These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Ephesians 1:1-14: The Purpose of God

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Ephesians.

We have a love-hate relationship with God's will. We dearly want to discover it and obey it, to be secure in knowing we are following the path he desires. On the other hand, we definitely don't want to find out what he wants, because deep down we suspect it may not be to our liking. In this study, we'll see what Paul says about God's will.

Warming Up to God

Reflect on the ways that God has revealed his will to you over the course of your life. What patterns do you see? Thank God for his guidance.

Read Ephesians 1:1-14

Discovering the Word

  • According to verses 3-6, what blessings are ours from the Father?
  • What other blessings, according to verses 7-12, do we have in Jesus Christ?
  • From the information given in 1:1-14 alone, try to formulate a clear statement of what it means to be chosen by God.
  • What additional blessings do we receive through the Holy Spirit (vv. 13-14)?
  • What does it mean to live "to the praise of his glory" (1:6, 12, 14)?

Applying the Word

  • How do you respond emotionally to knowing you are chosen by God?
  • How has this passage increased your sense of participation in God's total purpose of the universe?
  • How could your life be more in keeping with the phrase "to the praise of his glory"?

Responding in Prayer

Spend time in praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

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