Ephesians

Ephesians

Paul’s Prison Epistles - Ephesians

Ephesians

Paul’s Prison Epistles – Ephesians

  • Paul was imprisoned in Rome 60-62AD
  • While imprisoned we have four of the letters he wrote to churches

Ephesians 6:19-20

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains

First Missionary Journey – Shortest in time and distance (46 – 48AD)

  • Started in Acts 13 – Antioch
  • Ended in Antioch Acts 14:27
  • Total of about two years
  • On Paul’s second missionary trip he went farther into Turkey.
  • Began in AD 49 and lasted for about four years
  • On Paul’s second missionary trip he went farther into Turkey.
  • Began in AD 49 and lasted for about four years

Third Missionary Journey

  • Started in Antioch (Acts 18:22)
  • Came to Ephesus (Acts 19:1-41)
  • Stayed in Ephesus for three years
  • Ended with a huge citywide uproar by the idol makes of the community (Picture)
  • ¾ OF THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY SPENT IN EPHESUS

FIRST HALF OF EPHESIANS

Spiritual Bank Account

Ephesians 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ

Adoption

Ephesians 1:4-5

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will

Spiritual Bank Account

  • Adoption
  • Redemption
  • Inheritance
  • Power
  • Life

Grace

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

citizenship

Ephesians 2:19

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household

Love of Christ

Ephesians 3:17-19

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge

SECOND HALF OF EPHESIANS

Since we are so rich and blessed in God we are to live a life worthy of God

  • 35 directives that speak of the believers responsibility
  • Ephesians begins in heaven riches and ends in our home

Four main areas of emphasis in second half of the book

  • Walk in unity

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

  • Four main areas of emphasis in second half of the book
  • Walk in unity
  • Walk in Purity

Ephesians 4:25-32

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Four main areas of emphasis in second half of the book

  • Walk in unity
  • Walk in Purity
  • Walk in Harmony

Have harmony in our relationships

  • Wives love your husbands with respect
  • Husbands love your wife with a selfless sacrificial love
  • Children obey your parents in all things
  • Fathers bring your children up in the Lord

Four main areas of emphasis in second half of the book

  • Walk in unity
  • Walk in Purity
  • Walk in Harmony
  • Walk in Victory

Ephesians 6:10-12

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

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