Ephesians I (Part 3)
Dr. Roberto Miranda
SUMMARY: In this passage from Ephesians, the Apostle Paul emphasizes the centrality of Christ and the sovereignty of God. He also discusses the concept of redemption, which was a term used in Greek and Roman culture to refer to buying the freedom of a slave. Paul explains that we have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ and have been transferred from the power of Satan into the freedom of God's love. The mention of the blood of Christ has a powerful effect on demons, showing the archetypal significance of this symbol throughout human history. Finally, Paul notes that our redemption and forgiveness of sins are in accordance with the riches of God's grace.
Paul emphasizes the importance of grace in his letters, as everything we receive from God is freely given and not earned through our own works. In Ephesians, Paul speaks of how God has lavished his grace upon us with wisdom and understanding. Wisdom refers to the knowledge of abstract and divine things, while understanding is concerned with practical aspects of life. As believers, we should strive to acquire both wisdom and understanding, seeking God's help through prayer. The Bible places a high value on wisdom, and if we actively seek it out, we will receive it as a gift from God.
The speaker talks about the importance of seeking wisdom and understanding from God, as it is promised in the Bible. He emphasizes that wisdom can prevent us from making wrong decisions and protect us from negative influences. The mind of Christ, given to believers, is a powerful tool for all aspects of life. The speaker encourages listeners to actively seek wisdom and make it a theme in their lives. He ends with a prayer for God to activate wisdom in their lives.
A couple of weeks ago we began looking very intentionally, obviously through the Letter to the Ephesians and I particularly enjoyed being able to share with you some thoughts from last weeks portion and you know, it’s a blessing for me. We’ll pursue this as much as we can, as long as we can and as long as it’s having meaning for you.
So, let’s continue with this passage. I mean, we’re stopping and hovering over the first few verses of chapter 1 of Ephesians. Let’s just read a couple of verses from there, and please follow me, we’ll begin with verse 3, you know, and we’ll go on: