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Ephesians is a book of riches, wealth, inheritance, and fullness.
The problem today and hence the need of this study, is that in our society today we find way to many Christians who are starving spiritually and living in spiritual poverty when God has provided limitless bank account.
To get the idea of the riches and fullness and inheritance, lets look at a few verses.
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV 1900)
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
Ephesians 3:8 (KJV 1900)
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Ephesians 3:16 (KJV 1900)
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
So you have the riches of His grace, the riches of His Son, and the riches of His glory.
In other words, grace means God’s unmerited, underserved kindness and favor.
Grace is behind all of the generosity that God pours out on us.
“Grace” is used 12 times in this letter.
“Glory” is used 8 times.
“Inheritance” 4 times.
“Riches” 5 times.
“Fullness” and “filled” is used 7 times.
And the key to everything is the phrase “in Christ” which is used 27 times.
All of this flows out of the key verse that we will look at next week.
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV 1900)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
All these blessings of fullness and riches and inheritance of the glory of His grace is ours because we are in Christ.
All of this is summed up in
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV 1900)
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
God has enough resources in heaven to cover your past debts, your present liabilities, and your future needs and still not diminish your account.
That is God’s plan.
Be honest!
Are you living to your potential?
All of this doctrine and fullness of God leads in to chapters 4-6 with our duty.
If we have unlimited resources, then how do we redeem them?
Ephesians 4:13 (KJV 1900)
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
first of all, having the fullness of Christ, and then the fullness of the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 (KJV 1900)
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Our Security and guarantee of these riches is mentioned secure 27 times “in Christ.”
Our riches are as secure as Christ is secure.
Romans 8:17 (KJV 1900)
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
1 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV 1900)
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
We have what Christ has.
We possess what Christ possesses.
If you are not in Christ, you are poor, you are destitute, you are a pauper, a beggar.
However, if you are in Christ, then you are rich beyond all imagination.
It is all based on Him.
It is all His.
Ephesians 1:5 (KJV 1900)
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Ephesians 1:6–7 (KJV 1900)
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:12 (KJV 1900)
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Ephesians 1:19 (KJV 1900)
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Ephesians 2:4 (KJV 1900)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Ephesians 1:9 (KJV 1900)
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Ephesians 1:11 (KJV 1900)
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Ephesians 1:18 (KJV 1900)
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV 1900)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
It is all because of Him.
It is all that we are In Christ and therefore these things become ours.
In the first 3 chapters, Paul tells us about the Riches Transmitted.
Riches Transmitted - 1-3
Redeeming our Time - 4-6
What riches you have received for placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
The last 3 chapters tell you how to use those riches.
Redeeming our Time
Chapters 1-3 Theology Chapters 4-6 Practice
Chapter 1-3 Doctrine Chapters 4-6 Duty.
Now, if this is not enough, the Apostle Paul takes on a whole other dimension by sharing that this happens because we are in the church.
We are saved and are a part of a local New Testament Church.
The local body of Christ.
The Book of Ephesians discusses the church.
It discusses what the church is, how the church functions, how we function in the church and it discusses the riches of the church.
The key thought is given to us in Chapter 3
In chapter 3, Paul is talking about himself as an Apostle, as one who speaks the message of Christ, and so forth and he says here is the special message I want to give you in this book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 3:3 (KJV 1900)
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
by revelation, from Jesus Christ in verse 1
Ephesians 3:1 (KJV 1900)
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
and God in verse 2
Ephesians 3:2 (KJV 1900)
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Ephesians 3:3 (KJV 1900)
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Ephesians is about a mystery!
It is a mystery that has been hidden for a long time.
Ephesians 3:5 (KJV 1900)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
but has now been revealed
Ephesians 3:6 (KJV 1900)
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