When I was reading Ephesians 1:1-2:11, an important truth stood out to me. Often when I have heard others discuss this passage they interpret this section as Paul talking to individual believers. Thus, the blessings and even predestination are applied to individuals. This certainly is possible, but I do not think that is the case here. Instead, Paul is describing people groups. This is clear when you highlight every use of “you,” “your,” “we,” and “us.” He uses these terms to provide a contrast between groups of people. But who are these groups?
The “us” and the “we” (from my count, these words are used 21 times in this section) are describing believing Jews (in most cases). The “you” and “your” (from my count, these words are used 18 times in this section) are describing believing Gentiles. How do I know that? In Eph. 2:11 Paul says, “Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands.” Paul himself defines the “you” as the Gentiles. That would mean the “us” is believing Jews of which he is one.
So what is the point? Paul is letting the believing Gentiles know that they and the believing Jews are now fused in the sight of God. They are one! They are equal and not “second class” believers. The predestination mentioned in the first chapter is not individual, but groups. Both Jews and Gentiles are now one in Christ. God predetermined this truth from long ago.
Father, it is amazing that you designed salvation to be available for all who believe regardless of their race, or nationality. You truly are a loving and gracious God and I thank you for allowing me as a believing Gentile to be equal in your sight with a believing Jew. We are all one in Christ and this is the way you planned it from the beginning!
Following Jesus with you,