Historical Context Ephesian Culture Ephesus, guardian city of Artemis Artemis Temple, 1 of 7 wonders Temple prostitution Temple housed a world bank Demon possession was common Magic, sorcery Ephesia Grammata Spells & incantations Artemis worship was world-wide Ephesus, hub of this culture
Historical Context Ephesian Culture Ephesus, guardian city of Artemis Artemis Temple, 1 of 7 wonders Temple prostitution Temple housed a world bank Demon possession was common Magic, sorcery Ephesia Grammata Spells & incantations Artemis worship was world-wide Ephesus, hub of this culture God’s Work Holy Spirit moved on believers Extraordinary miracles via Paul Repelled evil spirits Evil spirits affirmed Paul & Jesus Paul superior to Jewish exorcists Paul’s work widely know Ephesians began to fear Jesus Many Ephesians believed They confessed their practices Great value of books burned Word, mighty and prevailed Economy greatly damaged
Apply the blessing of ch. 1 to the Ephesian Christians! So much work done in such a sinful culture such a strong church was built from these people Such an incredible epistle written to those of such a wicked culture It demonstrate the riches of His grace
Ephesians could relate to spiritual realm Ephesians 1.3, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly [realm] in Christ, Ephesians 1.20, which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly [realm], Ephesians 2.6, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly [realm], in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 3.10, in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [realm].
Jesus to Paul, Damascus Road “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.” Paul to Agrippa, Acts 26
Where Our Battle Is Ephesians 6.12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly [realm].
Significance of the Armor of God Truth Righteousness Gospel of peace Faith Salvation Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. How do we put these on?
Significance of the Armor of God The last two: …and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit… How do we put these on?