This incident caused Paul to move on to Macedonia Acts — His eagerness to reach Jerusalem by Pentecost caused him to sail past Ephesus and to make port at Miletus, not far from Ephesus. And so he called for the elders of the church at Ephesus, giving them a final word of encouragement and admonition. After a tearful farewell, Paul sailed on toward Jerusalem Acts As Paul had purposed, he did reach Jerusalem, and then Rome, but not in a way that we would have anticipated.
Through a sequence of events, Paul felt compelled to appeal to Caesar, and thus he was taken to Rome for trial. There in Rome, he was granted considerable freedom of access, and thus he continued to minister. It is here, in Rome, that the history of the Apostle Paul and the church ends in the Book of Acts see chapter Philippians was delivered by Epaphroditus, who was sent home by Paul after his recovery from a serious illness Philippians Tychicus see Acts , accompanied by the returning slave, Onesimus, would deliver the Epistle of Colossians and the letter to Philemon Colossians , and also the Epistle to the Ephesians Ephesians The car was a Messerschmidt I am not even sure any more how to spell it.
The car had three wheels, two in front and one in back. It was powered by a one cylinder motorcycle engine. It was the predecessor, as I recall, of the Isetta, another three-wheeler. To enter the car, you tilted up the cockpit cover, which was from the fighter plane. I mention all this because the Messerschmidt was a very distinctive motor vehicle, different from any other automobile.
The Bible teaches that every Christian is unique, and has a particular contribution to make to the body of Christ. I believe that the same is true of each book of the Bible. Each book has its own setting, audience, and message. If we are to appreciate a particular book of the Bible, we must first come to recognize its unique contribution. As we begin our study of the Book of Ephesians, I would like to draw attention to some of its characteristics, and then to attempt to identify its unique identity and contribution to the revelation of the Scriptures.
Let us consider, then, the characteristics of the Book of Ephesians. His ministry may have appeared to have been hindered. His character and perhaps even his teaching seem to have been questioned by some, as a result of his imprisonment Philippians While he had been given considerable freedom, the possibility of his execution was very real Philippians Apart from a couple very general references to his imprisonment ; ; , no one would have ever guessed that this epistle was penned by a man in chains.
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As I read the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, recalling the circumstances of the apostle when he wrote, and then considering the elevated tone of the epistle itself, I am rebuked. I am also informed that it is possible for one whose circumstances are less than desirable to dwell on a much higher plane.
The content of Ephesians not only tells us that Paul was a man filled with praise, and with the knowledge of God, but what it was that gave Paul such confidence and optimism. As we look about, it is indeed difficult to find much cause for optimism in this world in which we live. Our environment is slowly being polluted, the ozone layer is disappearing, diseases like aids are on the verge of decimating the population of some nations, our economy is faltering, politicians are corrupt, and government is not able to solve the problems facing it.
There is room for hope, for confidence, for joy, but it is not in the world around us, it is in the God whom Paul served, the God of whom he writes, whom he worships, and to whom he prays in Ephesians. The truths of this great epistle can transform your life, and the God of this epistle can give you faith, hope, and love.
The message of Ephesians is much more general, and much less personal than some of his other epistles.
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Philemon was written to Philemon, concerning the return of his slave, Onesimus. Philippians deals with the personal affairs of Paul chapter 1 , Timothy, and Epaphroditus chapter 2 , and Euodia and Syntyche chapter 4. In the 15th chapter of Romans, Paul spells out his personal plans for his ministry. Ephesians does not deal with personal matters. The Corinthian epistles are oozing with problems which required correction by letter, including divisions, conflict, lawsuits, immorality chapters , and abuses in worship chapters , not to mention an attack on the doctrine of the resurrection chapter Ephesians, on the other hand, is not a problem-centered epistle.
The Epistle to the Ephesians is written to one of the most well-taught churches that ever existed. Paul spent nearly 3 years teaching in Ephesus. Apollos had ministered there as well. One would hardly think that another epistle was needed to further teach the Ephesian saints. As you read and study the Epistle to the Ephesians it becomes increasingly evident that it is not a teaching document. Paul writes to those who have been well taught. Yet Paul neither defines, develops, or defends these theological concepts, he simply declares them. He calls these truths to the attention of his readers, knowing that they understand what he means by them.
