The book of Ephesians was addressed to the believers in the church in Ephesus. These believers were being bombarded with false teaching from some of the influential elders in the church. (As seems to be the case in most of Paul’s epistles) Ephesians is primarily written as a letter of encouragement and admonition, written to remind believers of their immeasurable blessings in Jesus Christ; and not only to be thankful for those blessings, but also to live in a manner worthy of them. In the reading, you may notice a recurring phrase repeated throughout the chapter. The “In Him” to which Paul is referring is a wonderful, gracious gift of mercy given by the Father. It doesn’t happen by osmosis and we don’t go to bed one night and magically receive it. Jesus Christ is the gift above all gifts. So let me ask you…. Are you “In Him”??
Questions for further thought:
1. Have I taken steps to receive the gracious gift God has offered me in Jesus Christ? If not, why?
2. Do I have the “Inheritance” that Paul speaks of in verse 11? How is this divine inheritance different than one I might receive on earth?
Challenge: Read and meditate on this passage today and ponder the implications of Paul’s words. Could it be calling you to a relationship with the Savior?
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