By Steve DuPlessie – June 19, 2019
Notice how each of the three doxologies in Ephesians chapter 1 — the Ephesians 1:6, then verse 7, and again in verse 13 — focus on the person and the work of a distinct person of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit.
Regarding the Father, verses 4 through 6: “Even before he made the world…” Ok, so I can’t really get my mind wrapped around this incredible, fantastic truth – Even before he made the world … even before he made the world, God loved us …” To quote Mark Wurster, Wow, Wow, Wow!
“Even before he made the world God loved us … and (as if that’s not enough right there!) and chose us … in Christ (there’s that theme again, in Christ) to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Wow! We could stop right here, say Amen, take the offering, and close in prayer, and I’m all good with that. “Even before he made the world God loved us and chose us … in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes!” Underline that verse. Put a couple of exclamation points out in the margin! Write in WOW in the margin!
But there’s more… Verse 4, 5 and 6 tell us clearly and simply that God decided in advance, long-long ago, and far-far away, to chose us and adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. KJV and NASB say God predestined. God was working out his grand Upper Story plan in advance, right? This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Verse 6: “So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son!” Ya think!
Then, regarding the God the Son, verse 7: “He (Jesus) is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom – KJV, NIV, NASB and ESV say “in him we have redemption…” – he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Underline verse 7 in your bible.
So first, you were chosen by the Father. Then you were redeemed by the Son. Now look down at verse 13: “You were sealed in him (there’s that theme phrase again, in Him) You were sealed in him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory!”
Underline verse 13. Did you notice that the entire Trinity is involved in your salvation? God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all deeply involved in saving your soul. First verse four tells us you were chosen by the Father. Verse 7 tells us you redeemed by the Son. Verse 13 tells us you are sealed by the Holy Spirit. This reminds me of an old doxological anthem tucked away in most hymnbooks and sadly all but forgotten in most contemporary churches…
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise him all creatures here below;
praise him above ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.