That, Walton realized, was just what he needed to translate the word peace. In 4:1, he says that we should walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called. these believing Gentiles were those who showed themselves faithful in transaction of business and execution of commands or discharge of their official duties. This is grace, unmerited, unearned, amazing grace! "But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled (pimplemi) with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him" (Acts 13:9). See EGW on Revelation 2:1-5. The *temple of thegoddess (female god) Diana (or Artemis) was there. Ephesians 5:1-2 Commentary. The one who knows that Christ is able to meet every need and who lives accordingly has the abundant life. Webster says that "Faithful" means firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance and implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. Those of you, who have listened to me from Sunday to Sunday, know that I am not to be charged with minimizing or neglecting that truth, but I want to lay upon all your hearts this earnest conviction, that s gospel which throws into enormous prominence’ Christ for us,’ and into very small prominence ‘Christ in us,’ is lame of one foot, is lopsided, untrue to the symmetry and proportion of the Gospel as it is revealed in the New Testament, and will never avail for the nourishment and maturity of Christian souls. Read it through at one sitting the first week, and then the next week take a chapter a day. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. And the result is a Pelagianism or Arminianism or that kind of theology in which the human is stressed. And you hath he quickened The design of the apostle in this and some following verses, is to show the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and to set forth the sad estate and condition of man by nature, and to magnify the riches of the grace of God, and represent the exceeding greatness of his power in conversion: the phrase (Jensen's Survey of the New Testament). The expression in Christ (see also in Christ and in Christ Jesus and in Christ) conveys more of intimacy, acceptance, and security than any human mind can understand. All the following expositors of this portion of the Scriptures depended on this great work by Goodwin. Kregel. A saint is like a boat -- the boat's purpose is fulfilled when it is in the water, but its function and usefulness deteriorates when water gets in the boat. It is the first prescribed in the Book of Leviticus, the ceremonial book — namely, the burnt offering. It corresponds to the theocratic intimations of a king—a great king—to preside over the spiritual Zion. Note that contrary to popular belief in some circles, grace is not "cheap" and thus it not cart blanche or license willfully sin or to live the way we please (Jude 1:4), but to the contrary this grace is the power to do as we should. He does want the blessings and favor of God to fall upon these people. Ephesians reveals the position and job description of the Church in effecting God’s new order. (1Cor 6:19, 20), (Jesus) gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. What theology! These became the objects of veneration and reverence. Young's Literal: Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ! To have peace with God means that there is nothing--no sin, no guilt, no condemnation--that separates us. The preeminent idea brought out by this phrase (used over 130 times in some form - in Him, in the Beloved, etc) is that of the believers spiritual union with Christ (compare idea of Oneness of Covenant and Oneness Notes). The Apostle starts, as it were, on the surface, and goes down; takes off the uppermost layer and lets us see what is below it; begins with the flowers or the fruit, and then carries us to the root. Taking this approach one would see them as Gentile saints who were "believers" and in the midst of a society driven by sensuality and greed (sounds familiar doesn't it!) 2002). As an extension of the common cultic use of the term hagios, the NT teaches that every believer is a saint and considers the saint as one dedicated to God and reserved for Him and His good purposes. It presents a salvation which is all of God. Do you have "one heart" with God? Using this combined title, Christ Jesus, Paul affirms his full conviction that the human Jesus was also the Christ, the anointed Messiah, the Bringer of messianic redemption (cf Acts 3:20) and that this very One is He to whom Paul owes his allegiance as his apostle. "Saints" - In the Bible a saint is simply a person who has come to know Christ as Savior. Their apostolic duties included the following: Preach the gospel (1Cor. Walk straight up, with your head erect, looking to the Master, and your respiratory organs will be. Jensen's Survey of the New Testament. Like Romans, Ephesians was not … (Read the entire sermon Ephesians 1:1-14: God At Work). Never mind about surroundings. In the present context, Paul's life is a Christ-made life not a man-made life. God is described as our Father—hemon. Whatever is told off from a mass for a specific purpose would be called, if it were a thing, ‘holy.’ But there is one special kind of separation which makes a person a saint, and that is separation to God, for His uses, in obedience to His commandment, that He may employ the man as He will. You’ve been saved for the purpose of good works. Christians need to study this book so they will discover their riches in Christ and how to use them. 4:16; Philemon 1:8, 20; 1 Pet. Phil 2:8, 11. Ephesians 1 – God’s Ultimate Plan A. Faithful (4103) (pistos [word study]) means trustworthy, dependable, reliable, inspiring trust or “faithful and not given to running away” or believing. And there, on the dunghill, was this little garden of fragrant and flowering plants. As the habit of their life they are faithful! It was on the highway to Rome. The way a Christian conducts his life should make him a saint by practice. (Ibid), MacArthur - A Buddhist does not speak of himself as in Buddha, nor does a Muslim speak of himself as in Mohammed. So we come back to our glorious truth - in Philippi, but "in Christ"; then even in the midst of the most uncongenial surroundings, the Christ-life can be lived. The believer who lives on the basis of what he possesses in Christ has an abundant life. January 30, 2013, posted by SEA . And that peace with God is possible only through Christ (Ro 5:1-note). One sees this root word in the feminine name "Thelma." Saints are to be faithful to their Lord (1Corinthians 4:2), and are brothers and sisters with other believers. What a wonderful description of this great man of God. In its most basic form, thelema refers to a wish, a strong desire, and the willing of some event. (Zodhiates, S. The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament. Yet, they could be kept safe. Yes; in Philippi, with all its destructive influences, but "in Christ" - so they are secure, and so, in spite of all antagonistic forces, they arrive at "the haven where they would be." And notice, too, how there is suggested here also, the blessedness of that faith, inasmuch as it is a faith in Christ. AMG). Wuest - The word saint is the translation of a Greek word meaning "to set apart," in its verb, and "set apart ones," in its noun form. Commentary on Ephesians 2:1-10 (Read Ephesians 2:1-10) Sin is the death of the soul. ‎This commentary shows that Hodge’s theology came out of solid biblical exegesis. Christians must, of course, remain in such hostile surroundings, for CHRIST must have there, as Mt 5:13+, Mt 5:14+ teaches, the salt, the light, and the testimony. Some people fancy that nobody can be a saint unless he wears a special uniform of certain conventional sanctities. Christ Jesus through the blood of His Cross binds together that which was separated by human sin when the sinner puts his or her faith in Christ Jesus the Lord. Salutation 1:1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints [in Ephesus], the faithful in Christ Jesus. This is the fifth time that Paul has used the word “walk” in Ephesians. (b) Their possibility of holy life. (Hughes, R. K.: Ephesians: The Mystery of the Body of Christ. The new temple of God and the new priesthood of God are His church. The upshot is that everything he has written is Truth and carries the authority of God! While the title may belong to Him as Creator and Preserver, it is especially given Him as the enthroned God-man, for His sceptre controls the universe. (He 4:16-note), WE NEED BOTH GRACE AND PEACE - Grace to help in our times of need; Peace to keep our heart and mind. 65 Expositions. Ephesians 1. 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, Eph. Ephesians 2:1-3. 2:4, 16; 3:14, 26, 28; 5:6; Eph. Are modern believers really living in light of this great "family Name"? Undoubtedly, considering its prevalence in his writings, this truth of in Christ is probably one of the most significant teachings of the Apostle Paul. What does the Bible say about faithfulness? It is hardly too much to say that God has in no word uttered Himself and all that was in His heart more distinctly than in this word grace (charis)! 