September 9, 2007


Ephesians 1:3-14


The Will of the Father

Eph 1:3-6


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the founda-tion of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

The Work of the Son

Eph 1:7-11


In Him we have redemption through His blood, the for-giveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight  He made known to us the mystery of His will, accord-ing to His kind intention which He purposed in Him. with a view to an admini-stration suitable to the ful-lness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose Who works all things after the counsel of His will,

Witness of the Spirit

Eph 1:12-14


to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

    In Him, you also, after listening to the mess-age of truth, the gospel of your salvation –  having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, Who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.




Each section is concerned with inheritance. The will of the Father settles who will be His heirs as implied by the word “sonship,” The work of the Son delivers us from the bondage of sin and death and fits us for our inheritance, and the witness of the Spirit operates from the moment we first believe until the redemption of the purchased possession, and seals us for our inheritance. Paul wrote “Giving thanks unto the Father, Who has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:12).

Ivan L. Burgener