Blest and Chosen

Over the next 7 Sundays our second readings will be taken from one of St Paul’s prison letters – the circular letter to the community in Ephesus (in Asia-Minor, or modern-day west-coast of Turkey). It is a beautiful, rich and deep insight into Paul’s meditation and worship.

Our reading today from Ephesians 1:3-14 contains 12 verses, but only one sentence in the original Greek. Blessing – Father, Messiah, Spirit.

  • The entire prayer is woven through with the story of what God has done in Jesus the Messiah.
  • God has:
    • blest us in the king
    • has chosen us in him
    • foreordained us through him
    • poured grace on us in him
    • gave us redemption in him
    • set out his plan for us in him
    • sums up everything in him as head
  • We obtain our inheritance in him
  • have set our hopes in him
  • have been sealed in him with the Spirit as the guarantee of what is to come.
  • EVERYTHING that God has done he has done in Jesus the Messiah: for us – ‘in him’

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Sunday 15, Year B. Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13

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