Sermon synopsis for April 30, 2017
Ephesians: Message #1
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians begins with a brief greeting. Though his words may seem like the typical attachment to the beginning of a first century epistle, they are much more. Paul designed them to communicate important theological truth. He knew his readers needed reminders concerning their relationship with God, so he strategically started his letter. His words speak of the plan God has for those who have been redeemed. Within them, we see two ideas related to God’s plan for His people.
GOD HAS A PEOPLE (v. 1).
Since the beginning of time, it has always been the Lord’s purpose to have a people for Himself. As a relational being, He desires to relate to others. Consequently, He made humanity in His image so that it might know Him and be known by Him (Genesis 1:26-27). During the Old Covenant, Israel fulfilled His purposes (Isaiah 43:6-7). Now, under the New Convent, the church has opportunity to partake of His life (1 Peter 2:9). At the end of time, God’s designs for humankind will be fulfilled throughout eternity, as the redeemed will live and relate to Him forever and ever (Revelation 21:3). In his opening remarks to the Ephesians, Paul hints towards this theme. He says, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: To the faithful saints in Christ Jesus at Ephesus” (Ephesians 2:1).
GOD HAS A PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE (v. 2).
On top of possessing His own people, God has a plan for that people. He has a specially ordained experience and destiny for those who belong to Him. Paul referenced this reality in Ephesians 1:2, as he said, “Grace to you peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The apostle’s words may seem like mere inconsequential fluff belonging to the opening of an letter, but they aren’t. Their Christianized nature conveys several important theological truths. God has a people, and He has a plan for His people. Part of that plan involves a relationship with the Creator of all things!
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