These meditations on Ephesians are just beginning to scratch the surface of the revelation available in this little letter. In order to keep this to a manageable length, I did not include all the supporting verses that explain and enhance what God is saying in these passages.
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: God is sending out the message now of who Jesus is, what He did and what it means to you and to all men right now and for the future. And God chose Paul, a learned and devout Jew, who when he learned the truth devoted his learning and commitment to telling and demonstrating this awesome message of God for all men.
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.(*updated Oct 23, 2011)
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: God has given and continues to give and will not pull back His grace (the free ability of God to be just like Jesus in any and all parts of life) and peace (the victory that brings Heaven on Earth no matter what the challenge) and this is directed, aimed and applied with pressure upon you, and this pressure, intense desire and eagerness is from Father God and equally from Jesus Christ and Lord/Owner/Ruler of the Universe.
*This is a blessing or empowerment for you to read and understand all that is this letter of Paul by Holy Spirit. This blessing is to fill in any lack you have and to add to any blessing you now walk in so you can receive more of what you need to for the blessing to abound in you now. It is Paul, a human, providing Holy Spirit with words to enable Holy Spirit to help you get what you need to walk in more of the peace and grace of God already given. It is the mixing of spirit and word to produce blessing to those who read and stay in this letter. This is God saying you need help and here is where it starts, getting more of God from His Word as you read and meditate on this letter. This letter is a vehicle of how Holy Spirit is helping you know and understand how to respond to provide more for Holy Spirit to help you in all of life.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (*updated Oct 23, 2011)
Father God is to be praised and magnified for: Paul is telling us that God is to be praised, magnified and get His will and glory on Earth in all ways, and Jesus is to be praised, magnified and get His will, which is Father God’s will and glory, on Earth in all ways to the glory of Father God.
*Blessed means powered to abundance in the things of Heaven entering and abounding in Earth. This ranges from 100 fold increases of harvest while in a famine, to raising the dead and healing, to families that make Heaven on Earth. Heaven is the source of everything of God on Earth and what Earth is to be. Heaven is the source of what each person is called to be.
*Spirit is greater than what we call solid substance or energy in this Universe. The Universe was made from a combination of spirit and word. And all the goodness of God is abounded toward us with nothing left out. The fullness of God. There is no higher or greater blessing than spiritual blessings. They work in Heaven and on Earth, in any situation where a human can be or go. These blessings are in and of Heaven so they cannot be lost or corrupted by sin in the Earth.
*Since Heaven is eternal and all of God, these blessings are eternal and release all of God that can be in a human. They are there for bringing them to Earth. They are what we get when we say, “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Their arrival is called the Kingdom of God; the maintaining of them is called the Kingdom of God. Therefore we are taught to pray, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come.” So we have all the empowerment of God to bring Heaven to Earth.
*And they are in Christ. They were earned by Christ in His incarnation, suffering, death, resurrection and glorification, that is our redemption in and by the blood of Jesus. By covenant we are in Christ Jesus, so God is legally bound to deliver these promises to us in Christ. Those we bring to Earth now, those we could have brought to Earth and did not, and those remaining when Heaven comes to Earth per Revelation 21 and 22. They are in Christ and we are placed in Christ. They are ours as joint heirs with Jesus. What Jesus got we have the right to prosper in also.
*God is no respecter of persons, so the receiving of these blessing into the Earth now are for those who go after them. God blesses no one in particular; those who go after them get them for themselves or others. If you have them and did not have faith for God to give them, some one else did.
*And Father God has blessed us, made available the full power of Holy Spirit in every part of life for each one of us as a permanent condition, pressure and intense desire of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Blessing is the extreme pressure of God for good things of God to abound on the Earth and in you. And Father God did this by giving every possible decree, Word, or blessing in the realm of the spirit in Heaven in Christ. God has placed all of His blessing in Jesus and put His intense desire for that to fill the Earth and the entire Universe in Christ, and thus made that a blessing or path for you to have all of God’s blessing in your life in Christ. God has made Jesus, the Christ, the method by which God will put all of Himself into the Earth, and He has chosen man, and you in particular, to be the vessel of how this happens by placing all of mankind, and you in particular, in Jesus.
