Hodge a commentary on the epistle to the ephesians monergism. Ephesians teaching copy to correct and pdf for final use. As you start this study, ask the holy spirit to help you understand what god has said through paul. If such is truly the case, then paul wrote ephesians around 6163 a. Inerse3 v 2 of ephesians 5, paul utilizes a metaphor and a simile whenetates, h s for the husband is head of the wife as christ is the headfhe o t church, his body, of which he is the savior. When seeking to understand the relevancef o the bibles teaching for our lives, interpretive starting.
The oxford encyclopedia of the books of the bible new yorkoxford. An introduction to the study of the book of ephesians ephesus was a jewel in the roman province of asia. Public activity ceased in the cities of ionia for several hours at. The book of ephesians clearly leaves its mark among other bible books by displaying the powerful impact of the gospel of christ jesus in the individual and corporate life of believers. The main idea is to be strong in the lord and in his mighty power so you can stand in the face of spiritual warfare. The questions contain minimal human commentary, but instead urge students to study to understand scripture. The name, in ephesus, in the first verse, upon which word singly depends the proof that the epistle was written to the ephesians, is not read in all the manuscripts now extant. This workbook was designed for bible class study, family study, or personal study. The epistle to the ephesians, also called the letter to the ephesians and often shortened to ephesians, is the tenth book of the new testament.
Bruce, in his commentary on the book of acts, provides us with some interesting information on the school of tyrannus. Paul wrote the letter to the ephesians to help them grasp gods great plan for the church. Richison value of ephesians ephesians, more than any other book, presents the purpose and plan of god for the church this book sets forth one of the clearest presentations on the relation between positional truth and experiencing positional truth in ones life john calvin called ephesians his favorite book of the bible we see something of the supremacy of christ in gods. This would further seem to suggest, as i have believed, that not only did paul write the book of colossians, but that he wrote colossians before writing the book of ephesians. Asia, in the days of the roman empire, was not the expansive continent that it is today. Commentary on galatians and ephesians by john calvin. The book of ephesians page 3 what we possess in christ our possessions the believers blessed life ephesians 1 key verse. Come join me in a tour of this letter, perhaps the magnificent of all pauls epistles. Acts 19, but may have been intended as a circular letter to be read by neighboring churches. Edwards, arthur david 1982 an exegesis of ephesians 2. The book of ephesians chapter one workbook eeonline biblestudy. The book of ephesians is a prison epistle letter written while in prison. The book of ephesians chapter four workbook eeonline biblestudy.
Pdf pauls ecclesiology of ephesians gary gromacki, th. Intro to ephesians biblica the international bible society. As roman guards stood watch, paul penned a powerful letter to. Samuel taylor coleridge, the hymnwriter, wrote these words about the book of ephesians he said. Since life is in the blood, the bible often speaks of death as the shedding of. Simpson, commentary on the epistle to the epheeians. An introduction to the book of ephesians an argument of the book of ephesians selected bibliography on the book of ephesians. Prayer for ephesians strength, praise to god ephesians 3. Overview of the book of ephesians the letter opens with a sequence of statements about gods blessings, which are interspersed with a remarkable variety of expressions drawing attention to gods wisdom, forethought and purpose. Here you will learn about the sheer greatness and wonder of your salvation, of gods immeasurable grace, of christian unity in christ, of the lifestyle appropriate for those who are gods wellloved children, and of the total adequacy of christ to protect.
Comprised of jews and nonjews, these followers form the covenant family god promised to abraham. Bible study questions on ephesians and philippians introduction. So we need to have a backdrop for this book of ephesians to understand all the truths that are held therein. This journal article examines the use of the word church in ephesians and determines that it refers to the universal church. The book of ephesians is a masterpiece of revelation that bridges the principles of grace and obedience into one solid irremovable form. It is crucially important that christians realize this, so in1. No doubt the newly founded churches in ephesus and asia minor struggled with a lack of understanding as well and, therefore, were plagued with many of the same issues.
The third section of the guide looks closely at the text of ephesians itself. Ephesians gives us wonderful examples and basic overviews of a christian life. Pdf bible study the book of ephesians john ndhlovu academia. Book of ephesians overview insight for living ministries. Summary of scholarship and description of problem to be addressed. Doctrine occupies the greatest portion of the book of ephesians. In pauls day, asia comprised the western section of the peninsula of what later became known as asia minor. Enclosed within the book of ephesians is the discipline needed to develop into true children of god. Making time in a busy schedule to focus on god through his word is a vital part of the christian life. The letter is addressed to the church in the city of ephesus, capital of the roman province of asia asia minor, modern turkey.
