II. The Blessings and Position
Received by the Church in Christ
A. God's Blessings to the Church
1. The Father's Selection and Predestination,
Speaking Forth God's Eternal Purpose
3 1aBlessed be the 2bGod and Father of 3our Lord Jesus Christ, who has 4blessed us 5with every 6spiritual 7blessing in the 8cheavenlies 9in Christ,
4 Even as He 1achose us in Him 2bbefore the foundation of the world to be 3choly and 4without blemish 5before Him 6in 7dlove,
5 1aPredestinating us unto 2bsonship 3through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the 4cgood pleasure of His dwill,
6 To the 1apraise of the 2bglory of His cgrace, with which He 3graced us in the 4dBeloved;
2. The Son's Redemption,
Speaking Forth the Accomplishment
of God's Eternal Purpose
7 In whom we have 1aredemption through His bblood, the 2cforgiveness of doffenses, according to the eriches of His grace,
8 Which He caused to 1abound to us in all 2awisdom and prudence,
9 1Making known to us the 2amystery of His bwill 3according to His cgood pleasure, which He 4dpurposed in Himself,
10 Unto the 1aeconomy of the 2fullness of the times, to 3bhead up all things in 4Christ, the cthings in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;
11 In whom also we 1were designated as an ainheritance, having been 2bpredestinated according to the 3cpurpose of the One who works all things according to the 4counsel of His 4dwill,
12 That we would be to the 1apraise of His glory who have 2first hoped in Christ.
3. The Spirit's Sealing and Pledging,
Speaking Forth the Application of God's Accomplished Purpose
13 In whom you also, having heard the aword of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were 1bsealed with the cHoly Spirit of the 2promise,
14 Who is the 1apledge of our 2binheritance 3unto the 4credemption of the 5acquired dpossession, to the 6epraise of His glory.
B. The Apostle's Prayer for the Church
1. His Thanks for the Church
15 Therefore I also, having aheard of 1the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you and your love to all the saints,
16 Do not cease agiving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,
2. His Supplication for the Church
That the Saints May See:
a. The Hope of God's Calling
17 That the 1aGod of our Lord Jesus Christ, the 2Father of glory, may give to you a 3bspirit of 4cwisdom and drevelation in the efull knowledge of Him,
18 The 1aeyes of your heart having been 2benlightened, that you may know what is the 3chope of His 4dcalling, and what are the 5eriches of the glory of His 6finheritance in the saints,
b. The Glory of God's Inheritance in the Saints
c. God's Power toward Us
19 And what is the surpassing greatness of His 1apower toward us who believe, 2according to the boperation of the cmight of His strength,
20 Which He caused to operate in Christ in 1araising Him from the dead and 2bseating Him at His 3right hand in the 4cheavenlies,
21 Far above all 1arule and authority and power and lordship and 2every bname that is named not only in this cage but also in that which is to come;
d. The Church -- The Body, the Fullness of Christ
22 And He 1asubjected all things under His feet and 2gave Him to be bHead over all things 3to the 4cchurch,
23 Which is His 1aBody, the 2bfullness of the One who 3cfills all in all.
C. The Producing and Building
of the Church
1. The Producing of the Church
1 1And you, though 2adead in your 3offenses and sins,
2 In which you once awalked according to the 1bage of this world, according to the 2cruler of the authority of the air, of the 3spirit which is now operating in the 4dsons of disobedience;
3 Among 1whom 2we also all conducted ourselves once in the 3alusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature 4children of bwrath, even as the rest;
4 1But God, being arich in 2mercy, because of His 3great blove with which He loved us,
5 Even when we were adead in offenses, made us 1balive 2together with 3Christ (by 4cgrace you have been 5saved)
6 And 1araised us up 2together with Him and 3bseated us together with Him in the 4cheavenlies 5in Christ Jesus,
7 That He might 1display in the 2ages to come the surpassing 3ariches of His grace in 4bkindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 1For by 2agrace you have been saved through 3bfaith, and 4this not of yourselves; it is the cgift of God;
9 Not of aworks that no one should bboast.
10 For we are His 1masterpiece, 2acreated in Christ Jesus for bgood works, which God prepared 3beforehand in order that we would cwalk in them.