1:1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints [in Ephesus], the faithful in Christ Jesus. God's wealth for the believer is deposited in Christ, and it is only when a person receives Christ that this spiritual wealth becomes available to him. 6BC 1113.8. Lastly, a Christian may be a saint, and a believer, and in Christ Jesus, though he is in Ephesus. Posted on 07/31/2020 by Natan Lawrence. The word "faithful" means believers. Ro 6:1–11). Thus we get the whole significance of Christian holiness. Before his Damascus Road experience he was known by his Hebrew name Saul (Greek Saulos) which means "desired" or "ask or pray" (derived from Hebrew word for "ask") Paul is referred to as Saul in Acts until his clash with Bar Jesus at Paphos, when Luke writes. However, many introductions that we have experienced were important. 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! We are to be separated from the mass of people and things that have no consciousness of ownership and do not yield themselves up to Him for His use. Have you ever prayed grace and peace for other believers? So much of our theology today is anthropological: men begin with men. He knew himself to be “a vessel of choice, to bear the name” (Acts 9:15) of his Lord." I don't think there is a more meaningful greeting or significant salutation given to man, than this duet of grace and peace found in all Paul's letters. And you, &c. — In the nineteenth and twentieth verses of the preceding chapter, the apostle had spoken of God’s working in the believers at Ephesus, in order to their conversion, and resurrection from spiritual death to spiritual life, by the same almighty power whereby he … He went to Jim and launched into an angry tirade. They were ‘saints in Christ Jesus,’ though they were ‘saints in Ephesus.’. Satan’s very headquarters and seat in Asia Minor, a focus of idolatry, superstition, wealth, luxury springing from commerce, and moral corruption. Grace unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Many, if not most, of these introductions were so casual that we will forget them. In this first Scriptural mention of the name Paul there is also the mention of his being filled with the Holy Spirit. In 2:10, he says that we are now to walk in the good deeds which God prepared beforehand for us. They're normal people, in other words! 1. Grace is charming, lovely, pleasant. You may be as true a saint in a factory — ay! Ephesians 1-2 New International Version (NIV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[ a] the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Eternal life is objective in the sense that a person obtains it by placing faith in the fact of Christ's shed blood for the remission of sins. The word at bottom simply signifies separation. 1:3, 10, 12, 20; 4:32; Phil. In the Greek it is a word derived from the word for holy. We were dead in sin, but God in his love has made us alive in Christ. That was my encounter with the Cosmic Christ. Without Christ one has no spiritual strength, but in Christ he is able to achieve any spiritual victory. The source of grace and peace is “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1 Commentary). Prayer. Chicago: Moody Press ), William Barclay says "that when Paul spoke of the Christian being in Christ, he meant that the Christian lives in Christ as a bird in the air, a fish in the water, the roots of a tree in the soil. What a beautiful picture of our salvation in Christ of salvation. One wonders if the idea of "little" is not a play on words, that even as John wrote "He must increase, but I must increase." That is really the basic meaning of this word saint. 3 sermon iv.—ephesians i. Ephesians 2:1-2 “ As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Ep 1:4-note) You see, then, beloved brethren and sisters, the end for which the Lord chose you by his grace.". Vincent gives a nice summary (expanded in the discussion that follows) of the meaning of pistos, faithful, writing that it is used "(1), of one who shows Himself faithful in the discharge of a duty or the administration of a trust (Mt 24:45). It is possible for us to keep ourselves in the love of God, and in the fellowship of His Son wherever we are, and whatever may He around us. