God gave us the riches of His grace and arranged for us to be brought into His spiritual family.

Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-8

ESV Text: Ephesians 1:1-8

Ephesians 1:1-8 (Listen)

Greeting

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1

     1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

     3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 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: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 411:
From Eternity, O God

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. From eternity, O God, 
In Thy Son Thou didst elect me; 
Therefore, Father, on life’s road 
Graciously to heaven direct me; 
Send to me Thy Holy Spirit 
That His gifts I may inherit. 

2. Though alive, I’m dead in sin, 
Lost to all good things by nature. 
Holy Ghost, change me within, 
Make of me a new-born creature; 
For the flesh works ruination 
And can never gain salvation. 

3. Drive away the gloomy night 
Of my heart’s perverse reflection; 
Quench all thoughts that are not right, 
Hold my reason in subjection; 
Grant that I from Thee, with yearning, 
Wisdom always may be learning. 

4. Oh, create a heart in me 
That in Thee, my God, believeth 
And o’er the iniquity 
Of my sins most truly grieveth. 
When dark hours of woe betide me, 
In the wounds of Jesus hide me. 

5. As a branch upon a vine 
In my blessed Lord implant me; 
Ever of my Head divine 
To remain a member grant me. 
Oh, let Him, my Lord and Savior, 
Be my Life and Love forever! 

6. Faith and hope and charity 
Graciously, O Father, give me; 
Be my Guardian constantly 
That the devil may not grieve me; 
Grant me humbleness and gladness, 
Peace and patience in my sadness. 

7. Help me speak what’s right and good 
And keep silence on occasion; 
Help me pray, Lord, as I should, 
Help me bear my tribulation; 
Help me die and let my spirit 
Everlasting life inherit.