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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-10

The Church: The Fullness of Christ

(Ephesians 1)



1.  The church of Christ is vitally important, Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23; 3:10-11; 3:21.

2.  The NT teaching of the church is rejected by denominationalism; individualism and worldliness.

3.  Ephesians: The glorious church.

  a.  Eph. 1-3: Our wealth in Christ (1:3,23; 3:21).

  b.  Eph. 4-6: Our walk in Christ (4:1).

4.  The church of Christ is the fullness of Christ, Eph. 1:22-23:

  a.  “That which fills up; full measure, entire contents...complete attainment...full development, plenitude" (Moulton, 329).

  b.  cf. The fullness of Godhead bodily, Col. 2:9.

  c.  All things are summed up in Christ, Eph. 1:10.

5.  Therefore, a person will only find Christ’s salvation in His church.



  A.  All Spiritual Blessings are “in Christ”, 1:3.

    1.  Only Christians are “in Christ”, 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 3:27.

    2.  Only Christians (saved) are added to the church, Acts 2:47.

    3.  Only those in Christ (members of His church) have spiritual blessings.

  B.  All Spiritual Blessings are in the “Heavenly Places” in Christ, 1:3.

      -[Heaven itself, 1:20; realm of spiritual forces, 6:12; spiritual realities, 1:3; 2:6 (heavenly Jerusalem, Heb. 12:22; Phil. 3:20)]

    1.  Christians sit in heavenly places in Christ, Eph. 2:6.

    2.  Thus, Christians (members of the church) have spir. blessings.

  C.  A Summary of the Blessings in Christ (His Church), 1:4-14.

    1.  Chosen (1:4): “To pick out, to choose, to make a choice” (Vine).

      a.  Before creation; Salvation is no accident.

      b.  Whosoever will, Acts 2:21; 10:34-35.

      c.  Purpose: Holy and without blemish (5:27).

    2.  Predestined (foreordained) to adoption, 1:5.

      a.  God “set a boundary, marked out definitely” (Thayer) that through Christ men would become sons of God.

      b.  New birth / Heirs, Gal. 3:26-29; 1 Jno. 3:1.

    3.  Grace is abundantly given, 1:6-8.

      a.  In Christ we are compassed about with God’s favor.

      b.  Sinners need grace, and it abounds.

    4.  Redemption through His blood, 1:7.

      a.  A buying back, payment of a ransom; Jesus died in our place.

      b.  Water baptism into His death (benefits), Rom. 6:3; Acts 22:16.

    5.  Revelation of the divine purposes, 1:9-10.

      -Gospel preached (all truth) is summed up in Christ, Col. 1:27-28.

    6.  Obtain an inheritance (“made a heritage”, ASV), 1:11.

        a.  “To choose by lot.” We are God's possession, 1:14.

        b.  Chosen acc. to His purpose to have an inheritance [heirs, 1:5].

          1)  Both Jews and Gentiles praise God, 1:12-13.

          2)  Inheritance is through the gospel, 1:13 (Acts 20:32).

    7.  Sealed with the Holy Spirit, 1:13-14.

      a.  Ownership: Stamp of approval.

      b.  Security (earnest): That we are God's possession and heir, and that God will eternally reward us, Rom. 8:16-17.



  A.  Understanding the Will of Christ is Vital to Faithfulness, 1:17-19.

    1.  Wisdom and revelation in knowledge, 1:17.

    2.  Eyes of heart enlightened, 1:18.

    3.  To perceive: Our hope (2:12; 4:4), our rich inheritance (3:6) and the power of God in our lives (3:20).

    4.  Without this perception we are not thankful and we will fail to grow in faith and love (1:15).

  B.  The Power of God in Our Lives is the Power that...

    1.  Raised and exalted Christ, 1:20.

    2.  Gave Christ all authority (above all powers), 1:21-22.

    3.  Gives all blessings to Christ’s church, 1:23 (3).

    4.  We have the power of God in our lives, 1:19; 3:16-17.



1.  Unless you are in Christ's church you do not have spiritual blessings, Eph. 1:3, 23; 2:1.

2.  To be blessed in Christ you must obey His gospel.

3.  As Christians we must grow in our appreciation for all our blessings in Christ.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: January 3, 2013