Summary: This is a series on the Book of Ephesians that will be in commemtary form.
IN THE HEAVENLIES
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Early in my ministry, I was introduced to the writings of Ruth Paxton who served as a missionary to China. She had written a devotional commentary on Ephesians that greatly stirred my heart. From memory, I recall that she had divided Ephesians into three parts while stating as she did that Ephesians was the Joshua of the New Testament and that Joshua was the Ephesians of the Old Testament. She said that Ephesians 1:1-3:21 referred to the “wealth of the believer” and that chapter 4:1- 6:9 referred to the “walk of the believer”. Then she said that chapter 6:10-24 referred to the “warfare of the believer”. I always believed that this was a wonderful way to approach this most wonderful book. You cannot help but read it and be reminded as you do what it feels like to be seated in the heavenlies…
Another way that I have seen it divided is by dividing it into two parts. The first part is the doctrinal portion (Ephesians 1:1-3:21) and the last part is the duty portion (Ephesians 4:1-6:24). This is a common way of dividing Books of the Bible which major on the doctrinal and also on the practical. Another example of this division is the Book of Romans with chapters one through eleven being devoted to the doctrinal and chapters twelve through sixteen being devoted to the duty of the believer.
Ephesians is a very challenging Book in the way that it shows the wonderfulness of God and also the worship and the work of the believer. Never should the believer hesitate to worship and work for the Lord while he is seated spiritually in the heavenlies. Remember where He sits, we also sit…
A Divine Nature Planned by His Sovereignty (Vv. 1-6)
This great Book opens with the writer being identified. Certainly, it must be understood that Christ is the Author, but Paul is the writer whom God chose to exercise what we refer to in Theology as Confluent Inspiration. The term confluent inspiration means that the Lord used the personality of Paul and then blew His holy breath into his writing personality with the result of Paul being used of God to deliver the inspired, infallible Word of God. The Truth is not at all compromised when God did this. The writers of the Word of God were greatly protected, but more than that the Word of God was absolutely protected.