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Rom. In fact, with the exception of the epistle to Romans, every Pauline letter begins and ends with "grace", thus constantly emphasizing that the Christian life begins with grace, is lived by grace and ends with grace, not by reliance on self or works. Ephesians 1 and 2—Natan’s Commentary Notes. The copy from which our text was taken had probably been delivered at Ephesus; and, at any rate, one of the copies would go there. Ephesians 2:11-13 My Position in Christ As a Gentile. Every believer is a saint. (14-22)1-10 Sin is the death of the soul. .MOBI & .PDF FORMATS. Many of you know that probably the words ‘in Ephesus’ are not part of the original text of this epistle, which was apparently a circular letter, in which the designation of the various churches to which it was sent was left blank, to be filled in with the name of each little community to which Paul’s messenger from Rome carried it. Mr. Henry was trying to make a point that if we are true believers in Jesus Christ, it will be manifested down here on earth that we are saints. Ephesians 2:1. Grace and peace, are always found in that order because grace is the foundation and peace is the result. (John 1:11, 12, 13). Just as grace was the key word in Galatians, it is prominent in all of Paul's letters. Saints are believers in the sphere of fellowship and union with Christ, just as a fish has "fellowship" with the water in the tank. Young's Literal: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: PAUL AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST JESUS BY THE WILL OF GOD: Paulos apostolos Christou Iesou dia thelematos theou: As you begin to read these notes, remember to read the book first, saturating your mind with the glorious and majestic truths that literally cascade off of the written pages. James Montgomery Boice in answering what the appeal of Ephesians is writes that "the focus for all the other doctrines in Ephesians is the church as God’s new society, so in a sense the book links these truths of Christianity to us, God’s people. Christ (5547) (Christos from chrio = to rub or anoint, consecrate to an office) refers to the Anointed One and thus is a title of the Messiah, the divine One (fully God) the Jews were looking for and of Whom the OT bore prophetic witness. That is why he will do any job with all his heart. So, then, here is Paul’s notion — and it is not only Paul’s notion, it is God’s truth — that the only way by which a man ever comes to realise that he belongs to God, and to yield himself in glad surrender to His uses, and so to become pure and holy like Him whom He loves and aspires to, is by humble faith in Jesus Christ. And so too our great heavenly Father desires to be the Source of blessing for his family, and that is what he is in this passage. Paul is clearly declaring that he did not teach and write by his own authority but by the dual yet totally unified authority of the Son, Christ Jesus, and God the Father ('by the will of God"). He is now our life (Gal 2:20-note, Col 3:4-note), our strength (Phil 4:13+), our sufficiency, our all in all. A New Perspective on Ephesians 1 and 2. 3-6 (John 1:12; Colossians 1:26, 27; 2:2, 3, 10).The Gospel Is True Science—[Ephesians 1:3-6 quoted.] It doesn't really belong there, even as we believers are: "in the world" ...but not of it, John 17:11, 16. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Well they are "continually saints". Notice the source of grace and peace is God.Sermon Starter What's In An Introduction Ephesians 11-2), Theodore Epp - Life, Eternal and Abundant Ephesians 1:1; John 3:13-21. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe (by grace through faith we are saved) in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. It follows, that Jesus is Very God of Very God Himself, co-eternal, coequal, and coexistent with the Father. First comes the doctrine, the teaching, the great, revolutionary, radical facts that God is setting before us. ‘Great is Diana of the Ephesians.’ The books of Ephesus were a synonym for magical books. Further, Christian men are saints because they are believers. The authority of Paul's message did not derive from the messenger but from the Sender. And you He made alive: The words He made alive are in italics, which indicates that they are added to the text but implied from the context. Hetty Green did not enjoy her riches! The character and themes of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Fortunately, Walton had taped the chief's diatribe. ’ We must lay hold Of the Manhood, and we must lay hold of the office. It is not because of their own doing or good works but on account of what Christ has done. Ephesians 1:1 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: Ephesians 1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. From governs both objects, God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who together form one unit and are placed on a level of equality (co-equality of the Godhead) making this passage a definite affirmation of the deity of Jesus Christ. Peace therefore is that common accord and tranquility which results in the joining together again those who were separated, such as a sinner and a holy God through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:1 And you w ere dead in your trespasses and sins, (NASB: Lockman) Greek : Kai humas onta s ( PAPMPA ) nekrous toi s paraptomasin kai tais hamartiais humon, Amplified : AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins ( Amplified Bible - … Paul's whole emphasis is the point to people back to the sufficiency of Christ. In other words, it is practical. But Paul’s *preaching affected their tra… 1, 2 sermon ii.