Presentation on theme: "EPHESIANS “The Epistle to the Ephesians is a complete Body of Divinity. In the first chapter you have the doctrines of the gospel; in the next, you have."— Presentation transcript:
“The Epistle to the Ephesians is a complete Body of Divinity. In the first chapter you have the doctrines of the gospel; in the next, you have the experience of the Christians; and before the Epistle is finished, you have the precepts of the Christian faith. Whosoever would see Christianity in one treatise, let him ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ the Epistle to the Ephesians.” (Spurgeon)
Ephesus: Arguably the most important city in Asia Minor Ranked up there with Rome and Corinth in fame and population On a major trade route to the Eastern provinces Large accommodating inland harbor Temple to Artemis (Diana)
When did Paul write Ephesians?
Written when Paul was in prison Ephesians 3:1 “I Paul, the prisoner…” Ephesians 4:1 “As a prisoner for the Lord” Ephesians 6:20 “…an ambassador in chains”
Acts 24-28: Trials and Journey from Caesarea to Rome – Felix was the Procurator in Caesarea from about AD Two years in prison in Caesarea – Festus was the Procurator in Caesarea from about AD Paul sails to Rome – Approximately 6 month journey
Acts 28:16, (House Arrest) 16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him. 30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
Paul wrote Ephesians c. 61 AD
Where did Paul write Ephesians from? Rome In Prison (under house arrest)
Who did Paul write Ephesians to?
Written to the Church at Ephesus, etc. – Some debate about it being a circular letter to be passed around Asia Minor and/or multiple churches in the vicinity of Ephesus Older manuscripts don’t include “in Ephesus” in 1:1 Doesn’t deal with specific local church issues or specific local church people Deals with the universal Church - the Body of Christ
Why did Paul write Ephesians?
Purpose of Ephesians: Emphasize the purpose and goals of the Church Doctrinal instruction and to remind/instruct the Church of their heavenly calling and position in Christ Jesus! (Eph. 1-3) To call the Church to live lives worthy of our heavenly calling in Christ Jesus! (Eph. 4-6)
INTRODUCTION (1:1-2) I. DOCTRINAL: OUR RICHES IN CHRIST (1:3-3:21) A. POSSESSIONS IN CHRIST (1:3-14) 1. From the Father – Spiritual Blessings/Election/Predestination (1:3-6) 2. From the Son – Redemption (1:7-12) 3. From the Spirit - Salvation & Sealing (1:13-14) 4. First Prayer: for enlightenment (1:15-23) B. POSITION IN CHRIST (2:1-22) 1. Alive in Christ, Raised & Seated with Christ, Created in Christ to do good works (2:1-10) 2. Reconciliation / Temple of the Holy Spirit (2:11-22) 3. Explanation: “Mystery” / Reconciliation of Jews & Gentiles (3:1-13) 4. Second Prayer: for enablement (3:14-21) (Adapted from The Bible Exposition Commentary, Vol. 2, Warren W. Wiersbe)
II. PRACTICAL : RESPONSIBILITIES IN CHRIST (4:1-6:20) A. CALL TO WALK IN UNITY (4:1-16) 1. Preserving the UNITY of the Spirit with proper attitudes (4:1-6) 2. Edifying the body of Christ into maturity by the grace given us (4:7-16) B. CALL TO WALK IN PURITY (4:17-5:21) 1. Walk not as other Gentiles (Unbelievers) (4:17-32) 2. Walk in love (5:1-6) 3. Walk as children of light (5:7-14) 4. Walk as wise (5:15-21) C. CALL TO WALK IN HARMONY (5:22-6:9) 1. Husbands and wives (5:22-33) 2. Parents and children (6:1-4) 3. Masters and servants (6:5-9) D. CALL TO WALK IN VICTORY (6:10-20) 1. Standing strong in the power of the Lord (6:10-13) 2. Equipped with the whole armor of God (6:14-20) CONCLUSION (6:21-24) (From The Bible Exposition Commentary, Vol. 2, Warren W. Wiersbe)