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PRAISE TO THE FATHER (3 of 36)
The third verse is the key verse of the entire letter
to the Ephesians. The Apostle Paul praises God and
rejoices in the Lord because God the Father has
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the
heavenlies in Christ. The question immediately comes
to mind--what are these spiritual blessings? If God
has blessed us with spiritual blessings we would like
to know what they are and understand them. So,
flowing in verse 4 and going all the way down through
verse 14 Paul just lays before us the glorious
spiritual blessings which are our possessions as born
again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the
longest sentence in the New Testament in the Greek
text 3-14 is really one sentence. It's as if Paul
begins to enumerate all or our spiritual blessings and
he just can't find a stopping place.
Like a little boy in school. The teacher asked him
how to spell banananana. He couldn't find a stopping
place. Paul, in talking about these spiritual
blessings of ours just goes on and on and he can't
seem to find a place to stop.
When you look at these verses, 4-14, and study them
carefully you will find that there is a little phrase
which occurs three times in these verses. In verse 6
it says, "to the praise of the glory of his grace."
In verse 12 it says, "that we should be to the praise
of his glory." In the end of verse 14 it says, "unto
the praise of his glory." Three times in these verses
he enumerates our spiritual blessings in the Lord.
The blessings which we receive by knowing Jesus as our
Savior. He bursts into doxology and praise. Three
times he says, "to the praise of the glory of his
grace." In those three doxologies we have laid out
for us the work of the person of the work of the
godhead in our salvation.
We believe the Bible teaches that God is a
trinity. There is one God and yet t ...
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