of all blessings, through the agency of the Holy Spirit. We bless God by our words, He blesses us in His deeds. cf. James 1:17

** What is the significance of these blessings being in the "heavenly places"?

Heaven proves to be the source of our eternal blessings. In verse 4 is the blessing of our election, verse 7 is the blessing of our redemption and in verse 13 is the blessing of our certification. In addition to all of that, with our blessings coming from heaven, it keeps our focus there and not earthbound. cf. Philippians 3:20 & Colossians 3:1-3

** What is the package that all of these wonderful blessings come in?

Jesus Christ, Himself! Just in this one sentence alone, Paul drives home the importance of Christ being the Chief Cornerstone by repeating the phrase "in Him", through Jesus, in the Beloved, through His blood or in Christ eleven times. All that we are or ever hope to be is completely dependent on the reality that we have been safely hidden, secure "in Jesus Christ".
cf. Philippians 3:8-9, Acts 17:28

V. 4 ** Paul now mentions possibly the greatest blessing in all of scripture, what is it?

"He chose us . . ."

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