There was a great need to bring together those who loved and feared God among both Jews and Gentiles, those like Peter and those like Corneilius (Acts 10). You may remember him from such New Testament letters as Romans and 1 Corinthians.This time, Paul's writing to the church in Ephesus and, boy, does he have a lot to say. May I seize every opportunity to “grow together” with like-minded intentional Biblical-Christians. “For we are His workmanship ...” [God does not make anything imperfect—Adam and Eve made us into junk—Jesus will restore us to “design specs” in Heaven. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone whom He has led to ‘consider-Christ’. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the … How might you use that clarification to draw fellow Christians away from an obsession with buildings and organizations and instead to relationship (with God) and purpose (in Christ)? Note 2: When NET text is quoted in commentary and discussion all pronouns referring to God are capitalized, though they are lower-case in the original NET text. Despite the failure of Adam & Eve the Lord God provided a way that we might return to what He had planned for them before the Fall and to begin-again that relationship, this time “farming” and “fishing” for a spiritual harvest and catch. The book of Ephesians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison). “... so that we may do them.” [We are allowed to choose to serve God well or poorly.]. Why is there such a major problem with worldly things displacing Christ in our gatherings and in our separate daily walks? He then returns to his job, where he righteously exacts revenge on all who “deserve it.”. The dominion of Satan in the lives of the unsaved is broken and there is a new-found freedom experienced by children of God. In Wanted the gang of mercenaries is presented as a family with a home that looked like a castle. 15:22], “... for good works ...” [This is post-salvation.]. New International Version. Chapter. The nature of our pre-salvation selves was, eternally-spiritually dead. (Hint: Fruits of the spirit, telling His-story, loving fellow believers, using our gifts fully.). In this portion, Paul recognises the barrier that existed between Jew and Gentile. ], “... and this is not from yourselves ...”. The Lord God “sees” us through eyes of grace—the eyes of Jesus Christ. 2:1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace. In books and movies like Harry Potter, young people turn to witchcraft for magical powers. Today I will share the Lord God's priority that we be united in the love of Christ. The purpose of the book of Ephesians was to warn the church elders about the false teachers that were teaching a false gospel and to maintain their first love that they held when they first became believers. I will not pressure them to make any sort of decision but will pray for them to choose Christ. Paul reminded the people that Jesus arose and “preached peace” so that all are welcomed to accept His gift through the Holy Spirit. We are instead guaranteed eternal citizenship in Heaven with our Lord and King! 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, 2:5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you are saved!—. Today I will tell someone who is “considering Christ” my story of before and after salvation. 2:21 In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. 2:14 For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility. What are some ways that you were clueless and hopeless, in your life, as a result of unawareness of the promise of a Messiah? ], “... being joined together ..” [Causing believers to live in Biblical unity is a process, not an event. Paul wrote it about 60-62 A.D. What is an example of the way Jesus bridges the gap of Jew and Gentile, old and young, male and female, as all recognize that their common definition, purpose, and value comes from a common source? Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to a Biblically-accurate but less religious-sounding explanation of the Biblical phrases “brought near by the blood of Christ” and “in Christ Jesus”. Each had power, privilege, and purpose. ], “... in whom you are also being built together ...” [It is a community process. See Ephesians 2:20-22 (printed below) You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone. Lord, You made a way for us to benefit from Your 'cross of grace'. Paul said that the Gentiles were no longer strangers. There has been an amazing change in you before and after salvation, how your self-image was transformed (or should have been) from a slave to the world to a child of God in a love-relationship with the Creator-God of everything. In the crass movie Wanted a young man, trapped in what he sees as a dead-end job as an “account manager” under the tyrannical supervision of an arbitrary and demanding boss, invents a persona of rebellion and re-creates the story of his life. He who hath made both - Jews and gentiles, one church. To what must we attribute our salvation? Feedback is encouraged where credit has not been sufficiently assigned. Of the miserable condition of these Ephesians by nature (v. 1-3) and again (v. 11, v. 12). 2:15 when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. The Apostle Paul, having reminded his readers of the glory and promises of God, as well as our need for His grace and provision, moves on to our new standing before God, both as individuals and, corporately, as a family of Believers. Lord, You rescued us from the eternal spiritual junkyard to which we were condenmed by our first ancestors, Adam and Eve. ], “... to reconcile them both in one body to God ...” [the body of believers; “The Church”. ], “... through the Cross ...” [Where the power of death was broken for all who surrendered in faith, dying to the world and the dominion of Satan, being born anew in Christ. 1Cor. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). ], “... in the Lord ...” [The centrality of Christ again. Lord, You have made every believer, and every fellowship of faithful believers a dwelling place where You make Your presence and Your plan known. “... according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air ...” [Air is created, Satan temporarily rules due to the Fall. And you He made alive: The words He made alive are in italics, which indicates that they … “... indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind ...”, 9. Made Alive in Christ. 