The saints are saints because they are first of all faithful. Sunday (Ephesians 1:1-2) Salutation. 1:17), teach and pray (Acts 6:4), work miracles (2Cor. We are told who we are, how we came to be as we are, what we shall be, and what we must do now in light of that destiny. 1:1; 2:6, 7, 10, 13; 3:6, 11, 21; Phil. It was the capital of the *Roman region calledAsia. (Ephesians 6:24-note). Paul reminds those born Gentiles––called "the uncircumcision" by circumcised Jews––that all have become one in Christ, who is our peace. (A commentary on the Greek text). (Acts 22:21), (And one more time Jesus said) 'But arise, and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you delivering you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.' RICH IN STANDING (OR STATUS) - "Saints and faithful in Christ Jesus." They are what God says is real. I would like to urge you to read this letter through once a week during the time that we are engaged in studying these first three chapters. Ephesus (2181) (Ephesos) means beloved or permitted. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Ro 6:1–11). Ephesians 5 Resources. They occur 164 times in all Paul’s writings. In the spiritual sense, God is our Eternal Father for when we are saved we are brought into His family... (Jesus) came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:1 : Ephesians 1:3 >> Ephesians 1:2. Ephesians 2:1-2. A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures. He is supreme in Authority. God is described as our Father—hemon. That is why Paul always begins his letters by setting forth the radical facts of life as God teaches them. EPHESIANS Chapter 2: Commentary. He is now our life (Gal 2:20-note, Col 3:4-note), our strength (Phil 4:13+), our sufficiency, our all in all. Ephesians 1:2(NASB) Verse Thoughts. The need for reconciliation. RICH IN SERVICE - "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God." Ephesians 2:1 “And you did He make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins” “You”: This includes Christians from a Gentile background. Saints are to be faithful to their Lord (1Corinthians 4:2), and are brothers and sisters with other believers. This is not a "mechanical dictation" theory, nor does it nullify the personality of the author involved. Peter T. O’Brien — The Letter to the Ephesians (Pillar New Testament Commentary, 1999). Jim asked other villagers what having "one heart" meant, and he found that it was like saying, "There is nothing between you and the other person.". Notice that grace is like the "bookends" of this letter, Paul beginning and ending with a prayer for grace for the saints... Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible (a never diminishing love, one not even capable of corrupting!). these believing Gentiles were those who showed themselves faithful in transaction of business and execution of commands or discharge of their official duties. A good parallel of apostle is our English word ambassador defined by Webster as, "a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government as the resident representative of his own government for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment". It answers the question, what does it mean to be in Christ, and what does this demand of us?...Ephesians — carefully, reverently, prayerfully considered — will change our lives. According to this "definition" is He your Lord? Most important commercial city of Asia Minor, capital of Ionia on west coast. Barclay describes an ideal state writing that "There is the life that is dominated by the Spirit of God. By His death Jesus paid the penalty for sin; by His burial He took sin away; by His resurrection He lives in the believer. What a privilege! Only remember if the ‘saints in Ephesus’ are to be ‘in Christ,’ they need to keep themselves very straight up. These divine heights the true believer may reach. Retrouvez Theology That Transforms: My commentary on Ephesians chapter 1, 2, and 3 et des millions de livres en stock sur The universal Governor being the parent of believers, who have a common fatherhood in Him, grace and peace are viewed as paternal gifts. John Eadie  -The Saviour is characterized as Lord Jesus Christ; “Lord,” Master, or Proprietor. Exploring Ephesians. Commentary on Ephesians 1 & 2 (eBook) BY THOMAS GOODWIN IN EPUB. Katheryn Carleial on May 30, 2019 at 7:35 am The two divisions of the book of Ephesians also reflect the initial greeting of grace and peace. For instance, let's consider Ephesians 1:1, 2, 1. We might quickly read over the introductions found in Paul's epistles, but there is valuable information contained there. A saint is a "holy one," separated from the unconverted, who do not have God's Spirit. The perspective of God’s people is not narrow; it has the expanse of eternity. Handley C G Moule observes that "It is most important to remember that Christ is merely the Greek version of the Hebrew Messiah (Anointed). 3:24; 6:11, 23; 8:1, 2, 39; 15:17; 16:3; 1 Co. 1:2, 4, 30; 4:15; 15:31; 16:24; Gal. If the diver comes out of the diving-bell he is drowned. Crossway Books). True peace, just like true grace, comes from the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The authority of Paul's message did not derive from the messenger but from the Sender. When you reflect on who you are in Christ, you are studying about grace. The New Testament never does anything like that. Ephesians reveals the position and job description of the Church in effecting God’s new order. Ephesians 1:3 is a summary of chapters 1, 2 and 3. They may faithfully follow the teaching and example of those religious leaders, but they are not in them. 65 Expositions. In this epistle the saints are Gentiles who once were "aint's" (separate from Christ...having no hope, without God in the world!) Chapter 1. 