Ephesians 1

Show verse 1 ToDo itemsHide verse 1 ToDo items1 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:
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F Know that God sends people to people with the good news of Jesus Christ.
F Know that Paul was chosen by God to be sent out with authority as an ambassador of Jesus Christ.
I Know that as believers we are also ambassadors of Jesus Christ. [See 2 Corinthians 5:20]
F Know that a believer should consider themself a personal representative of Jesus Christ.
C Know that God has a master plan which He is executing.
C Know that God often involves people to fulfil His plan on the Earth. [See 1 Corinthians 3:9]
C Know that God may choose even the most unlikely people to fulfil His plan on the Earth, including those who directly oppose Him.
C Know that God wants to be part of our lives.
C Know that God wants us to be part of His plan.
C Know that God wants us to know Him.
F Know that Paul did not choose Jesus but rather Jesus chose Paul. [See Acts 9]
F Know that when we seek to serve and do the will of God it gives direction and purpose to our life.
I Know that our faith has brought us into Christ Jesus.
I Know that in Christ, we are saints.
I Know that as saints, we belong to God who has claimed us as His own.
F Know that Paul’s letter to the saints at Ephesus (God’s Word) is directly addressed to each of us today as faithful believers in Christ Jesus.
I Know that in Christ we have been set apart by God, for God.
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Show verse 2 ToDo itemsHide verse 2 ToDo items2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
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T Take note how Paul greets the saints by both wishing and reminding them of God’s grace and peace.
C Know that grace comes from God the Father.
C Know that God gives sustaining grace for daily living of the Christian life.
C Know that peace comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.
T Remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. [See Isaiah 9:6]
C Know that Jesus gives us His peace (the peace of God) for daily living of the Christian life.
I Know that God is our Father.
I Know that we are children of God.
I Know that grace and peace are ours because God is our Father.
I Know that we do not strive for peace with God because God has settled our sin issue by the death of Christ.
C Know that the Lord Jesus Christ is equally divine with God the Father.
C Know that Jesus is Lord.
C Know that Jesus is Saviour.
C Know that Jesus is the Messiah.
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Show verse 3 ToDo itemsHide verse 3 ToDo items3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
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C Know that God is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
C Know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
I Know that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour.
C Know that God the Father is the God of the Lord Jesus Christ.
T Give praise to God the Father because He has spiritually blessed us bountifully and unconditionally. [See Romans 8:32]
C Know that God is worthy of praise.
C Know that God is gracious. [v2-3]
P Know that God has reserved a place in heaven for those in Christ.
I Know that Jesus Christ is the centre and source of all our blessings.
T Recognise and thank God for all your spiritual blessings in Christ.
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Show verse 4 ToDo itemsHide verse 4 ToDo items4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
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I Know that it was by God’s grace alone that we were chosen in Christ. [See Romans 11:5-6]
I Know that we did not choose God. He chose us.
I Know that we were chosen by God in Christ before the creation of the world. [See 2 Timothy 1:9]
F Know that God’s master plan started even before the creation of the world.
C Know that Jesus was with God before the creation of the world.
I Know that in Christ, we are holy and blameless before God in love. [See Romans 8:33]
I Know that in Christ we have a perfect standing in the sight of God because Christ took our penalty.
I Know that in Christ, we do not need to seek God’s approval because we have it because of the death of Christ for our sins. There is no alienation between us and God.
C Know that in Christ, God sees us in our perfected state: holy, without blemish and clothed in the righteousness of His Son.
T Don’t put yourself down: God has elevated you to sainthood.
T See yourself as God sees you in Christ and realise just how completely He loves you.
T Don’t try in your own strength to become what you already are in Christ.
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Show verse 5 ToDo itemsHide verse 5 ToDo items5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
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I Know that God appointed us beforehand to be adopted as His children by Jesus Christ. [See Romans 8:15]
I Know that God’s blessings have given us a new identity.
C Know that it delighted God when He decided to adopt us as His children.
C Know that God wants to be Father to us.
T As a beloved child of God, become totally dependent on God your Father.
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Show verse 6 ToDo itemsHide verse 6 ToDo items6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
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I Know that our adoption as God’s children is for the praise of God the Father and the glory of His grace. [v3-6]
T Praise God the Father and the glory of His loving kindness and favour.
I Know that not only are we to praise God the Father but we are to cause Him to receive praise by how we live and serve Him. [See Matthew 5:16]
C Know that God is glorious.
F Know that God’s grace is glorious.
I Know that God has made us highly favoured and accepted in His beloved Son Jesus. [See Romans 5:1-2]
I Know that it was God alone that made us accepted in Christ and not through any works that we performed as we hadn’t even been born when God decided!
