LESSON ONE For the sake of these lessons to assist in locating the passages of the letter from Paul to the Ephesians, I will only give at the first the section to which the verses or part of the verses that completes a train of thought, or paragraph or section of the letter. You may find your version of the Bible to match, and some scholars as well as the demographics of the theologians agree, but some versions may not. However, we will start with the introduction. LIKE EVERY LETTER WRITTEN, letters start out with a hello or greetings of some kind. BEAR IN MIND THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE ONE INSPIRING PAUL TO WRITE THEM SO LET"S LISTEN TO HIS(HOLY SPIRIT) DELIVERY OR MESSAGE TO THE BELIEVERS? 1 1-2 "Paul, messenger of Jesus Christ by Godâ€™s choice, to all faithful Christians at Ephesus (and other places where this letter is read): grace and peace be to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ" (J.B. Phillips of the Bible)
This letter is from Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. It is written to God's holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. May grace and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. (Ephesians 1:1-2 - NLT) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:1-2 - KJV) LATIN Paulus apostolus Christi Iesu per voluntatem Dei sanctis omnibus qui sunt Ephesi et fidelibus in Christo Iesu gratia vobis et pax a Deo Patre nostro et Domino Iesu Christo (Ephesians 1:1-2) We can learn a lot from the Latin VERSION, for Latin is the index language of most all languages! However the letter was written in the language of that century. If we look at the crucifixion upon it was writ Jesus King of the Jews in three languages, ARAMAIC, GREEK, AND LATIN. THIS IS IMPORTANT! So from the inscription that was writ upon the cross of our Christ was in those languages, wouldn't it be safe to recognize them as at the languages that would reach the majority of the population during that time? Bear in mind also that the letter was written from a prison in Rome where Paul was being held captive in about 60 A.D. some 27 to 28 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of our Christ. Paul in fact WAS NOT THERE during that time, but when He wrote this, He was obviously skilled in speaking, able to write and read, and obviously smart enough to obey God to write this for us today!, The theme of this epistle as we have come to know it (Epistle in the Bible : any one of the letters to the early Christians that are part of the New Testament) epistole ̄ (ep-is-tol-ay') a written message: - ”epistle”, letter. It is used 23 times in the New Testament. However the theme of this letter (epistle) the Church, the Body of Christ. This alone should hit home for us all. So many want to do away with other parts of the Bible (i.e. Old Testament), and even some of the New, but all in all, we must maintain the truth that this was written TO AND FOR THE CHURCH! It is kind of a PAR so to speak to adhere to. Yet we divide over this and that. The epistle of Ephesians was the first of the "prison letters" (Acts 20-27). A man by the name of Tychicus carried them along with the others (Colossians & Philemon) to their destination. In fact, the term "in Ephesus" are not mentioned in the original manuscripts or letters. In Colossians 4:16 we find the statement
referencing a letter to the "LAODICEANS". Do you have a Book in your Bible written or and epistle to Laodiceaâ€™s? This is conjectured among theologians and researchers now and accepted mostly that it is their letter or epistle to the Ephesians that Paul makes mention of in Colossians. In fact the letter to Ephesus and Laodicea (even though not addressed as such originally) is not to say that it is NOT meant to the members of the Body of Christ ONLY in those areas? We drive around and see denominations, but back then there were no Baptist, no Pentecostals, no this faction or that, it was ONE BODY ONE CHRIST AND ONE KINGDOM!!! It would be noteworthy that the original manuscripts say "..to the saints who are faithful in Christ Jesus" could imply anywhere. Maybe He knew the letter would get to a region that Paul would know would get the word or epistle OUT? That land of Ephesus and Laodicea is a melting pot of a land. A communication harbor and area recognized to spawn and spread out. It was a land of recognition with other areas connecting to them? Nevertheless, let us read the passage or opening of the letter. Paul the obvious writer is writing to SAINTS! He describes himself as an apostle, and yet this alone is a hard term to swallow for most? Several believers fuss and argue over the term APOSTLE and deem only the originals that were with Jesus were just these twelve apostles? However, how then do you explain Paul? He was not with Jesus when He walked this dusty Earth? He did not witness the crucifixion? He was not there present when the angels gave the proclamation to go? Paul was not there to witness the resurrection and the ascension of our Christ? Yet for those of this day and AMERICANIZED religious society those are the criteria that must be met to be considered one to be an apostle? Paul said he was blinded and saw Jesus and I accept it. But what if another says the same thing? Do we argue with Paul? We didn't see what he saw? We accept his account? Sure, he wrote 2/3rds of our New Testament. But when another brother or sister speaks of this or proclaims this as their call, we judge them denying them their claim? "You didn't see the resurrection of Jesus? (Neither did Paul?) You didn't see Him crucified? (Nether did Paul?) Yet we accept Paul, and not another? Nevertheless, Paul NOT THE apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God, but rather Paul AN apostle....BY THE WILL OF GOD! He knew the will of God for himself. This letter is not one to accept PAUL ONLY, but a letter "TO THE SAINTS WHO ARE FAITHFUL IN Christ Jesus." Are you faithful? Are you IN Christ Jesus? Then this greeting is to you!!! and that greeting is this... "Grace to you (the faithful in Christ Jesus) and peace FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST" in the other statements Paul uses the term Christ Jesus, BUT when it comes from
the Father, it is THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!
A KINGDOM SALUTATION!
SALUTE! For God the Father is INTRODUCING HIMSELF WITHIN THIS EPISTLE!!! The Greeks, the Romans, those that fear and reverence the Father have come to the understanding this manifestation of three!!! Father Son Holy Spirit, and these are ONE, HE IS ONE!!! I wonder if among them are Jews converted that have heard this before and taught from an early age... Deut. 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Father - Spirit Son - Soul Holy Spirit - Body The salutation is also in three's. Grace to you Peace from God our Father Peace from the Lord Jesus Christ blessings end of lesson one
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