1 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:
<b>The word apostle is derived from the Greek apostolos, meaning "one who is sent." Paul received his commission by direct revelation and was sent by Jesus Christ (Gal 1:11-12 amp), his message was grace. To all believers at Ephesus and also to the 'faithful in Christ Jesus' all who believe (Rom 10:9 amp) and are walking and alive in Christ (1 John 2:5-6) are termed saints, not the incorrect term referring to those who have died and somehow qualified to achieve sainthood. (Phil 4:21), All who believe and are in Christ (sanctified which means set apart (1 Cor 1:2)) are referred to as saints. </b>
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
<b>God sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Through Jesus Christ, we have been perfected in our reborn spirit in grace (2 Tim 2:1, 2 Cor 1:2-9) Grace which came through and is available to us in Jesus Christ. (John 1:16-17) We are to grow in grace by growing into Him (2 Pet 3:18). The world looks for peace , harmony and tranquility and when things appear to be going well on the outside, then it seems we have peace. Supernaturally, we can be filled with peace despite what is going on around us. We can have Jesus’ peace, which is eternal peace. (John 14:27) With Jesus, we are transformed from the inside out, not from the outside inwardly.</b>
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:.
<b>Paul now tells us where all grace, peace and blessing is located, when we enter into our position in Christ, we are in heavenly places in Him and through Him, empowered by the Holy Spirit we have received all spiritual blessings in our reborn spirit. We now need the revelation to receive all spiritual blessings in our soul (mind, will and emotions, Rom 12:2 amp) and body. </b>
4 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:
<b>God determined his plan for you, before you were born. Paul is addressing the Church at Ephesus and to all 'born again (John 1:3)' believers, who are called out of the worlds system and the world's way of doing things, to be “saints,” set aside, sanctified, to be different (1 Pet 2:9) and as long as they remain faithfully in Christ, they will succeed. </b>
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
<b>When we believe God's word (Rom 10:10) we enter into God's plan, God chose us before the foundation of the world was formed. He chose us to become His children, Christ's victory over sin at the cross (1 Cor 15:57) now gives us the privilege to become adopted as sons and daughters of God through Christ. (Gal 3:23, Rom 8:14-17)</b>
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
<b>The purpose of His plan. (Jer 29:11, Josh 1:8)) is to prosper us in every way, spirit, soul and body. To His praise as accepted in Him as His beloved, we can:-
1. Start our day by praising Him and reserving time to talk to Him.
2. Begin to acknowledge Him, commit our ways to Him, and trust Him in all that we do (Prov 3:5-6).
3. Guard our minds (Phil 4:7) by watching what we expose ourselves to in the morning. We don’t have to fill ourselves with bad news when we awaken (Psalm 127:2).
4. Reserve time to read, study, and meditate in His Word. We have a choice, what gets our attention gets us, either give attention to the Word or give attention to trouble (Proverbs 4:20-22).
5. Keep yourselves from entanglement in everyone else’s problems. They should cast their cares on Jesus, not us.
6. We cannot have success if we are paralyzed by fear. The love of Jesus, Perfect love casts out all fear once we get a revelation of it (1 John 4:18).</b>
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
<b>His gift of love, lavishly given to us as a free gift. We can receive the wisdom we need through the Word of God (Prov 4:6-13). Wisdom brings many benefits, such as promotion, honor, direction, and solutions for life. We can ask God for wisdom in any area of life (Jam 1:5).</b>
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
<b>God's willingness to make known to us His plan for us. God, flooding our souls (our mind will and emotions) with wisdom and insight through the Holy Spirit, speaking to our reborn spirit via the word of God (1 Cor 2:11-16 amp), to reveal to us the mystery and will of His eternal purpose for our lives. (see commentary note in Eph 3:9)</b>
10 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:
11 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:
<b>When we believe we begin to walk in His plan when we begin walking in Christ, we begin walking in the Word of God. He is the word of God and we can apply His word to every area of our lives. Begin speaking His word and promises and believe that you receive them, be aware that:-
1. The born again (1 John 3:3, 1 Pet 1:23) spirit of man believes the Word, but the body and mind believe the physical senses (Rom 12:2).
2. When we are walking in our own thinking, (an un-renewed mind (Rom 12:2, Eph 4:23) we believe what our senses tell us.
When we speak God's word, believe God's word and receive God's word, then:-
3. When a person believes with his heart (or spirit (Rom 10:10)), he makes a decision to believe God’s Word, despite his physical circumstances (Prov 3:5).
4. When we walk in the spirit, we walk in the Word. However, we can’t believe the Word if we don’t know the Word.
5. Faith brings our spiritual blessings into physical manifestation.</b>
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
<b>To trust in the Lord with all our heart brings praise to God. (Prov 3:5-6) </b>
13 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,
<b>Our born-again spirits are sealed with the Holy Spirit. The bad things we do with our bodies and souls cannot contaminate our spirits. If we do not sense His nudging when we sin, we have not had the born-again experience. The Holy Spirit’s conviction is evidence that we have become born-again Christians. Stamped with the seal of the long promised Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13 amp)</b>
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
<b>The Holy Spirit is the guarantee that our inheritance is secure in Christ. Salvation begins with the born-again experience (Rom 10:10), but it will not be completed until we receive our glorified bodies and assume our position in eternity with Christ. Paul is saying that until we see these bodies glorified, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is our guarantee that the rest of our salvation is secure and coming.</b>
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
<b>When Jesus conquered sin at the cross and death in His resurrection. Jesus gave us the way and the right to have total victory over sin and death in Him. (Rom 8:1-2, 1 Pet 1:3, 1 Cor 15:20-21) The new birth ushers us into the kingdom of God, which is infinitely greater in wonder and benefits than our finite minds can comprehend. But to the degree that we do begin to understand how God's kingdom works and apply our lives to it, we can experience heaven here on earth. We are not here to just 'get through' our lives on this earth and wait untill we get to heaven to begin experiencing the benefits of our salvation. Jesus said "thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." In heaven, He will wipe away all tears from our eyes (Rev 21:4), so here on earth we can pray and believe to receive "joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Pe 1:8). Healing, prosperity, and all the other benefits of heaven are ours here on earth to the degree that we can believe and receive them. This doesn't happen automatically, and it doesn't happen all at once. We are progressively changed as we renew our minds (Rom 12:2). All of us Christians are the same in our born-again spirits, but there are many different levels of understanding and accompanying victories that we manifest in our lives.</b>
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 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:
<b>Paul prays that the Ephesians would come to experience in their flesh what was already theirs in their spirits. This prayer is still valid for every believer today. You can personalize this prayer and receive the same wisdom and revelation that Paul was praying for the Ephesians to receive. (Jam 1:5 see commentary notes in Eph 3:9-10) </b>
18 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,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
<b>How do we walk in His plan in Christ, Get revelation of his plan by wisdom (Ps 111:10). Get the word of God (Prov 4:5-9) and when you get the word (Jesus is the word (John 1:1), receive understanding of His word (through the Holy Spirit, He is the Spirit of understanding. (Is 11:2, see commentary note in Eph 2:10)) </b>
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
<b>Jesus Christ is seated with God at His right hand, God's plan is already in Christ .When we are in Christ we are in God's plan.</b>
21 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:
<b>In Christ and in God's plan puts us far above any plan of satan, indeed any power in this world and the world to come. The same power that worked in Christ when God raised Him from the dead, is the same power that works in us. The same sap (anointing through the Holy Spirit) that flows through the vine, also flows through the branches and we are the branches. (Jon 15:1-5)</b>
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
<b>Christ is the head. </b>
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
<b>All born again believers are His body, His Church, in Him. </b>