Message: “Lesson on the book of Ephesians” from Joe Summers

Joe Summers - June 2, 2024

Lesson on the book of Ephesians

Lesson on the Book of Ephesians Introduction The book of Ephesians is one of the epistles in the New Testament. This letter is rich in theology and practical instruction, making it a key text for understanding Christian doctrine and living. Author The Apostle Paul is traditionally identified as the author of Ephesians. Scriptural Reference: - Ephesians 1:1: "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus." Audience Ephesians was addressed to the believers in Ephesus, a major city in the Roman province of Asia (modern-day Turkey). The letter was likely intended for a broader audience as well, including surrounding churches, as it addresses general Christian doctrine and living. Scriptural Reference: - Ephesians 1:1: "To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus." Main Purpose The primary purpose of Ephesians is to strengthen the faith of believers by providing deep theological insights and practical instructions. Paul emphasizes the unity and maturity of the church, the body of Christ, and encourages believers to live out their faith in daily life. Scriptural Reference: Ephesians 4:12-13: "to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 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." Main Themes 1. Unity in Christ - Paul stresses the unity of all believers in Christ, breaking down the dividing wall between Jews and Gentiles. Scriptural Reference: - Ephesians 2:14-16: "For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility... his purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace." 2. The Mystery of the Gospel - Paul reveals the mystery that Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Scriptural Reference: Ephesians 3:6: "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus." 3. Spiritual Blessings in Christ The letter begins with a hymn of praise for the spiritual blessings that believers have in Christ, emphasizing God’s plan of salvation. Scriptural Reference: 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." 4. The Church as the Body of Christ Paul describes the church as the body of Christ, with Christ as its head, highlighting the importance of unity and growth within the church. Scriptural Reference: Ephesians 4:15-16: "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." 5. Christian Conduct Paul provides practical instructions for living a life worthy of the calling believers have received, covering aspects like relationships, work, and spiritual warfare. Scriptural Reference: Ephesians 4:1: "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received." Ephesians 6:10-11: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." The Armor of God Scriptural Reference: Ephesians 6: 10-18 Conclusion The book of Ephesians is a powerful letter that combines profound theological insights with practical guidance for Christian living. It emphasizes the unity of believers in Christ, the mystery of the gospel, the spiritual blessings in Christ, the church as the body of Christ, and the conduct expected of Christians. Through studying Ephesians, believers are encouraged to grow in their faith and live out their calling in unity and love.

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