2. The Building of the Church
11 Therefore remember that once you, the aGentiles in the flesh, those who are called 1buncircumcision by that which is called ccircumcision in the flesh made by hands,
12 That you were at that time 1apart from Christ, aalienated from the 2commonwealth of bIsrael, and strangers to the 3ccovenants of the promise, having 4dno hope and 5without God in the 6world.
13 1But now in Christ Jesus you who were once 2afar off have become 3near in the 4bblood of Christ.
14 For He Himself is 1our 2apeace, He who has made 3both bone and has broken down the middle 4wall of partition, the 5enmity,
15 1aAbolishing in His 2flesh the 3law of the commandments in 4ordinances, that He might 5create the two 6in Himself 7into 8one bnew man, so 9cmaking peace,
16 And might areconcile 1both in 2bone Body to 3God through the 4cross, having 5slain the enmity 6by it.
17 And 1coming, He aannounced peace as the bgospel to you who were 2cfar off, and peace to those who were 3dnear,
18 For 1through Him we both have 2aaccess 3in bone Spirit unto the 4cFather.
19 So then 1you are no longer 2astrangers and sojourners, but you are 3bfellow citizens with the saints and 4members of the chousehold of God,
20 Being 1abuilt upon the 2bfoundation of the capostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the 3dcornerstone;
21 In 1whom 2all the building, being 3afitted together, is 4bgrowing into a holy 5ctemple 6in the Lord;
22 In whom 1you 2also are being built together into a 3adwelling place of God bin 4spirit.
D. The Stewardship of the Grace
and the Revelation of the Mystery
concerning the Church
1 1For this cause I Paul, the 2aprisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you, the Gentiles --
2 1If indeed you have heard of the 2astewardship of the 3bgrace of God which was given to me for you,
2. The Revelation of the Mystery
3 That by 1arevelation the bmystery was cmade known to me, as I have dwritten previously in brief,
4 By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the 1amystery of Christ,
5 Which in other generations was 1anot made known to the sons of men, as it has now been brevealed to His holy 2capostles and 2prophets in 3spirit,
6 That in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are 1afellow heirs and 2bfellow members of the Body and 3cfellow partakers of the dpromise through the gospel,
7 Of which I became a 1aminister according to the 2bgift of the cgrace of God which was given to me according to the doperation of His 3power.
8 To me, 1less than the aleast of all saints, was this bgrace given to announce to the cGentiles the 2unsearchable 3driches of Christ as the gospel
9 And to enlighten all that they may see what the 1aeconomy of the 2bmystery is, which 3throughout the ages has been chidden in God, who created all things,
10 In order that now to the 1arulers and the authorities in the bheavenlies the multifarious 2cwisdom of God might be made known through the 3dchurch,
11 According to the 1eternal apurpose which He 2made in 3Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 In whom we have aboldness and 1baccess in confidence through 2cfaith in Him.
13 Therefore I ask you not to faint at my aafflictions for your sake, since they are your glory.
E. The Apostle's Prayer for the Church
1. That the Saints May Be Strengthened
into the Inner Man
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the 1aFather,
15 Of whom every 1family ain the heavens and on earth is 2named,
16 1That He would grant you, according to the 2ariches of His glory, to be 3bstrengthened with 4cpower through His 5Spirit 6into the dinner man,
2. That Christ May Make His Home
in the Saints' Hearts
17 That Christ may make His ahome in your 1hearts through 2faith, that you, being 3brooted and grounded in 4clove,
3. That the Saints May Apprehend
the Dimensions of Christ
18 May be full of strength to 1apprehend with 2aall the saints what the 3breadth and length and height and depth are
4. That the Saints May Know the Love of Christ
19 And to know the 1knowledge-surpassing alove of Christ, that you may be bfilled 2unto all the 3cfullness of 4God.
5. That the Saints May Be Filled
unto the Fullness of God
F. The Apostle's Praise to God for His Glory
in the Church and in Christ
20 1But ato Him who is bable to do superabundantly above all that we 2ask or think, according to the 3cpower which operates in us,
21 aTo Him be the 1glory in the 2bchurch 3and in 4Christ Jesus unto 5all the generations forever and ever. Amen.