Summary: Verse upon verse teaching from the book of Ephesians. The letter is addressed to the church in the city of Ephesus; capital of the Roman province of Asia. The author is Paul, and was written between A.D. 60-62. This was the exact time Paul was in pris
The Mystery Unveiled Text: Ephesians 1: 1-14
The letter is addressed to the church in the city of Ephesus; capital of the Roman province of Asia. The author is Paul, and was written between A.D. 60-62.
This was the exact time Paul was in prison in Rome, so this letter is sometimes referred to as the prison epistle.
A key theme of the letter is the mystery (meaning a heretofore unrevealed truth) of the church, which is “that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promises in Christ through the gospel.”
Ephesians 1:1-14NKJ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
These first three chapters are very theological, emphasizing NT doctrine, whereas the last three chapters are practical and focus on Christian behavior.
Eph. 1:1NLT This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.
…Chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus… What a responsibility- can you imagine?
An apostle: This means messenger, and served as an official title for Paul, and the other 12 disciples.
These were eyewitnesses of the resurrected Jesus and were chosen by God to lay a foundation for the Church by preaching, teaching and writing Scripture, accompanied by miracles.
Are there apostles presently? Fire-starters, church builders.