To the saints who are in Ephesus

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful1 in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:1-2

Today, we will start looking at Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This letter tells us as Christians how we should live and how we should treat each other. He also shows how all creation is reconciled through Christ. Paul most likely wrote this letter while imprisoned in Rome around 62 AD. While there is some disagreement as if Paul actually wrote this letter and if the letter was to the Church in Ephesus or Laodicea, the early church fathers were in agreement that it was written by Paul and directed to the church in Ephesus. While I make no claim to be a document or textural scholar I would think that those who lived with a generation of two of the writing are in a better position to know than those living almost two thousand years later.

As always, Paul identifies himself as an apostle, one who has seen the risen Lord. He addresses this letter to the saints in Ephesus who he describes as faithful in Christ Jesus. But he could have addressed it to the saints living today and it would be equally valid. Please remember, saints refer to us as believers in Christ. Sainthood is the result of belief and faith in the work of Jesus and not in anything we have or will accomplish. Our sainthood is conferred by Christ not a church or ecclesiastical body.

I have always loved this letter. It give us Christian doctrine, tells us how we are to relate to family, coworkers and others and how we are to prepare for battle against evil. If Ephesians were all we had to live by we would be able to live a Christian life. From a more personal perspective one of our son’s favorite toys as a young boy was his whole armor of God play set.

So, over the next few weeks let’s take a look at what Paul felt was important to tell the church in Ephesus in the first century and is still important to us in the 21st century.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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