There is a great mystery, hidden from ages and generations, and God has given us the wisdom and insight in order for us to understand and comprehend it.

 

In this expositional study of Ephesians 1:9, Nathan Johnson gives an overview of how Paul talks about the "mystery" in Scripture and then gives clarity as to what it is and how knowing and living in the reality of this mystery will change our lives – for this mystery is "from Him, and through Him, and to Him" for His praise, honor, and glory!

 

We discussed last time (study 16) that God pours forth and lavishes us with His grace like a Nigerian waterfall.

But Paul states that this grace was lavishly poured forth in all wisdom and insight. 

In this expositional study in Ephesians, Nathan Johnson examines this phrase "wisdom and insight" and discusses how essential it is as Christians to live from God's perspective and heart every moment of every day.

Superlatives are my favorite types of words. They spice up a sentence and make things over-the-top and grand.

And it seems that Paul the Apostle loved a good superlative as well – for he often used them in reference to the grandeur of Christ or the richness of God's grace.

In this expositional study in the book of Ephesians, Nathan Johnson (NRJohnson) examines Ephesians 1:7-8 and looks at the waterfall of grace that God has lavishly poured upon us in all wisdom and insight.

May we as Christians live under the downpour of God's grace.

The Bible is clear that we are all sinners and deserve wrath and punishment for our sin. Yet it is also clear that if we, by faith, believe and embrace Jesus Christ as our Savior, we shall experience salvation.

In his list of blessings, Paul declares that we have been forgiven and redeemed in Christ. While Christians often throw around this language of forgiveness and redemption, few of us actually know what it means or how to practically experience this reality in our lives.

In this expositional study of Ephesians 1:7-8, Nathan Johnson examines this passage and shows how we are blessed because the precious blood of Christ was given for our forgiveness and redemption … and this truth should change every aspect of our lives.

John Newton's famous hymn "Amazing Grace" captures the essence of grace itself – it truly IS amazing!

Similarly, Peter tells us that God's grace is "manifold," meaning it is numerous, has many layers, depths, or "folds."

In this expositional study of Ephesians 1:6, Nathan Johnson discusses what grace is, why it is so amazing, and how we can practically live with the focus and reality of God's grace in our lives.

Grace is more than pat on the head, a gentle hug, or overlooking our sins – grace is powerful, epic in scope, and the daily need of every Christian to function and live out the Christian life.

Come and experience God's amazing grace.

 

I love a good musical and have always (secretly) wanted life to somehow break into song and dance spontaneously.

Yet, I've found there is truly something better than a Broadway musical – a Christian's life giving praise and glory to Jesus Christ throughout everything they say, think, and do.

In this expositional study, we dive into Ephesians 1:6 where Paul commissions the church to live unto the praise of God's glory!

One of the tremendous blessings we have in Christ Jesus is that through Christ, by the pre-determined decision and purpose of God, we have been adopted as children of God.

As powerful as an illustration adoption in our modern-day is of what God has done for us, Paul's use of the Roman concept of adoption gives a greater depth and clarity to the robust demonstration of God's adoption of us as His children.

In this expositional study, Nathan Johnson examines Ephesians 1:5 and God's determined purpose to predestine us unto adoption as heirs of the King.

 

Love. 

Biblically, it's more than an emotion or feeling.

Love is a Person (Jesus – see 1 John 4:8, 16) and it's an action (Cross – see Romans 5:8).

Between verses four and five of Ephesians 1, Paul inserts the phrase "in love." 

Scholars argue whether the phrase "in love" goes with the statement made in Ephesians 1:4 ("you were chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him IN LOVE") or whether it refers to God's position in predestining us unto adoption in Ephesians 1:5.

In this expositional study in Ephesians, Nathan Johnson discusses this dilemma and gives his conclusion … and in so doing discusses what it means for God to always act from the nature of love and calls us to do the same.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:4 that we have been chosen before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless BEFORE HIM.

Interestingly, this statement "before Him" not only reveals our sinful condition but also gives the solution – that the only way we can live holy, blameless lives is to get nose-to-nose with God Himself … for it is in embracing the Holy One that we find ourselves holy.

This is not a call to legalism or to certain activities as much as it is to become different – to have a different nature – which will change everything in our lives.

Join Nathan Johnson in this expositional study in the blessings of God found in Ephesians chapter one.

God has chosen us before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him. Yet too many of us don't understand what it means to be holy and blameless. In this expositional study of Ephesians 1:4, Nathan Johnson examines these two concepts and discusses three aspects of what it means to be made holy and blameless IN Christ Jesus.

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