Ephesians Study. Part 1. 1:1-6

Title: Ephesians Study. Part 1. 1:1-6
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“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:2. It was common for Paul to open his letters like this. What a wonderful greeting! Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to study this letter? CH Spurgeon said of Ephesians: “The Epistle to the Ephesians is a complete body of divinity. In the first chapter you have the doctrines of the Gospel; in the next, you have the experience of the Christians; and before the epistle is finished, you have the precepts of the Christian Faith. Whosoever would see Christianity in one treatise, let him ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ the Epistle to the Ephesians.”

There are some wonderfully sweeping and lofty truths in this amazing letter. It all leads into a great treatise on how to then live as believers in light of them. Ephesians has been called, “The Queen of the Epistles” and “The quintessence of Paulinism.” I don’t use the term “Paulinism” for several reasons, but I have little problem with the title. So long as like with “Calvinism” one simply understands it to be a synonym for “Christianity.” (Not to place Calvin and Paul on the same level). Paul wrote so much of the New Covenant. Having Pauline Theology then is having Christian theology. Paul was sent at the head of God’s work to herald the Gospel of Christ to the Gentile world. Paul was not the cornerstone, Jesus was, but we should all believe as Paul the Apostle did. FF Bruce called this letter, “The crown of Paulinism.” As I’ve considered the text over the years I can see why such things are said of it.

I’ve long sought to teach through this remarkable letter in its entirety! Well, today it begins. I hope you’ll join us each week as we continue through this letter in the months to come. Once the series is finished, the messages will be placed back to back in order.

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Blessings!

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