The 1st chapter of the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the believers at Ephesus packs a wallop. It is here we can (should) be bowled over before the interminable mosaic of what God has done for us in Christ. Verse by verse we see He blessed us, chose us, predestined us, adopted us, accepted us, redeemed us, forgave us, made Himself known to us and sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise. He has also guaranteed us an inheritance in the Son.
We learn that God has done for us these things “according to the good pleasure of His will.” (v.5) Three recurrent outworkings of God in this chapter are His grace, His glory and His power. By the glory of His grace and the riches of His grace we “have redemption through His blood” and “the forgiveness of sin.” (vs.6, 7) The immensity of what He has done for us is to the praise of His glory. (vs. 12,14) And He accomplished this with “the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” (v.19)
Ephesians, chapter one emphasises the doctrines of the Gospel. Perhaps that is why this portion of scripture talks only of what God has done for us. Our justification, our salvation is wholly His work, not ours. We get tripped up on that quite a bit. Either in thinking, we have to attain or retain it by our works. No. “In Him, you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” (v.13) Our portion is to believe and trust in what He has done for us in Christ.
Oh to the praise of the glory of His grace! Oh to the praise of the glory of His Son! Oh to the praise of His glory in our guaranteed inheritance! Yes, praise God for all He has DONE FOR US!