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It is in some ways a difficult Passage to explain, but how full of precious milk and meat and honey these verses are!

May they today be nourishing food for our souls!

The Text is "Trinitarian" in nature.  All Three Persons of The Godhead are mentioned specifically.

 A Preacher in his Study








Undoubtedly the fundamental consensus is that Ephesians is one of the greatest letters ever written!

In it Paul, under divine inspiration, soars to the very heights of Heaven!

Especially powerful is the Epistle's opening chapter.

There, at least in the first fourteen verses, Paul lists a series of "spiritual blessings" that belong to the Believer in Christ!

They are amazing!

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."  So says Psalm 68:19.

Well, Ephesians 1 details those benefits!

Generally speaking, here's how Paul outlines the vast number of "spiritual blessings" that we who are born-again now enjoy.

First of all ... the Apostle lists the blessings Christians have because of God the Father!

Secondly ... the blessings we have through God the Son!

Then thirdly, just as one would suspect, the benefits we possess through God the Holy Spirit!

Then, as if to "mark" the end of each powerful section, there are placed three lovely "benedictions" of praise to our great God Himself!

To God as Father ... "To the praise of the glory of his grace."  Ephesians 1:6a

To God as Son ... "That we should be to the praise of his glory."  Ephesians 1:12a

Then to God as Holy Spirit too ... "Unto the praise of his glory."  Ephesians 1:14c

What a view of the Trinity!

What a view of the essence of the genuine Christian life!

And what a view of salvation!

Maybe we had all today best say ... "Praise the Name of the Lord!"  I mean those who have been saved by His marvelous Grace.

                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Paul the Apostle writes these words: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."   Ephesians 1:3

The opening word, "blessed," is an adjective. It describes "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."  In Greek "eulogetos" basically means "good words."

It has become our English word "eulogy." My dictionary defines eulogy as "high praise or commendation."  Again, "good words!"

Paul, under Holy Spirit inspiration, is here worshipping our great Blessed God! Just think of the "good things" that have been said about Him through all eternity!  And yet remain to be said as well!

Also notice that Paul could have called God simply "the Lord," or as Jesus did, "our Father."  But the Apostle specifically is led to use a fuller Name for the Almighty.  He is "God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."  Paul insists on a wording that reveals the Deity of Jesus!  He is The Son of God!

Now, watch what this great God has done! 

To each of us who is saved, "blessings" have been given.  Abundantly so!

He "hath blessed us" says the Scripture.

Again we have the word "eulogeo," now expressed as a verb.  To "say good things" about something or someone!  And do remember, when God "says" something, "things" happen!  In John 18:6, when Jesus "spoke," over 600 men fell backwards on the ground!  "As soon then as He had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground."

Also God created the worlds by the sheer power of  His Word!  Hebrews 11:3 tells us more:  "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." 

Therefore, when God speaks "blessings" upon His children ... powerful things are accomplished in their lives!


What has God pronounced upon us?

"All spiritual blessings."

The adjective "spiritual" means that which pertains to the soulish or spiritual aspect of life. 

We are here not being told that God has given us all a million dollars or a new car or a lovely house somewhere!

But He has poured upon us "spiritual" blessings!

Things like eternal life!  And Heaven!  And constant Comfort!

In fact, Paul is teaching us that God has already bestowed upon us ALL spiritual blessings!  The verb "blessed" is an aorist, indicating that these blessings have already been given!  Action completed!

Where are these blessings reserved?

"In heavenly places!"

The Greek phrase "en ho epouranios" means "in the heavenlies!" 

Of course Paul will later in Ephesians teach us that, in God's Eyes, we are already living in heavenly places because of the Blood of Jesus and the Grace of God!  That is, we who have believed in Jesus!  See Ephesians 2:6.

But, how have we received such "blessings?"

We are all just old sinners ... saved by the Grace of God!

We enjoy these benefits "in Christ!"

In Greek the dative case is used here, "Christo."

If Christ Jesus could somehow be pictured as a big Sphere, a gigantic Circle, then we as Believers have been placed right in the middle of Jesus.  He's now the Center of our being!  The Focus of our lives!  We are IN Him!

And that's where these blessings are found!

"In Christ Jesus!"

Christian friend, today think about it!

"All spiritual blessings!"

"In Christ!"

                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Christian friend, God determined before He saved you that you would some day become "holy and without blame before Him in love."

I base this conclusion on Ephesians 1:4.  "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."

That makes a total of three things God has specifically done "before the foundation of the world!"

God loved His Son before the world was made!  "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."  John 17:4

God devised the glorious Plan of Salvation then too!  We are redeemed ... "with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you."  1st Peter 1:19-20

Then our verse today concludes this trio:  "He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love."

These three Texts provide us a view of the PERSON Who saved us, the PRIORITY given our salvation and the PURPOSE of our being saved as well!

All "before the foundation of the world!"

Now, it is true that the verb "hath chosen" (in Greek = "eklego") means "to pick out" something or someone, but we need to view the context in which the Holy Spirit uses it here in Ephesians 1:4.

The verse is NOT saying that God chose some to go to Heaven and others to go to Hell!

It IS saying that those who will be saved ... those who will fall under Holy Ghost conviction, repenting of their sin, and trusting Jesus as their only Saviour ... will some day be "holy and without blame before Him in love."

God has long ago made the choice!  Those whom He saves ... WILL ultimately be "conformed to the image of His Son!"   Romans 8:29

Why did God "choose" to provide a Bride for His Son, a body of redeemed people?

For the purpose of holiness and godliness!

Read it yet again ... "He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love."

The Greek sentence structure here is dramatic!

God here has chosen that whosoever is really saved ... WILL ultimately end their spiritual journey "holy and without blame!"

Talk about success!

This sounds like a truly saved man or woman cannot fail!

