Essential Elements-Ephesians 1:1-14

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Essential Elements-Ephesians 1:1-14

Post by Pastor » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:09 pm ... ersion=ESV

We will be working through Ephesians for a while. Luther said, "In this letter, St. Paul teaches, first of all, what the Gospel is..." For us to get the most benefit from our reading, we must understand what "the Gospel" is in the best and proper sense.
How would you define the Gospel, if called upon, in clear and concise terms?
An essential element of a proper definition would include "the order" of things, in other words, who acts and who responds. Read vss 3-10 and pay attention to the subject and the object of the verbs. Who acts, initiates, works (subject)...and who receives and benefits (object)? Notice and consider what the subject has done for the object. What are the implications of these actions for you?
A consequence of these actions is another essential element of a proper definition; the Gospel produces a clear "identity". Find the "identifier" of a Christian in v1. One of the most tragic themes in literature and theater is that of amnesia/a forgotten identity. Why do we sympathize with those who have no sense of who they are? What are the benefits of your being identified as a "saint"?
What are some of the benefits that you should enjoy each day with a proper understanding of the Gospel?

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Re: Essential Elements-Ephesians 1:1-14

Post by J.Matson » Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:24 pm

The Gospel is a story of promise, forgiveness, redemption, and hope. God has heaped abundant blessings upon us - His chosen saints. We were chosen and predestined to receive these gifts and be adopted as sons and daughters of God. Through His Spirit, He has revealed many (but certainly not all) of the great mysteries of His way and will. It is only by Him and not what we have done that we have received these gifts. We bear the mark of an apostle of Christ. To Him we give continuous praise and thanks. In response, we want to tell others the gospel message so that they, too, can hear and be bathed in the gospel story.

What, if any, are the responsibilities of an apostle? We are predistined? Are some not predistined?

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