Main point summary
Paul is able to speak blessings of grace and peace over the saints in Ephesus because of the Gospel. Paul worships God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ because through Christ we have received every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places—namely adoption into His family. Like Paul demonstrates, we should be reminded of and receive these blessings and in response praise God for His glorious grace.
Ephesians 1:1-6 ESV
Ephesians Greeting 1 1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus b by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and c are faithful 1 in Christ Jesus: 2 d Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Spiritual Blessings in Christ 3 e Blessed be f the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing g in the heavenly places, 4 h even as he i chose us in him j before the foundation of the world, that we should be k holy and blameless before him. In love 5 l he predestined us 1 for m adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, n according to the purpose of his will, 6 o to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in p the Beloved.
Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus
Paul introduces himself as a man specifically called by Jesus to preach the Gospel
b by the will of God,
This calling was willed by God.
To the saints who are in Ephesus,
He is writing a letter to the set apart believers in God in Ephesus
and c are faithful 1 in Christ Jesus:
Who trust in Christ Jesus.
d Grace to you and peace
He blesses them with grace and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
That comes from God the father And the Lord Jesus Christ.
e Blessed be f the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Pail exclaims praise, magnificence and thanks to God the father and Our Lord Jesus Christ
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing g in the heavenly places,
Because they have blessed us with every eternal blessing that comes from God’s kingdom.
h even as he i chose us in him
This was displayed by the Father choosing us
j before the foundation of the world,
before he created the world
that we should be k holy and blameless before him.
so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27)
he Chose us in him in love
l he predestined us 1 for m adoption as sons
His choosing included adopting us as sons and daughters into his family, making him our father
through Jesus Christ,
He did this through the work of Jesus Christ (see v. 7)
n according to the purpose of his will,
this was all done according to the purpose (our good & his glory) of his will.
o to the praise of his glorious grace,
one of these purposes is that his glorious grace toward us result in praise toward him
with which he has blessed us in p the Beloved.
His glorious grace is evidenced by his having blessed us through Christ, to the point that we are in Him.
Paul, a man called by JC himself to preach the Gospel, is writing a letter to the believers in Ephesus who are trusting in Christ Jesus.
Apostle: sent out by Jesus Christ himself to preach the gospel
Why should we bless God the father and our Lord Jesus Christ? 1) Because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. a) he chose us in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and and blameless before him. -he did this by predestining us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ. *this is all done according to the purpose of his will and to the praise of his glorious grace, through which he’s blessed us.