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Ephesians

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My New Identity in Christ

1. Romans 3:24. We are justified (declared "righteous").

2. Romans 8:1. No condemnation awaits us.

3. Romans 8:2. We are set free from the power of sin that leads to death.

4. 1 Corinthians 1:2. We are sanctified (made holy) in Jesus Christ.

5. 1 Corinthians 1:30. We are pure and holy in Christ.

6. 1 Corinthians 15:22. We will be given new life at the resurrection.

7. 2 Corinthians 5:17. We are new persons.

8. 2 Corinthians 5:21. We are made right with God.

9. Ephesians 1:3. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

10. Ephesians 1:4. We are holy and without fault.

11. Ephesians 1:5. 6. We are adopted as God's children.

12. Ephesians 1:7. Our sins are taken away, and we are forgiven.

13. Ephesians 1:10, 11. We will be brought under Christ's authority.

14. Ephesians 1:13. We are identified as belonging to God by the Holy Spirit.

15. Ephesians 2:6. We have been raised up to sit with Christ in the heavenly realms.

16. Ephesians 2:10. We are God's masterpiece.

17. Ephesians 2:13. We have been brought near to God.

18. Ephesians 3:6. We share in the promise of blessing through Christ.

19. Ephesians 3:12. We can come boldly and confidently into God's presence.

20. Ephesians 5:29, 30. We are members of Christ's body, the church.

21. Colossians 2:10. We are made complete in Christ.

22. Colossians 2:11. We are free from our sinful nature.

23. 2 Timothy 2:10. We will have eternal glory.

Ephesian Emphasis

Darkness & Light

Darkness

sexual immorality

impurity

greed

obscenity

coarse joking

idolatry

drunkenness

Light

goodness

righteousness

truth

thanksgiving

Parallel Passages on Submission

The Believer’s Blessings in Jesus Christ

The Work of the Father: Election (Ephesians 1:3–6)

The Work of the Son: Redemption (Ephesians 1:7–12)

The Work of the Spirit: Protection (Ephesians 1:13, 14)

IN CHRIST I AM

Blessed (v. 3)

Chosen (v. 4)

Predestined (v. 5)

Adopted (v. 5)

Accepted (v. 6)

Redeemed (v. 7)

Forgiven (v. 7)

Enlightened (vv. 8, 9)

Given an Inheritance (v. 11)

Sealed (v. 13)

Assured (v. 14)

The Blueprint

  1. Unity in Christ (1:1-3:21)

  2. Unity in the body of Christ (4:1-6:24)

In this letter, Paul explains the wonderful things that we have received through Christ and refers to the church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the others parts. In our own life, we should work to eradicate all backbiting, gossip, criticism, jealousy, anger, and bitterness, because these are barriers to unity in the church.

God's Armor for us

We are engaged in a spiritual battle - all believers find themselves subject to the devil's attacks because they are no longer on the devil's side. Thus, Paul tells us to use every piece of God's armor to resist the devil's attack and to stand true to God in the midst of those attacks.

Ephesians Overview