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19 September 2018

Ephesians 1:15-23



A1 Scripture
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23, NKJV)
A2 Outline: Paul's Prayer
B1 Cause
C1 Heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus
C2 Their love for all the people of God
B2 Effect
C1 Unceasing thanks
C3 Unceasing prayer
D1 That God the Father
E1 God of our Lord Jesus
E2 Father of glory
D2 Would
E1 Give to them
F1 The spirit of wisdom
G1 Wisdom is thinking God’s way which results in acting God’s way.
G2 Ask: James 1:5 CSB - Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
G3 Fools hate wisdom. They like their own better: Proverbs 1:7 NRSV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
G4 Wisdom is important in many ways: Proverbs 19:8 NKJV - He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
G5 If you want to know how great His wisdom is, look at the stunning designs in creation.
F2 The spirit of revelation. Some things He reveals to us
G1 Truth
G2 Our condition
G3 Convicts us of sin
G4 Encourages us
G5 Helps us to understand the Bible
G6 His great love for us
G7 Answers to prayer
G8 Wisdom for handling a situation we face
F3 Knowledge of Him
G1 The longer you know someone, the better you know them.
G2 Knowing God is reading, studying the Bible, praying, fellowship with other believers, and time.
E2 Cause understanding be enlightened
E3 May know the hope of His calling
E4 What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
E5 What is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe
F1 His power
G1 Mighty
G2 Showed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ
G3 Showed by sitting Jesus Christ at His right hand in the heavenly places (heaven)
H1 Far above all
I1 Principality
I2 Power
I3 Might
I4 Dominion
I5 Every day that is named
J1 In this age
J2 And in the age to come
H2 All things under His feet (Jesus is Lord of all)
H3 Head over all things to the Church (congregation)
I1 Which is His body
I2 The fullness of Him who fills all in all
F2 (...towards us who believe)
B3 Applications
C1 Remember to pray
C2 Remember to be thankful
C3 Remember to increase in knowledge—Bible knowledge
C4 Rest in unfathomable strength and grace