In fact, in God's eyes, if you are saved, you are already in Heaven!  "Even when we were dead in sins, (God) hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."  Ephesians 2:5-6

"That we should be," the clause "einai hemas" in Greek, is both very specific and very dramatic!  Even the pronoun, which can be supplied by the verb structure alone, is inserted to make things clear!  WE some day assuredly WILL BE just like Jesus, holy and undefiled!  Not because of our works, but because of the Grace of God and the power of the Blood of Jesus!  The verb "should be" is a present infinitive.  We, once Jesus comes again and we are "made like Him," will continue to be that way for evermore!  1st John 3:2 states:  "We know that, when He (Jesus) shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as he is."  And He is, among many other lovely things, "holy and without blame!"

That adjective "holy" (in Greek = "hagios") is the same word used for the HOLY Spirit!  It means separated from sin!  Sanctified and consecrated to God!

And "without blame" translates "anomos" and means with "no flaw!"  With "no blot!"  Nothing exists against your good record ... in Christ Jesus!

In review, Paul is not telling us here that God picked one man to go to Heaven and picked his neighbor to go to Hell!

He is telling us here that God has picked all saved folks to successfully be mature in Jesus some day ... holy and without blemish!

Ephesians chapter five words it another way.  There we are told Jesus' goal for His Church:  "That He might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."  Ephesians 5:27

Or read Philippians 1:6.  "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

God started a Work in you when He saved you!

He will finish it!

And you will be "perfect" in Christ when He's done!


What a blessing ... just knowing my eternal destiny!

It's like a chunk of old dirty coal being some day transformed into a precious sparkling diamond!

Our verse one last time:  "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."


                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




One of the blessings God has bestowed upon His children is that of "adoption."

Paul the Apostle, in Ephesians 1:5, said that God ... "predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."

"The adoption of Children!" translates one word in the Greek Text.  It's a compound word though, "huiosthesia."  The first syllable "huios" means son, an adult son! Then an extension of the verb "tithemi" is used.  It means "to place or to put" someone in a particular position.

Christian friend, not only have we been "born again" into the family of God! That puts us into the family as babes, infants!  It's like Peter said, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."  1st Peter 2:2

But "adoption" is the act of God whereby He saves us and puts us into the family with full adult status and full legal rights!  He immediately makes us "heirs," placing us in His Will!  Oh, what we have inherited ... because of the shed Blood of Calvary!

IF you are saved ... you have been adopted!

Now, Preacher Bagwell, how can you be so sure about that?

Because of our verse again! 

"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will."   Ephesians 1:5

The verb "predestinated" must now be studied.

Don't be afraid of it.

Paul here is NOT saying that God has foreordained you to go to Heaven and your Brother to go to Hell!  Or predetermined that whole nations are lost and cannot be saved!  Or that you, a convicted sinner, are "outside" of His saving Plan!  "The Lord is ... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  2nd Peter 3:9

Paul IS saying here that all who are saved WILL BE ADOPTED into the family of God!

The Lord HAS predetermined that!

Whosoever truly believes, by grace through faith, in Jesus ... undoubtedly and with God's predetermination will be "adopted," placed as adult children, in the collective Body of Christ!

The verb "having predestinated" is in Greek a participle, "proorizo."  The prefix "pro" means before or in front of!  And the verb "horizo" means to mark out a line or a boundary somewhere ahead.  "Horizo" has become our word "horizon," that visible line where the sky meets the ground.  This participle is "aorist" in nature.  God has done this predetermining long ago.  He willed that "whosoever" was saved ... WOULD be adopted into His family!  Here are two of the definitions I've gleaned for our word, using various lexicons:  "To decide from the beginning!"  Or "to determine beforehand!" 

Some scholars say that "adoption" nearly carries the idea of "favorite son" status!  Romans 9:4 teaches us that God "adopted" Israel, nationally speaking, out of all the nations on earth!  And Israel IS His favorite nation!  She's the "apple of His Eye!"  See Deuteronomy 32:10, Lamentations 2:18 and Zechariah 2:8.  Her land is the "Holy" Land!  The Jews are His "chosen" people!

Dear believing friend, dear saved sinner, you just may be among God's "favorite" people, part of His Bride, the New Testament Church! 

And HOW did that happen?

He saved you and adopted you into the family!

But HOW did God so adopt us?

"By Jesus Christ!"

The preposition "by" is "dia" and means "by means of" or "through!"  Jesus is The Channel through which the blessings of adoption flow! 

Glory to God!

But watch another little phrase:  God has adopted us by Jesus Christ TO HIMSELF!  "Eis Auton" literally means "into" ... wow ... "into" Himself!  We have been placed "in" God the Father as well as "in" Christ Jesus! 

And WHY did God do such great things for old filthy sinners?

WHY did He save us and cleanse us and "adopt" us?

Purely "for the good pleasure of His Will!"

The term "good pleasure" (in Greek = "eudokia") means delight!  Sheer joy! Satisfaction!

And His "will?" 

"Thelema" means "that which one wishes or desires!"

God "adopted" us because He wanted to do so!

He needs no other reason!

Every saved person reading these lines today ought to slip out of your chair and onto your knees and thank Him and worship Him for loving you so ... and "adopting" you into His great family!

Praise His dear Name!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




There’s a paragraph of Scripture that basically lists for us the "blessings" we enjoy due to our salvation!

These are subdivided into three sections: Blessings from God the father, Blessings from God the Son and Blessings from God the Holy Spirit!

One way to tell how these blessings are partitioned is to just notice the "praise statements" strategically placed in three locations in the Text!

Blessings from God the Father: Ephesians 1:3-5

Praise: Verse 6!

Blessings from God the Son: Ephesians 1:7-11

Praise: Verse 12!