He even raises objections which could be made, and answers them. In writing Ephesians, Paul breaks the rules of homiletics, 6 as often taught today. And they succeed at it because this is what we want to hear. A few years ago, I read a book entitled The Total Man. Remember that Scripture is always the best commentary on Scripture. Therefore the inclusion of specific links does not indicate that we agree with every comment. We have made a sincere effort to select only the most conservative, " bibliocentric " commentaries.
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- Armor of God Bible Study?
- The Dimensions of God’s Love - Ephesians 3:18-19.
- Praise the Lord - A Study of Ephesians : Christian Courier.
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Ephesians ,2 Whose Prisoner Are You? Aid by Prayer the Public Ministers of Christ. Ephesians Spiritual Blessings in Christ Ephesians Thanksgiving and Prayer Ephesians Dead in Sin-Alive in Christ Ephesians One in Christ Ephesians Paul, the Preacher to the Gentiles Ephesians Paul's prayer for the Ephesians. Ephesians Forgiveness: Conditional or Unconditional? Ephesians Are There Prophets Today? Purpose of the Studies 2. Date of the Epistle, et al 3. Occasion of the Writing of the Epistle 4. The Supreme Place of Christ 5.
The Epistle Approached for Direct Study 6. The Father's Relation to the Church 7. Account of the Christian 8. Account of the Christian's life. No Batteries Ephesians I'm Rich! Ephesians Seeing The Unseen Ephesians Ephesians Be The Light! Ephesians Tick, Tick, Tick Preface Ephesians Make Your Mouth Ephesians Is There a Servant in the House? How Can It Be Obtained? The Head and the Body Ephesians The Head and the Body - Notes Ephesians True Learning Ephesians Ephesians What Is Your Gift?
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Introduction and Salutation. A Reason for Living. Prized Possessions. A Prayer for All Seasons. From Death to Life. Faith and Works. A House United. The Mystery of Christ. The Christian Walk. Christological Implications Ephesians How to be Good and Angry. God - Ephesians Made us alive.
- Ephesians Commentaries & Sermons | Precept Austin.
- Ephesians Study Guide!
- A Sermon on Ephesians — ?
- Ephesians 1 – God’s Ultimate Plan?
- Tack Sharp: A Step By Step Guide To Nailing Focus.
- Praise the Lord – A Study of Ephesians 1:1-14!
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Ephesians Why Can't I Change? Ephesians How Do I Change? Ephesians How Can I Change? Book Ephesians. The Root. The Fruit. Spiritual Wealth. Spiritual Walk. Christian Privilege. Christian Conduct. The Position of the Believer.
Commentary on Ephesians 3:14-21
The Practice of the Believer. God Sees Us in Christ. World Sees Christ in Us. Christian Blessings. Christian Behavior. Privileges of the Believer. Responsibilities of the Believer. Our Heritage In Christ. Our Life In Christ. Know your Resources Riches in Christ. Live by faith in the light of your Resources Riches in Christ.
The Finished Work of Christ. The Faithful Walk of the Christian. No defensive armor was as important as the shield. It fended off arrows, spears, and swords. Our Shield of Faith guards us against one of Satan's deadliest weapons: doubt. Satan shoots doubt at us when God does not act immediately or visibly. But our faith in God's trustworthiness comes from the unassailable truth of the Bible. We know our Father can be counted on. Our Shield of Faith sends Satan's flaming arrows of doubt glancing harmlessly to the side.
We keep our shield held high, confident in the knowledge that God provides, God protects, and God is faithful to his children. Our shield holds because of the One our faith is in, Jesus Christ. The Helmet of Salvation protects the head, where all thought and knowledge reside. Jesus Christ said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. The truth of salvation through Christ does indeed set us free. We are free from vain searching, free from the meaningless temptations of this world, and free from the condemnation of sin.
Those who reject God's plan of salvation battle Satan unprotected and suffer the fatal blow of hell. We cannot survive without it. The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon in the Armor of God with which we can strike against Satan. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. When Jesus Christ was tempted in the desert by Satan , he countered with the truth of Scripture, setting an example for us. Satan's tactics have not changed, so the Sword of the Spirit is still our best defense.
Finally, Paul adds the Power of Prayer to the Armor of God: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. Every smart soldier knows they must keep the lines of communication open to their Commander. God has orders for us, through his Word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.