Ephesians small group series lesson 1 introduction to. Introduction to the book of ephesians learn the bible. Paul probably wrote his letter to the ephesians while under house arrest in rome. Intro to ephesians biblica the international bible society. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Ephesians offers general instruction in the truths of gods redemptive work in christ. Hearing paul mention their faithfulness to christ was a challenge to me to be faithful in the details of my daily walk. In ephesians chapter 2 we learn that christians are saved by grace. Before we look at each of those particulars outlined above, our first lesson below will take a general look at the chapter to give us some background for our study. The apostle paul wrote this letter to the churches in ephesus and the surrounding region c. We add a little summary to get even a better appreciation of his use of for here.
Ephesians introduction commentary commentary critical. Ephesians 2 niv bible as for you, you were dead in your. This is why letters such as the one to the ephesians are incredibly important. 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. The epistle to the ephesians chapter two objectives in studying the chapter 1 to consider the riches of gods grace toward sinners, how we are saved by grace through faith 2 to understand the gentiles condition outside of christ, the effect jesus death had on the law, and what gentiles can now become in christ summary having expressed his. First, all they which dwelt in asia heard the word of the lord jesus, both jews and greeks gentiles acts 19. Ephesians 2 bible commentary matthew henry concise. Ephesians 2 commentary john gills exposition on the whole. Read ephesians introduction commentary using commentary critical and explanatory on the whole bible. The book of ephesians gives practical, encouraging advice on living a life that honors god, which is why its still relevant in a conflictridden world. This book sets forth one of the clearest presentations on the relation between positional truth and experiencing positional truth in ones life. 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. Five priceless things a study in ephesians chapter.
Book of ephesians overview insight for living ministries. Paul speaks in ephesians about the spirit of wisdom and revelation and the power given to those who believe and trust in the christ. Ephesians 2 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. Jesus saving work was part of redeeming a fallen creation for god. What was hidden throughout the ages was revealed to us when christ came. Ephesians 1 is a beautiful introduction to how we have received every spiritual blessing in christ jesus. Ephesians 2 is the second chapter of the epistle to the ephesians in the new testament of the christian bible. Pauls letter to the ephesians is different compared to many of the other new testament letters he wrote. However, paul presented the gift of god in christ and the benefits we. Five priceless things a study in ephesians chapter two. 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. The conquest reached far beyond the city limits of ephesus.
Ephesians, more than any other book, presents the purpose and plan of god for the church. Ephesians chapters wonderfully expound the gospel while ephesians. Paul used the little word for 9 times from the beginning of romans up to romans. Early in the history of grace church, the history of john macarthur. David guzik commentary on ephesians 2, where paul explains the need for. The main idea is god s gift in the restoration of humanity from the fall. In acts 19 we read about pauls trip to ephesus and how the city was full. Ephesians 2, new international version niv the bible app. In the latter part which we have in the 4th, 5th, and 6th chapters he instructs them in the. Some think that this epistle to the ephesians was a circular letter sent to several.
They give usan arsenal forremaining true to the pillars of our faith. The circumstances of the author for this cause i paul, the prisoner of jesus christ for you gentiles, ephesians 3. Ephesians 2 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the church of christ, presents a verse level look at the bible. Ephesus was the most important city in western asia minor now turkey. Introduction to ephesians by matthew henry blue letter bible. John calvin called ephesians his favorite book of the bible. Ephesians chapter 2 free online bible study lessons. In the beginning, the spiritually dead and hopeless v are lifted up, by grace, and made alive in the gift, workmanship, and journey of jesus until the end times. Introduction to the book of ephesians one cannot step over the threshold of this letter into the book of ephesians without being inundated with thoughts of gods mercy and grace.
Ephesians 2 falls into three strongly connected parts. In this message, alistair begg provides an overview of ephesians and encourages us to let its essential truths impact our lives so that we become what we are in christ. Marcion included it in his canon, although under the title of laodiceans c. The design of the apostle in this chapter, is to magnify the riches of divine grace, in the effectual calling and salvation of sinners, by christ jesus. First, god has reconciled individuals to himself as an act of grace 2.
