Ep. 58 - Ephesians - Chapter 1


“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

-John Piper

This week on the Adorned Podcast we discuss chapter one of Ephesians.  Paul begins his letter by making sure the church understands the truth of the gospel.  Through the blood of Jesus we have REDEMPTION and forgiveness of our sins. He wants them to know that they were chosen by God before the foundation of the world because of His love and for His glory.  What does it mean that to be chosen? What does living for God’s glory look like? These are a few of the questions that we address in this episode. We would love for you to join us as we continue to study God’s glorious Word together!  


“We are created because of His love and for His glory.”

“The glory of God is the beauty and excellence of his manifold perfections. It is an attempt to put into words what God is like in his magnificence and purity. It refers to his infinite and overflowing fullness of all that is good….God’s glory is the perfect harmony of all his attributes into one infinitely beautiful and personal being.” -John Piper

“God is full of glory without us, but because of His Love he created us so His glory could be known and enjoyed.”

“God is the one being in all the universe for whom seeking his own praise is the ultimately loving act. For him, self-exaltation is the highest virtue. When he does all things “for the praise of his glory” as Ephesians 1 says, he preserves for us and offers to us the only thing in all the world which can satisfy our longings. God is for us, and therefore has been, is now, and always will be, for himself.” - John Piper

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” -John Piper

“Predestination is not about God collecting humans because he thinks they make nice robots to fill his heavenly warehouses. Far from it! The biblical picture of predestination describes the intentions of a loving Father who predestined us for adoption as sons because he wanted to (“according to the purpose of His will”) so that grace would be enjoyed and magnified.” -Gloria Furman

“Election is fruit of God’s love and God’s grace” -Sinclair Ferguson

“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” - Tim Keller

“The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” -Jen Wilkin


Inductive Study Guide

God Created Us For His Glory by John Piper

Alive in Him by Gloria Furman

His Eternal Election by Sinclair Ferguson

The Message of Ephesians by John Stott

Humble Calvinism by J.A. Medders

ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal: Ephesians

Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem

Systematic Theology Podcast

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul

Enjoying the Triune God by J.T. English

*The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*