What? What does the letter say? What are the important truths we find in this letter?
Important Truths Election Sealed In Christ Significance Wealth Glory of God Prayer
Election Paul begins with a heavy emphasis on election, because it is foundational to everything else he has to say in the letter Election is essential to security in Christ My position in Christ is 100% dependent upon whether God elected me or not. Therefore, when I experience pain and suffering, I know it is for correction, not justice
Sealed 1:13 says, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. This means that the validity of the seal depends on the trustworthiness of the one making the seal, not the quality of the item being sealed Ex: a king sealed official documents Thus, the recipient can trust that the document is not fake
In Christ This phrase appears 26 times in the epistle Those who are in Christ are very special and privileged
Significance As followers of Christ, we must allow the Bible to define what is significant in life, not what culture or peers say is significant. Paul says that our significance is found by being faithful in Christ No mention is made of significance coming from achievement or material wealth or worldly status
Wealth we have in Christ 1:2 – grace and peace 1:3 – every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places 1:4 – chosen to be holy and without blame 1:5 – adoption as sons 1:6 – acceptance 1:7 – forgiveness of sins 1:7 – the riches of His grace
Wealth we have in Christ 1:8 – wisdom and prudence 1:9 – the mystery of His will 1:11 – an inheritance 1:12 – predestined 1:13 – the Word of truth 1:13 – sealed with the Holy Spirit
Glory of God A lot of people seem to think we have to bring God glory But actually, God already has glory His predestining us and sealing us is to the praise of His glory (3 times in chapter 1) Thus, the purpose of our being predestined to follow Christ is to draw attention to Gods glory (that already exists)
Prayer Paul includes two prayers in the letter. 1:17-23 & 3:14-21 We can learn how to pray for others from these
Why? Why did Paul write the letter?
Book Overview Chapters 1-3 Position in Christ Chapters 4-6 Practice of the Christian
Chapters 1 – 3 Position in Christ 1:1-14 Praise for redemption 1:15-23 Prayer for revelation 2:1-3:13 Position of the Christian 3:14-21 Prayer for Realization
Chapters 4 – 6 Practice of the Christian 4:1-16 Unity in the Church 4:17 – 5:21 Holiness in Life 5:22 – 6:9 Responsibilities at Home and Work 6:10-24 Conduct in the conflict
Bibliography Special thanks goes to the following: EBibleTeacher.com for their maps NASA for their Satellite images Bruce Wilkinson & Kenneth Boa for their information in Talk Thru the Bible Walt Henrichsen for his wisdom and insight shared during Bible studies he has led and in books, articles and s he has written