12 September 2018

Ephesians 1:1-14




Chapter 1

Chapter 1:1-14

A1 Scripture
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 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, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (Ephesians 1:1-11 NKJV)
A2 Outline
B1 Intro
C1 Author: Holy Spirit
C2 Writer: Paul
B2 Addressees
C1 God's people in Ephesus
C2 The faithful in Christ Jesus (the rest of us)
A3 Notes: Dealings with God and His people (Christians)
B1 Who has blessed us .
C1 When the lesser blesses, he thanks and praises the greater.
C2 When the greater blesses, it is gifts of many types.
D1 Spiritual blessings
E1 Fruit of the Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control–against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, WPNT)
E2 Some blessing listed here
F1 Adoption
F2 Forgiveness of sins
F3 Knowledge of the mystery (The Gospel)
F4 Our gathering together (Unity—God's unity not the worldly unity that is currently preached uniting believers with heretics and apostates).
F5 An inheritance (Heaven and especially fellowship with God).
E3 God himself. (Jesus Christ is the ultimate blessing in this life, because of all He is and is, has, and will do).
D2 Heavenly blessings
B2 He has chosen us.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 A choosing for Himself.
D2 To pick out as in upon seeing a number of choices, one is picked out. If I went with a brother to a cafe, and he said, "Pick out something on the menu; I'll pay for it," and I picked out the fried ehis word means.
C2 He chose us.
D1 This decision, the plan, was made before the creation of the world.
D2 This decision is God's plan.
D3 This does not seem to involve individuals as much as the group/set consisting of Christians. (Consider corporate election).
D4 Election is different than unconditional election.
E1 Unconditional election, in its various versions, is where God makes His choice of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The elect for heaven have no choice in the matter, nor those who are the elect for hell. God does the choosing. (See, Election is, therefore, that decree of God which He eternally makes, by which, with sovereign freedom, He chooses to Himself a people, upon whom He determines to set His love, whom He rescues from sin and death through Jesus Christ, unto Himself in everlasting glory.
This election is sovereign - God's sovereign and free choice. This election is eternal even as God's counsel is eternal. This election is unchangeable even as God's counsel is unchangeable. This election is efficacious so that the decree of election itself is, through Christ, the power by which the elect are actually saved. Source).
E2 Conditional election is, Therefore, election is corporate and embraces individual persons only as they identify and associate themselves with the body of Christ, the true church (Ephesians 1:22-23 and source).
C3 Chose for a purpose.
D1 For us to be holy
D2 And blameless
D3 To be adopted
E1 Sons and daughters of God
E2 Privileges of the family
E3 Possible because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ
E4 2 Corinthians 6:18 WPNT And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, says the LORD Almighty.”
B3 He predestined us.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 Plan, though, because of theology it has picked up the meaning of exhaustively determined.
D2 Predetermine in the sense of a decision was determined before the situation that demanded it. So, it is a plan, a decision, that occurred in the past before creation.
D3 It does not mean to pick out an individual and determine him/her to heaven or hell.
D4 I would never chose him for I was dead and could not, but the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and heart to the Gospel and offered me salvation. I could resist or not resist. If God had not predestined me, I would never have believed.
C2 Predestination was done "in love," though "in love" might refer to verse 4 in which it would refer to our love to Him.
C3 Predestination is for adoption not salvation. It was God’s plan.
C4 The good pleasure of His will, that is, this was a happy decision.
C5 It is of grace, which is receiving what we do not deserve.
B4 He has made us accepted in the beloved.
C1 Grace has made us accepted.
C2 Grace is getting what we do not deserve.
C3 We deserve hell, but instead, because of His grace we are accepted, not rejected.
C4 Those who are rejected are those who resisted God's gracious call.
D1 Luke 13:34 EMTV "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!
D2 John 5:40 EMTV But you are unwilling to come to Me, so that you may have life.
B5 We have redemption.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 Freedom because of something paid.
D2 Deliverance
D3 Jesus suffered and died to pay the penalty of sin.
C2 How
D1 Through His blood. No blood shed, no salvation.
D2 Because of His shed blood, we have forgiveness of sins.
C3 Some cross references
D1 Galatians 3:13-14 EMTV Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree," 14 so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
D2 Colossians 1:13-14 WPNT who delivered us out of the dominion of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have the redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins.
D3 Romans 5:6 EMTV For while we were still weak, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
D4 Hebrews 13:12 EMTV Therefore Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
D5 John 19:30 EMTV Therefore when Jesus received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
B6 His grace is abounded.
C1 Not just a little grace but lots of grace.
C2 Wisdom
D1 Wisdom deals with decision making.
D2 God shows His wisdom in salvation and the plan of salvation.
C3 Prudence
D1 Making a choice with moral insight
D2 Deals with the practical details of how to carry this plan/decision out.
B7 He made known to us the mystery of His will.
C1 The mystery of His will is the Gospel.
D1 1 Timothy 3:16 EMTV And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among [the] Gentiles, believed on in the world, [and] was received up in glory.
D2 t2 Timothy 1:10 EMTV but has now been revealed through the appearance of our Savior Jesus Christ, having abolished death on the one hand, [and] having brought to life immortality through the gospel on the other.
D3 A mystery: what was hidden is now known
C2 He knew the plan but did not reveal it until the time of Jesus on this earth.
D1 This plan was done in
E1 Accordance with His good pleasure (satisfaction, delight)
E2 His plan not a plan put together by others
E3 Psalms 33:11 GNB92 But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally.
D2 A plan hatched in justice and love
B8 He will gather us together.
C1 The true unity of believers is not the forced, and we are still a family in the 21st century.
C2 God does this gathering, not some pastor, church, or group of people.
B9 We have an inheritance.
C1 Our main inheritance is God himself.
C2 Jesus shares His inheritance with us (Romans 8:17 CSB - and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him).
C3 Includes
D1 Forgiveness of sins
D2 Heaven
D3 Fellowship with God, holy angels, and God's people
D4 Relief from the sufferings caused by sin.
B10 Applications
C1 God made a plan. He followed that plan.
C2 Jesus always was, is, and will be Messiah.
C3 God’s plan, through Abraham, was to have a physical nation, Israel, and a spiritual nation, the church. When one is born again, they enter the spiritual nation, the church, which is Christ’s body.
C4 We are a family of believers.
C5 We have an inheritance.
C6 We need to preach the Gospel.