C Know that Jesus is God’s only begotten and beloved Son. [See Matthew 3:17]
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Show verse 7 ToDo itemsHide verse 7 ToDo items7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
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I Know that in Christ we have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus. [See Romans 3:24-25]
I Know that Jesus is our redeemer who has set us free from sin. [v5-7] [See Galatians 4:4-5]
T Do not underestimate the suffering and great price paid by Jesus to redeem us.
T Do not underestimate the great value that God places on your life.
T Do not underestimate the great love that God has for you.
F Know that we are not able to redeem ourselves.
C Know that God’s master plan is one of redemption for mankind.
C Know that God wants us to collaborate with Him in His plan of redemption.
F Know that redemption is mankind’s greatest need.
F Know that all have sinned and are in need of God’s forgiveness. [See Romans 3:23]
F Know that people do not go to hell because they are sinners but because they reject Jesus who paid for their sins. [See John 3:16-18]
I Know that in Christ our sins (past, present and future) have been permanently forgiven through the ransom blood of Jesus. [See 1 Peter 1:18-19]
C Know that God is merciful.
I Know that God has lavished the riches of His grace upon us.
C Know that God gives generously.
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Show verse 8 ToDo itemsHide verse 8 ToDo items8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
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C Know that God’s grace flows abundantly towards His children. [v5-8]
I Know that God has lavished wisdom and understanding upon us through the abundant riches of His grace. [v7-8]
T Be sure to take firm hold of wisdom and understanding. [See Proverbs 4:7]
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Show verse 9 ToDo itemsHide verse 9 ToDo items9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
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I Know that God has chosen to make known to us the hidden secret of His master plan.
C Know that it pleases God to reveal His will to His children.
C Know that God decides and does as He pleases.
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Show verse 10 ToDo itemsHide verse 10 ToDo items10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
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C Know that God is orchestrating a certain succession of times and seasons as He works out the purpose of His will. [See Acts 17:26]
C Know that God is the Lord and steward of all time.
P Know that at the appropriate moment in time (The Rapture), God will gather together all things which are in Christ, both from in heaven and on Earth. [See 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17]
F Know that the dead in Christ are in heaven.
C Know that God has positioned His Son Jesus Christ at the centre of His master plan.
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Show verse 11 ToDo itemsHide verse 11 ToDo items11 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:
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I Know that in Christ we have become children and heirs of God. [v5-11] [See Romans 8:15-17]
I Know that we were predestined to obtain an inheritance in Christ by God’s will.
I Know that we were predestined to be part of God’s purpose and plan.
F Know that you were no accident of birth.
F Know that you were born for a reason.
C Know that God works all things after the counsel of His own will. [v9-11]
C Know that God is sovereign, having supreme power and authority to rule as He chooses.
C Know that God does not need or seek advice from anybody.
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Show verse 12 ToDo itemsHide verse 12 ToDo items12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
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I Know that we exist to praise God’s glorious Son. [v11-12] [See Isaiah 43:21]
T Live for the praise of God’s glorious Son.
F Know that it was the Jews who first hoped in the Messiah.
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Show verse 13 ToDo itemsHide verse 13 ToDo items13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
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F Know that it was always God’s plan to allow Gentile believers to trust in the Messiah also.
I Know that our trust is in Christ since we heard and believed the Word of Truth (Jesus), the good news of our salvation. [See John 5:24]
F Know that the Word of Truth (Jesus) is the good news of salvation.
F Know that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. [See Romans 10:17]
F Know that despite being chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, believers are not born again until the exact time planned by God for them to hear and believe the gospel of salvation.
F Know that all men have need of salvation. [See Romans 3:23]
I Know that in Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells within our heart. [See 2 Corinthians 1:22; Romans 5:5]
I Know that we received the Holy Spirit of promise after we believed.
I Know that the Holy Spirit is God’s seal of ownership upon us.
F Know that the Holy Spirit is God’s seal of ownership upon believers.
P Know that the seal of the Holy Spirit is God’s pledge to fulfil all heavenly blessings bestowed upon a believer.
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Show verse 14 ToDo itemsHide verse 14 ToDo items14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
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I Know that the Holy Spirit is the down payment (pledge) of our inheritance until our bodily redemption. [v13-14] [See Romans 8:23]
I Know that we are each a purchased possession of the Lord. [v13-14] [See 1 Corinthians 6:19-20]
I Know that we have been purchased by the ransom blood of Jesus. [See Acts 20:28]
C Know that the Holy Spirit is glorious.
C Know that the Holy Spirit is worthy of praise.