God the father planned throughout history for jesus to create a multiethnic community of followers. Paul intended that all who long for christlike maturity would receive this writing. The epistle to the ephesians table of contents introduction 3 chapter one 7 chapter two 11 chapter three 14 chapter four 18 chapter five 22 chapter six 27 this study guide was developed in preparation for teaching adult bible classes. It is interesting to note and observe that while the new testament often refers to the church, it does not speak of going to church in the way we. Commentary on galatians and ephesians bible study guide. Introduction to ephesians bible exposition commentary. The key personalities of ephesians are the apostle paul and tychicus. Tenney the city of ephesus was one of the oldest of the settlements on the west coast of asia minor and was the leading city of the roman province of asia. The paper examines the pauline metaphors and descriptions of the church in ephesians. The indication is that the epistles to the colossians, philemon and the ephesians were carried to their destination by tychicus and onesimus cf. Ephesians the book of ephesians the book of ephesians is a letter written to a church or set of churches in the western region of asia minor now known as turkey.
Faith foundations study guides chosen in christ a journey of discovery in the book of ephesians. What is the prophetic anointing 07 march 2020 glory to jesus 451 watching live now. Christ should stand up in full functioning form in his body the church just as he did in his human body in his incarnation. Christ is at the centre of every biblical doctrine in the book of ephesians. The peculiarities of ephesians and the ephesian address. Upon completion of the study, it is recommended that you discuss your answers and insights with other bible students who also completed the workbook. Understanding the book of ephesians and bible study guide. Author the apostle paul date the letter to the ephesians was written during pauls roman imprisonment between 60 and 62 ad audience paul wrote to the network of house churches in western asia minor, in and near ephesus. One of the apostle pauls books, 10th book of the new testament.
Ephesians our blessings in christ importance this epistle was evidently addressed to the church in ephesus cf. Theme the letter describes gods plan for mans salvation, with emphasis on the role of the church. To teach the christians at ephesus the wonder and practical implications of being the church in christ. The peculiarities of ephesians and the ephesian address david alan black an important argument in favor of the encyclical theory of the epistle to the ephesians is based upon the peculiarities found in the epistle itself. And i pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all. In the book of ephesians, paul reminds us that jesus longs for the day he will be united with the churchhis bride in all her beauty. The fundamental principles of grace and mans responsibility to abide by gods laws are thoroughly revealed in the old testament. In verse 2 of ephesians chapter 1, paul shows that both god the father and the lord jesus christ bestow grace and peace on the saints. This series on ephesians contains nine studies which take you progressively through pauls impactive letter to the church at ephesus. The traditional idea, that god deals in one manner with the gentile christians and in another with the jewish christians, and that the races are identifiable in christ, has created havoc in the interpretation of the scripturesparticularly the writings. The epistle to the ephesians introduction author the apostle paul 1.
Broadnax, pastor bible study, wednesday, october 21, 2015 survey of the bible lesson 51. Early sources in church history that attribute this letter to paul include. Colossians aims at presenting the head of the church christ, ephesians focuses on the body of christ the church. Put on the full armor of god so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. Paul wrote this letter while enduring his first roman imprisonment in house arrest. The book of ephesians was very likely written between a. In the book of ephesians, we see how the gospel story affects believers everyday lives. However, paul presented the gift of god in christ and the benefits we. Finally, be strong in the lord and in his mighty power. Tyrannus no doubt held his classes in the early morning.
Overview of the book of ephesians reformed answers to. Father, son, and spirit are seen in pauls epistle to the ephesians as operating from before the foundation of the world for the redemption of the church. The below chart will help underline and point out these similarities. Verse 1 christ has chosen us to sit with him in the heavenly places 2. Ephesians was a circular letter of paul that was sent out to a number of churches he helped plant and ministered to. I admit, however, that the external evidence preponderates with a manifest excess on the side of the received reading. His understanding, his insight into the hidden things of christs salvation.
This document has been generated from xsl extensible stylesheet language source with renderx xep formatter, version 3. Commentaries on the epistles of paul to the galatians and ephesians. First, god has reconciled individuals to himself as an act of grace. Ephesians 1, new international version niv the bible app. Its origin is shrouded in antiquity, but it was a prominent settlement in the eighth century b. Wherend a how we start in our interpretation of scripture determineshere w we will end up. But whereas colossians focuses on christ of the church, ephesians focuses on the church of christ. It is a short book, and reading it many times will help you understand the story much better. One of four prison epistles, along with philippians, colossians, and philemon. A commentary on the epistle to the ephesians by charles hodge. Ephesians is written to a group of believers whom paul served alongside aquila and. P benoit, qumran and the new testament, in paul and the dead sea scrolls, ed by j murphy.
Abbott, a critical and exegetical commentary on the epistles to the ephesians and to the colossians, icc, pp. The price of our redemption the ransom and the means of our forgiveness is the blood of jesus. The word apostle is used in three senses in the new testament. This epistle was distributed to all of the churches in asia minor, to the church at ephesus the most prominent thus bearing the name, the churches at rome, philippi, colossae, and others. The western text indicates that paul had the use of the building from 11 a. The book of ephesians tells how the gospel affects our everyday. It often takes several readings which is also a good thing to do to craft an outline of the book, titling the main sections with something that makes sense to you. Eventually, the city clerk was able to bring order to the theater and dismiss the crowd. Paul had spent nearly three years in ephesus acts 19. It was written to encourage believers to walk as fruitful followers of christ and to serve in unity and love in the midst of persecution. This book is divided into 12 lessons, each of which contains the full niv text of the scripture passage, several study and discussion questions, and a versebyverse commentary. For example, the admonitions concerning slaves in ephesians 6 are properly and almost universally acknowledged to be nontransferable to our present context in. The body must be whole and complete, and thats why in ephesians 4 it says, till we all come to the fullness of the stature of christ.
