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. Each had power, privilege, and purpose. 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. In Wanted the gang of mercenaries is presented as a family with a home that looked like a castle. (21) In him the whole building is joined together and grows into a holy temple for the Lord. ], 6. Of the miserable condition of these Ephesians by nature (v. 1-3) and again (v. 11, v. 12). "THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Chapter Two OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THE CHAPTER 1) To consider the riches of God's 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 desire that his readers might … 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. The nature of our pre-salvation selves was, eternally-spiritually dead. 2:18 so that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Ephesians 1 is a beautiful introduction to how we have received every … He continued his construction metaphor “... the whole building ...” [The corporate commonality of believers. We are “saved by grace” because we could never have been saved through Works alone. “... in the cravings of our flesh ...”, 8. The Lord God “sees” us through eyes of grace—the eyes of Jesus Christ. Today I will encourage a fellow believer to reconsider the Biblical meaning of “The Church” and ask them to then prayerfully consider where the Enemy may have caused distraction and diversion in their relationship with God as the result of a non-Biblical definition of “The Church”. 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. Okay, so these Christians are good now, but it wasn't so long ago that they were living pretty sin-filled lives. In Section (A) from verses 1 to 3 Paul gives the description of their life before they became committed to Christ. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ephesians 2. 2:14: For he is our peace - Not only as he purchased it, but as he is the very bond and centre of union. 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.". 1. In my 30's the Lord led me through some changes and challenges, and despite my resistance, He broke through and I finally came to faith in 1990. Are we not who we are as a result of Whose we are? Ephesians tarries largely among the heavenlies. 2:11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh—who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands—. Note 1: These Studies often rely upon the guidance of the NET Translators from their associated notes. What was the result? Today I will share the Lord God's priority that we be united in the love of Christ. Ephesians and Colossians Ephesians: Chapter 2. 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)? 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. “... indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind ...”, 9. How do you express the proper Biblical definition of “The Church” as the community of believers? 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. 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). Christian life is examined in terms of a “before and after” contrast resulting from divine intervention. “... so that we may do them.” [We are allowed to choose to serve God well or poorly.]. The are many ways we can choose to enhance the centrality of Christ and to resist the distractions of the enemy. The need for reconciliation. “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. Careful attention has been given to cite that source where it has been quoted directly or closely paraphrased. Copyright © 2011 by David M. Colburn. Can you recall a parallel passage elsewhere in the Bible? We are instead guaranteed eternal citizenship in Heaven with our Lord and King! “... according to the ruler of the spirit ...” [Pre-salvation our spirit is accessible by Satan. 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. Today I will cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He leads me back to a right place with Christ. May we, as believers, celebrate Your rescue through lives sold-out to You. Are we provided with what we truly need? 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 2 – God’s Way of Reconciliation A. 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. "Not of works, lest any man should boast." 2:15 when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. 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. What are some teachings elsewhere in the Bible as to what “works” God expects of His children? Therefore, they can receive the hope and promise in Christ and no longer be separated from the love of God. 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!—. (1) Christians are alive from the dead. Obviously, if it is true that salvation is all by God’s grace, it … ], “... by which the hostility has been killed.” [the curse at the Fall as recorded in Genesis.]. 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. 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. In Ephesians chapter 2 we see God’s grace in action towards the Gentiles. In what or whom shall we trust: Government, magic, money, power, God? He is the cornerstone upon which the apostles and the prophets built His Church. What impact does the meaning of the Biblical phrases “brought near by the blood of Christ” and “in Christ Jesus” have upon you? This text may be used for non-profit educational purposes only, with credit; all other usage requires prior written consent of the author. In this portion, Paul recognises the barrier that existed between Jew and Gentile. But now you, who were once far off, have been made near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:11-17). 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. << 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. 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. “... that is now energizing the sons of disobedience ...” [From Adam and Eve on, all are sons—and daughters—of disobedience absent salvation. 2:17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 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. 2:20 because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. "THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Chapter Three OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THE CHAPTER 1) To understand the "mystery" so long hidden that is now revealed, and the role of the church 2) To examine Paul's prayer for the Ephesians' enablement, what it means for us today SUMMARY In this chapter Paul reminds his readers of God's grace that has been shown him regarding the revelation of the "mystery". E phesians is one of the most encouraging books in the New Testament. 