I Know that our possession of the Holy Spirit is for the praise of His (the Holy Spirit’s) glory. [v13-14]
T Praise the glory of the Holy Spirit.
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Show verse 15 ToDo itemsHide verse 15 ToDo items15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
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F Know that faith in Jesus and love towards all of the saints go together hand-in-hand for believers.
F Know that faith produces love.
F Know that true faith causes us to take action towards others. [See James 2:18]
I Know that in Christ we are to love all saints and not just those that are "easy" to love. [See 1 John 3:14]
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Show verse 16 ToDo itemsHide verse 16 ToDo items16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
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T Give thanks and pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ without ceasing.
T Know that it is important to tell people personally that we thank God for them and pray for them.
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Show verse 17 ToDo itemsHide verse 17 ToDo items17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
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C Know that God is the Father of glory (Jesus). [See John 1:14]
F Know that wisdom does not come automatically to believers at time of conversion.
T Remember that wisdom is the principal thing. [See Proverbs 4:7]
T Earnestly seek after wisdom.
F Know that revelation unveils truth about God.
F Know that Paul received and was taught the gospel by the revelation of Jesus Christ. [See Galatians 1:11-12]
T Pray that God may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the experiential knowledge of His character and will. [See Colossians 1:9]
C Know that God not only wants us to know about Him but also to know Him personally through a first-hand relationship with Him. [See Colossians 1:10]
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Show verse 18 ToDo itemsHide verse 18 ToDo items18 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,
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T Pray that your understanding may be enlightened to know the certainty of His calling.
I Know that our confident expectation of His calling is eternal life with God. [See 1 Peter 5:10]
I Know that we are called with a holy calling according to His purpose and grace. [See 2 Timothy 1:9]
F Know that there are great riches to be found in the glorious Holy Spirit.
T Pray that you may know and understand the riches of the glory of His inheritance (the Holy Spirit) in you and in the body of Christ. [See 1 Corinthians 12]
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Show verse 19 ToDo itemsHide verse 19 ToDo items19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
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T Pray that you may know and experience the working of His great and miraculous power that is given to believers. [v18-19]
C Know that God’s power in us (the Holy Spirit) is exceedingly great and mighty.
I Know that as believers God’s exceedingly great and mighty power is at our disposal. [See 2 Corinthians 4:7]
I Know that we are agents of God’s mighty power. [See Acts 1:8]
I Know that power from God allows us to look fear in the face and move on with confidence.
I Know that no matter what situation or pressure may come upon us, we have the power of God to address it.
T Do not underestimate or lose sight of the power of God in your life.
I Know that as believers we are not only to know about God’s exceedingly great and mighty power but we are to put it to work in our lives for His glory. [v13-19] [See Ephesians 3:20]
C Know that God wants to demonstrate His mighty power through us so that He might receive glory. [v18-19]
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Show verse 20 ToDo itemsHide verse 20 ToDo items20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
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C Know that God can raise the dead.
C Know that God’s power is life giving.
F Know that God raised Jesus from the dead.
F Know that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead raises the believer from spiritual death.
C Know that Jesus, who once was dead, is alive.
F Know that God demonstrated the exceeding greatness of His power when He raised Jesus from the dead. [v19-20]
F Know that God has set Jesus at His own right hand in heaven to share His throne. [See Psalms 110:1]
C Know that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in heaven. [See Revelation 3:21]
C Know that Jesus is the only one invited by the Father to sit at His right hand in heaven. [See Hebrews 1:13]
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Show verse 21 ToDo itemsHide verse 21 ToDo items21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
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F Know that God the Father has exalted His Son far above every name. [v20-21] [See Philippians 2:6-11]
C Know that Jesus is set far above every power, authority and name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come. [v20-21]
P Know that there is a world to come after this world.
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Show verse 22 ToDo itemsHide verse 22 ToDo items22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
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F Know that God the Father has put all things in subjection to Jesus. [See Psalms 8:6, 1 Corinthians 15:27]
C Know that Jesus has absolute sovereignty and supreme authority over all things. [v20-22] [See Matthew 28:18]
F Know that God the Father has set Jesus as supreme head and authority over all things to the church for its benefit. [See Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:15, 5:23]
C Know that Jesus is head of the church.
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Show verse 23 ToDo itemsHide verse 23 ToDo items23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
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F Know that the church is the living embodiment of Jesus on Earth to manifest His glory. [v22-23]
I Know that in Christ we are members of His body (the Church) and to do as He (the head) commands.
C Know that just as the head commands the body, so Jesus commands the church. [v22-23]
F Know that the church (His body) is the fulfilment of Jesus who completes every good work pre-ordained for every believer within the body of Christ. [See Philippians 2:13]
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