1:3). Hence, trustworthy (2Ti 2:2-note). The word "saint" as a designation of a Christian, brings at once to our attention the duty of every believer, that of living a separated life. (See also Torrey's scriptures on the believer's Union With Christ) (See also F B Meyer - Chapter 3 - "In Him"; Chapter 4 - "Created in Him") (See Walter Wilson's CHRIST in Ephesians) Our eternal "location" in Christ Jesus is in direct contrast to our "location" in this temporal world, in which we are "aliens and strangers" (1 Peter 2:11+), The great phrase in Christ Jesus - 50x in NAS -, Acts 24:24; Rom. In the N. T. it thus constantly refers back to O. T. prophecy and to the truth (uttered by the Messiah Himself, John 4:22), that “salvation is of the Jews.” (Cambridge Bible). With this in mind take a few moments and read through the Ephesians Study Notes on what the city and population of Ephesus was like in Paul's day. Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; (NASB: Lockman) Greek: ginesthe oun mimetai tou theou os tekna agapeta, Amplified: THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. .MOBI & .PDF FORMATS. The apostle invokes upon the Ephesians grace and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ, whose supreme administration was designed to secure, and does actually confer, those lordly gifts. But even more than these very practical letters, Ephesians highlights the church’s true spiritual dynamics and gives guidelines for the new relationships in which the reality of the new humanity can be seen. May this reminder lead us to alter some of our attitudes and actions? But one thing is remarkable about them: They are different. a. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is different compared to many of the other New Testament letters he wrote. (2), Confiding; trusting; a believer (Gal 3:9; Acts 16:1; 2Cor 6:15; 1Ti 5:16) (Word Studies in the New Testament), Moule notes that Paul's description of "faithful" refers to " the saints, under a different aspect. (Bruce) Eternal life is the same for all believers, regardless of their sinful past. Even more important, would God refer to me as faithful in Christ Jesus? God’s grace insures that those who have been truly regenerated will persevere until the end of life. It was this letter which taught me better than any other passage of Scripture how to understand the strange turbulence I often found in my own heart, the spiritual attacks to which I was subject, and how to deal with my fears and anxieties and my depressions -- where these were coming from, and what to do about them. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. I have to admit without shame or reserve that as a result of that encounter I have been unable to think of my own life or the life of mankind or the life of the cosmos apart from Jesus Christ. Each of us is given a position within the body of Christ, and a Spiritual gift to carry out that position. Paul was an official ambassador of Christ with an official proclamation of the gospel of good news. One sees this root word in the feminine name "Thelma." Do not let us forget that these people whom Paul called ‘saints’ and ‘faithful’ had a harder fight to wage than we have, with less to hearten and strengthen them in it. Tragically, most believers from time to time fail to think or act like saints, in the popular sense. As a goldfish lives and breathes and moves in the sphere of the aquarium, so too saints live in the sphere and influence of Christ Jesus their Lord. The worshipper of the pagan god acquired the character of that pagan god and the religious ceremonies connected with its worship. In the present context, Paul's life is a Christ-made life not a man-made life. It is not so much a question of what we will do with the epistle, but what it will do with us. Greek: Paulos apostolos Christou Iesou dia thelematos theou tois hagiois tois ousin (PAPMPD) [en Epheso] kai pistois en Christo Iesou; Amplified: PAUL, AN apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (the consecrated, set-apart ones) at Ephesus who are also faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus: (Amplified Bible - Lockman), NLT: This letter is from Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. Comment: In other words Paul is saying that the things he teaches are not really his but God's for they are their very words are taught by the Spirit and are not to be regarded as other books written by mere men. This salutation is undoubtedly a form of a blessing or prayer. Ephesians 2:1-10. Are you being faithful to live a "set apart" life in a society where all lines of decency and morality have been virtually completely eroded? 2:1; 3:9; Col. 1:2, 28; 2:5; 1 Thess. If you will look over the letter, and pick out all the connections in which the expression ‘in Him’ occurs, I think you will be astonished to see how rich and full are its uses, and how manifold the blessings of which it is the condition. Her son had a leg amputated because she spent so much time looking for a free clinic. We honor God's name when we call Him our Father live like His Son!". 