Blessings from God the Holy Spirit: Ephesians 1:13-14a

Praise: Verse 14b!

Today we study Verse 6, the first of this great Praise Trilogy!

"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."   Ephesians 1:6

God so far has blessed us with "all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ!"  That's found in verse 3.

Then God has chosen us Believers to be "holy and without blame" before Him in love! He has blessed us with a predisposition to pure living! He has already determined that we shall for eternity be like Jesus, "conformed" to His very image!  That's verse 4.

Then God "adopted" us into His family!  Verse 4, at the beginning.

Next God "delights" in us! We are somehow in "the good pleasure" of the Almighty ... because we are saved!   See Verse 4 ... at the end!

And, due to these four monumental blessings from God the Father, Paul immediately bursts into a song of Praise!

Here it is again:  "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."  Ephesians 1:6

Of course even this "benediction" contains one more blessing!

We are accepted "in the Beloved!"

That's Jesus, God's "beloved Son!" Remember what God said at the Baptism of Christ: "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."  Matthew 3:17

To be "accepted" (in Greek = "charitoo") literally means to be "graced" by our great God above! God has made us old rotten sinners into "lovely charming agreeable" people! He has "graced" us ... because of Jesus!

We are in fact "in" Jesus!

"En," the exact preposition means within the sphere of something or someone! I now live "in" the very Life of Jesus, God the Son! By the way, that's called "eternal life!"

Maybe the best blessing was saved until the last!

"Accepted in the Beloved!"

Therefore ... what should I do? Or say? How should I respond to such great truth?

By praise!

Just praise the Lord!

Say, with meaning, along with Paul: "To the praise of the glory of His grace!"

"Praise" (Greek = "epainos") means commendation, approval, approbation!

"Glory" ("doxa") means the sum total of all God is, all His Essence, all His attributes!

And "grace" ("charis") is simply God's unmerited favor to the likes of you and me! Sinners ... but now washed in the Blood of the Lamb, saved by the Mercy of God!

"To" that grace we are to bring praise! Now the little preposition "to" translates "eis" in Greek, meaning "into, at, upon, by, near or among!"

Christian friend, just jump right into the middle of this praise of the glorious Grace of God!

They did this in Old Testament days too! They praised God's Grace!

Zechariah 4:7 tells us of a day when a Headstone (a Name for Jesus, the Chief Cornerstone) will be praised: "Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it."

Shouting Grace, Grace, Grace ... to the Lord God Almighty!

"To the praise of the glory of His grace!"


                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




Our Subject today is Jesus!

Christians are the recipients of such great blessings from His mighty hand!

For example, Ephesians 1:7 tells us about our Lord:  "In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."

Two great benefits!

Redemption ... and forgiveness of sins!

When a sinner is saved, he is translated from the spiritual state of "darkness" and placed "in" Christ Jesus, Who is Light!  Paul elsewhere words it this way: "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."  Colossians 1:13

So, our verse today lets us know right up front that redemption and forgiveness are only available IN HIM, IN JESUS!  "If any man be IN CHRIST, He is a new creature!"  2nd Corinthians 5:17

Have you been saved?

The verbal emphasis in Ephesians 1:7 is dramatic!  "We have" redemption and forgiveness!  "Echo" in Greek means "to have" or "to hold in one's hand" or "to possess" something.  As an indicative present active verb the action depicted here is ongoing!  Continual!  Durative!  One is not redeemed one day and unredeemed the next!  Our verb here is Scripturally used in such contexts as "marriage" and "wearing of clothes," both being permanent conditions!

Now let's study the word "redemption."  It, "apolutrosis," means a price that is paid to set someone free from bondage!  "Apo," the prefix, just means "from" or "away from."  And "luo" means "to loosen" something!  Here it is in a few words:  "To release someone upon the payment of a ransom!"

I as a sinner was in the prison house of iniquity!  Jesus, by His shed Blood, paid the price to satisfy the Righteousness of a Holy God ... thereby setting me free!

Notice carefully that such Redemption is "through" His Blood!  The preposition "dia" carries the idea: "by means of."  The Blood of Christ Jesus is the Means of my salvation, the Price paid for my ransom!  In Acts 20:28 Paul specifically mentions "the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood."

Jesus' Blood is sinless Blood!  And it's incorruptible Blood too!  It's the cleansing Agent for our sins!  "And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."  1st John 1:7

And now "forgiveness."

"Aphesis" means "to send" ("hiemi") "away" ("apo")!  That LOAD of sin I'd been carrying everywhere is suddenly, by the Grace of God, lifted off me and carried away, far away, far far away!

I've been forgiven!

And here the noun for "sins" is a little different even!  "Paraptoma" means a "falling" ("pipto") down "alongside" ("para") something. To slip and fall!  To fail! A lapse from faithfulness!  To fall away!  To fall aside!

To the Christian "sins" are not planned escapades or affairs!  They are momentary "slips," unexpected failures along the Way! 

And both great blessings of Verse 7, "redemption through His Blood" and "the forgiveness of sins," are granted "according to the riches of His Grace!"

"According to" (in Greek = "kata") means "down from."  All our blessings in Christ Jesus flow down from the Fountain of the Good Grace of God!

"Riches" ("ploutos") as a noun means wealth.  It is derived from a verb, "pletho," that means "to fill completely."  When one is rich, he or she has lots of money or whatever!

But, in this Ephesians 1:7 context, it is God's Grace that is wealthy, filled completely, plenteous, inexhaustible!

And Grace ("charis") is simply God's undeserved favor and love and mercy ... abundantly poured forth on old sinners!  That is ... old ex-sinners who have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ!

In the Bible "Grace" is certainly described in many wonderful ways.  I am so glad "rich" is one of them!

To all you magnificently blessed folks today, who have been both "redeemed" and "forgiven," I send my prayers and love in Christ Jesus!


