Helpful Study Tips
One potential way to follow Paul's thought in this section is as follows:
- Ephesians 1:3 Basic statement of blessing
- Ephesians 1:4-6 Paul's reasons for blessing/praising God
- Ephesians 1:7-8 How God brings about the Ephesians' adoption
- Ephesians 1:9-10 The results of the Ephesians' redemption in Christ
- Ephesians 1:11-14 Paul's application of this grand drama of God's salvation in Christ to the concrete life of believers in Ephesus.
Paul opens this section by saying, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
a. Think about what it means to “bless the Lord”.
b. Why does Paul feel compelled to bless God at the opening of this section?
- Think of a time when you were so full of thanksgiving toward God that you “blessed the Lord.”
Make a list of the ways that you know that God has blessed you.
Dr. Jim Miller mentioned that the word “you” in Ephesians is most often used in the plural form. It was written to a group– which idiomatically can be translated to “All Ya’ll”. Discuss some of the advantages of studying the Bible in community and in relationship with other believers.
Read verse 1:3. What do you think it means that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. How does knowing this truth help us, even in times of difficult circumstances?
- Read verses 1:4-6. What reasons does Paul give for blessing/praising God? Paul says that we are "holy and blameless" in the eyes of God. How has God made this possible? Does anyone have a story of adoption that they can share? How do you feel knowing that you have been adopted into God's family?
- Read verses 1:7-8. Redemption of another person is costly. What was the cost of our redemption and what does that say to us about our value and worth?
- Read verses 1:9-10. How would you describe God's ultimate plan? How does knowing His plan help us in our daily lives?
- Read verses 1:11-14. What happened when we believed the message of the Gospel? Why do you think God gave us His Holy Spirit? Are there areas of your life where you particularly feel the need to rely on the power of God's Spirit?
On a sheet of paper, make a list of all the the blessings from this passage that Paul says we have as believers in Jesus. Review that list and then make a list of ways God has blessed you (from the Think section). Spend some time reflecting on how these blessings impact your attitudes throughout each day of the week.