2:2 in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, 2:3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…. Ephesians and Colossians Ephesians: Chapter 2. Identify the independent and dependent variable, and state the research hypothesis for your study. “... according to this world’s present path ...”, 3. Only Mostly Dead . Paul wrote “In Him ...”, reminding them of the centrality of Christ to everything in the world of the believer. E phesians is one of the most encouraging books in the New Testament. The Lord God draws together those who are His, building us into a “holy temple” and a “dwelling place of God in the Spirit”. How did the absence of a demand for works-righteousness, by the Lord God, help to lead you to choose to surrender in faith? Ephesians 2 – God’s Way of Reconciliation A. 1. In Ephesians Chapter 2, Paul said that God also made a covenant with the Gentiles. He bowed on his knees (Ephesians 3:14), asking God to give the Ephesians strength through His Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). ], “... into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” [The Holy Spirit is our common bond.]. “... among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives ...”, 7. Ephesians 1 is a beautiful introduction to how we have received every … Ephesians chapter 2. ], 6. Chapter 11. Paul continued with a checklist of their circumstances: 1. He said that Christ’s blood also covers their sins in order to bring them close to Him. 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 2:9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. Brief summary of Chapter 2 in Lamentations analyzed by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard,... Ephesians Commentary, Summary, and Key Verses What was the result? … The strong desire of Christ that His children be unified (based on Biblical Christian principles, not the invented parameters of man, such as "political correctness" or "speech censorship", which are intended to restrict the condemnation of sin). Shmoop Bible guide: Lamentations Chapter 2 summary. Ephesians tarries largely among the heavenlies. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 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. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone whom He has prepared to heat His Gospel. The key personalities of Ephesians are the Apostle Paul and Tychicus. “... that God prepared beforehand ...” [He wanted Adam & Eve to stay clean and do this. Lord, You have made Your redemption of humankind available to anyone who surrenders to the Lordship of Christ, regardless of age, gender, national origin, or race. 1. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Note 1: These Studies often rely upon the guidance of the NET Translators from their associated notes. ], “... by which the hostility has been killed.” [the curse at the Fall as recorded in Genesis.]. What does each element of Paul’s summary mean to you? The Lord led me to transfer from my then-current masters studies at the State university to the seminary where I earned my masters in cou... More, 4. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us: We are to “partner” with Him and invite Him to do whatever He has to do to shape us into useful servants of His perfect will. Of what are we afraid: Failure, pain, insignificance? Which of us has not dreamed of such glorious “get-evens”? There is scarcely even an echo of the great controversies which ring so loudly in the Epistles to the Romans and Galatians. Eph. Do we back up one another? Break down ideas. “... in the cravings of our flesh ...”, 8. Ephesians 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 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. May I remember to refuse to treat people differently based on anything—other than the only thing that matters—their relationship with You. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? << Ephesians 2 | Ephesians 3 | Ephesians 4 >> (Read all of Ephesians 3 ) The whole of chapter 3 is a parenthesis unfolding the mystery; and presenting at the same time, in the prayer that concludes it, the second character of God set before us at the beginning of the epistle, namely, that of Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; and this is the way in which it is here introduced. Today I will share the truths of these verses with someone “considering Christ” and/or with a fellow believer who would be blessed and encouraged to revisit their salvation. This text presents the immeasurable nature of God’s grace which has totally changed both our reality and conduct forever. The Paul concluded that although they had been “far away” they “... had now been brought near by the blood of Christ” and were “in Christ Jesus”—peers with all believers, Jew and Gentile alike. “... in which you formally [or previously] lived ...”, 2. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them. Paul began by speaking to the Gentiles, reminding them that they lacked the Jewish hope of a Messiah, and were labeled “uncircumcised” by those who associated ritual circumcision with works-salvation. To what or whom are the sinners dead in their sins being compared? Ephesus was the chief city of the coastal area of Asia Minor. Through Jesus the Christ, the Lord God has abolished the demands of the Law upon man and has instead taken them upon Himself. 2:20 because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. Lord, You have offered us rescue from destruction, because the enemies deception constantly leads humankind into sin. Lord, You chose in the Garden of Eden to make a way to reconcile Your creation to you—and despite our continued rebellion even since You have never waivered. Ephesians Commentary Purpose and Themes. Chapter 2 speaks indeed of the body (v. 16); but the introduction of the house is a new element and requires some development. Lord, You provided for our salvation even when not one was fit to be saved, and You ask for nothing but surrender-through-faith in return. We have now become “aliens” in this fallen world, whose prince is Satan. Ephesians: Chapter 2. The apostles and the prophets taught what was necessary to an adequate knowledge-base, and they demonstrated the power of the Holy Spirit to equip believers to be unified in the love of Christ; how is that explained and practiced in your fellowship? The need for reconciliation. Commentary on Ephesians 2:1-10 View Bible Text . Here we have yet another letter from the Apostle Paul. ], “... grows into a holy temple ...” [Believers are purposed to worship God in everything that we think, say, and do. “... according to the ruler of the spirit ...” [Pre-salvation our spirit is accessible by Satan. Rom 5:15], “... having been created in Christ Jesus ...” [Or, re-created, “made new”. “... and were by nature children of wrath ...” [God’s wrath for rebellion against Him.]