                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




The Lord has done so much for us who are saved!

Our Saviour, according to Ephesians 1:8, "hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence."

There's more to this divinely inspired clause than first meets the eye!

What's involved in Jesus "abounding" toward us with these blessings?

The verb "perisseuo" means "to be more than enough!"

It is ultimately built upon the Greek preposition that means "around." It is spelled "peri."  The "perimeter" around a city completely encircles it!

This word was often used by the ancient Greeks to indicate a river that was overflowing its banks, spreading superabundant quantities of life giving water. The Nile River in Egypt was the very source of agriculture and food for that nation, largely due to its seasons of overflowing!

The Lord, when He saved us, "overflowed" us with many blessings!  The verb is an aorist, telling us that the action described is now complete!  Not that the Lord isn't still blessing us!  He surely is!  But that He has already equipped us with massive supplies of certain godly traits.  If we Believers would only avail ourselves of them!

Even the preposition "toward" is critical here.  "Eis" literally means "into" something or someone!  The Lord Jesus has placed "within" us wisdom and prudence!  And, with the Holy Spirit indwelling every saint of God, who can deny the fact of such wisdom being present?

"Us," the pronoun Paul uses here, is plural.  This state of blessedness is NOT just for the Preacher or the Teacher or the Evangelist or that older Christian, but for "us" all who have been saved!

Now, note with me something about the noun "wisdom."  In Greek "sophia" is derived from the word "stem" which means "clear" ("sophos," from "saphes")! I really believe the implication is that Godly Wisdom is first a moral thing, long before being just an intellectual thing.  Listen to James define this wisdom:  "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."  See!  It's first "pure!"  Clear!  That's James 3:17. 

Someone said that wisdom was "seeing life from God's point of view!" Probably we should add to that "and responding to life from God's point of view too!" This wisdom is active, not lazily passive!

The qualifying adjective "all" that here describes wisdom is amazing!  "Pas" means just what it says, "every bit" or "the whole thing!"  All wisdom?  This just has to be a description of Deity in some manner!   Only God, the Triune God, is all-wise ... or omniscient! 

Don't misunderstand me.  I am NOT saying that a saint becomes God!  No, certainly not!  I am saying that God, via His Holy Spirit, moves into a new Believer, the very moment he or she is born again!  Hence that new little babe in Christ is already wisdom filled!  Listen to Paul in 1st Corinthians 6:19.  "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God ...."  That's pretty plain teaching.

God the Son has blessed us with the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit!

Plus ... not only are we overflowed with all "wisdom" ... but with "prudence" too!

Our verse again, Ephesians 1:8, "Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence." 

"Prudence," in Greek "phronesis," means right "thinking."  In Greek "phren" is one's "mind."  And "phroneo" is "to think or exercise the mind."  And all these words appear to be from the verb "phrasso" that means "to fence in" or "to enclose" something!  This implies controlled thinking!  Limited thoughts.  Not allowing oneself to fantasize or imagine wicked things!  Forbidding worry and fretfulness!  That's disciplining one's mind, it now being renewed in Christ Jesus!  Don't you see the word "disciple" in that participle "disciplining?"

The Holy Spirit is our "thought" Controller too!

And what a "thought" that is!

And, Preacher Bagwell, these things are blessings?


No wonder Christians are "different!"

We, having been saved, are transformed into "new creatures," even to the very fine points of life such as our worldview and our thinking and hourly manner of behavior!

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for "abounding toward us in all wisdom and prudence!"

How blessed!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




We must realize that the Christian life is not just about God doing things for us!

Things like saving us and equipping us and empowering us to live the victorious spiritual life!

Although indeed He has heaped upon us blessing after blessing!

Yet ... We are to serve Him too!

We are His people, His sheep!

We are stewards in His house!

We are subjects in His kingdom!

We are servants in His vineyard!

We are disciples in His school!

We are children in His family!

Yet even these "positions" are blessings in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Paul the Apostle, in Ephesians 1:3-14, lists for us multiple "blessings" God has sent our way ... consequent to our salvation!

Paul generally subdivides his sermon in this manner: 

1.  Blessings from God the Father!

2.  Blessings from God the Son!

3.  Blessings from God the Holy Spirit!

For example, in Ephesians 1:9, it is written:  "Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself." 

The opening participle here, "gnorizo" in Greek, means that God has taught us some things about His vast comprehensive Plan for time and eternity!

The noun "will" is "thelema" and means "that which one desires" or even "that which one determines!"  You see, God "desires" for the Rapture to occur one of these days ... but He has also "determined" and "promised" that it will transpire too!  It is His Will!

If you want to read the chronological declaration of God's Will or Plan ... digest the Book of Revelation, especially chapters 4 through 22.

If you want to read the spiritual declaration of God's Will or Plan ... study the Epistle of Ephesians, verse by verse!

If you want to read the scope of God's Will or Plan regarding Israel, read Romans chapters 9-11.

If you want to read the essence of God's Will for sinners, ingest 2nd Peter 3:9. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

The point is ... God "has made known" to us the mystery of His Will! 

This verb, being an aorist participle, teaches us that God's Will has already been revealed in time past.  This suggests that God's Will is contained within God's Word, God's completed Word!

But Paul here calls God's Will a "mystery!"

"Musterion" can mean a "secret!"

In New Testament days a "mystery" consisted of private information shared with a few "initiated" people in certain ancient religious systems!

Now, I am NOT comparing Christianity to a wicked cult somewhere!

I AM saying that to know God's Will, one must be "enlightened" or "illuminated" by the Holy Spirit Himself ... through saving trust in Jesus' work on the Cross of Calvary!

If you are a student of Scripture and know at least the general outline of God's Plan ... you have been "taught" of God!