Ephesians 2, new king james version nkjv the bible app. Paul explains the mystery of the church and gives practical insight into living as believers. Ephesians 2 is a wonderful chapter that will enable us to clarify our past, present and future as a child of god. On one of pauls visits to ephesus, he stayed 2 years and 3 months. Summary of the book of ephesians summary of hebrews.
We also learn when we become christians were not who we used to be and were filled with new life and have the blessings of gods kindness and eternal gift to us. It was in the muratorian canon under the epistles of paul c. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. Ephesians 2 niv bible as for you, you were dead in. Jan 20, 2016 in this message, alistair begg provides an overview of ephesians and encourages us to let its essential truths impact our lives so that we become what we are in christ. The character and themes of pauls letter to the ephesians. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. The riches of gods grace towards men, shown from their deplorable state by nature, and the happy change divine grace makes in them. Study the bible online using commentary on ephesians introduction and more. Ezeomedo, thou are not far from the kingdom of god.
Welcome to the second of six studies of the book of ephesians. Grace is behind all of this lavishness that god pours out. Creation we are gods workmanship, created in christ jesus ephesians 2. It was a center of learning and was near several key land routes. Ephesus was the third largest city in the roman empire population 250,000 in what is today the country of turkey. Apr 09, 2011 according to tradition, ephesians was written by paul when he was a prisoner in rome, around ad 62. The condition you speak of is a carnal condition,the tilting flesh you refer to.
Chapter 1 was such an encouraging chapter to study. Writing, as he does in this epistle, on the constitution and prospects of christs universal church, he refers the ephesians, as to personal matters, to the bearer of the epistle, tychicus ephesians 6. Ephesians 1 paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the bible. This morning we come for our bible study to a book that is indeed a treasure of mine and of every believer, the book of ephesians. There is no reference to ephesus, or to any individuals, despite acts recording that paul spent a long time there. Christian in reply on ephesians 2 you are not going to heaven if you think you can add your good works or righteousness to the work of jesus christ to get salvation. Abbott, a critical and exegetical commentary on the epistles to the ephesians and to the colossians, icc, pp. And you he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, a. It had a harbor that at that time opened into the cayster river see map, p. The letter is addressed to the church in the city of ephesus, capital of the roman province of asia asia minor, modern turkey. And whereas in the latter part of the preceding chapter, he had exhorted to kindness and tenderness, and which he enforced by the example of god himself, he here repeats and urges it.
One cannot step over the threshold of this letter into the book of ephesians without being inundated with thoughts of gods mercy and grace. 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. The subscript of ephesians states that the epistle was written by tychicus. It is vitally important that we know where we were when god.
Traditionally, it is believed to have been written by. In other words, god is unloading all of his riches in the book of ephesians. Paul ended the last chapter by considering that the ultimate example of gods. Introduction from the niv study bible go to ephesians. Ephesians intro to ephesians biblica the international bible. The words he made alive are in italics, which indicates that they are added to the text but implied from the context. Although colossians is similar to ephesians, it is brief while the book of ephesians is much more articulate and extensive. The word grace is used 12 times, and the word grace means gods unmerited, undeserved kindness and favor. 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. English standard version 1 and you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
Here in ephesians 2 we find not only the progressive and surely constructed work, but the present building together as a fact in the blessing of it, without reference to human responsibility in building. Ephesians introduction commentary commentary critical and. I am so thankful that these letters, such as this letter to the ephesians, have been carefully preserved and passed down to us. However, ephesians is generally believed not to be by paul it is a deuteropauline epistle. Ephesians chapter 2 kjv king james version very good mr.1236 1492 178 1334 132 444 1402 353 33 1013 450 502 12 745 228 1071 904 1162 353 1427 468 188 1306 1503 1222 493 120 1259 16 1020 210 1144 1440 1319 1492 148 964 428 1456 118 507 1153 4 608