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Comunicación y Gerencia. Ephesians. An Epistle of Paul. Click to add Text. Ephesians Intro & Chapter 1. Ephesians Intro . Audience: The church at Ephesus (verse 1:2) Purposes: To tell this church that he (Paul) prays for them and gives praise for them (verse 1:15-16)

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  1. Comunicación y Gerencia Ephesians An Epistle of Paul Click to add Text

  2. Ephesians Intro & Chapter 1

  3. Ephesians Intro • Audience: The church at Ephesus (verse 1:2) • Purposes: • To tell this church that he (Paul) prays for them and gives praise for them (verse 1:15-16) • To remind them of their redemption by Christ (verse 2:11-13) • To remind them of the unity in Christ’s church (verse 2:18-22) • That the Gentiles and Israel are joint heirs in Jesus (verse 3:4-6) • To urge them to “live up to” their calling (verse 4:1) • To tell us the means and ways of Godly living (many verses)

  4. Ephesus • Ephesus is in modern-day Turkey • During the time of Paul’s writing, it was under Roman rule • It was also one of the largest cities of its time (among Rome, Alexandria, and Antioch) • It was used as a base for Paul from which to do his missions • It was located at a convergence to the land routes between Colassae&Laodicea, Sardis&Galatia, and Smyrna • It was famed for its temple to Artemis (Diana), a Greek(Roman) goddess • This temple was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world

  5. Location of Ephesus

  6. Location of Ephesus

  7. The Temple of Artemis

  8. When was Ephesians written? • Ephesians is thought to be written around 61-62AD • Paul was in prison (probably in Rome) while he wrote Ephesians (verses: 3:1, 4:1, 6:20) • Tychicus delivers this letter to Ephesus (verse 6:22)

  9. What does Chapter 1 say? • We are blessed with every spiritual blessing (v1:3) • What spiritual blessings do you have? • He chose us before the creation of the world to be saved by His Son (v1:4-6) • We have redemption, and forgivess of sins through the blood of Jesus (v1:7) • He has brought everything together under one head-Christ (v1:10) • What do you think when you read this about God’s Will concerning you (if you believe)?

  10. What does Chapter 1 say? • The Gentile believers were included in salvation by hearing the Word (v1:13) • Why is it important to hear the Word? • We are marked with a seal, the Holy Spirit, who is a “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance” (v1:14) • How can we respond to this guarantee? • Paul shares his concern by his prayer for the Ephesians (v1:17) • Do you regularly pray for the spiritual welfare of others? • Paul wants them to be wise about God’s power in saving them (v1:19) and about the authority given to Christ (v1:21-23) • Does the authority of Christ give you comfort?

  11. Forgiveness • Ephesians 1:7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace • Colossians 1:14in whom we have redemption,[a] the forgiveness of sins.

  12. All under Christ • Ephesians 1:10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. • Colossians 1:20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

  13. Becoming Alive in Christ • Eph 1:19-2:5 • Col 2:12,13

  14. Parallels • Eph 3:2; Col 1:25Eph 5:19; Col 3:16Eph 6:22; Col 4:8 • Eph 4:2-4; Col 3:12-15Eph 4:16; Col 2:19Eph 4:32; Col 3:13Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:9,10Eph 5:6-8; Col 3:6-8Eph 5:15,16; Col 4:5Eph 6:19,20; Col 4:3,4Eph 5:22-6:9; Col 3:18-4:1

  15. Sources • www.biblegateway.com • www.christiananswers.net • www.aboutephesus.net

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