—ephesians i. Alexander Maclaren expository sermon on Ephesians 1:1, That is Paul’s way of describing a church. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion (Lloyd-Jones, D M: God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1:1 to 23 Grand Rapids: Baker, 1979). Its especial meaning was this, that the whole man is to be laid upon God’s altar and there consumed in the fire of a divine love. Amen. "Grace" - Paul desired that the Ephesians, who received grace for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9), would continue to be beneficiaries of God's grace. This is all involved in the new birth. A never-dying spirit is now fled, and has left nothing but the ruins of a man. m he also sent the Ephesian letter, presumably at the same time (Ep 6:21, 22-note), as well as the letter to Philemon. Grace and peace are not earth-born blessings; they descend from heaven, from God on His glorious throne, whose high prerogative it is to send down those special influences; and from Christ at His right hand, who has provided these blessed gifts by His sufferings and death—who died to secure, and is exalted to bestow them, and whose constant living sympathy with His people enables Him to appreciate their wants, and prompts Him out of His own fulness to supply them. Ephesians 1:2 "Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ." He has no mind of his own; Christ is his mind. But does "in Christ Jesus" also describe your practical daily experience? The Christ who was, and is, became the passion of my life. If the diver comes out of the diving-bell he is drowned. Stated another way, the believer’s new existence is circumscribed by Christ -- our life (Col 3:4-note). 3 sermon v.—ephesians i. (Acts 9:3-6, 15, 16) In light of Paul's command that we are to imitate him, just as he imitated Christ (1 Cor 11:1), can it be said of us "________ (insert your given first name), filled with the Holy Spirit?" (Amplified … May you have a fresh draught of it at this time! May this reminder lead us to alter some of our attitudes and actions? Now, don't read these first three chapters of this letter as though they were mere theological gas. Satan subtly persuaded Adam and Eve that by taking the knowledge of good and evil, they would be like gods, and by this he inserted himself as a rival to God for man's loyalty. Be doubtful about that, and you will not dare to exercise the child's privilege of claiming what you want from the Father's stores; and you will miss the unspeakable rest which breathes through the heart of the child, as it nestles to the father's side. The Believer's Position in Christ - Iain Gordon, Rivers of Living Water - Studies on believer's possessions in Christ by Ruth Paxson, The Mystical Union with Immanuel - Abraham Kuyper, What Does God Think of Me Now? That keeping, that protection, is ministered to us in the fact of our being, not only "in the world", but more closely, "in Christ. Retrouvez Theology That Transforms: My commentary on Ephesians chapter 1, 2, and 3 et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. The Greek temple at Corinth housed a large number of harlots who were connected with the "worship" of the Greek god. The true temple of God at Ephesus was to be found in the bodies of the believers where Jesus was enshrined as Lord. Even the salutation in this book shows us our riches in Christ. Paul identifies the Ephesians as saints nine times (Ep 1:1, 15, 18, 2:19, 3:8, 4:12, 5:3, 6:18-see notes Ep 1:1, 15, 18; 2:19; 3:8, 3:18; 4:12; 5:3; 6:18). In 2:2, he mentions how we used to walk in our sins. SIMILARITIES BETWEEN The New Testament never does anything like that. Kurios means master, owner, one who has absolute ownership power. In the present context there are two meaning pistos could have in reference to the Gentile converts. (MacArthur, J. Philippians. By (1223) (dia) is a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act. Ephesians 1:3 is a summary of chapters 1, 2 and 3. ", Moule notes that "by the will of God" expresses "the deep certainty of a direct Divine commission which underlay such a phrase in St Paul’s mind. Chicago: Moody Press, King, Guy: Joy Way: An Exposition of the Epistle of Paul to the Philippians, 1952, Christian Literature Crusade, MacDonald, W & Farstad, A. 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