Dr. Roberto Miranda
SUMMARY: The speaker is inviting listeners to explore the Book of Ephesians, which is a profound letter in the New Testament. He identifies himself as an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and explains that an Apostle is someone who has been sent with a specific mission. He encourages listeners to discern their own calling and move within the perfect will of God. The speaker plans to explore different passages of the letter in the coming weeks.
In the first chapter of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul establishes his authority as an Apostle chosen by God. He addresses his letter to the saints in Ephesus, and begins with a blessing to God for the blessings he has bestowed upon them. Paul emphasizes the importance of praising and thanking God, and reminds readers that God has blessed them with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. The passage also introduces several key doctrines, including election, predestination, adoption, and redemption, which are important teachings in the Bible.
In Ephesians 1:3-6, Paul discusses how God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing, chose us in Jesus Christ before the creation of the world, and predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ. Some people debate whether God chooses individuals for salvation or if he chooses the church as a whole. Regardless, everything God has done for us is through Jesus Christ and out of his love for us. Ultimately, everything God does is for his glory and in accordance with his pleasure and will. Even Satan is part of God's plan, and in the end, everything will be wrapped beautifully and we will see that God knew exactly what he was doing.
Satan is not interfering with God's plan, but is carrying out God's plan as a character in the cosmic novel of God's history of the world. Everything that happens in history is because God has willed it, and in the end, everything will be wrapped beautifully, and we will see that God knew exactly what he was doing. This is for the praise of his glory. We should live a life of assurance that our God makes sense.
I’d like to invite you to look with me at a passage in the Book of Ephesians, the letter to the Ephesians, chapter 1 and we’re going to begin….. Last Saturday I took some time to expound on chapter 6 of Ephesians, particularly that very well known text of the armor of God.
That gave me the purpose to even continue on the Book of Ephesians, it’s such a powerful deep epistle, that there’s so much there. We could spend months and months just breaking it down and unpacking all the teaching, all the theology that is contained in the Book of Ephesians.