Reading: Ephesians 1:11-14
Questions for observation and application:
Verses 11-12: What does God do? For what purpose?
Describe the experience of the people who are the “you also” in verse 13. What happens to them and what do they do?
What do these verses say about the Holy Spirit?
There are two pairs worth noting in this paragraph. First, we see the connection between God’s action (“we were also chosen…”) and man’s action (“When you believed…”). Both God’s initiation and our response of faith are integral to the experience of salvation. Second, we see the connection between the “we… who were the first” and and the “you also…” who were included in Christ through faith. The first group is likely the Jewish believers and the “you also” are the new Gentile believers who were the recipients of the Jewish believer’s missionary efforts. One way to put these two together is to see that God chose the initial believers, not only for the “praise of his glory,” but in order to spread the good news of the gospel so that more people could be brought into the chosen people of God which, again, brings God more praise and glory. In the midst of this is the work of the Holy Spirit who is the deposit, or down-payment, for our final redemption.
How do these verses help you understand your identity?
How do these verses help you understand your mission?
Bonus Reading: Psalm 119:57-64