These blessing, these words of power are already spoken. Nothing is left out, God has already met every need from His end you or yours will ever have. It is up to us to establish this Word that is established in Heaven and to bring it to earth by faith in God by His Word knowing Jesus has already met the conditions.
So this means any and every blessing described in the Bible is already yours for the believing to bring it to earth. Since God is no respecter of persons, if He ever did it for one, He has already spoken it for you and yours to bring to earth by faith now. If you ever heard a testimony of how God answered prayer, that is yours also. That is included in “every blessing.” So the issue is not the good will of God, but the faith to release God so He can bring it to earth through, by, for and in you.
These awesome blessings of the glory of God for the Earth in reserved in Heaven to be released wherever you are. So if you are on Earth, all of God intensely desires (as a present condition all the time) to come through you into the Earth for you to release His benefits, His blessing, His glory into the Earth. And that means every effect of sin, the curse of sin, the devil and every work of the devil, that is, the kingdom of darkness, will be replace by the Kingdom of God through mankind, human beings, and you in particular. God has given all to and in Jesus, the Christ and by the agency of the Jesus and placing mankind in Jesus so all of Jesus is now available in us, mankind, and you in particular, all of the blessings of Heaven by our redemption in the blood of Jesus.
Therefore you, in your present human, mortal body, are capable of being a vessel of God’s full glory (Holy Spirit) to enter, occupy and prosper in the Earth, because you are in the Earth and where you are is where God wants to fully have you enjoy, release and deliver His glory.
This means also that your body right now is sacred to God and He wants it to operate in perfect health, strength and ability right now. And Father God has destroyed any limitation in your body as part of His great work in Jesus by His suffering, stripes, blood, resurrection and glorification. So any part of you – spirit, soul and body – God has made a way to quicken into Heaven on Earth right now by Holy Spirit. You and your physical body are important to God and He wants you full well, now. So no limitation on your body or soul is from God, and God will help you get rid and/or overcome any such limitation in this life now by faith in the work of Jesus in the 50 days from the Last Supper to the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago, and the present work of Jesus now.
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: this plan is not new, but what God planned before He ever made the world (Earth and heavens, Universe) that we humans, and you in particular, should be holy (dedicated for His full and exclusive use to release His glory into His Earth now because that is where you are now)and without blame. This “without blame” means that He finds no fault with you to limit the free flow of His holiness and His glory into the Earth through you because that is where you are now. And God did this motivated, pressured by His agape love to deliver His full goodness, His full glory to mankind, and you in particular, right now where you are now. God did this because He agape loves you with perfect agape love which is intense desire to do good.
This agape love means God cannot stop looking at you, being around you, available for you and to you, and He cannot be hurt by you no matter what you do for He sees you in purpose as capable of being the exclusive use of you just as He did Jesus (holiness) and blameless, without fault in Jesus (the resurrected and glorified Jesus). All mankind, and you in particular, are the apple of God’s eye.
The main event or process Father God used to do this is by placing us in Jesus for our redemption in Jesus’ blood.
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: this is absolutely part of His plan to place, adopt us (from another condition where we were not adopted or placed in Jesus) as full mature sons through the work and person of Jesus Christ back to Father God Himself. This starts as a legal condition and then we mature or grow into it to just like the fullness of the measure of the man Jesus.
This adoption is fully legal and, due to nothing on our part, places us in the position of full, mature sons as is Jesus before God and is a permanent condition because it is part of the blessing reserved for us in Heaven, and is not an “Earth thing.” And once this adoption takes place there is nothing on Earth that can change it because God declares us a holy and blameless, and to take it away would be an assignment of fault which God does not have toward mankind since before the foundation of the world, and toward you now in particular.
And all of this is God’s joy, delight and pleasure to do, it is not an enforced legalism, even though legal, it is the joy of a Father who had lost a son or daughter, and is now getting that son or daughter back. And this is His intense desire and passion, what He lives for and delights in.
The way God did this was to place mankind in Jesus for our redemption by the blood of Jesus.
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: right awareness of this truth in this message results in praise to God to the fullness of Holy Spirit (glory) that is in the grace (royal decree that cannot be broken or changed of goodness, generosity, ability and power).
God has done a work through Jesus so that any limitation that could stop anything of God in mankind, or your life in particular, has been removed in Jesus so that all of mankind, and you in particular, God can fully embrace you as a full, mature and delightful son in Him.
