Our Position in Christ
Central Truth: Living in Christ is a place of great blessing.
Focus: Examine and rejoice in the inheritance we have in Christ.
Evangelism Emphasis: Jesus gave His life to redeem list people.
Key Scripture (Revelation 21:3): "In whom [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7).
- Paul's letter to Ephesians is joyful and victorious
- Some call it the hymn of salvation
1. Our Spiritual Blessings in Christ
a. blessed and chosen
Key Scripture (Ephesians 1:1-4): Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
Q: What happened "before the creation of the world" (v. 4 NIV)
B. Predestined and accepted
Key Scripture (Ephesians 1:5-6): he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
C. redemption and revelation
Key Scripture (Ephesians 1:7-10): In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
Q: Describe a "mystery" God has revealed to you in your walk with Him.
2. God's Purchased Possession
Key Scripture (Ephesians 1:11-14): In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Q: How are believers "sealed," and when does this occur (v. 13)?
3. Enlightened by God's Spirit
A. Reason to give thanks
Key Scripture (Ephesians 1:15-16): For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
b. Ability to know god
Key Scripture (Ephesians 1:17-21): I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
c. authority to empower
Key Scripture (Ephesians 1:22-23): And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
our position in christ
- We become a new person when we enter the spiritual realm of a new life in Christ
- Our citizenship is now in Heaven; we are only pilgrims and sojourners in this world
- Our affections are on things above
- Before we were strangers, now we are children of God
M - Covenant People (Genesis 17:1-9)
T - Treasured People (Deuteronomy 7:6-11)
W - Redeemed People (Psalm 107:1-9)
T - Blessings for Believers (Matthew 5:1-12)
F - Christlike Conduct (Colossians 3:12-17)
S - Redeemed in Christ (1 Peter 1:18-25)