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. In books and movies like Harry Potter, young people turn to witchcraft for magical powers. Ephesians Commentary Purpose and Themes. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone whom He has led to ‘consider-Christ’. This is a BibleSeven Study— “Ephesians”—prepared by David M. Colburn and edited for bible.org in October of 2011. “... among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives ...”, 7. Lord, You rescued us from the eternal spiritual junkyard to which we were condenmed by our first ancestors, Adam and Eve. They were never alone, backed up one another, were provided with the best of everything, and acted in ways designed to change the world. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace. Eph. Click here to download these questions as a PDF file Day One. I will commit to pray in agreement with them for wisdom as they walk through the process of adjusting their perspectives and priorities. “... in which you formally [or previously] lived ...”, 2. Today I will tell someone who is “considering Christ” my story of before and after salvation. Paul explains in Ephesians 2:8-9 that we are saved by grace, not by works, but then he clarifies in Ephesians 2:10 that works are still important when he says, "For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life." And you He made alive: The words He made alive are in italics, which indicates that they … He then returns to his job, where he righteously exacts revenge on all who “deserve it.”. In his fantasy he is the heir to the “magical” powers of his murdered father, is recruited by an organization supposedly directed by fate to execute bad people, is befriended by a beautiful and deadly woman, endures severe injuries as part of his training, is “magically” cured, and goes on to be the hero of the story. Paul reminded the people that Jesus arose and “preached peace” so that all are welcomed to accept His gift through the Holy Spirit. When the daily challenges of life confront us, our fleshy nature tends to move us to anger or depression in response to fear. ], “... 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. He who hath made both - Jews and gentiles, one church. When have you experienced or observed a community of believers either emphasizing Christ or allowing themselves to be distracted by something else. Paul said that the Gentiles were no longer strangers. He says that God has raised Christ from the dead and seated him at God’s right hand in the heavenly places—”far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion” (1:21)—in other words, far … ], “... one new man out of two ...” [Jew and Gentile, Law-keeper and Law-stranger. Lord, You have made every believer, and every fellowship of faithful believers a dwelling place where You make Your presence and Your plan known. See Ephesians 2:8-9 (printed below) It is by grace that you … Do we act in ways that change our world? See on Ephesians 2:1 . Do we back up one another? 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. Break down ideas. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. Who we were is no longer who we are “in Christ”. 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). 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. Spiritual Blessings in Christ. 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. ], “... grows into a holy temple ...” [Believers are purposed to worship God in everything that we think, say, and do. Of what are we afraid: Failure, pain, insignificance? EPHESIANS SUMMARY The Book Of Ephesians is a letter from Paul to Christians at Ephesus. … ], “... into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” [The Holy Spirit is our common bond.]. 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? May I seize every opportunity to “grow together” with like-minded intentional Biblical-Christians. Your email address will not be published. Lord, You made a way for us to benefit from Your 'cross of grace'. Eph. It is characterized by dignity and serenity which is in harmony with the elevation of its thoughts. The second part (Ephesians 3:14–21) of this chapter includes a personal prayer by Paul. Which of us has not dreamed of such glorious “get-evens”? Ephesians: Chapter 2. 2. 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. “... and were by nature children of wrath ...” [God’s wrath for rebellion against Him.]. All Bible text is from the NET unless otherwise indicated—http://bible.org. 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? When have you been confronted by an unsaved person who is unwittingly enslaved as Paul described? 15:22], “... for good works ...” [This is post-salvation.]. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. ], “... the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”. «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 … Chapter 2 speaks indeed of the body (v. 16); but the introduction of the house is a new element and requires some development. Daily Study Questions for Ephesians Chapter 2. It is … 2:1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins. The dominion of Satan in the lives of the unsaved is broken and there is a new-found freedom experienced by children of God. 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. ], 5. Q. ], “... in whom you are also being built together ...” [It is a community process. ], “... and this is not from yourselves ...”. Paul wrote “In Him ...”, reminding them of the centrality of Christ to everything in the world of the believer. 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. 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a fellow believer who will be edified and encouraged to learn of the most-Biblical definition of “The Church”. It is critical to remember that Christ is in all and defines all and brings to all perspective and purpose and nothing we do as believers must ever be apart from Him as our center. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees.” [Jesus took away the requirement of the Law that every person who ever sinned be condemned and replaced it with grace—which makes Him our righteousness instead of perfect Law-keeping. 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”. 