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Dearly beloved of God, does your present practice match your privilege position? And you hath he quickened The design of the apostle in this and some following verses, is to show the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and to set forth the sad estate and condition of man by nature, and to magnify the riches of the grace of God, and represent the exceeding greatness of his power in conversion: the phrase Colossians explains Christ’s person and work in relation to the whole universe — the cosmic Christ; whereas Ephesians explains what the Church’s cosmic role is as the Body of the cosmic Christ. Paul's use of AND here is very significant as it clearly links God the Father the Lord Jesus Christ (see also discussion re "from" above) as the Source of grace and peace. It does not matter whether the person was guilty of gross sin, as society measures sin, or whether he was a person of high moral standards. The word conveys the idea of desire, even a heart’s desire, for the word primarily expresses emotion instead of volition. III. And then comes the practice, the application, the working out of these in terms of the normal situations of life. And it sometimes speaks, as here, of faith being ‘in Him,’ which suggests the folded wings of the dove that has found its nest, the repose of faith, the quiet rest in the Lord, and ‘waiting patiently for Him.’ Such trust so directed is the one condition of such tranquillity. So I would suggest that, if you feel the need for change in your own life and for deepening your relationship with our Lord, you would do well to expose yourself in a very personal way to these teachings from the letter to the Ephesians. By (1223) (dia) is a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act. We are to be separated from the mass of people and things that have no consciousness of ownership and do not yield themselves up to Him for His use. Of course, every believer ought to be saintly. As an extension of the common cultic use of the term hagios, the NT teaches that every believer is a saint and considers the saint as one dedicated to God and reserved for Him and His good purposes. 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. 1 And Jesus seems to have said something along these lines also (Matthew 5:16 — understood within the entire narrative context of Matthew). Peace therefore is that common accord and tranquility which results in the joining together again those who were separated, such as a sinner and a holy God through the blood of Christ. 2. Well, in view of the fact that most manuscripts lack the phrase "in Ephesus", it appears Paul is saying that these are saints who continually are! a. It was the conviction that the ministry belongs to the saints, and that the business of a pastor is to help the people find their ministries and to prepare them to function in them, and to discover the excitement of living as Christians where they are, which was formative in the early years of Peninsula Bible Church and is still so strongly emphasized here. 12:12), build up other leaders of the church (Acts 14:23), and write the Word of God (Ep 1:1). Christ is the sphere in which the believer has his new life, his belief and all his interests and activities. III. It means in essence that God started it and He completes it. True peace, just like true grace, comes from the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. But we cannot belong to Him, and be devoted to His service, unless we are being made day by day pure in heart, and like Him to whom we say that we belong. We must rest our soul’s salvation on Him as our brother, Jesus who was incarnate in sinful flesh for us; and we must. (Ephesians 1 Commentary). The years that have followed have been but a footnote to that encounter. (Boice, J. M.: Ephesians: An Expositional Commentary) (Bolding added), Wuest comments on our position in Christ noting that "Here again we have separation, for that which surrounds the believer, namely, Christ in Whom he is ensphered, separates him from all else. But only in Ephesians is that warfare presented in such vivid imagery and unforgettable terms. God is praised in these verses for having chosen and adopted the church as God’s own people. 6BC 1113.8. Hetty Green was known for a long time as the "America's greatest miser." Ephesians 1:1-2 – Commentary on Ephesians – Paul and The Ephesians. (Read the entire sermon Ephesians 1:1-14: God At Work). On the other hand, the abundant life is procured for the believer through the living, ascended Christ, who is seated at the right hand of the Father. Commentary on Ephesians 2:1-10 (Read Ephesians 2:1-10) Sin is the death of the soul. Ray Stedman in his usual pragmatic expositional style writes that... Saints is a word at which we all shudder a little. When we look upon a corpse, it gives an awful feeling. Crossway Books, Phillips, J. The way a Christian conducts his life should make him a saint by practice. Crossway Books), Ephesus rivaled Corinth as the "filth capital" of the Roman world. The preeminent idea brought out by this phrase (used over 130 times in some form - in Him, in the Beloved, etc) is that of the believers spiritual union with Christ (compare idea of Oneness of Covenant and Oneness Notes). The New Testament does not take that point of view at all, but regards all true believers in Jesus Christ as being, therein and thereby, saints. Ephesians 1:2 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ” “Grace”: “One of the leading words of the epistle. Spiritual Blessings in Christ. 1Cor. Ephesians 2:1-2 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” Jesus called, saved and appointed Saul to be His apostle on a dusty Damascus road declaring (in His explanation to Ananias), "Go, for he is a chosen (ekloge = choice, see word study on eklego) instrument (skeuos = vessel = literally of a hollow vessel for containing things -- ponder that though in terms of Paul's call, in terms of your call!) God has saved each Christian with service in mind for Him. "By the will of God" - A plan - God has a specific plan for each one of our lives. Thus we get the whole significance of Christian holiness. Ephesians 2:19-22 Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority. (Titus 2:14-note), Jesus (2424) (Iesous) is from the Hebrew Yeshu'a (see yeshua) which means Yahweh is salvation. 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