Putting to Memory: Ephesians 1:3-14May 11, 2010
On Sunday evenings we have been studying Ephesians 1. What a joy it has been to savour Paul’s opening praise to God, in verses 3 to 14!
Paul’s words are so tremendous that Nicki and I have been trying to memorise them. Week on week, verse by verse and little by little, we’ve been trying to learn Ephesians 1:3-14 ‘off by heart’. I thought I might encourage others to aim for the same goal. The passage is not that long, so it is entirely realistic.
So far, we have learned verses 3-8:
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Following that, we will gradually memorise the remainder:
9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Few passages could be more worthy of our memorisation.
Your brother in Christ,