Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

05 – Ephesians


Introduction to Ephesians

Thank you for clicking on our page for the Pauline epistle to the Ephesians, the letter is authored by the apostle Paul when he was in prison in Rome, it was written around the same time as Colossians and Philemon. It was written before 70AD and is thought to be written between 60-62 AD. For other bible studies on other epistles please see our main epistle page.

Ephesians is not so much a letter to address doctrinal issues but more give general instruction and today it is used to teach themes and doctrines on a general and foundational level. Ephesians builds on some of the themes of the “correctional letters” and is seen by many as “Paul’s greatest work” which I am sure the apostle Paul would refute as he wished only to give glory to God.

Martin Luther was quoted as stating “Romans is the purest expression of the gospel” and on a personal level it is one of my favorite epistles. Charles Spurgeon says of Ephesians “The Epistle to the Ephesians is a complete Body of Divinity. In the first chapter you have the doctrines of the gospel; in the next, you have the experience of the Christians; and before the Epistle is finished, you have the precepts of the Christian faith. Whosoever would see Christianity in one treatise, let him ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ the Epistle to the Ephesians.”

One of the reasons I love Ephesians is that it focusses on individual works of God on a personal level to the Christian as opposed to doctrines that reture to be worked on in the church as a whole, for me it is much more of an “application epistle”.

Paul knew the Ephesians personally because he stayed there for three whole years and had lived, labored, made tents with those people, he knew them personally and knew who they were and what they were. Paul had a great love for the people and wanted them to grow individually as well as a body of believers in an assembly.

The letter is in six distinct divisions, these are listed below…

1) Ephesians 1:1-2. Greetings
2) Ephesians 1:3–2:10. A general account of the blessings that the gospel reveals.
3) Ephesians 2:11–3:21. A description of the change in the spiritual position of Gentiles as a result of the work of Christ.
4) Ephesians 4:1–16. A chapter on unity in the midst of the diversity of gifts among believers.
5) Ephesians 4:17–6:9. Instructions about ordinary life and different relationships.
6) Ephesians 6:10–24. The imagery of spiritual warfare (including the metaphor of the Armor of God)

Below is a list of bible studies in the book of Ephesians.

Line by line studies

Topical studies
TTE Advent Calender Day Twenty Four – December 24th – Ephesians 4:1-10 – December 24th 2014
VBS gave me hope for tomorrow – Ephesians 4:11-12 – August 3rd 2014
Mark Driscoll launches Phoenix church and why I am okay with it! – Ephesians 4:29-32 – December 18th 2015
Forgiveness – How do you forgive your daughter’s killer? – Ephesians 4:32 – June 14th 2014
Double the volume in Dundee, Scotland – Ephesians 5:11-21 – February 26th 2015
Coming together in love – Ephesians 5:22-33 – September 23rd 2014
Happy 9th Anniversary Chelsea – UMF – Ephesians 5:25-29 – August 23rd 2014
A father’s advice – Ephesians 6:1-4 – July 26th 2014
Happy birthday Dad – Ephesians 6:1-4 February 28th 2015

I hope that this is a blessing and I pray that you get something from these bible studies.

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