Jesus is the Beloved, and you are made beloved in Jesus. That means the full blessing of all the covenant promises in the Bible are yours and whatever else can possibly be better or more like God on the Earth is already yours in Jesus.
And because you are beloved His intense passion and desire is to inhabit and bless every thought, word and action that reflects His holiness. Therefore any right action you do that allows God to move, you have released God and He will overflow what you are doing, because you are in the beloved.
The full measure of agape love as described in 1 Cor 13 are pressured upon you by God all the time with no gap or limitation. If anyone knows how to love it is God and He loves you, and has stationed you permanently in the place of the “beloved.”
We are accepted in the “Beloved” Jesus by our redemption in the blood of Jesus for the aphesis/remission of sins.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: by the Beloved (Jesus) Father God has given us the full payment for our sins and the sin of Adam and his race through the blood of Jesus shed on that Passover Day 2000 years ago. And this blood gives aphesis/remission, removal, obliteration, purging, washing away and taking away your sins so they are never yours ever again – past, present or future.
So Satan has no authority ever to inflict any curse for our sins upon us, and if he does, we have the authority, commission and power of the blood of Jesus to command the devil and his works to go and to release the blessing of God into that situation. Any power Satan does exercise is as a rebel against God and the blood of Jesus. God is not your enemy, but your friend and helper.
And this redemption is the level of the super abundance of God so not even the tiniest or the largest of sin is exempt from this redemption and this remission of sin in the blood of Jesus. There is no sin or group of sins too great to limit the power of the blood of Jesus shed 2000 years ago.
This “have redemption” means this redemption is always right now, a steady state or condition, never to be removed or superseded. Redemption means the full price has been paid to complete satisfaction of the laws of God. And it is past tense. We have a redemption made 2000 years ago that will never need to be repeated. It is done in Jesus forever. And we have it now, forever.
And this redemption is done to the riches of Father God’s grace where no good thing is withheld in any way and available for us to bring from Heaven to Earth all the time and anywhere. Where in Heaven God intensely wants it to come to Earth and only waits our believing Him to release it. We make the path by our faith in God by His Word.
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: He has super abounded, way more than needed, toward us this redemption and remission of sin in Jesus. It is more than enough forever as Jesus will only shed His blood once and that was done 2000 years ago, and that work stands forever as super abundant and therefore super sufficient.
Father God did this in all His wisdom so there would never be a situation where His love and power are not available in this Universe to any person. He did it in His prudence knowing all the issues and situations His mankind will face so He made it so it is always more than enough. His grace is more than enough. His redemption in the blood of Jesus is more than enough to remove every work of the devil forever.
This is so great and “over the top” that no one on the Day of Judgment will ever be able to say that Father God did not do enough to prevent sin or to make available what it takes to remove sin or the effect of sin in this Universe by the blood of Jesus.
This is so great and “over the top” that the devil cannot resist the glory of God to remove sin and the works of the devil out of this Universe and send him and his works to the pit for eternal damnation. It is all done in Jesus and it is all available for mankind to use at any time. So the only limitation on this is in God’s mankind, those who are redeemed but do not use the authority or power in the redemption by the blood of Jesus to release the glory of God, Holy Spirit, into all the Earth.
Wonder of wonders, even our failure to walk in this truth is already remitted, forgiven and healed in Jesus and is waiting for us by faith to receive the necessary healing to get us walking in Him to the level of Jesus now.
This wisdom included placing mankind, and you in particular, in Jesus as our Substitute by the Law of Covenant Identification for our redemption in Jesus, the aphesis/remission, purging, obliteration, removal and taking away of sins 2000 years ago.
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: the ages of mankind have had dreams of such a great release from the power of evil, and God is now proclaiming the work of the great mighty arm of God, Jesus, the Christ. Once a carpenter from Nazareth but now Redeemer of the world and Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
The magnitude of this awesome work and Father God’s kind intentions have been hidden until Paul, and even today, because it is so wonderful few can grasp it or keep it in their hearts.
All of this, even having it hidden for the ages is according to Father God’s will, but us in our time have no excuse not to seek and live in this awesome truth. Father God purposed to get the Universe clean first through Adam, who failed. But Jesus and His great work was planned for before the foundation of the world, the Universe was laid, and before Adam was made, so God knew what it would take and set out to make it happen, which Father God did in Jesus, 2000 years ago.
