10: A Spiritual Perspective (Eph 1:1-23)
In this section,
Paul greets the readers as saints and then tells them about the blessings
saints receive in Christ. He prays that the Ephesians will be enlightened about
certain spiritual truths and realities. He introduces the concept of the church
as the body of Christ.
“… in all wisdom and prudence having made known to us the
mystery of His will …” (1:8,9).
Did You Know…?
(1:1): “Ephesus was the most important city in
western Asia Minor (now Turkey).
It had a harbor that at that time opened into the CaysterRiver,
which in turn emptied into the Aegean Sea.
Because it was also at an intersection of major trade routes, Ephesus became a commercial center. It
boasted a pagan temple dedicated to th
Roman goddess Diana (Greek Artemis); cf. Ac 19:23-31. Paul made Ephesus a center for
evangelism for about three years… and the church there apparently flourished
for some time, but later needed the warning of Rev 2:1-7.” 4/1789-1790
2. Dispensation (1:10): “The word Paul uses is
oikonomia, which occurs nine times in the NT (TDNT,
5:151-3). Its basic meaning relates to household management (Luke 16:2-4) and is
extended to cover general provision or arrangement… Here paul
uses it to suggest the administration or putting into effect of God’s
far-reaching redemptive plan (3:9)” 3/26
What qualifies a person to be
called a saint?
Where are the heavenly places
What is the repeated key phrase
in this paragraph?
List the blessings we obtain in
Record all the phrases in this
paragraph that begin with “according to.” What do they tell you about our
spiritual blessings in Christ?
How important are spiritual
blessings vis-à-vis material blessings to you?
Verses 5 and 6 teach us that
our adoption as sons was predestined. Does predestination negate man’s free
Explain the role of the Holy
Spirit according to 13-14.
For what aspects of the
Ephesians did Paul give thanks to God?
List the 3 things for which
Paul prayed that the Lord would enlighten the eyes of the Ephesians’
Do you feel that the eyes of
your understanding are enlightened? How do you think such an
enlightenment would affect a Christian’s perspective of life?
Verse 18 speaks of the working
of God’s mighty power. How did God demonstrate His mighty power in Christ?
What does the word “church”
refer to? (cf. 1Cor 12:13,27)
What does the phrase ‘the
fullness of Him who fills all in all’ mean?