My Commentary on Ephesians 1:3 thru 5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
(Ephesians 1:3)

     It is true that in the times prior to the ministry of Jesus and his finished works, that one’s life could be influenced by varying degrees of being blessed by God. Today though we have been blessed with ALL spiritual things because of Jesus. As we remain in him, like a branch that is connected to the vine, we experience the fullness of all he has to offer for us in this time. There is no more seeking after a double portion as Elisha received or five times the portion as Benjamin, but we as believers are fully immersed into His blessing. If we seek after that which we already have then we persuade our hearts to not believe the facts of the matter and therefore no longer walk by faith which causes us to not allow ourselves to experience the fulfillment of this way of life. As believers we have 100%, ALL, and you cannot add to that.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
(Ephesians 1:4)

     Some have used this verse to say that all have been chosen to be in Him prior to man ever existing therefore all men are in Him and all are saved. The fact is that in context Paul is writing not to everyone everywhere but to the saints, who are those who have believed on Jesus for salvation. The only benefit that I can see for anyone to believe that all are saved regardless of what they believe is that they are trying to deal with some sort of condemnation. If all are saved then when one feels compelled to share their faith and does not any guilt from not doing so is immediately resolved by their reasoning that it was not necessary because everyone is saved anyhow. If this is the case, or anything else that may produce a sense of guilt, then the root of this is pride and they have allowed dead works to creep into their belief system because they have placed a value on themselves based on what one does rather than accept the fact their value comes solely from God who declares us priceless regardless of our actions.

     What Paul states here is true in that every believer has been chosen to be in union with God before mankind ever existed. This statement alone also tells us that mankind did not come along as an afterthought but contrarily this was part of God’s plan, from before time as we know it existed, so that God could expand His family.

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
(Ephesians 1:5)

     God’s predestination all of humanity to be adopted through Jesus unto Himself does not mean that all will. This is God’s plan and His desire for all of humanity but to say that all are because God planned on this being the method by which all would enter into a restored relationship is bunk. In the most simplest of answers to a thought like this one can easily look to scripture and see the question imposed of “What must I do to be saved?” and the response is always “believe on the Lord Jesus” and not “you already are”. In fact scripture uses such actions as shall be saved, should be saved, may be saved and might be saved but never once eludes to the fact that all are saved.

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About Thomas Myers

The one thing I enjoy the most is helping people discover their identity in Jesus. As one starts to see who they really are and why they even exist it is so powerful to see them come to life as the bondage that has tied them down over years of false identity is broken off. It is wonderful to be free of guilt, shame and condemnation and experience unconditional love and a value for ones self that is solid and does not waiver based on circumstances. True liberty can only be found in Christ Jesus. View all posts by Thomas Myers

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