Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence
‘Has made us accepted’ – Has brought us into grace and made us objects of it in Christ.
‘In the beloved’ God claims Jesus as His own Son (cp. Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Luke 3:22; John 12:28; Heb. 1:1-4; 2Pet. 1:17).
‘Redemption through his blood’ – This is the price God paid to manifest His grace and adopt us as sons (Rom. 3:24-25; 8:23; 1Cor. 1:30; Col. 1:14; Heb. 12:15; Rev. 5:9-10).
‘Riches of his grace’ – True riches: Riches of His grace (1:7). Riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints (1:18). Unsearchable riches of Christ (3:8). Riches of glory (3:16; Rom. 9:23). Riches of His goodness (Rom. 2:4). Riches of wisdom, knowledge (Rom. 11:33). Riches in glory (Php. 4:19). Riches of the glory of the mystery of Christ in you (Col. 1:27). Riches of the full assurance of understanding of God’s mystery (Col. 2:2). Reproach of Christ greater riches than in Egypt (Heb. 11:26).
‘All wisdom’ – Wisdom is that which enables men to judge what are the best goals and the best means of attaining them. Prudence is practical wisdom applied in the best time and manner to secure the best results.
‘Prudence’ [Greek: phronesis] practical wisdom (Luke 1:17).