Following Jesus, fulfilling His mission

4 Ephesians 1 3-14 Confident living in uncertain times

Confident living in uncertain times has more to do who we are ‘in Christ’ than how we are situated in our world. How can you and I live confidently when life is so unsettled?

Paul, in writing to his friends at Ephesus, reminds us of how we can live with great confidence, even though our world is unsure and unsettled.

It was written to those in Christ in Ephesus – “I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.”

John Stott in his book on Ephesians says Paul’s letter focuses on what God did through the historical work of Jesus Christ and does through his Spirit today in God’s new society – the church.

The key thought in this chapter is the wealth of blessings we have as Christians, spiritual blessings that are ours because we are in Christ (1:3).

How can you and I live confidently when life is so unsettled?

Ephesians 1:3–14 (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. 9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. 12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

We were created to praise and glorify God.