The heavenly places are the seat of Christ's power and glory. Ephesus by Priscilla and Aquila, an exceptionally gifted couple (see Acts (Ephesians 4:24 RSV). "the unfathomable riches of Christ" (3:8), and "the riches of His glory" (3:16). In his first letter John writes to his young Christian friends, I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Now that is a picture both of the Church and the Christian. The weakest believer holds in his hands all that is ever possessed by the mightiest saint of God. That is what your body is for. This letter, in many ways, is the crowning glory of the New Testament. The first chapter is entirely devoted to the wonder and amazement that we normal, ordinary, sin-possessed human beings should be called by God in a most amazing way -- reaching back even to before the foundation of the earth -- to become members of that body. The fact that they are the Church seems to strike them with a degree of amazement. © 2007 - 2020 Into Thy Word - All Rights Reserved. Some due to length, 1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ ... 15 For this reason, m because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love 6 toward all the saints, 16 I n do not cease to give thanks for you, … That is what your body is for. unity in Christ. Christ's present spiritual earthly body. The people were a mixture of Greek and Asiatic. educated in what today are called the humanities, but his most extensive Alexandria in Egypt, and Antioch of Pisidia, in southern Asia Minor. truth about God's people. eternal kingdom, a marvelous truth that only believers of this present age lifeblood, as it were. We are called to be soldiers who have learned how to fight. Ephesians was a "circular letter" of Paul that was sent out to a number of churches he helped plant and ministered to. While it does talk about going to heaven some day, it is talking primarily about the life you live right now. (Ephesians 6:10-12 RSV). Title: The letter is addressed to the Peter says the same thing in his second letter: "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness," (2 Peter 1:3a RSV). But the angel said to him, "O Daniel, man greatly beloved ..." (Dan 10:11b RSV), "Fear not," (Dan. Jesus has made the Jewish and wild beasts. 4:3). Paul sends his blessings and gives a reminder that our purpose and reality is what Christ did for us; He is our redemption that we did not earn or deserve. of encouragement and admonition, written to remind believers of their was on his way to arrest some of them in Damascus when the Lord miraculously and dramatically stopped him in his tracks and drew him to Himself (Acts 9:1-8). have been shortened into "continued" sections. 1:7), which produced in the church The Christians at Ephesus were certainly among the recipients of this letter, but undoubtedly there were others. (function() { Other major themes include the riches and fullness of immeasurable blessings in Jesus Christ; and not only to be thankful for those This is the privilege of those who are called and equipped with every spiritual blessing, so that there might be a body, a temple, a mystery, a new man, a bride, and a soldier for Jesus Christ. Any failure, therefore, is not because we are lacking anything, but because we have not appropriated what is already ours. RayStedman.org/permissions. The last picture of the Church in this epistle is as a soldier: Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 10:12b RSV). probably elders in the congregation there (1 Tim. The new man took on a new name. teachers did not rightly understand Scripture, they propounded their ungodly Book of Ephesians Explained. Those are the heavenly places. These cities were grouped in a rather rough circle in Asia Minor, and it evidently was customary for anyone who wrote to one of the churches to have the letter sent along to each of the others in turn, continuing around the circle until it came at last to the church at Laodicea.