We begin a series from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.
Paul starts out with the bold promise that the things of God are ours as we are in his Son!
From Paul, one of King Jesus’ apostles through God’s purpose, to the holy ones in Ephesus who are also loyal believers in King Jesus: may God our father and the Lord Jesus, the king, give you grace and peace! Let us bless God, the father of our Lord Jesus, the king! He has blessed us in the king with every spirit-inspired blessing in the heavenly realm.
Ephesus was a center of the Christian Faith in the earliest days of Christianity. St. Paul worked here as a tentmaker, probably supplying the Roman army. He would take a break at midday and rent a lecture hall to train up people to go out and plant mission outposts. We hear about some of these outposts as they are written to by Paul. The church at Collosae is one such place, where we get a letter Paul wrote to them, the letter to the Colossians.
It is likely the Letter to the Ephesians is a circular letter which is meant for many different groups to read. Like a group email. It might be more accurate to call it the letter from Ephesus, as this could be a letter in their possession they send out when Paul was imprisoned.
Let us bless God, the father of our Lord Jesus, the king!
Ephesians begins with worship. This is appropriate. Whenever we think of God the Father, we remember he comes to us directly. He is not hidden or obscure. He sends Jesus to bring all people together in him.
Then a very powerful thought comes through right away. Because Jesus is in God, we receive the same blessings he does as we are in the King.
He has blessed us in the king with every spirit-inspired blessing in the heavenly realm.
The things of heaven are available to us as we are in Christ. Do you know how strong that makes us? Whatever is happening around us, we are his and we know we are secure. We can stake our lives on that.
Consider the ways you are living your life this week as an act of worship to God.