Those of you who studied Romans with me have experienced the directness of Paul. He is not one who carefully talks all around a subject, but one who goes straight to the heart of the matter. That was true in Romans as well as in this letter to the Ephesians.
I want to give us an opportunity to understand a little more clearly who the Ephesians were at the time that they received this letter. To do that, I will share research historical information that will come from a lot of “—ologies:” geology, archaeology, theology, chronology, and more. I will usually include this on the Monday blogs.
Paul was writing letters to fledgling congregations, and as new believers were joining them every day, they didn’t all know him personally. In this formal letter style, Paul introduces himself to start the letter and gives a blessing on all those who read or listen to his letter.
Here is my chart of the information I pulled from verses 1-2 and historical material.
|Credentials||chosen apostle of God to spread Gospel||Faithful believers in Ephesus, close ties to Paul|
|Relationships||Established a church, served 3 years, continued contact through letters and word of mouth||Had a 3-year history with Paul, He was their teacher|
|Message||God pours grace & peace into our lives||as believers, they also feel the grace and peace of God|
Like Paul, I am a special agent of Christ Jesus in this world, introducing others to the Kingdom of God by my words and actions that reflect God’s nature. God pours grace and peace into all our lives, every day, in every situation.