Ephesians 1 – part 2 – Wholeness BEFORE the foundation of the world!

The video for tonight’s Bible study…. notes below
I. Intro
  • We’ve been talking for the past several weeks about our being WHOLE in Christ
  • Everything was completed and finished in order for ALL men to experience wholeness, health, peace, freedom and prosperity in EVERY area of life.
  • Just because we’re not always experiencing it doesn’t make it any less true
  • Last week we looked at Ephesians 1:1-6
  • Verses 3 says He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus
  • Has blessed – past tense
  • Every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies is available to us right NOW – not some future hope after we die
  • The word places was added by the translators
  • The heavenlies is inside of us – the tabernacle and temple in the Old Testament was referred to as heaven
  • New Covenant teaching tells us that we are His tabernacle and temple
  • 1 Cor 3:16: Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and the Spirit of God (Elohim – the Godhead) dwells in you?
  • 2 Cor 6:16: For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”
  • Actually, in Greek that word “with” is en meaning IN I will dwell IN them and I will walk IN them (walk is a Hebraism meaning to conduct life)
  • The heavenlies is IN you and you are IN CHRIST
  • We’re always praying outward… looking for all the blessings to come down out of Heaven up there
  • But all of those spiritual blessings are IN us
  • The most holy place in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple was where the ark of the covenant was
  • It was also called the Oracle or the Devar (words)
  • Jesus said in in Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth that which is good
  • brings forth is prophero in Greek meaning moving something to necessary manifestation!
  • He has blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ
  • All of those blessings are IN you… you bring it necessary manifestation
  • How? Not by asking God to bless you! He already has!
  • The rest of v. 45 says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
  • Actually the way it looks in Greek is for out of (the source) of the heart’s abundance, speak his mouth (devar in Hebrew)
  • Speak out those heart’s abundances… those treasures in you… all those blessings that are already yours!
  • Speak them forth to necessary manifestation!
  • I love the ETERNAL message of these verses 4-6… the COMPLETENESS, WHOLENESS of who we have ALWAYS been!
  • Mirror Bible: (4) He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world! Jesus is God’s mind made up about us! He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face before him in blameless innocence. (5) He is the architect of our design; his heart dream realized our coming of age in Christ. (6) His grace-plan is to be celebrated: he greatly endeared us and highly favored us in Christ. His love for his Son is his love for us.
  • I told you last week verses 3-14 in chapter 1 is one long sentence
  • Let’s look at verses 7-10 and talk about the wholeness of who we have always been since before creation
II. God’s Eternal Plan of Redemption
Ephesians 1:7-10: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;(8) Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;(9) Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself (10) That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
  • Verse 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
  • We need to remember when we read this that God’s plan of redemption has always been an eternal plan
  • It was not a “reaction” to Adam’s fall.
  • Jesus was never God’s plan B
  • Last week we read verses 1-6 – those verses reveal a purpose and plan older than time
  • God brought that plan and purpose into time when He created man
  • He made him in His image and according to His likeness and gave him dominion over all things
  • Adam and mankind never lost God’s image and likeness or the dominion over all things
  • We simply forgot who we were and walked according to our 5 sense realm
  • Deut 32:18: Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.
  • And Isaiah in 51:1 told them that they were pursuing righteousness and seeking God but they simply needed to look to the Rock from which they were hewn and the Quarry from which they were dug
  • They were pursuing something that they already were…. Already righteous
  • God is righteous – they were in His image and likeness therefore they had always been righteous
  • man was still in God’s image and likeness even if they weren’t walking that out
  • Remember Paul started this letter by telling us who we were before the foundation of the world
  • Let’s go back to verse 4 for a minute — 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
  • chose is eklego in Greek; it comes from 2 words ek and lego
  • ek refers to source or origin;
  • lego is the logic or original thought; to communicate an idea; to speak; to speak to a conclusion;
  • we were chosen… He is our Source, we came from Him; we are the expression of His original thought or blueprint design
  • what was His original thought or blueprint design regarding mankind?
  • Made in His image and likeness
  • This is who we ARE and always have been – regardless if we are acting like it
  • So… chosen IN Him – we came from Him and are the expression of His original thought
  • Made in His image and likeness
  • Then it says that we should be…. Actually in the Greek it says eimi meaning to exist, I AM
  • It’s not saying should be in the idea of hopefully someday we’ll look like this
  • It’s saying we ARE holy and blameless (without fault) before Him in love
  • Holy and blameless is who we ARE and always have been before the foundation of the world — we have always been remember His image and likeness
  • His declaration over man in Genesis 1:26 that man is in His image and likeness is the expression of His blueprint design… the spoken conclusion of His original thought (eklego – chosen)
  • Before Him is katenopion which suggests the closest possible proximity, face-to-face!
  • Nothing separating us… nothing between us and God!
  • Remember Paul is talking before the foundation of the world
  • I know I keep hammering that but we’ve been taught that this is who we are after the cross and after we say a sinners prayer
  • BUT Paul is saying this is who we’ve ALWAYS been
  • I love the ETERNAL message of these verses 4-6… the COMPLETENESS, WHOLENESS of who we have ALWAYS been!
  • v. 3 blessed!
  • v. 4 – chosen! holy! blameless! spotless!
  • v. 5 – sons! heirs!
  • v. 6 – graced! LOVED!
