1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Purpose – Call God’s people to live in light of our heavenly calling in Christ Jesus”
-Paul J Bucknell
All knowledge can be divided into two categories, pure and theoretical knowledge and applied or practical knowledge.
In Ephesians the first three chapters deal with doctrine and the last three with application
Chapters 1-3 – Pure, theoretical knowledge, Doctrine and truth
Chapters 4-6 – Application, applied or practical knowledge
1-3; “our heavenly calling in Christ Jesus”
Eph 1:3 Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus
5-6; “live a life worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus”
Eph 4:1 Live a life worthy of the calling you have received
1-3; Truth Believed
Eph 2:4-6 God who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ…and seated us with him in heavenly realms
4-6; Truth lived out
Eph 4:22-24 you were taught…to put off the old self…be made new in the attitude of your mind and to put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness
1-3; Believers can’t grow without the truth
4-6; Believers can’t grow without living out the truth.
We must master the truths in God’s Word and then by faith live it out.
“Saints” – set apart for God
The word ‘saint’ literally means ‘separated one’ or ‘holy.’
“In Ephesus” – geographical location
It was a wicked city. Immorality flourished
“The faithful in Christ” – this further defines the “saints”
They are believers in Jesus Christ and although geographically located in Ephesus they are spiritually positioned in Christ.
How do we make application or apply this to us as we study Ephesians in our situation.
To the saints “in Moscow” the faithful in Christ Jesus
Saints – Set apart for God, separated one’ or ‘holy
If you are a believer in Christ, you are separated, set apart for God, holy one
In? Geographical location
If you are here this morning, your geographical location is Moscow
The faithful in Christ (Those who have believed in Christ)
But your spiritual position is in Christ Jesus
We are to live according to our spiritual position and not according to our geographical location.
Truth believed – Truth lived out
We need to know the truth about who we are and believe it
But not only believe it, but live according to it
Personal – practical application
An awareness or desire to know truth
Responsibility, obligation in applying truth
Call God’s people to live in light of our heavenly calling in Christ Jesus
Personal – preparation for next Sundays
We believe that for all of us to benefit the most from our time in Ephesians, it will not come just from the teaching and preaching but also as we individually and simultaneously read and study Ephesians.
Sunday the 15th and 22nd we will be looking at Ephesians 1:3 – 15
We encourage you to:
- Read through the book of Ephesians at least once.
- Read as many times as possible and study as much as possible the passage above.
- Pray, ask God to help you understand his word and make note of what he is showing you.