God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and unblemished before him…. St Paul’s great hymn of praise is the subject of the first part of this talk in which Fr Robbie explores what it means to be chosen by God. The wonder of this undeserved grace leads St Paul to a great prayer of intercession that his children in Christ may receive divine wisdom, deeper revelation, fuller knowledge of God. This magnificent chapter sets the tone of the Letter to the Ephesians and displays the loving heart of the great Apostle.
The letters to the Ephesians, the Galatians and the Colossians are love letters to the Church, written as they were by St Paul who cared so passionately for the embryo churches he had founded across Asia Minor. The Letter to the Ephesians has been called the Queen of Epistles for its beauty, its range and depth of subject matter and its elegance. Written whilst in prison in Rome, near the end of his life, St Paul concentrates on the themes of unity, marriage, personal spirituality, the purposes of God and the all-sufficiency of Christ. 10 talks, beginning on this St Valentines Day, for lovers of Christ.