While it seems to us this has taken so long, God in His wisdom and prudence of doing the right things at the right time in the right way, has done it now. This is the Day of Salvation and it is available to us now. Jesus has done the work. Anything to stop the full redemption to make Heaven on Earth has been abundantly paid for in the blood of Jesus. If there were ever any limits on salvation they have been removed 2000 years ago in Jesus. The right of the devil to stop anything has been removed. The only limit is what the devil can deceive us of to be ignorant of these facts and/or to keep us confused so we do not enforce this great salvation on him and his works.
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: Father has done the work in and through Jesus that will allow Him at the right time to gather all of those things in Heaven and Earth in Christ. In Jesus, the man who is now glorified and seated at the right hand of the Majesty on High. So all the promises of the Bible will come to pass and nothing can stop the Word of God. And all of this is in Jesus Christ. And all those in Jesus Christ are part of that now.
And this is because Father God placed mankind, and you in particular, into Jesus for our redemption in Jesus’ blood for the remission, obliteration, purging, removal, washing and taking away of sin.
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: in Jesus we have been given, never to be removed, a promise of location and possession as part of the eternal plan that cannot be stopped. And Father God does is fully and in agreement with His own will. He is not pressured except by His own agape love and desire to sozo/save His mankind.
Anything Father God does is only in accordance with His will and therefore His plan. If He answers any prayer, then answering that kind of good prayer for God’s goodness is always His will. He has given us the Bible to know His will, and He will do His will for He cannot resist His own will.
Father God did this by placing mankind, and you in particular, into Jesus as our Substitute for out redemption in Jesus’ blood for the forgiveness, aphesis/remission of sins and the curse of sin so that we can overcome the devil and his works, now, in this life to bring Heaven to Earth. This is the power of the Law of Covenant Identification, that is, our Identification in Christ. Rev 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan, the devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they agape/loved not their psuche/lives (souls) unto the death.” KJV
And we will overcome the devil and his works, in this life, now, as we cooperate with Father God by Holy Spirit by renewing our mind into the new creation in Christ Jesus: Rom 16:20 “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly (as shattered glass). The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you [to know, be and do this]. Amen. KJV
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: all of this awesome planning and release of Holy Spirit is so that what He does in mankind, and you in particular, will cause praise from all sources to God for His goodness and power and ability.
And as examples to all of mankind, Paul and the early Christians were examples of what God can do and a taste of what even more God can do in anyone who will believe Him by trusting in the nature of Christ and His great work 2000 years ago. And any man gains access to this great super abundant grace by trusting in Christ.
Glory means that goodness of God that will never fade away. It will stand the Day of Judgment. It is attractive, delightful, happy, good and wonderful and can never be removed. So the great grace that has been put on mankind in Jesus will never fail.
All creation will glorify and magnify God for the great and good work He did in mankind in general and you in particular in His work in Jesus. It is total and complete and we enter in when we believe the truth of our salvation in Jesus. It is total and complete and we are given Holy Spirit to teach us what and how to use all we already have in Jesus to release more of the glory of God into the earth.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: He has made this wonder of the ages available to all who can hear the truth of His great love for mankind, and you in particular.
Father God has fully sozo/saved us into His so great soteria/salvation. All have been opened and all has been done already. And when you believe this word of salvation then God seals Holy Spirit to you. This is like a brand on the side of a cow that can never be removed. This is the glory of God sealed, bonded, attached, stuck and made one with you.
This is the great promise of God-given to Abraham where God said, “In you all the nations will be blessed.” Holy Spirit is this blessing. Holy Spirit is God Himself. He is the power, the teacher, the friend, the encourager, the mind of Christ, the wisdom of God, the fear of God and the strength of God for mankind to do those things of the will of God.
If God has sealed Holy Spirit to you then only God can remove Him from you, but God never will because Father God only sees you as holy and blameless before Him. So no sin is so great or so many as to break that seal. God has already decided there will never be a reason sufficient for anyone to ever remove that seal of Holy Spirit. And since God cannot lie, He cannot change it.