But ... WHY would the Lord impart to us, old ex-sinners, "the mystery of His Will?"

Because ... He wanted to do so!  It was His desire!  It brought Him pleasure!

That's reason enough!

Again, today's verse, Ephesians 1:9.  Notice the capitalized phrase. "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself."

The Lord does some things because of His "eudokia," good pleasure!

"Dokeo" in Greek means "to think" or "to seem so."  It actually reveals one's estimation or evaluation of a person or an object.  It therefore naturally unveils one's desires and pleasures!

The Lord derives great delight in revealing to His children His precious Will!

It brings Him enjoyment to do so!

Just think about it:  The likes of me (and you) knowing some of the deep truths of God's Will!

And God's Mind is already "made up!"

He has already determined what His Will involves!

He is NOT going to change His Plan!

He will not recant on the Rapture of the Church or the Revelation of Jesus Christ or the salvation of sinners by grace or the judgment of the wicked!

God "hath purposed in Himself" what He's going to do about these matters!

The devil is not big enough to alter God's Will!

Neither are the politicians!

Or preachers!

Or anyone else!

God has decided!

That verb "purposed" translates "protithemai" in Greek.  It means "to place" ("tithemai") something "before" ("pro") its expected time!  It can even mean "to exhibit" a thing!  God has "prewritten" history!  Folks, that's what Bible prophecy really is, "history written in advance!"

God has in advance pre-planned His program, especially in our context today, His Program for the end of the age!

Studying such a Plan is called the pursuit of Bible "prophecy" or eschatology. "Eschatos" just means "last things."

Of course God has printed His Plan ... in His Book!

And just what is the essence of that Plan?

Why, the next verse in Ephesians 1 tells us:  "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."

God's Plan involves Jesus, His Son!

God's ultimate pure Will:  "that Jesus might be glorified!"

Some day ... "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Philippians 2:10-11

And we Believers, of all people, know this "secret" Truth of God!


"Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself."

Some things we KNOW!

Such "knowing" is just another of God's blessings poured upon us ... purely because of saving Grace!

Yesterday I ended our study by proclaiming "How blessed!"

Well, today I say: How "very" blessed!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



LESSON 9 ... VERSE 10:

Ephesians 1:9 mentions the Will of God.

He has a Plan, a Purpose for all He does!

And the ultimate goal for His Will is ... according to Ephesians 1:10 ... to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ!

Read it with me.  "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." 

That's right!

God the Father, at the end of the ages, is going to "gather together" all things under the headship of Christ!

Truly "in all things" Jesus is yet going to have preeminence! 

Colossians 1:18 teaches us exactly that about our Lord Jesus:  "And He is the Head of the body, the church: Who is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence."

The noun "dispensation" in our verse for today translates the Greek word "oikonomia" which means the ruler or lawgiver ("nomos") of a house ("oikos"). It gives us our English word "economy." 

God deals with time in "units" of activity.  These are commonly called "dispensations."  Now here's a Latin word.  It means "to pay out."  "Dis" in Latin means "out" and "pendere" means "to weigh!"  Hence: to be a good steward for the Master!  Think "economy" again now!

The "dispensation of the fulness of time" is that future period when Jesus will have returned and God's total Program for the ages will have been completed ... and Jesus will have been acknowledged as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 

God then is going to do something astounding!

He will "gather together in one" all things in Christ!  What a verb! "Anakephalaiomai" gives us that complete clause "He might gather together in one!"  The Greek prefix "ana" means "up" and "kephale" means "head!" God the Father will place all things under the Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ! Our Saviour will "head up" everything!

And our sentence structure here is emphatic too!

More than once we are told that "in Him," in Jesus, will all things be gathered!

What things?

One must include all those who've previously gone to Heaven!  Notice the words "which are in heaven!"

And folks on earth must all stand before Him too!  "Which are on earth" wrote Paul!

Old Testament saints and New Testament ones as well ... all "one" under Jesus!

Believers we once called "dead" and folks who will obviously still be "alive" ... all in Him together!  And alive forevermore too!

Saved Jews and born-again Gentiles ... living in harmony under the authority of Jesus Christ, Messiah God!

I believe even all creation will be "one" under Him!  Animals again at peace! And trees, stars, and wind too! Even all the elements ... "one" under His Command!

No more Satan!

No more confusion!

No more rebellion!

One "Ruler!"

One "Lord!"

Jesus ... Jesus Christ ... God the Son!

Now this verse is NOT teaching some kind of "universalism" wherein all, including the saved and the lost, are finally justified at the end of time!  Sinners still spend eternity in torment, the penalty for rejecting Christ Jesus.  Sin's "wages" must be paid!  Part of Jesus' very Headship involves judging the wicked!  "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father." John 5:22

But, Brother Bagwell, you're supposed to be writing this week about our "blessings" in Christ.  Have you forgotten?


Did you say "Blessings?"

Just think of being in that Body ... that Body unified under Jesus' Head!

Is that not the "Blessing of Blessings?"

Then perhaps we all shall burst into praise, saying something like:  "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."

Or ... "Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."

Or yet again maybe: "Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."

These praise "ideas" come from John the Apostle who wrote them long ago on an island called Patmos!   See Revelation 5:12 and 13 and then Revelation 7:12 for the exact words!

Yes, it will be a blessing to be made "one" with Him ... for all eternity!

All this we can anticipate because we, by God's Grace and through Jesus' Blood, have been placed "in" Christ Jesus!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



LESSON 10 ... VERSE 11:

We who have been saved by the Grace of God are "heirs!"  In Jesus Christ our Saviour we have been bequeathed a mighty "inheritance!"

According to Paul the Apostle in Romans 8:17 we have been made "children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ."

God has placed us in His "Will!"

Today our verse for study is found in Ephesians 1:11.  "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."

The "whom" of this verse is None Other than Jesus!

