Paul says Christ's gifts are extended to us, exercised by us, and are explicitly for us.
Paul is about to stress the fact that who they were in Christ was to have a profound impact on how they lived (Ch. 4). So, Paul prays so that their sin and failures don’t drive them to despair but rather drive them to the cross.
Paul wants us to remember where we came from because he knows that our understanding of and appreciation for who we are in Christ is directly proportionate to our remembering of who we once were apart from Him.
This is a message by John Warren for our Missions Sunday. God's mission has always been to redeem a people for himself through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Missions is our activity, as missionaries, of carrying the message of the Gospel of redemption to Bentonville/Bella Vista, NWA, our state, our nation and around the world.
Paul begins his encouragement of the church at Ephesus by reminding them of the blessing of their salvation that is theirs in Christ and includes the purpose of the Father, the work of the Son and the ministry of the Spirit.