Sunday

Reading Through The Bible - Ephesians









Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








Ephesians  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE

10th book of the NT 
49th book of the Bible



It starts with a reminder about the redemption & forgiveness we have in Jesus and His grace in
  chapter 1 v 7








What is it?

The Book of Ephesians is one of the Epistles in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 6 chapters.



When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written between 60 & 62 AD.



Who Wrote it?

Apostle Paul

Chapter 1 v 1 tells us the answer straight away 

"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,"





Who was it Written to?

It was written to the church at Ephesus as we see in
ch. 1 v 1
 "To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus"






Why was it Written? 

Paul had visited Ephesus twice and this letter was written while he was in Prison to encourage the Christians he had met there and the others in the church.  


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Paul writes to the church at Ephesus about how to walk in grace, peace, and love."


 


What is the main theme? 

It focuses on being called by Grace 






and how to walk in the Faith





The Overview Bible  tells us the following:

"Paul wrote Ephesians to accomplish two things:
  1. Describe the Christian’s calling. The first half of the letter focuses on the Ephesians’ calling. They were chosen by God, sealed with His Spirit, and saved by His grace. 
  2. Prescribe the Christian’s walk. The second half teaches how to “walk in a manner worthy” of the Christian’s calling (Eph 4:1). Paul outlines what the Christian walk looks like in various facets of life."

Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"Paul encouraged the believers telling them they were the adopted sons of God ....  picked before the foundation of the world."
"Paul encouraged the believers to walk in a manner worthy of their calling."




What 2 special relationships does Paul teach about in Ephesians?


Parents & Children.

Husbands and wives.








What very well-known passage in included in this Book?

The Christian Armour in Chapter 6 v 10 - 18

This is where Paul tells the believers to know their enemy and how to stand against him.

This ends with the order to Pray continually in
 verse 18








How does it end?


It ends with the announcement that Paul has sent Tychicus to comfort them and tell them all the news of Paul.

and then a Blessing in ch. 6 v 23-24


23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  
24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

 

Quick outline of Ephesians

  1. Our calling in Christ (Eph 1–3)
    • Identity in Christ (Eph 1)
    • Grace in Christ (Eph 2:1–10)
    • Peace in Christ (Eph 2:11–22)
    • Paul’s calling (Eph 3:1–13)
    • Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (Eph 3:14–21)
  2. Our walk in Christ (Eph 4–6)
    • Walk in unity (Eph 4:1–16)
    • Walk differently from the world (Eph 4:17–31)
    • Walk carefully (Eph 5:1–21)
    • Walk in love (Eph 5:22–6:9)
    • Stand firm in the armour of God (Eph 6:10–24)









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