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,