As you read through the book of Ephesians, it leaves you with a sense of awe and wonder. Awe at the majesty and splendor of God. Wonder in the fact that God chose you ... before the world was created.
In this grandest of all of Paul's Epistles, he lays out for us the grander and greatness of what God has done in Christ. And then Paul beckons you in as the church, showing you what part you have to play in the eternal plan and purpose of God. Over and over again, Paul will use the phrase "in Christ" to show the riches and glory that we have as we are in Him. In fact, he uses the phrase over 35 times.
It's in Ephesians that our understanding of the Gospel, the "good news" about Jesus, is deepened. In But Ephesians is not only theologically deep, it's also immensely practical. Paul will sho us that who we are changes how we live.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Paul is writing to believes who were in the midst of a pagan society. Idolatry was rampant. The Christians were a small minority. The Ephesian believers were trying to live a godly life in an ungodly world. Sound familiar? Yet this small book of the Bible gives us such hope. Because if the Gospel can take root and flourish in Ephesus, it can certainly do the same in San Antonio, TX and beyond.