05 February 2017

Not Our Doing



Theme: Saved by grace

Objectives:
Know: Our salvation is a gift from God, not a reward we earn.
Think: View life as an opportunity to glorify the God who saved me.
Do: Point people to God by doing the good works He created me to do.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

Notes and questions:
B1 Why does humanity exist?
  • The LORD has made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Proverbs 16:4
  • You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.  Revelation 4:11
B2 How does our salvation glorify God?
  • In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10
  • When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. John 11:4
  • Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall immediately glorify him. John 13:31-32
B3 Ephesians 2:1,
  • Who is the you? See Ephesians 1:1-2. Specifically it is for the Ephesians Christians but applied to all believers who are like-minded in faith.
  • What does dead mean in the Bible sense?
    • Dead in a physical sense would be as in a funeral and buried in the cemetery.
    • Dead in a spiritual sense would be anything towards God, as seeking God, or doing good. The Bible states that no one is good and no one seeks God. Romans 3:10-12
B4 What is evil?
  • It is the absence of good.
  • God is good (Mark 10:23). He is the absolute perfection of good.
  • There is a sliding scale, so to speak, from perfect good to no (zero) good.
  • All people are along this line.
  • Some deviate from perfect goodness some and others more. Most people would say that Mother Teresa is good but Hitler bad. Mother Theresa in her life did not attain the same goodness as God. No human is good except God the Son, Jesus Christ.
  • God demands perfect goodness, the same as He is good. See Mark 10:23-24, and 1 Peter 1:16.
  • The punishment for a good that is less than God’s is death both physical and spiritual.
  • Death is a punishment for non-perfection. Everyone is warned by the Scriptures. Adam was warned not to eat of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He did and died. It took over 900 years, but he did die. The punishment of death that is the worst is the eternal death that all would receive as a just punishment were it not for the love, grace, mercy of God as seen through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Someone said to a person dying; "Well, you are in the land of the living yet." "No," said he, "I am in the land of the dying yet, but I am going to the land of the living; they live there and never die." This is the land of sin and death and tears, but up yonder they never die. It is perpetual life; it is unceasing joy. (D L Moody in his great little book Heaven) (Source of quotes: http://www.preceptaustin.org/ephesians_21-2)
B5 Ephesians 2:2,
  • What does the term walk mean? It is our life from birth to death, a process from one point to another.
  • What system do people live under unless they are Christians? The world’s system with its laws, motivations, and deeds.
  • Who is the head of the world’s system? The Prince of the power of the air, which is satan.
  • How does the devil work in the lives of the disobedient? Compare In whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  2 Corinthians 4:4
B6 Ephesians 2:3,
  • What motivates and drives what we do?
  • What are the two types of desires? Please name one example of each.
  • What does the term children of wrath mean?
    • All humans, the objects, who sin will experience the wrath of God.
    • This does not refer to little children, but humans who have sinned.
    • The word children ties all of us to birth. We have all been born.
    • Since all people have sinned, all people will face God’s wrath. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Romans 1:18
    • Wilbur Pickering comments, “To be in rebellion against the Creator is to be under His wrath.”
    • If we repent and believe in Jesus Christ as the Scripture says, then we will not face God’s wrath.
B7 Ephesians 2:4,
  • This starts a new section. Verses 1-3 deal with what we were and what we faced, and verses 4-10 relate to what we are and will have.
  • Does God only love the elect (us)?
  • What hope does this verse give us?
  • How much love does God have?
B8 Ephesians 2:5,
  • Who is able to take something dead and make alive? See Genesis 1-3.
  • According to this verse, when did we become alive? (When Christ did. See 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and Romans 6:4).
  • The saved refers to deliverance from God’s wrath and from eternal death.
  • Grace is receiving something that we do not deserve.
B9 Ephesians 2:6,
