God’s Eternal Purpose and Integral Mission
An Expository Message on Ephesians 1-3
Teresa J. Sanchez, Mindanao State University, Fatima, Gen. Santos City, Philippines
Ephesians Chapter 1 explains how Christians have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ to bring all things under the rule of Christ, for the praise of his glory. The Integral Mission Wheel Illustration shows the kind of life that a Christian must live to magnify the rule of Christ as King and to glorify his name. Chapter 2 emphasizes God’s eternal purpose for believers: He saved us by his grace and gave us a position of authority that through our lives, he might show the incomparable riches of his grace as we do the good works which he has prepared in advance for us to do. Chapter 3 focuses on the mystery of the Gospel which we must proclaim. Paul’s prayer was that Christians will be immersed in God’s love so that they will be able to do more than they could ever ask or imagine in God’s power.