The goal of redemption is deliverance from Satan, transformation into the image of the Lord, and union with God through Christ. Saul was well educated in what today are called the humanities, but his most extensive training was in rabbinic studies under the famous Gamaliel Acts 22:3. We will address the compositional issue later, but for now it should be observed that the most disputed letters in the Pauline corpus are those which were written toward the end of his life. In fact, so few people know of this world that many scoff and laugh at the mention of any such world. To what end are we being created in Christ? The current understanding is that redemption takes place the moment we believe in the Lord Jesus.
Next, Paul refers to the Church as a temple:. If holiness befits God, then it is mandatory for us. Neither can we breathe life into them. The scriptures teach that God is going to transform this world into a new heavens and earth. God Had His Eternal Plan of Salvation Preached to the Gentiles Ephesians 3:1-21 3 1 For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — 2 If, indeed, you have heard of the office of administrator of the grace of God that was entrusted to me for you, 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I have briefly written before, 4 by which you are able when you read it to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which mystery was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets, 6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs with the Israelites and fellow members and fellow sharers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister by virtue of the gift of the grace of God that was given to me according to the working of his power.
Living faith tears down and tramples on the wretched, filthy works and imaginations of the present evil age. Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. He passionately hated the followers of Jesus Christ and 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. If anyone must change, it is the Gentile. What is each member of the Body of Christ to do? In Him dwells all the fullness of God in bodily form.
Wives and Husbands 5:22-33 b. Priests, perfected in holiness toward God, and understanding and compassion toward people. The undue superiority given to these manuscripts has since diminished. Christ then will not become our life, our All-in-all. As final instructions in this letter Paul uses the illustration of a soldier to show how we have been equipped as believers. In whom is Satan working today? We were dead in our offenses against His Law. What are we to seek to understand? One can readily see, then, why scribes would change the text and yet, at the same time, how the text without a location mentioned is not only unPauline but is also poor grammar an unnecessary redundancy results.
On what basis were we predestined to become sons of God and heirs of the Kingdom? God will complete the work he has begun in us. A wife for the Lamb. In the book of Ephesians, we see how the gospel story affects believers' everyday lives. Each of us has been united with Christ in His death and His resurrection. Less than the least of all the saints. As the Spirit of wisdom and revelation abides on us the reality and nearness of the Kingdom of God becomes increasingly clear to us.
Distance by no means is the wall. It is sufficient to enable us to overcome every sin, every sickness, every problem we encounter. They are fellow citizens with all saints, Jewish or Gentile by race, and members of the one household of God. The Jews fought him, and he even speaks of fighting wild beasts. If we do not attend vigilantly to the Holy Spirit, neglecting to seek the mind and grace of God for the day, we cannot overcome the evil of the day. What are we fathers to refrain from doing? What will result from our being glorified in the Day of Christ? How is the Church glorious? The Spirit of God has proclaimed in the Word that the Church shall be perfect and unblemished, the holy city, the new Jerusalem.
Keep conducting yourselves as children of light, 9 for the fruit of this light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, 10 while scrutinizing what is pleasing to the Lord. The fruit of salvation is a transformed personality. Further, there is an interesting self-deprecating note which is fully consonant with Pauline authorship. Each day is filled with evil and with the challenge to overcome the evil through Jesus. No wisdom or power in Heaven or on the earth or in Hell beneath can stop Him. 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.
He has also reconciled Jew and Gentile to each other by creating a new spiritual community 2:11-22. For I will send you far away to the Gentiles. A more extensive outline after this one helps understand how the many parts form the whole. Second, do confront them with their sin and the truth of the gospel 5:8-14. Who is the chief Cornerstone of the building of God? What do these ministries achieve as they serve the Lord? Even better Christ sent us the Holy Spirit on whom we rely for spiritual strength, wisdom, insight… and maintenance of our focus on serving Christ. Much more serious than mere lexical stock is the issue of style. When Jesus appears in the clouds of glory, His resurrection life will shine as the sun for the world to see.
They had a synagogue in the city, where Paul began his mission work see Acts 19:8. God allowed Satan to go to the utmost limit in afflicting Job's physical body. In other words, if this is the work of a later writer, he is the only one of the scores of apostolic would-be copyists to have done this. The Church is a new man, and the purpose of the new man is to exercise a new ministry. Both stand before Him on the same common ground of grace. The part of Christianity that has never been of God will be filled with all wickedness and unrighteousness.
What are flooded with light when we receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God? Little is accomplished in the Kingdom of God by removing the saint from the earth, which is his inheritance. How many Gods are there? New wine requires new bottles. Why did Paul write the Book of Ephesians? In response, the possibility of an amanuensis being responsible for some of the wording is not at all unlikely. What grace did the Lord God give to Paul? In other words, it is the expression of the head. Of whom should we be followers and imitators? Morality and Members of Each Other 4:17-32 1.