And the verb here rendered "have obtained an inheritance" is spelled "kleroo" in Greek and is used only here in all the New Testament. However, it's noun form is found a number of times.  It means "to cast lots."  Then it comes to mean "to receive a possession!"  It is framed as an aorist passive.  This tells us that the giving of that inheritance is a totally complete transaction!  It is not an on-going process.  And the passive voice means we had nothing to do with earning such a blessing!  It was given to us by Another, the Lord Himself!

It seems that God's giving us such an inheritance is not an afterthought on His part either!  He had determined to do so a long time ago!

We were "predestinated" to receive such a blessing!  That verb, "proorizo," means it was drawn out in advance, ahead of time!  Ordained of old! 

Watch this now.  I see no indication here that God is telling us He's pre-decided to send one group of folks to Hell and another group to Heaven. 

I do see where our kind Father in Heaven has pre-determined that whosoever believed in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son would be ... assuredly would be ... having been ordained of old ... would be placed in that great Family, that Body of Christ, the New Testament Church.  These are they whom He has written into His Will, "heirs" according to promise!

In Jesus I am an "heir!"

An "heir" to what?

Eternal Life!

The indwelling Holy Spirit!

Answers to prayer!

Love and joy and peace and meekness and faith and a million other good things too!

And I have not even listed a home in Heaven!

This is all according to God's "purpose" for those who believe in Jesus, those who are saved!

Here it is again:

"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." Ephesians 1:11

"Purpose," the noun "prothesis," means a thing that has been "set forth" or "placed on view!"  "Tithemi" means to place something somewhere and the prefix and preposition "pro" means "in front of" everyone!

It sounds like God saved His people ... to put them on some kind of holy "display!"

Let's read how Paul formulates this "on display" picture again in Ephesians 2:6-7.  "And (God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." 

God saved us to "show" through us the riches of His Grace!  That Greek verb "shew" or "show" means "to put on display, to publicly manifest!"

On display ... eternally ... for all to see?

Angels, seraphim, cherubim, maybe even the hordes of hell too, look!

Look at what God has done!

Behold the fruit of His Grace!

Long ago Isaiah said of Jesus that ... "He shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand."  Isaiah 53:10

On display, the Church, for evermore!

But, Preacher Bagwell, how is thing going to happen?

God is going to MAKE it happen, friend!

He "worketh" all things after the counsel of His Own Will!

That verb "worketh" translates "energeo," which means to energize or to empower or to accomplish!  And this time our verb is in the present tense!  God is to this day, to this hour, to this minute, to this very second ... working all things in heaven and earth to conform to this Plan of His!

Church of Jesus Christ, we are going Home some day ... to be displayed as "trophies" of the good Grace of God!

Praise His Name!

The noun "counsel" means one's intention or disposition or volition!  God has decided that all will end well for the Church ... very well!

And the word "will" or "thelema" means one's desire!  But it means one's strong desire!  One determined desire! 

God wants His redeemed cleansed glorious unwrinkled Church to be eternally displayed ... as the ultimate example of what His marvelous Love and Grace and Mercy can do!

How very "blessed" we are today IN Christ Jesus!

In our Lord Jesus ... we are "in" the very Will of God!

You "heirs" of God today must live like children of the King!

After all, each of you who is saved is destined for eternity where you will be treated like someone special!  Really ... like a King's son or daughter!

Like royalty!

All because of Jesus!

Oh, worship Him today!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



LESSON 11 ... VERSE 12:

The Lord has blessed us so!

I mean those who have been saved by His marvelous Grace.

But, why?

Why has He done so much on our behalf?

Paul, in Ephesians 1:12, answers that critical question.

Here's "why!"

"That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ."

Notice that Paul includes himself in this group of Believers!

He catalogues the first century Christians as those who "first trusted" in Christ!

That verb, "proelpizo," designates the saints of God who "first" ("pro") "hoped" ("elpizo") in Christ Jesus, who first trusted Him for their eternal salvation!

They, having been saved near the very beginning of the Church Age, are among the "firstfruits" of Jesus' shed Blood! 

Paul liked to use that term.  He called Epaenetus, one of the initial believers in northern Greece, one of the "firstfruits" of that whole area.  In Romans 16:5 the Apostle says:  "Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ."

He said the same thing again about a different man in 1st Corinthians 16:15.  "I beseech you, brethren, ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints."

Those who first were saved ... were to be special tokens of praise to God, "to the praise of His Glory!"

God, you may remember, set apart the "firstfruits" of Israel ... whether fruit from the field or animals from the flock ... as the Lord's Own personal possession! He yet today wants our tithes and offering to be set aside on the "first" day of the week ... to His Glory!  (See Exodus 23:10 for an example of "firstfruits" and 1st Corinthians 16:2 for an example of the "first" day of the week.)

These early Believers were to be part of the New Testament Church, which is designed to bring both temporal and eternal praise to our Almighty God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

"Should be," our verbal expression here, is not in the subjunctive mood.  That would have indicated the expression of a wish or desire!  No, this is a statement of fact.  It's an infinitive in the present tense! These new Believers for sure will be participants in the great activity of praise, praise to God!  Praise to His saving Grace!  According to the precise rules of grammar ... they already were praising the glory of God!  God's Glory is His very Being, His Essence, what God is and who God is!

"Praise," the noun, is in Greek "epainos."  It means approbation, approval, and commendation ... as well as praise!  We are all going to affirm God's Grace for evermore!  Each of the 11 times it's used in the King James New Testament, it's translated "praise."

And the "glory" of God ("doxa" as written by Paul) here means the worth, value, estimate, opinion, judgment or view we attach to His Person!  In the New Testament "doxa," when used of God, is always a good opinion ... resulting in the worship of the Lord Himself!

