Ephesians 1:1-14

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Ephesians 1:1-14 Inductive Bible Study

Outline:

I. Greeting from Paul to Ephesus. (1-2)
II. God’s grace, our position in Christ, Christ as the mediator (3-14)
a) Praise to God who pours out His blessings on us. (3)
b) Doctrine of election (4-5)
c) He gives us grace (6)
d) He redeems and forgives us according to His grace (7)
e) He is not stingy, but He lavishes His grace on us (8)
f) He reveals His will to us (9)
g) All things are building towards the final kingdom of Christ on this earth (10)
h) He has given us an inheritance (11-12)
i) We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (13-14)

Discussion Questions

Who is the author of this letter? Tell me briefly about him?
Where was it sent to? Tell me briefly about that city.
What do you think is the main purpose of the book of Ephesians?
What is the main point of this section we are looking at today?
Who has been blessed with these great blessings?
What kinds of blessings does this include?
What is the teaching in verses 4-5?
How to explain that God chose us before the world began? What does this mean to human will? What does this tell us about God?
Is this a “fair” method?
Why do some people get so upset when they hear about this “doctrine of election”?
What should our response towards those people be?
Some people say that this (and many other doctrines) are not important and don’t actually affect how we live. What do you think?
Why is it important?
What should our response toward this doctrine be?
Why does this God did it? What was His motivation?
In what way did He bestow this grace on us? (Freely, lavished) What does this tell you about our involvement?
What words/phrases are repeated again and again? (In Him/In Christ/grace/many superlatives) What can we learn from this?
What does redemption mean?
What does verse 9 mean? What is the mystery of His will?
What does verse 10 mean? What is an “administration suitable to the fullness of the times?
What is our inheritance?
How can we be to the praise of His glory?
What is the Holy Spirit’s role? How can He seal us?

Cross-references

Paul:

Acts 9 – Paul’s conversion

Ephesians:

1 Timothy 1:4,7 – The church of Ephesus was hounded by some false teachers who were interested in endless myths and genealogies, but not of sound biblical teaching.
Acts 19 – Paul’s trip to Ephesus and starting the church there. The riot by the silversmiths and Artemis’ temple.

Election:

Deuteronomy 7:6-7 – God also chose the Jews out of all the people of the earth.
Matthew 24:22, 31 – For the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short.
John 6:44 – No one can come to me unless the Father draws him.
Acts 13:48 – All who were appointed to eternal life believed.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 – God chose us to be saved.
Romans 8:29-30 – Classic verse on predestination.
Romans 9:11 – Choosing Jacob, not Esau, before birth.
1 Thessalonians 1:3-4 – His choice of you.

Adoption:

John 1:12 – To those who believed in His name, He gave the right to be called children of God.
Romans 8:14-17 – Exposition of our “sonship” in Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:18, 1 John 3:1 – More verses that affirm we are sons/daughters of God.

Grace:

Philippians 4:19 – My God will meet all your needs according to…
1 Timothy 1:14-16 – The grace of God was poured out on me abundantly.

Redemption:

Matthew 20:28 – Did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life a ransom for many.
Matthew 26:28 – His blood poured out for forgiveness of sins.
Romans 3:24 – Justified freely by His grace through the redemption…
Colossians 2:13 – When you were dead in your trespasses and sins, He made you alive together with Christ.

The Mystery:

Ephesians 3:3-9 – The mystery stated clearly.

Inheritance:

Colossians 3:24 – You will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
Acts 20:32 – His Word can build us up and give us an inheritance.
Titus 3:7 – That we might become heirs with the hope of eternal life.

Deposit/Holy Spirit:

Romans 8:23 – We are the first fruits of the Spirit and wait eagerly for our adoption as sons and redemption of our bodies.
2 Corinthians 1:22 – He set His seal of ownership on us.
2 Corinthians 5:5 – Has given us His Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

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