. May we, as believers, celebrate Your rescue through lives sold-out to You. Are we not who we are as a result of Whose we are? See Ephesians 2:8-9 (printed below) It is by grace that you … 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. What are some teachings elsewhere in the Bible as to what “works” God expects of His children? I will commit to pray in agreement with them for wisdom as they walk through the process of adjusting their perspectives and priorities. See on Ephesians 2:1 . 2:14: For he is our peace - Not only as he purchased it, but as he is the very bond and centre of union. He is the cornerstone upon which the apostles and the prophets built His Church. Paul continued with a clarification of how saving faith is actualized: “For by grace you are saved though faith ...” [Faith is an act of the will, a 100% surrender of free will. The “people of the Law” (Jews) and those not of the “chosen tribe” are now forever one in Christ. It is characterized by dignity and serenity which is in harmony with the elevation of its thoughts. What is an example of serving the Lord God through good works, as a believer, in your life? «Previous Chapter Next Chapter» Ephesians 3 (King James Version) 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto … It is … And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, a. 2. “Works” cannot earn salvation, salvation was only made possible by the gift of God and may only be received by accepting the Lordship of Christ—surrendering everything else, the entire world and our free will. He continued his construction metaphor “... the whole building ...” [The corporate commonality of believers. They were never alone, backed up one another, were provided with the best of everything, and acted in ways designed to change the world. When have you been confronted by an unsaved person who is unwittingly enslaved as Paul described? The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. Who we were is no longer who we are “in Christ”. He desired for Christ to dwell in the hearts of the church of Ephesus by faith (Ephesians 3:17). I agree to pray in-agreement that they will partner with the Holy Spirit to purge any fear or misunderstandings that may stand in opposition to their full fellowship with their fellow believers. Okay, so these Christians are good now, but it wasn't so long ago that they were living pretty sin-filled lives. This text may be used for non-profit educational purposes only, with credit; all other usage requires prior written consent of the author. Ephesians Chapter 2 starts off with the words "And you" or “As for you…” in the NIV, which signifies a shift in focus or a comparison with the previous topic. Chapter 2 This chapter contains an account, I. Today I will share as the Holy Spirit guides and ask if the person sees any parallels between their lives and what Paul described. 2. Do we act in ways that change our world? Previous Next . Your email address will not be published. Daily Study Questions for Ephesians Chapter 2. Believers are blessed by a powerful sense of 'belonging' that comes from the Lord God calling us "saints" and "fellow citizens" and "members of God's household.". 2:17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the opportunity to gently show these verses to an unsaved person whose respect and trust you have previously earned. May I be more like You every day, resolute in placing You first, resolved to draw nearer to You. Careful attention has been given to cite that source where it has been quoted directly or closely paraphrased. The are many ways we can choose to enhance the centrality of Christ and to resist the distractions of the enemy. Paul then reminded them that they also were strangers to the knowledge of God, something the Jews did possess. This is a BibleSeven Study— “Ephesians”—prepared by David M. Colburn and edited for bible.org in October of 2011. ], 5. 2:18 so that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. I will do so humbly and respectfully, I will not condemn or pressure them, I will merely engage a conversation and allow the Holy Spirit to be in control. (1) Christians are alive from the dead. Paul continued his explanation of how and why God has acted to redeem us: The amazing truth that the Lord God chooses to love us and chooses to show His love through the gift of grace that is our salvation. In Section (B) from verses 4 to 10 he shows the difference in their new status as a result of their being united “with” Jesus in His death, resurrection , ascension and session at the right hand of God. Click here to download these questions as a PDF file Day One. I will ask a fellow believer to pray in agreement with me for wisdom and will share with that prayer-partner the outcome of my sharing. 2:12 that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Do we not therefore have exceptional power, privilege, and purpose? When have you observed genuine unity among believers that overcame, and or is overcoming, worldly divisions and fears? But now you, who were once far off, have been made near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:11-17). In what or whom shall we trust: Government, magic, money, power, God? Ephesians and Colossians Summary The Epistle to the Ephesians. 2:6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 2:7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (21) In him the whole building is joined together and grows into a holy temple for the Lord. Although the work which is accomplished in the creation of the members … Eph. Today I will share my less “religious-sounding” explanation with someone who has not yet chosen Christ. What impact does the meaning of the Biblical phrases “brought near by the blood of Christ” and “in Christ Jesus” have upon you? The Lord God has given the incredible gift and sacrifice of Christ, taking our sins to the Cross and leaving them there—powerless—so that He might then offer us the perfect hope of salvation. The second part (Ephesians 3:14–21) of this chapter includes a personal prayer by Paul. Paul … We are “saved by grace” because we could never have been saved through Works alone. How enlightening is it for you to personalize the checklist of Paul with your life story? 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