  • How are we in Christ? We are the body of Christ.
    • Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
    • For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
  • Where Christ is, we are, too.
  • The body of Christ does not depend on our strength, it depends on God’s (John 15:4). Ray Stedman writes:
    • That brings us to the next element, one Spirit. Here is the great, eternal, invisible Person who is the power behind the Christian church. The strength of the church never comes from its numbers. This is the mistaken concept that many Christians have today. They think we only influence society and bear impact upon the world as we can gather together enough Christians and thus swing enough votes to sway our legislatures. That is not where the power of the church lies, and it never has. The prophet Zechariah was once confronted with a great mountain which God said would become a plain. When Zechariah began to look around to see how this could happen, where the power would come from, what instruments would be provided to level that mountain and make it into a plain, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts," (Zechariah 4:6b RSV). It is the Spirit that is the true power of the church, and there is only one Spirit. He is the same everywhere no matter where the church exists -- in every place and in every age. That is why the truth remains unchangeable, the passing of time does not change it. That is why the church is not dependent on many or few, or on the wisdom of its membership. It depends on one thing, the one Spirit  Source: http://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/ephesians/the-cry-for-unity
B10 Ephesians 2:7,
  • What is the length of time that He will show us the riches of His grace?
  • Note that ages and riches are plural.
B11 Ephesians 2:8-10,
  • Wilbur Pickering translates this as: “For by grace you have been saved, through the faith—and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one may boast. You see, we are His 'poem', created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance in order that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10. In the Greek it is “the faith” a particular faith, not just any faith. That faith has been taught by the Lord Jesus to the Apostles who taught it to others.
  • Salvation is by God’s grace. This grace is initiated by God and finished by God. Everything in between is of God, too. We do not seek God (Romans 3:10-11).
  • Is faith the gift or is salvation the gift?
    • Both, yet...
    • Adam Clarke: But whether are we to understand, faith or salvation as being the gift of God? This question is answered by the Greek text: τῃ γαρ χαριτι εστε σεσωσμενοι δια της πιστεως· και τουτο ουκ εξ ὑμων· Θεου το δωρον, ουκ εξ εργων· ἱνα μη τις καυχησηται· "By this grace ye are saved through faith; and This (τουτο, this salvation) not of you; it is the gift of God, not of works: so that no one can boast." "The relative τουτο, this, which is in the neuter gender, cannot stand for πιστις, faith, which is the feminine; but it has the whole sentence that goes before for its antecedent." But it may be asked: Is not faith the gift of God? Yes, as to the grace by which it is produced; but the grace or power to believe, and the act of believing, are two different things. Without the grace or power to believe no man ever did or can believe; but with that power the act of faith is a man's own. God never believes for any man, no more than he repents for him: the penitent, through this grace enabling him, believes for himself: nor does he believe necessarily, or impulsively when he has that power; the power to believe may be present long before it is exercised, else, why the solemn warnings with which we meet every where in the word of God, and threatenings against those who do not believe? Is not this a proof that such persons have the power but do not use it? They believe not, and therefore are not established. This, therefore, is the true state of the case: God gives the power, man uses the power thus given, and brings glory to God: without the power no man can believe; with it, any man may.
    • The word gift is associated with salvation as in Romans 5:15-18, Romans 6:23, and Hebrews 6:4.
  • Three main things taught here:
    • Salvation is a gift; it is not earned, worked for, or deserved by any merit we have.
    • We can not brag about us.
    • God wants us to do good works, since we are saved. Good works is what is God defines, not defined by what we think. Consider the following verses: Matthew 5:16 and Galatians 5:22-23.
B12 Next week

  • The weight off your shoulders
  • Theme: Freedom from guilt
  • Scriptures: Psalm 103:14