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Ephesians 1:3-14

Lesson Focus From before the foundation of the world, God’s plan has always been to gather all of creation back to himself through the loving power of Christ. 

Lesson Outcomes Through this lesson, students should:

  1. Understand that God’s will for creation has always been that all should rest with God forever.

  2. Understand that Jesus was always the means through which the world will live eternally with God.

  3. Understand that we are to live holy and blameless lives before God in love as a result of our election.

Catching Up… There has been much debate over both the authorship of this epistle and its intended recipients.  For our purposes, we will refer to the author of this letter as the Apostle Paul.  While the letter may not have initially been written specifically for the church at Ephesus, the faithful there would likely have heard it read.  As was the case in antiquity, particularly among the growing group of Christ-followers, it was common for a letter written to one group to be read to multiple gatherings.  Letters would have been circulated from community to community in hopes that each church would be mutually edified. 

Unlike Paul’s correspondences to the Corinthian church, there seem to be no specific pastoral issues about which Paul writes. Instead, Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a general plea for these believers to live in a unified, Christ-like w