  • And now in verse 7 forgiven – ALWAYS forgiven and redeemed!
  • We began whole and never lost our wholeness…. We simply lost sight of it
  • Remember Deut 32:18: Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.
  • Let’s read verses 7-10 again: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;(8) Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;(9) Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself (10) That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him
  • Verse 8 – hath abounded – aorist indicative which is a past tense fact
  • normally when we would look at verse 7 we would identify the redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace with the Cross
  • and we would view that as God’s response to the fall or to human failure
  • in other words something needed to be done so Jesus stepped in
  • and we would relate that only to the historical event of the Cross
  • because of man’s failure – eating the fruit
  • because of all men falling into sin
  • BUT going back to v. 4-5 Paul already established that this was all “before the foundation of the world”
  • Paul’s talking about our eternal identity IN Christ not our identity after the cross
  • The Gospel predates the cross – the Gospel is eternal
  • in other words — God chose according to His good pleasure NOT because of man’s sin or fall
  • v. 4 and 5 says — that man WAS (past tense) chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world
  • and He predestinated us in sonship according to His good pleasure
  • and IN HIM we have redemption of sins not based upon a historical event that took place but based upon having been chosen before the foundation of the world
  • We’ve looked at forgiveness and treated it as if it was non-existent before the Cross
  • we have looked at holiness and righteousness and acted like it was non-existent before the cross
  • The Old Testament tells us that our Father was Jehovah Rophe – the Health of our body before the Cross, before Jesus bore the stripes
  • His bearing the stripes was the revealing of what had ALWAYS been – before the foundation of the world
  • forgiveness isn’t something that just popped up when Jesus went to the Cross — Jesus didn’t go to the cross for man’s failure
  • He went to the cross to reveal the love of the Father
  • v. 9 — having made known the mystery
  • Jesus in the historical event of His incarnation from His virgin birth to His resurrection and seated-ness did not bring the benefits of the Father to us BUT revealed them to us
  • and showed us that we had them before the foundation of the world
  • Col 1:26: even the mystery (the Gospel) which has been hid from ages and generations but now is made manifest to His saints, Christ in us the hope of glory.
  • saints does not mean people who go to church
  • the word saints means sacred ones — all those who are sacred to God
  • who was sacred to God?
  • ALL men — John 3:16 for God so loved the world!
  • this verse is saying that the good news that has been hidden from ages and generations but now has been revealed to His sacred ones is the unveiling, the revelation of something that was always true but was lost — which is Christ in us, the hope of Glory.
  • Paul is saying – what has been from before the foundations of the world — Christ in you — is being revealed now
  • always been true but we lost it – we forgot it
  • again remember Deut 32:18: Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.
  • 2 Tim 1:9-10: who hath (past tense) saved us and called us with a holy calling not according to our works but according to His own purpose in grace which was given to us IN CHRIST Jesus before the world began (10) but is now made manifest or revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ
  • not according to our works — had nothing to do with a response to man’s failure
  • not according to what we did — our failures; the fall;
  • He has saved us NOT as a result of responding to man’s fall but according to His own purpose and grace — He had this plan for man’s salvation before the foundation of the world
  • and what was the plan?
  • That when Jesus would come He would reveal the love of the Father and the Father’s plan and purpose before the foundation of the world
  • So verse 9 says He saved (past tense) us according to His own purpose and grace which was given IN Christ before time eternal
  • Don’t let the word saved throw you – we think of saved as making heaven and missing hell
  • Saved here is sozo and means delivered, healed, prospered, wholeness – nothing missing, nothing broken.
  • We were WHOLE IN Christ before time eternal.
  • Verse 10 – but now is made manifest (or revealed) by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ!
  • the appearing was not to save us or make us holy but to REVEAL (to make manifest, or to make clear and plain) the Father’s love and purpose before the foundation of the world
  • we thought the gospel was subject to the appearing — in other words when Jesus appeared then the gospel was brought to earth
  • but NO the gospel was what the appearing confirmed
  • the Gospel always was — it wasn’t a response to the fall
  • the fall didn’t change God’s mind about us! We were still who He said we were!
  • The Gospel was before the foundation of the world!
  • 1 Peter 1:18-20: (18) knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, (19) but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (20) For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you
  • v. 18 – NKJV: from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,
  • received by tradition is closer to the Greek which is patroparadotas meaning something passed on by fathers; traditions passed on from ancestors; the “traditional” way of doing something
  • remember Deut 32:18: Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten the God who fathered you.
  • They followed after their ancestors not being mindful of and forgetting who’s image and likeness they bore… who they had always been the Father’s sons – from before the foundation
  • Ephesians 1:5 predestined (before creation) as sons
  • Heb 4:3: for we which has believed do enter into rest as He has said as I have sworn in My wrath if they shall enter into my rest although the works were finished before the foundation of the world.
  • Jesus came and revealed that there was a finished rest that we could experience that was given before the foundation of the world
  • The incarnation of Jesus was the “revealing” of what had become a “mystery” to man at the fall of his conscious awareness of who he had ALWAYS been before the foundation of the world!
  • You have always been WHOLE – blessed; chosen; holy; blameless; spotless; sons; heirs; graced; loved; forgiven and redeemed;
  • His redemption was an eternal redemption that was revealed in time through the incarnation of Jesus!

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