And if it is God’s will to have Holy Spirit dwelling in you, it is always His will for Holy Spirit to dwell in you. Holy Spirit is a person, He is God. So if you have Holy Spirit you have all of Him for He cannot be divided. So you always have God dwelling in you by Holy Spirit. You always have the Word of God made flesh, Jesus, always dwelling in you.
You may make the ride of Holy Spirit in you glad or sad, but Holy Spirit can go nowhere for He is sealed to you forever when you believe the word of your salvation in Jesus. So every believer who got sealed by Holy Spirit has the full power and wisdom and mind of God forever.
Any lack of Holy Spirit or Jesus power is through ignorance or deception because a Christian, which by definition is one who Holy Spirit indwells, already has all of God there is to have, just like Jesus had in the gospels, and just like Jesus has now at the right hand of Father God. There is no limitation that we face now that God has not already solved in Jesus and made the overcoming answer available to us by grace.
Holy Spirit is the anointing of God, so the issue is not what anointing you have but how much of it are you walking it. It is to the level or proportion of the faith in God you exercise. It is not God’s decision, but yours. Holy Spirit is all of God, the means by which the Almighty and Holy God can enter the earth without destroying it. The means by which, even when you sin, Holy Spirit can never leave. His presence is not about you, but Jesus!
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: Holy Spirit in the Christian now is a down payment and guarantee that one Day God will fulfill His complete redemption in Christ. This assurance is as permanent as the seal whereby Holy Spirit is sealed to the Christian.
And when this redemption is complete (spirit, soul and body) it will cause great praise from all so saved, as well as from all those beings who see it.
Since we already have every spiritual blessing of God that it is possible for God to say, then Holy Spirit in us is available for us right now as we renew our mind into the truth and ways of God by the Scriptures.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: by Paul Father God shows us in this prayer and other Scriptures that it takes prayer, Bible reading, study, meditation and good works of the God kind for us to learn by Holy Spirit of these awesome facts so we can use them to bring Heaven to Earth for, by through and with Father God. We have a part to play in the process. Each one individually and the leadership, and these prayers by Paul in the New Testament are the prayers of a godly leader. The work and paths are already done so we have to learn how to walk in them so we can be Jesus in the Earth now, today.
This prayer of Paul, and the other one in Ephesians 3, are essentially prayers asking God to get us to understand the message of the rest of Ephesians. To understand and receive the fullness of the work God did in and by Jesus for you. You as a believer and you as a leader should pray, read, study and meditate on these prayers often to get the mind of Christ in the New Testament revelation God gave to Paul.
Father God is to be praised and magnified because: All this work of God is in the past tense, we are to now use this information to renew our minds and walk as Jesus walked for our time and place.
So there is no limit for us to obey:
Matt 10:7 “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have lambano/received, freely give.”
While Jesus commanded or gave this to the disciples, by the work of Father God as revealed in these above passages, we have now been given all that Jesus is now, so we are to lambano Jesus to walk as Jesus walked, now.
Rom 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Please send us any similar mediations you have on these scriptures.
God is no respecter of persons. His ways apply to all, all the time. If you do not see God move, the problem is not on the “God” end.
We are destroyed, walk in failure, fear and confusion, by lack of knowledge and lies, not some administrative decision by God.
God is no respecter of persons. Do the right things and you will get the right results; do anything different and you will be unhappy sooner or later. Digital Universe.
Evil works inspired and powered by the devil are no match for the Living God, but they sure tempt fleshly leaky neurons, even in those spiritually righteous.
There are no wrong answers here, only seek more of Jesus who already paid for every failure we ever made, are now making, or will make. Since He was healed of it, so are you.
It will be shameful for you to show up on the Day of Judgment and see that every hardness of heart was already healed and waiting for you to do the right labour to get that hardness of heart healing already done in Jesus.
A Bible not devoured is like bags of seed stored away. The potential of God into the Earth is there, but never a harvest is made. Jesus is the Seed. The only soil that matters is your heart.
Keep Working the Word so God can Work!
God Bless You and Yours in the Name of Jesus to be more Noble in Him (Acts 17:11-12)
Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth!
Donald C. Mann
Speaker, teacher, navigator and author of:OK, God, Now What? (OkGodNowWhat.com) Discovering Our Redemption Battle Prayer for Divine Healing-Field Manual 2