The following is the 1rst article by out new contributor, Jake Schotter. We hope you find it challenging,  thought provoking and most of all, we hope you are blessed by this content…


(Ephesians 1)

In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, his primary focus is on God the Father. In chapter one alone, we find at-least 23 references to Him, primarily demonstrating that He is a gracious giver of gifts. Here are some examples:

  • “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 2)
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (v. 3)
  • “…the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him” (v. 17)

As he describes God as the Great Benevolent, Paul draws our attention to two primary areas where God is mightily at work and has given us great gifts – great gifts that should cause us to have great confidence for being Christians!

  1. We should have confidence in God because He has given us the gift of salvation (1:3-14)

In these verses, Paul elaborates on ten gifts God has blessed those who are “in Christ.” If you are “in Christ,” then you are saved. Reading through this beautiful section, you cannot miss the clear emphasis on what God has done. Paul explains, “He chose… He predestined… He freely bestowed,” among others because it was “according to the kind intention of His will” (v. 5).

If we think we are the source of our salvation, we have lost sight of God and have become too pridefully dependent on ourselves. Do our actions reflect the reality of God’s work of salvation in our lives? Paul later wrote, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (2:10).

  1. We should have confidence in God because He gives us the gift of sanctification (1:15-23)

Paul prays for the Christians in Ephesus to keep on reflecting God in their lives (verses 15-16 indicates that they have an active faith!). To Paul, however, that is not enough. So, he prays that they may continue growing in their relationship to God! He prays that they may know more about the person of Christ (v. 17), their portion in Christ (v. 18), and the power of Christ (vs. 19-21).

If God has control over our way of thinking (our mindset) and He dominates our mind (Colossians 3:2), then we will inevitably have the desire to live faithfully and grow in our knowledge of Him. The result of doing this? A transformed life (Colosians 3:1-17). When we allow God to work on and through us, we are able to experience the “surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19). Let us have an unwavering confidence in God’s work and reflect that in how we think and live!


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