Ephesians 1Hath chosen us—that we should be holy; hath designed and intended us to be made holy.
Of his grace; of his goodness and mercy.
Through his blood; through his sufferings and death.
The mystery of his will; the secret counsels of his will.
The fulness of times; when the full time had arrived.—Gather together in one, &c.; establish the kingdom of Christ, to which all things were to be subjected.
First trusted; hoped before in Christ; that is, who looked forward to salvation in him.
Spirit of promise; the Spirit which had been promised. (Acts 1:8.) The influences of the Holy Spirit upon the minds of Christians are often spoken of as the seal and evidence of their redemption.
The earnest; the pledge and assurance.—Until the redemption, &c.; until the time shall come for the full enjoyment of the possession thus purchased for us.
And revelation; that is, instruction in divine truth.
The hope of his calling; the nature and value of the hope which the calling of the believer opens before him.
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