We enjoy God's manifold blessings ... so that we can praise Him and His Grace and His Glory for all time and eternity!


By the way, if the "first-fruits" of Christianity are special instruments of His praise, might not the "last-fruits" be too?

By that coined term "last-fruits" I mean those who are saved near the end of the age!

And that group just might include you and me!

Either way, we both (early and late believers) have "trusted" in Jesus for our salvation, for eternal life.  That verb "trusted," while in compound form, is in reality "elpizo" and literally means "to hope!"

But this is a strong hope!

It's not a "cross-your-fingers" kind of hope!

It's not simply an emotional thing!

It's a hope that's based upon the Word of God!

And upon absolute Truth!

And upon a God Who cannot lie!  Both Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18 tell us of God's veracity.  It is impossible for God to lie!

It's a Hope that is steadfast and sure!

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast!'


I must close for today.

Why has God been so good to us?

"That we should be to the praise of his glory!"

Folks, let's get busy ... "praising Him!"

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



LESSON 12 ... VERSE 13:

Paul clearly says that "saved" people, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed Blood, are "sealed" by Almighty God!


But, what does that mean?

Perhaps we had best notice one of the "key" verses on such "sealing" of Believers: 

"In Whom (Christ) 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."   Ephesians 1:13

Now let's look at the "order" of this verse.

Firstly, when we were sinners, we "heard" the Word of Truth!  "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" says Romans 10:17. Of course that's speaking of "hearing" once it's been sensitized by the Holy Spirit!  Many today have ears ... but don't hear. 

What is "the Word of Truth?"  Paul here equates it with the "Gospel!"

Interestingly, Paul classifies this great "salvation" as belonging to the Believer himself!  He calls it "your salvation!"  But ... Jonah says, "Salvation is of the LORD."  Well, then, the Lord must have given it to that soul who trusts, who believes in Jesus!

Secondly, we "trusted" or "believed" unto salvation!  Once under Holy Spirit conviction and having clearly heard God's Word ... a lost soul is "born-again" into the family of God!

Next, after believing ... we were "sealed" with the dear Holy Spirit.

In this opening paragraph of Ephesians, Paul has recounted for us the Blessings a Christian enjoys from the Hand of God the Father!  Then the Blessings we've inherited from God the Son! And now in this 13th verse ... Blessings from God the Holy Spirit!

There are some "implied" blessings here. 

Being able to "hear" God's Word ... to really hear it by faith ... is a Spirit induced ability.

And certainly real trust or belief in Jesus Christ is not possible without the Spirit's aid!

But not just "implied" here is something else the Holy Spirit does for the new Believer in Christ.   He clearly "seals" him or her in some special way!

But, back to my opening question, what does that mean?

To be sealed?

The word "sphragizo" means to "set a mark" upon something or someone!  To indicate ownership or protection or privacy!

This verb is framed as an "aorist," distinctly telling us that this "sealing" is in the past tense.  It's a completed act!  It is done!  It is finished!

Using the New Testament as our commentary, let's analyze this word for "seal" or "sealing."  It's found in 14 verses in Scripture, being used 17 times in all.

Here's its first mention:  Jesus had been crucified and buried.  In order to make His tomb more secure ... "So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch."  Matthew 27:66 

Sealed to never be violated!  Not to be "tampered with!"  Not to be spoiled or robbed!

How secure that ought to make every Christian feel!

Then another Verse:  God the Son, our Lord Jesus, is also sealed ... by His very Father!  He said so in John 6:27 --- "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."

The Holy Spirit has done for us what God the Father did for Jesus ... "sealed" us!

Paul, in Romans 15:18 uses this verb to indicate the "safe delivery" of a love offering to its proper destination!  "When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain."  Wow!

The Holy Spirit's sealing each Believer in this Age of Grace also guarantees our safe future delivery ... to Heaven!

2nd Corinthians 1:22 favorably compares this "sealing" of the Spirit to a down payment or an earnest deposit on a future transaction ... thereby indicating the seriousness of its author!  A "foretaste" of things to come!  "Who (God) hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts." 

Christian, there are good things to come!

Also ... this "sealing" of ours brings along with it some responsibilities.  We must live with the Holy Spirit in such a compatible way that we do not hurt or grieve Him!  He is a Person of the Godhead!  "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."  Ephesians 4:30

Be careful, friends!

Again ... this "sealing" can also indicate the restraint of certain things!  For example, "And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not."  Revelation 10:4

When we were "sealed" by that Holy Spirit certain unholy activities were forbidden us too!  Wicked behavior is not allowed!

And, lastly for us today, not only can something be sealed "in" one's life ... but at times an undesired thing can be sealed "out!"  The devil will be sealed "out" of the world for 1,000 years during Jesus' Reign.  "And cast him (Satan)  into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."  Revelation 20:3

In like manner the devil is sealed "out" of the lives of God's saints yet today! He can still attack and harass or hinder ... but he can not move "in!"

Saved folks ... there you have them!  A half dozen "word pictures" to augment your understanding of the Holy Spirit's "sealing" in our lives!

What blessings ... generated by the Holy Spirit of God!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell



LESSON 13 ... VERSE 14:

Today we have a short lesson concerning the Holy Spirit of God.

While confining our remarks to Ephesians 1:14, we still learn several great facts.

Having just mentioned "that Holy Spirit of promise" in Ephesians 1:13, Paul continues:  "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."

The Holy Spirit is the "earnest" of our inheritance.

What a word!

"Arrabon" means "that money in any purchase which is paid in advance to assure that the full amount will follow!"

Our word here is only used 3 times in the Bible. 

Back in 2nd Corinthians 1:22 Paul writes about God ... "Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts."

Then again in 2nd Corinthians 5:5 ... "God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit."

