We look at the massive, 202 word sentence that Paul opens with in his letter to the Ephesians. In Ephesians 1:3-6, Paul bursts forth in a eulogy of praise to God for His many blessings. It is these blessings that form a new vocabulary for the New Covenant believer, one that encourages, lifts us up out of despondency, and makes us glad. This is the first of three sermons from this text.
3 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, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV)