Ephesians 1:1-7, 13, 17-23.
Ephesians 1:1 - 23
ESV - 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: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Nearly every verse of the chapter contains a reason why Christians can be thankful, regardless of their temporal circumstances. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings (verse 3). We were chosen by Him before the creation of the world (verse 4). God has adopted us as His sons and daughters (verse 5). God has freely displayed His grace toward us (verse 6). Jesus has redeemed us with His own blood, and has forgiven our sins (verse 7). God has given us wisdom and understanding to comprehend the mystery of His will (verses 8-10). God included not only Jews but also Gentiles in His plan of redemption (verse 13). God has caused us to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit as the guarantee of the completion of our redemption (verses 13- 14). God's might and power guarantee that all these blessings cannot be taken away from us (verses 19-23). We are members of Christ's own spiritual body (verses 22-23). Knowledge and remembrance of the richness and magnitude of all these blessings (which are ours throughout eternity) should make it impossible for any of us to complain about any temporal difficulty in which we may find ourselves.
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