John Newton’s famous hymn “Amazing Grace” captures the essence of grace itself – it truly IS amazing!

Similarly, Peter tells us that God’s grace is “manifold,” meaning it is numerous, has many layers, depths, or “folds.”

In this expositional study of Ephesians 1:6, Nathan Johnson discusses what grace is, why it is so amazing, and how we can practically live with the focus and reality of God’s grace in our lives.

Grace is more than pat on the head, a gentle hug, or overlooking our sins – grace is powerful, epic in scope, and the daily need of every Christian to function and live out the Christian life.

Come and experience God’s amazing grace.

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Key Passage: Ephesians 1:6

Ephesians 1:6 – “… to the praise of the glory of His grace which He graciously bestowed on us in the Beloved.”

  • Our whole lives should be unto the praise of His glory.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10 – “As everyone has received a gift, even so serve one another with it, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
  • Eric Ludy describes the “manifold grace of God” this way:
    • “Grace is an action, a super-heroic action – but it is more than an action
    • Grace is a power, an extreme power – but it is more than a power
    • Grace is a mercy, an extreme mercy – but it is more than a mercy
    • Grace is a kindness, an unmerited kindness – but it is more than kindness
    • Grace is a virtue, an exemplary virtue – but is more than a virtue
    • Grace is an historic event, an event that is central to all history – but it is more than an historic event
    • Grace is a gift, an unspeakable gift – but it is more than a gift
    • Grace is a work, a legal work of atonement, propitiation, justification, redemption, forgiveness, and adoption – but it is more than a legal work
    • Grace is a life, a quickening, transforming life – but is not an impersonal life
    • Grace is more than an action, a power, a mercy, a kindness, a virtue, an event, a gift, or a legal work. Grace is a Person.
    • Grace is Jesus Christ – the loving action, the unstoppable power, the extreme mercy, the unmerited kindness, the exemplary virtue, the unspeakable gift, and the perfect rescuing work of God upon the Cross (the historic event of all historic events). Grace is the Abundant Life of God made available in the Person of Jesus Christ.
    • Jesus is Grace.
  • Scripture says that the grace of God is for …
    • that we might labor more abundantly
    • that we may have sufficiency in all things
    • that we may abound to every good work
    • for obedience to the faith
    • as power for witnessing of the Resurrection of Jesus
    • in order that we may lay foundations
    • for preaching among the Gentiles
    • as our means of help in time of need
    • whereby we may serve God acceptably
    • to make us perfect
    • to establish us
    • to strengthen us
    • to settle us
    • to save us
    • to enable others to believe in Jesus Christ

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. 

  • Focus of our next study: Ephesians 1:7-8
  • We will examine the concepts of “forgiveness” and “redemption” found in Ephesians 1:7-8
  • I encourage you to read through Ephesians a couple of times this week and focus specifically on the blessing section found in Ephesians 1:3-14.

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The Deeper Christian Bible Study Series

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. 

About NRJohnson 

NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps Christians discover and experience a passionate love for God and His Word so that they can grow in their faith, live victorious lives, share the Gospel boldly, grow in their intimacy with Jesus, and transform the world through the indwelling life of Christ.
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