The book of Ephesians is one of my most favorite books of the Bible.
If someone had asked me a month ago what the general theme of Ephesians is, I would have easily said that it had to do with our identity in Christ.
And this is true in a general sense.
But there is so much more.
The book of Ephesians was written to the church in Ephesus, which was one of seven churches that written to in Revelation 2 and 3.
We see the Ephesus church referred to a few times in the book of Acts.
In Acts 20, Paul invites the elders of the church to Miletus, where he instructed them for the final time.
In Acts 20:17-38, Paul warned them of “savage wolves” and men “speaking perverse things” to gather disciples to themselves.
Then in Revelation we once again see the Ephesian church.
The church was praised for rejecting evil, perseverance, and patience. They hated the “Nicolaitans”, a name which meant “Conquering the Laity”. They were a group that considered themselves above others, while permitting idolatry and immorality.
So, we see that the elders carefully heeded Paul’s warning.
They didn’t tolerate evil men
They kept watch for those who taught perversity and who would lead the body astray
And yet, there was something the Lord had against them:
Orthodox routine had replaced the fervent love for the Lord they once had.
While the book of Ephesians was written to the Christians in Ephesus, typically these letters were passed around to different churches in various regions.
In this letter, Paul is challenging the church to greater maturity; realizing how understanding their identity in Christ paves the way for understanding their position and purpose in Him.
This letter is grandiose in its writing, and trying to boil it down into a number of blog posts is proving incredibly hard, because there is so much material to cover here.
That is why, with this study, there will be a lot more written material than Galatians, but divided in a way that each post is cohesive so that we can better understand what Paul is trying to say.
We will delve a little deeper into theology, but not too deep.
The danger some have faced in getting too deep into some of the words Paul uses in Ephesians is that they allow a single word to create theological beliefs that don’t align with the whole of Scripture.
We will briefly cover some of these and then move on to the overall message of this letter so that we stay contextually accurate.
Are we ready?
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