Ephesians

The apostle Paul reveals God’s eternal plan for all people—for Jewish people and Gentiles alike. This is the mystery of God, hidden for ages but now made known in Jesus Christ.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize

 


SUMMARY

AUTHOR. In this Letter, Paul refers to himself twice as the author. And in the early church, Ephesians was extensively and undisputably accepted as from Paul. Yet in recent years the authorship of Paul has been greatly disputed.

RECIPIENTS. Paul is writing to “the saints who are at Ephesus” (1:1). Ephesus is not a city. Rather, it is a wide geographical area. This letter might be a circular letter to be distributed to several undesignated local churches.

PLACE AND DATE. Paul was a prisoner when he wrote this letter, probably in Rome but possibly in Caesarea. It is reasonable to assume a timeframe of about 60 AD.

PURPOSE. From the Book of Revelation, we see see the believers in Ephesus had successfully kept out false teachers. However, they had lost their first love for Jesus Christ.

The first three chapters focus on what Christians should believe, unfolding the glorious riches of God’s grace in Christ. Dead sinners are made alive and gain eternal salvation by grace and through faith. The last three chapters delve into the implications of God’s grace for us all.

Paul concludes with a command to take their stand against the devil, using the armor of God.

 


OUTLINE

OUR CALLING IN JESUS CHRIST

Ephesians 1:1-2. Greetings

Ephesians 1:3-14. Every spiritual blessing in Christ

Ephesians 1:15-22. Praying for spiritual wisdom & insight

Ephesians 2:1-10. We are saved by grace and through faith

Ephesians 2:11-18. Jesus Christ unites Jews and Gentiles

Ephesians 2:19-22. We are brought into the household of God

Ephesians 3:1-13. Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles

Ephesians 3:14-21. Praying for spiritual power

LIVING OUT OUR DISCIPLESHIP

Ephesians 4:1-10. Unity in the midst of diversity

Ephesians 4:11-16. The ministry Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:17-32. Live the New Life

Ephesians 5:1-20. Walk in the light of the Lord Jesus Christ

Ephesians 5:21-33. Mutual submission

Ephesians 6:1-4. Children and parents

Ephesians 6:5-9. Slaves and slave masters

Ephesians 6:10-20. Wear armor for spiritual warfare

Ephesians 6:21-24. Conclusion

 


 

MEMORIZE

Ephesians 1:3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Ephesians 1:4. even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without defect before him in love,

Ephesians 1:5. having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,

Ephesians 1:6. to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely gave us favor in the Beloved,

Ephesians 1:7. in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Ephesians 1:8. which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

Ephesians 1:9. making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

Ephesians 1:10. to an administration of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in him.

Ephesians 2:8. for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Ephesians 2:9. not of works, that no one would boast.

Ephesians 2:10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Ephesians 2:19. So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God,

Ephesians 3:17. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 3:18. may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth,

Ephesians 3:19. and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:20. Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Ephesians 3:21. to him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 4:1. I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,

Ephesians 4:2. with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Ephesians 4:32. And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 5:3. But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints;

Ephesians 5:15. Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise,

Ephesians 5:16. redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:21. subjecting yourselves to one another in the fear of Christ.

Ephesians 6:10. Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.

Ephesians 6:11. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible

 


EPHESIANS

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize

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