The concept that the elect jews and gentiles compose the one family of god, the one holy nation, is a central theme of the book of ephesians. Whenever we dont understand the purpose of something, we are prone to misuse it. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20. Tom constables expository notes on ephesians this is also available in the net.
To understand what paul desired the ephesians that they know 3 to notice the greatness of gods power toward those who believe 4 to consider the exalted position of christ and his church. As we continue in our faith from day to day, month to month, and year to year, the temptation to get comfortable will always exist. Its authorship has traditionally been attributed to paul the apostle but starting in 1792, this has been challenged as deuteropauline, that is, written in pauls name by a later author strongly influenced by pauls thought, probably by a loyal. Its origin has customarily been credited to paul the apostle however, beginning in 1792, this has been tested as deuteropauline, that is, composed in pauls name by a later creator. Some of its writings date back five thousand years. The book is quite similar in many ways to colossians, but that book places more emphasis on the work of christ, where this book emphasizes more the involvement of the church. Specific instructions for christian living ephesians 4. Ephesians for personal study and reflection or for smallgroup bible study, is drawn andbased largely upon the epistle of ephesians written by the apostle paul after many years of ministry. Outline of ephesians chapters 1 3 our position in christ what we are before god 1. Winer, when speaking of the commentary on thegtalatians.
If youre unable to do anything else provided in your bible study book during a certain week, try to. The book of ephesians is charged with weighty doctrines that reveal the glory of the triune god. Biblical interpretation and the epistle to the ephesians. Because the name ephesus is not mentioned in every early manuscript, some scholars believe the letter was an encyclical, intended to be circulated and read among all the churches in asia minor and was simply. The book of ephesians tells how the gospel affects our.
The book of colossians is very similar to that of ephesians, in fact both books have passages with similar themes and phrases. May 12, 2017 the epistle to the ephesians, additionally called the letter to the ephesians and frequently abbreviated to ephesians, is the tenth book of the new testament. Once you know the main purpose of the book, it is extremely helpful to outline the book. May we joyfully and confidently share the eternal hope we have received from himby gracethrough his son, jesus christ. A small group gathering, using the discussion questions included in this book, is an ideal way to stimulate a sharing of observations and ideas. The church has received wondrous blessings in union with christ. The sacred secret that christ revealed to paul is described in chapters one and two of the book of ephesians. Verse 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. The book of ephesians hits on a wide range of moral and ethical behaviors, designed to ensure believers are living up to our heavenly calling. Elizabeth johnson, ephesians, in the womens bible commentary eds. They live in unity as one body in their families, neighborhoods, and churches because of gods grace. But in order to get the context of what were going to be looking into the weeks that lie ahead, lets look and read the whole of chapter 1 of the book of ephesians.
Pauls letter to the ephesianshow to understand it 3 ephesians, chapter 1 we read pauls words in ephesians 1. Ephesians is the goto book in the new testament for an understanding of gods sovereignty in salvation by grace, and therefore it shares much in common with pauls other masterwork. Ephesians chapters wonderfully expound the gospel while ephesians chapters 46 provide a clear picture of how those doctrines change our lives. After this, paul called the disciples together, embraced them, and departed for macedonia acts 20. Having explained gods great goals for the church, paul proceeds to show the steps toward their fulfillment. The book of ephesians along with philippians and colossians, was written by the apostle paul while in prison in rome. Moral teaching in ephesians against its traditional and social.
The book of ephesians free online bible study lessons. The church has been brought from death to life in christ. Disciple for life smallgroup bible studies include a daily reading plan for each week. Paul emphasizes that we have been saved, not only for our personal benefit, but also to bring praise and glory to god. When interpreting and appropriating the book of ephesians, therefore, we naturally and necessarily engage in cultural translation. So, together with a bible to look up crossreferences, you have everything you need for your journey of discovery in ephesians. Ephesians 1 paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the. Ephesians pastor david legge 4 grace be to you, and peace, from god our father, and from the lord jesus christ. What would the saints of ephesus understand as they read this letter that paul was writing to them. Study the ephesians passage for this lesson, by reading the verses and studying the notes.1132 57 1491 1602 1499 1321 972 904 855 167 611 49 872 1553 1195 77 109 275 772 1140 1369 1032 210 1630 493 1617 486 492 61 1156 1552 1008 436 699 1321 688 511 1453 124 911 580 1357 641 225 1352 792 951