Ephesians 1: 1-3: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and who are faithful in Christ Jesus. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
‘In Christ” – this term occurs 77 times in the New Testament. Paul had been caught up to the third heaven. He saw the mystery of the Glory of God. He understood the journey from Salvation and Baptism of the Holy Spirit when we receive Christ in us, the Hope of Glory; to being “in Christ”, the Presence of His Glory.
It is believed that Ephesians was written around AD 62. Paul is in prison and awaiting Caesar’s decision as to his execution. Why the Ephesians for this great revelation? The temple of Diana was in Ephesus. The pagans in Ephesus at least had an understanding of the spirit realm. Howbeit their knowledge was of demonic spirits.
Paul purposed to give us more understanding of what it means to be ‘IN CHRIST”.
THE WORD, Grace occurs 13-times in the epistle. This is that which is totally undeserving on our part. God confers fantastic spiritual properties on His saints. It is an important word in this letter which seeks to explain some of our holdings in Christ. But even the marvelous Greek language fails. How can human language explain that which is unexplainable?