Election. As the Greek word in both the New Testament and Septuagint is applied to God alone, so it signifies, . Ephesians 1:3-14 is actually one long sentence extolling God’s action. Lit., "in the heavenlies", a phrase found only in Ephesians - 1:3; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12 b. The perfect participle of the verb, εὐλογημένος blessed, is used of men. 3.Blessed—First emphatic word and keynote to the rich and joyous tone of the whole paragraph. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.âOn this phrase (used in Romans 15:6; 2Corinthians 1:3; 2Corinthians 11:31; 1Peter 1:3) see Note on Romans 15:6. First, they are "in the heavenly places" a. “God has blessed not only the Jews but also you Gentiles, with all the riches of heaven!!! So much, then, for the first point; now, in the second place, note the one divine act by which all these blessings have been bestowed. Thank God for every experience you have with God. Read Ephesians 1 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Now "our citizenship (Greek) is in heaven" (Php 3:20), where our High Priest is ever "blessing" us. The matter of fact seems to have been, that Paul was uncommonly successful there among his own countrymen, and that his chief difficulty there arose, not from the Jews, but from the influence of the heathen; Acts 19:24. If you were chosen before the foundation of the world, it was only "in Christ" that you were chosen. With all spiritual blessings. He shews, at the same time, that the full certainty of future happiness rests on the revelation of his love to us in Christ, which God makes in the gospel. Ephesians 1:3-14 begins with the pronouncement of a blessing upon God in response to the abundant ways in which God has blessed us (verse 3). Blessed be . 428-page 6x9 paperback commentary and 54 audio lectures in MP3. You remember in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, where Paul says "All things are yours.". ], [Note: W. Hall Harris, ""The Heavenlies" Reconsidered: Ouranos and Epouranios in, "Paul"s letter to the Ephesians is as carefully structured as that great temple of Diana, and it contains greater beauty and wealth! For God does eternally, by his very nature and affinity, prefer and elect that which is holy, or freely consents to become so. MacLaren's Expositions. We possess this land by faith. In this verse it means clearly things on earth which are heavenly in quality. But, I would ask, were there no Jews in the church at Ephesus? The fact is, that this is a mere supposition, resorted to without evidence, and in the face of every fair principle of interpretation, to avoid an unpleasant doctrine. 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IV. Ephesians 1:3, ESV: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places," Ephesians 1:3-4 Commentary. We are an integrated part of who He is. Read Introduction to Ephesians 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, There is a two-verse introduction and a two-verse conclusion to Ephesians. If you want to dig further, my theology has a lot more about salvation and man. The Greek adjective , signifying pertaining to the heavenly regions, may imply either places or things: in Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12, places is required. NOT, the Son is eternally the Son and eternally God, never having not existed as the Father, has never not existed. (5) The matter of our salvation is Christ, in whom alone we are endued with spiritual blessing and that to salvation. Paul therefore blesses God, because he hath blessed us, that is, hath enriched us with all blessing and grace. The design of the apostle, therefore, in asserting the riches of divine grace toward the Ephesians, was to protect them against having their faith shaken by the false apostles, as if their calling were doubtful, or salvation were to be sought in some other way. For God does eternally, by his very nature and affinity, prefer and elect that which is holy, or freely consents to become so. The old writers, therefore, were accustomed to distinguish between the coelum gloriae, the heaven of glory; coelum naturae, the visible heavens, and coelum gratiae, the heaven of grace here on earth. With all spiritual blessings - Pardon, peace, redemption, adoption, the earnest of the Spirit, etc., referred to in the following verses - blessings which "individual Christians" enjoy, and not external privileges conferred on nations. But to confirm the matter more fully, he rises to the first cause, to the fountain, â the eternal election of God, by which, ere we are born, (Romans 9:11,) we are adopted as sons. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ -, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ο τεος και πατηρ του Κυριου ημων Ιησου Χριστου, ho theos kai patēr tou Kuriou hēmōn Iēsou Christou, ho theos tou Kuriou hēmōn Iēsou Christou, Therefore that holy thing shall be called the Son of God, blessed then be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ð±Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð¾ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ð²ÑÐ¸Ð¹ Ð²ÑÑÐºÐ¸Ð¼ Ð´ÑÑ Ð¾Ð²Ð½ÑÐ¼ Ð±Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð¾ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð²ÐµÐ½Ð¸ÐµÐ¼, εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν ᾿ιησοῦ χριστοῦ, "This verse marks not only the introduction but also the main sentence of the eulogy. "When you were born again into God"s family, you were born rich. COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Jeremiah 31:7-14 (C, E) Proper 10 ... Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:(1-9) 10-18-- Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Katy Stenta, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte-- Second Sunday after Christmas - B, Epiphany of the Lord - B-- 2021. Compare Philippians 3:20. The phrase probably means, in things pertaining to heaven; suited to prepare us for heaven; and tending toward heaven. Ephesians 1:3 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, # OneMinuteBibleCommentary # nbtimedia # nbticommentary Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Our "treasures" are there (Mt 6:20, 21); our aims and affections (Col 3:1, 2); our hope (Col 1:5; Tit 2:13); our inheritance (1Pe 1:4). "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." Others suggest that Christ was not the Son until He was born of Mary. But that doesn't alter the fact that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. This cannot be, for he speaks of "spiritual blessings;" he speaks of the persons referred to as having "redemption" and "the forgiveness of sins;" as having "obtained an inheritance," and as being sealed with the "Holy Spirit of promise." Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 1:3-8 Spiritual and heavenly blessings are the best blessings; with which we cannot be miserable, and without which we cannot but be so. The word differs from that used in the Beatitudes, μακάριος. In very brief terms, we are baptized into His body when we are saved, we are in His body, which by the way is the church, and thus we are within Him and part of His being, the church. Paul emphasizes in this epistle the work of the divine Spirit upon the human spirit. I would suggest that since He did this in heavenly places (the cleansing of the heavenly tabernacle mentioned in Hebrews) and that it is in Him, that this speaks to the work of the cross and offering of the blood in the heavenly tabernacle for the final step in providing salvation. Since most suggest that the decrees are eternal they would probably reject this out of hand, however anyone with a logical mind might seize upon this as a distinct possibility, in that if God is eternal, and He is, then the decrees are something that He decided to do, thus requiring a tad of time between His eternality and His decrees. Hence, differing from Alford, Ellicott, and others, we think that here the phrase should be rendered. In Philippians 2:10, it implies the heavenly inhabitants, the angels. With John 6 and Romans 9-11, it is one of the three passages that Calvinists lean on heavily to establish their teaching. But (1) it is altogether unlikely that so unique a phrase would be used in two different senses; (2) the original word for âheavenlyâ has most properly and most usually a local meaning; (3) the transference of the thoughts to heaven above suits especially the whole tone of this Epistle and the parallel Epistle to the Colossians; and (4) the local sense agrees best with the context here, for the Apostle is speaking of the election âbefore the foundation of the worldâ as made by the foreknowledge of God in heaven, where Christ is âin the beginning with God.â. . Éphésiens 1 3 Béni soit Dieu, le Père de notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ, qui nous a bénis de toutes sortes de bénédictions spirituelles dans les lieux célestes en Christ! Here on earth he is, as the apostle says, in Ephesians 2:6, âin heavenly places.' Ephesians 1:1 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: Ephesians 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ", Who hath blessed us - Who does Paul mean here by "us?" This book is full of doctrine and it is a book to study over and over because of its depth, I trust that you will come to it often to study. This just makes sense to do it in this order. II. Blessed us—Alford well says, that “God’s blessing is in facts, ours only in words.”. Draw on your bank account in heaven. In this verse it means clearly things on earth which are, in quality. Walk with the Saviour, but don't walk like a spiritual pauper. But where is the life of our religion when these things are taken away from it? The Son is not a Son born from God, though the word does say that He is begotten. It's a wonderful thing. Does that give you the creeps to think about being part of Christ and living the way we do - we ought to be ashamed of our living, of our detractions from who Christ is before mankind. When the body itself is presented to us, figures are no longer needed. Our attention is here called to the singular efficacy which dwells in the very word of God, and which Paul expresses in beautiful language.3.Men bless each other by prayer.4.The priestâs blessing is not simply a prayer, but is likewise a testimony and pledge of the Divine blessing; for the priests received a commission to bless in the name of the Lord. Let us give thanks! Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: "Blessed be the God and Father..." is the introduction to a sentence that ends in verse twelve. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every blessing of the Spirit, in heavenly places in Christ. If Ephesians 1-3 explains our bank account, Ephesians 4-6 contains the investment strategies which guarantee results. They walked by faith. Ephesians 1:3-10 Exploring the Passage. Remember, time is a medium designed for man and has little meaning to God. With these, then, and with every other are you blessed, already blessed, if you are one of God"s saints and a believer in Christ Jesus. Secondly, they are "in Christ" a. And you'll notice as you read verses three to six, there are four great things that God the Father does for us in our redemption. Look at the words; examine them again and again; think over in your mind, one by one, the spiritual blessings that you most covet. (b) With every type of gracious and bountiful goodness which is heavenly indeed, and from God alone. And if he was, why did he name himself among them as one on whom this blessing had been bestowed? I have no objection to Chrysostomâs remark, that the word spiritual conveys an implied contrast between the blessing of Moses and of Christ. This points up to me the universal atonement that is offered to every man, that is only to be received. Even many Christians turn away from it with dread; or if they "tolerate" it, they yet feel that there is something about it that is especially dark and forbidding. Ephesians 2:1-3 enables us to better appreciate our salvation by emphasizing our great need for God's saving intervention in our lives. 3.Blessed (108) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The adjective may, therefore, imply place, that is, the heavenly region; or it may mean things on earth that are redolent of that place. All that I need in my life I find in Christ. There is no accusation that will stand before that answer. Every spiritual blessing that God has for His people is ours. God is "the God" of the man Jesus, and "the Father" of the Divine Word. The same Greek adjective in Matthew 18:35 (which in the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:9, is rendered “who art in heaven”) includes the entire comprehension of God’s omnipresence. . i. Lastly, note the one Person in whom all spiritual blessings are enshrined. Ephesians 1:3-4. By Christ Jesus - Through whom, and for whom, all these miracles of mercy and power are wrought. In three out of the other four places (Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:10) the local sense is manifest; in the fourth (Ephesians 6:12) and in this it might be doubtful. So in Hebrews 6:4; Hebrews 8:5; Hebrews 9:23, the adjective presupposes things heavenly in nature, origin, or relation, yet earthly in place. We don't have enough of them. The second one about the Father is in verse4. All that was intended to be expressed is the superiority of that grace which we receive through Christ. We also have the doctrine of our being able to bless God. The word bless is here used in more than one sense, as referring to God, and as referring to men. Also, it is finished; it is not a process of us getting better and better till we are saved - not a valid teaching. (See the whole of John 17, especially Ephesians 1:21-23.). Of the total verses in Ephesians (155), nearly half (75 of them) will be read during these seven Sundays. It is in essence a summary of the whole eulogy.". It is as they are in him, and in virtue of that union that they are partakers of these benefits. It is no meteor light dancing over morasses and swamps. There is no doctrine that is usually so unpopular; none that is so much reproached; none that is so much abused. 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