In Lesson 7 of the Deeper Christian Bible Study Series in Ephesians, we discuss what it means for God to have chosen you before the foundation of the world. This isn’t a simple choosing or an afterthought, God has chosen you as His first pick even before He created the heavens and the earth. This in-depth study focuses on the first part of Ephesians 1:4.
You Are Chosen!
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A Simple Study of Ephesians 1:5 – You Are Chosen!
Ephesians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love …
- Indicative: simple statement of fact … this isn’t up for argument – He chose you!
- 2 Greek words: ek (out/from) and lego (say, speak, call) » to call out from, to pick out, choose
- Important to note that the choosing is “In Christ”
- Colossians 1:16 – “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
- You were created by Christ, for Christ, to be IN Christ
- before the foundation fo the world
- God chose you before He created the heavens and the earth
- Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
- You are not an accident or mistake!
- Jeremiah 1:4-5 – Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
- the purpose of the choosing (we will study this in lesson 8)
NRJohnson Commentary on “You Are Chosen!” in Ephesians 1:4
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In Our Next Study Together …
I invite you to join me on this journey from the book of Ephesians to discover God’s eternal purpose, His plan for your life, and learn how to practically live out an abundant and fruitful Christian life.
If you desire to join me in preparing for next week’s study, I encourage you to do the following three things:
- Read the book of Ephesians (preferably every day)
- Saturate in Ephesians 1:3-14 (the blessing section)
- Do a study in verse 4 and examine what it means to be chosen before the foundation of the world for the purpose of holiness.
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The Deeper Christian Bible Study Series in Ephesians is an in-depth verse-by-verse study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. These studies will guide you through this life-changing book of the Bible and give you practical application to help you grow in your faith, gain greater intimacy with Jesus, experience the victorious Christian life, and help you build your life around Jesus Christ.