Ephesians 1:1-14 · Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Deep Calling to Deep
Ephesians 1:3-14
by Donald Charles Lacy

Wow, our text is not only challenging, it is a momentous portion of scripture that keeps spreading and giving! The profound theology expressed is in some ways more than we are able to handle. Yet, we are called to make an honest and forthright attempt. A conscientious rendering of the passage is in order that others may, at least, taste such wisdom is our goal.

To be chosen "in Christ before the foundation of the world ..." is both awesome and ominous. It is as though our free will has been suspended and a ring of unpredictability floods our souls. Nevertheless, we must live on and seek to fulfill our destinies. We must also work with the knowledge that there is something very special about us Christians.

While John 3:16 has been quoted for centuries as the quintessential statement of unde…

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