And of course its third use is in our text verse for today.  The Holy Spirit ... "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."  Ephesians 1:14

The precious Holy Spirit, living within each born-again child of God, is the Lord's Proof ... the Lord's Down Payment ... the Lord's Guarantee ... the Lord's Foretaste ... of good things to come!

Christian, you have a little bit of Heaven living in your soul right now!  A foretaste of Glory!  I'm speaking of the Holy Spirit Himself!

The noun "inheritance" is a word that means "that which is to be received because one has been placed in someone's will."  In Greek "kleronomia" means "to parcel out" ("nemo") a "portion" ("kleros"). 

Think about this.  Of all the "joy" of an eternity in Heaven ... you have a genuine "Sample" of it in your heart right now!  Of all the "peace" God has awaiting us ... we can already now begin savoring it ... through the Holy Spirit!  He introduces into our lives:  heavenly love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance!

Praise God today for our Earnest!

Yet ... how long will the Holy Spirit be with us, in His capacity as the "Earnest?"

Paul answers:  "until the redemption of the purchased possession."  Ephesians 1:14b

The apparent adverb "until" here is actually the word "eis" which means "into!" The Holy Spirit is the One Who stays with us, indwelling us and filling us, then leading us right "into" those eternal realities and blessings God has promised to those who are saved! 

The Holy Spirit is The Divine "Usher" who accompanies you right "into" all the promises of God!

He's the Executer of God's Will!

The term "purchased possession" ("peripoiesis") is startling!  "Peri" means "all around."  Then "poieo" means "to make."  This "purchased possession" of each saved individual means that which God has "made all around" (custom made) for just you or your born-again wife or husband and every other saint of God through the ages! 

If this word is used in a more active sense, as several of the lexicons suggest, the "purchased possession" is that which you have made by your faithful service since you were saved by God's Grace.  This line of thought would "hint" at such things as crowns of reward for diligent Christian labor to the Glory of God!

"Redemption" here means a "setting at liberty" or a "release from bondage!" It's a "deliverance!"  All hindrances will be removed!

And just "why" does the Holy Spirit effect all these blessings on our behalf?

"Unto the Praise of His Glory!" 

To God's Glory!

The Holy Spirit of "promise" does these things!

That noun "promise" which is spelled "epaggelia" properly means "an announcement" or "a message," obviously here from God.

But this term carries the implication of a future blessing, a word of "promise."  It has this shade of meaning so predominately that in 52 of its 53 New Testament occurrences our King James Bible translates it "promise!"

The Holy Spirit is such a Pledge, such a Foretaste, such a Down Payment of God's future blessings ... that He is named the Holy Spirit of Promise!

Talk about the concept of "Earnest!"

He is named so!

And if these facts today do not make us praise God genuinely ... I don't know what it will take!

After all, this whole Ephesians 1 paragraph  has been written ... "to the praise of the glory of His grace!"  Ephesians 1:6

Yet again ... just "to the praise of His glory!"   Ephesians 1:12

And finally ... "unto the praise of His Glory!"    Ephesians 1:14


                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell




One of the great summary verses of all Scripture is found in the first chapter of Paul's tremendous letter to the Ephesians.

In Ephesians 1:10 Scripture reveals to us one of God's grand and eternal  goals for all creation!

In part it says:  "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ." 

This is God the Father in action!

He fully intends, at just the right time, to "gather all things together" in one in Christ.

That verb thrills my soul!

"Anakephalaioo" is a compound verb that literally fuses "kephale" which means "head" and "ana" which means "up." 

Some day ... Jesus will "head up" all things!

Now, is this view in harmony with the rest of the Word of God?

Yes, it is.

Listen to this verse about Jesus:  "That in all things He might have the preeminence."  Colossians 1:18

Then add Philippians 2:10-11.  "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

And even ... "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father."  John 5:22-23

Even in Heaven right now there may be heard ... "the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."  Revelation 5:11-12

It sure sounds to me like Jesus is, by the Father's executive command, going to "head up" all things some great day!

Then last week I leaned something else about this verb we are now studying.

It was used as an accountant's term in the ancient world.  When adding up the sum of a column of numbers ... the total would be called "the head!"  The process of "adding" those digits was called "anakephalaioo!"

That means this:  Jesus is the "Sum Total" of all God's doing in the universe today!

All God's Will ultimately surrounds His well-beloved Son!

In Jesus all things "add up!"

He is the Reason for our being, for our very existence!

He is God!

In fact, Paul goes so far as to say:  "He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."

That little verb "consist" (in Greek = "sunistao") really means "to stand together!"  Jesus "holds together" all things!

Join me today folks in sincerely saying ... HE IS LORD!

Oh, one more thing really needs to be mentioned.

Our key expression here, "gather together in one," being derived from "kephale" meaning "head" ... is even more deeply derived from the verb "kapto."

The "root" verb "kapto" means "to seize" or take hold of!"

Sounds sort of aggressive, doesn't it?

Look at our verse for today again:  "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ." 

Did you see the words "all things?"

Then Paul adds this descriptive phrase to "all things" ... "both which are in heaven, and which are on earth."

That's right!

Some day in God's perfect time Jesus will be the Head of ALL THINGS! 


All created life!

And some of those things ... or some of those people ... just may not be as willing as others to "confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Those who are hesitant will be made willing though!

Remember, "kapto" means "to seize" or "to take hold of!"  By the time God the Father is through with that crowd of rebels and reprobates ... even they will have to submit to Him as Lord of all!

Yes, every knee will bow!

Of course, only born-again Blood-washed children of God are saved and going to spend eternity in Heaven.

But all ... everyone ... will at least acknowledge Jesus as Lord and God!

Again ... God the Father fully plans to "gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him."

Knowing this alone makes all I hear on the "News" or read in the "Paper" add up

In Jesus ... things make sense!


                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell






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