Hi there,

This post is intended to scripturally demonstrate that the message of Ephesians chapter 1 isn’t speaking about God choosing to generally save Gentiles in addition to Jews. But rather, this chapter is teaching the election and security of particular people that God has chosen to save, for His glory.

There’s something special, vital even, that God has expressed in the words “us” & “we” in Ephesians chapter 1 that we need to understand.

To see this gem in scripture, it helps to understand that Paul was born a Jew (by worldly classification). As you’re going to see, Paul doesn’t mention ‘Jewishness’ or ‘Gentiles’ in the “us” & “we” in this segment of scripture, nor does he talk about a broad collaboration of these groups of people.
[In the next chapter, Paul’s going to explain to us the broad-facet of God’s kingdom where God has made Jew & Gentile into one new man in Christ.
However this passage of scripture has a distinctly ‘narrow’ focus, on very ‘specific’ people.]

Here we see a man with a Jewish heritage writing to specific Gentile (Ephesian) Christians, not mentioning earthly lineage or ethnicity at all, as he teaches “us” & “we” who were specifically chosen & predestinated by God unto salvation.

To further illustrate the specificity of who the “us” & “we” is referencing, ask yourself this…Was every Jew and every Gentile predestinated and chosen to adoption by God?
Of course not.
(If that were the case, then nobody would go to hell, and everyone would go to heaven).
Therefore the “us” & “we” can’t be referencing large chunks of people (Gentiles). It can therefore only be referencing God’s elect which transcends earthly identities. Beloved and holy brethren, particular people who were chosen by God to redemption before the foundation of the world according to the good pleasure of His will (not ours).

So I now invite you to prayerfully read Ephesians chapter 1 for yourself:
(The whole chapter is here, but I’ve separated verses 4-12 from the rest of the chapter, and I’ve added “quotation marks” to help you easily see the “us & “we” in regard to the predetermined election of specific people).

1 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

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4 “According as he hath chosen “us” in him before the foundation of the world, that “we” should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated “us” unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made “us” accepted in the beloved.

7 In whom “we” have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward “us” in all wisdom and prudence;

9 Having made known unto “us” the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also “we” have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That “we” should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”

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13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of “your” salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to “us-ward” who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

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All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever!