Ephesians 1, Psalm 83


Maybe you have heard the joke about how the right answer to any question in church is “Jesus”. Whether or not you find that humorous, we must agree it would be almost impossible to ask a question about Ephesians 1 where Jesus isn't the answer. Jesus is the chosen one in whom we are also chosen (Ephesians 1:4) not simply that we might enjoy forgiveness, adoption, and holiness; for whatever spiritual blessing we enjoy it is, “in Christ”. Those two little words in English (and Greek) are found everywhere in Paul's writings, but especially in the letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians will make plain, every good thing is found “in Christ”, and if you are not “in Christ” you have nothing truly good. Just like Paul emphasized how being one with Christ gives us the Spirit, we are made a promise “in Christ” that we have the Spirit as a “deposit” guaranteeing our inheritance. Just like when a landlord asks us for a security deposit to guarantee we will rent out their unit or suffer financial consequences, so Jesus gives us a deposit, guaranteeing His intentions to purchase us forever. So if you have the Spirit, you have Jesus' proof of purchase, and thus belong forever to our Lord. So though Jesus is the right answer, the Spirit of Christ is always right there with Christ doing great things for us until we see our Lord face to face to “to the praise of His glorious grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)