Came to Ephesus
Setting of Ephesians
A. Penned by Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ.
apostle, a special messenger of Jesus Christ, a restricted group
B. Paul is writing to the Saints, that is, God’s people.
Positionally, we are holy because we are united with Christ. Now we must live in a manner that is consistent with this position. Personal holiness is about becoming in practice what we are in position.
C. Prison Epistle
While under house arrest in Rome, beginning in 60, Paul composed several epistles to the various churches he had started and strengthened. The Epistle to the Ephesians is the first of these letters. This letter, which may have been intended to circulate among a number of Asian churches, presents the believer’s position in Christ (chapters 1–3) followed by the implications and responsibilities of this position (chapters 4–6). The first part of the book recounts all that believers have been given in Christ, as well as the purpose behind this bestowal, which is to praise God’s glorious grace. The book’s second part calls the believer to respond rightly to this gift of grace in all areas of life, a response that in turn points back to the glory of God.
D. Positioned in Ephesus
E. Purpose for this Epistle
Separated from Christ, We Were Spiritually Dead (2:1-3).
A. We were dead (2:1).
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
B. We were disobedient (2:2-3a).
1. We followed the world.
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, eproud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2. We followed Satan.
3. We followed our sinful desires.
C. We were doomed (2:3b).
Jennifer Strange, twenty-eight, died trying to win a Nintendo.
In January 2007, a radio station in Sacramento, California, staged a water-drinking contest, promising a Nintendo Wii video game system to the person whose bladder held out the longest.
Strange did her best, but she didn’t win the contest. Furthermore, several hours after the contest, Jennifer left work with a terrible headache. Later that day she was found dead in her house. An autopsy revealed that too much water had disrupted the electrolyte balance in her blood. Jennifer Strange literally died of water intoxication.
—Associated Press, “Woman Dies after Water-Drinking Contest,”
Secured with Christ, We Are Spiritually Alive (2:4-7).
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even bwhen we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
A. God’s character (2:4-7)
B. God’s work (2:5-7)
1. God made us alive with Christ (2:5).
2. God raised us up with Christ (2:6a).
3. God seated us with Christ (2:6b).
4. God will demonstrate grace forever to us in Christ (2:7).
Saved to serve in Christ, We Are God’s Workmanship (2:8-10).
A. Salvation is a gift (2:8-9).
B. No one can boast (2:9b).
C. Salvation results in good works (2:10).
He does not want us to think that works are unimportant. He states that works simply are not the root of our salvation. They are the fruit of salvation (cf. John 15:8; Titus 2:14).