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. ], “... being joined together ..” [Causing believers to live in Biblical unity is a process, not an event. Brief summary of Chapter 2 in Lamentations analyzed by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard,... Ephesians Commentary, Summary, and Key Verses The apostle describes, The conjunction of the gentiles with Israel, Ephesians 2:14,15.And, The conjunction of both with God, Ephesians 2:15 - 18. When have you observed genuine unity among believers that overcame, and or is overcoming, worldly divisions and fears? Paul continued with a checklist of their circumstances: 1. “... that God prepared beforehand ...” [He wanted Adam & Eve to stay clean and do this. Paul … The double-gift of Christ to Gentiles, they (mostly “we”), not only gained the knowledge that a Messiah was needed and was coming, but the knowledge that He has come and He welcomes us now to His salvation-party as an honored guest—if we will but come in faith. Ephesians 1 Ephesians 3 … Commentary text is from David M. Colburn, D.Min. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a new or troubled believer whom He desires to reach using you as His instrument of blessing. There is scarcely even an echo of the great controversies which ring so loudly in the Epistles to the Romans and Galatians. Now begins, after the intervening clauses, Ephesians 2:2-3, the resumption, and that with the subject, which Paul already had in mind at Ephesians 2:1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone whom He has prepared to heat His Gospel. May I be more like You every day, resolute in placing You first, resolved to draw nearer to You. Summary of Ephesians 2. 2. 1. Made Alive in Christ. He said that Christ’s blood also covers their sins in order to bring them close to Him. ], “... to reconcile them both in one body to God ...” [the body of believers; “The Church”. Ephesians and Colossians Summary The Epistle to the Ephesians. Today I will share my less “religious-sounding” explanation with someone who has not yet chosen Christ. Today I will share as the Holy Spirit guides and ask if the person sees any parallels between their lives and what Paul described. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, a. Commentary on Ephesians 2:1-10 View Bible Text . We have now become “aliens” in this fallen world, whose prince is Satan. The book of Ephesians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison). Paul used again the term “saints” to describe “fellow citizens” and “members of God’s household.”, He further explained that who they were as believers was because they “have been built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets ...”, Then, Paul used another construction metaphor “... with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone.”. 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. “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. Do we not therefore have exceptional power, privilege, and purpose? The “people of the Law” (Jews) and those not of the “chosen tribe” are now forever one in Christ. How enlightening is it for you to personalize the checklist of Paul with your life story? 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. Lord, You have offered us rescue from destruction, because the enemies deception constantly leads humankind into sin. Ephesians chapter 2. All Rights Reserved. Through Jesus the Christ, the Lord God has abolished the demands of the Law upon man and has instead taken them upon Himself. ], “... in the Lord ...” [The centrality of Christ again. 2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household. 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. (Hint: Fruits of the spirit, telling His-story, loving fellow believers, using our gifts fully.). 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. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). What are some ways that you were clueless and hopeless, in your life, as a result of unawareness of the promise of a Messiah? 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. Paul then reminded them that they also were strangers to the knowledge of God, something the Jews did possess. 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. And are we ever really alone? Chapter 2 This chapter contains an account, I. This text presents the immeasurable nature of God’s grace which has totally changed both our reality and conduct forever. Chapter 11. Here we have yet another letter from the Apostle Paul. Rom 5:15], “... having been created in Christ Jesus ...” [Or, re-created, “made new”. 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. Only Mostly Dead . Why is there such a major problem with worldly things displacing Christ in our gatherings and in our separate daily walks? What are some obvious evidences of evil in modern society as listed by Paul? Paul wrote it about 60-62 A.D. 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. Identify the independent and dependent variable, and state the research hypothesis for your study. The key personalities of Ephesians are the Apostle Paul and Tychicus. 1Cor. In the last half of the first chapter (vv. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the … Summary ; Ephesians Chapter 2; Study Guide. May I be careful to test every influence to be certain that it if of-You and not of-the enemy. To what must we attribute our salvation? How would you explain the Biblical phrases “brought near by the blood of Christ” and “in Christ Jesus” with someone to whom they would be very foreign expressions and perhaps even unpleasant expressions? What is an example of serving the Lord God through good works, as a believer, in your life? How did the absence of a demand for works-righteousness, by the Lord God, help to lead you to choose to surrender in faith? ], 4. He also reminded them that Jesus came and “preached peace” to both Jew and Gentile in order to bring them together in faith and together in the Holy Spirit. 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. New International Version. Shmoop Bible guide: Lamentations Chapter 2 summary. Paul began by setting up the context “... you were dead in your transgressions and sins ...”, the he paused a moment to let that sink in. He bowed on his knees (Ephesians 3:14), asking God to give the Ephesians strength through His Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). 4:4-7), “... even though we were dead in transgressions ...”, “... made us alive together with Christ ...”, “... to demonstrate in the coming ages ...” [God allows imperfection, the result of rebellion, to continue because He knows that there remain many who can and will make a choice for faith and wants to give them that chance—He does not force the choice because then it is not genuine. 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. 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. To what or whom are the sinners dead in their sins being compared? May I celebrate Your gift with a life sold-out to You. 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