To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.
Written to the saints in Ephesus
Ephesus was like the NY of today, with well over 400,000 citizens.
Ephesus and surrounding areas had many waves of conquerors.
The Ephesians were mostly Dorian Greeks and Roman Israelites.
In addition were Phoenicians, Ionian Greeks and other branches of the dispersed Nations of Israel.
Also, of course, our enemy, Edomites and Canaanites. And they were the ruling class of the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees that perverted the laws of Moses into their own doctrine, the 'traditions of men' or Judaism.
Ephesus was a sea port of Asia Minor, facing towards Greece, and was the capital city of the Roman province in which it was situated. It was the center of worship of the goddess Diana or Artemis. This gave rise to profitable trade I portable shrines and images which devotees bought to carry on journeys or to set up in their houses.
Paul visited Ephesus on his second missionary journey and taught ' by the scriptures that Yahshua was the Anointed.'
On his third missionary journey, Paul stayed there for three years and taught ' the things concerning the Kingdom of Yahweh.' His work proved a threat to the commercial interests of those profiting by the worship of Diana and a great riot broke out, which in the end forced Paul to leave the city. He had, however, founded an assembly there, and evidently it was well organized and established.
This letter which he sent to them subsequently, was written during his imprisonment at Rome, and was addressed to the 'Saints which are at Ephesus.' Who were those 'saints'? If we refer to Deuteronomy 33:3, we find that the 'saints' were the children of Israel. Therefore, the Epistle was addressed to a pocket of Israelites in dispersion.
The Israelites in dispersion would include any and all children of Jacob, from their beginnings in Egypt, to the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities that did not return to Judaea after their captivity and settled elsewhere. They lost and/or forgot their heritage and God. Paul was the apostle to these forgetful Israelite kinsmen. Bringing the gospel, the good message of their part in the promises made to Abraham's seed and preservation through allegiance (faith) in Yahshua Christ.
The Church (assembly) at Ephesus was the first of the seven churches for whom John was given messages at Patmos. The Ephesian assembly had a good record, but 'had left it's first love.' Meaning time passed, Christ didn’t return, things went from bad to worse and they lost their first enthusiasm.
Period begins with the resurrection of Yahshua in 30 AD to Johns time around 94-100 AD.
Time of early Christianity, the main opposition was from the Pharisees (mostly Edomites by then).
Represents the earliest assembly when it was free from serious persecution.
Praised for loyalty to Yahshua the Messiah’s teachings. False teachers were expelled.
The original Greek will be referred often to restore and make sense of the many mistranslations that have taken place over the years. Both out of innocent mistakes and intentional deception.
Paul is addressing 'saints'. What is a 'saint'? Those that are sacred, consecrated, holy, chosen,
3 Blessed be Yahweh, even the Father of our Prince, Yahshua Christ, who has blessed us among the Anointed (the group) with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
'Christ' does not always refer to the Prince. It quite often refers to the Anointed people, or group. Israelites.
'holy', the same word as 'saint'. We are to be righteous, blameless, set apart from unrighteousness.
The word 'should', implies that since we are of the chosen seed of Abraham, and therefore have a 'called out' purpose, the test is that we 'should' act accordingly. “Just believing” does not make one holy.
As explained in Romans and Galatians, the word 'adoption', used only 5 times, is an incorrect translation. The Greek word 'uiothesia' means 'placement of son' or 'position of son'. Adopting someone who is not an Israelite is NOT what this word means.
As children of Israel mature into learned and obedient servants of “faith”, which really means allegiance, to the Kingdom, we are placed into the position of sons/daughters. Only those of this family, seed, race, are eligible.
The “churches” teach that anybody can be “adopted” if they “believe”. If you have eyes to see, scripture will reveal otherwise.
Verse 12 in the Greek: But as many who received Him, He gave to them the authority which the children of Yahweh are to attain, to those believing in His Name.
His name represents the seed of Abraham. Christ came only unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Jacob's 12 sons and their descendants. Abraham was not going to sacrifice Isaac for everybody in the world. He was offering him to Yahweh and because of it, Yahweh made promises and covenants with Abraham's seed, posterity, race. Christ died for this race. We are to be the light of the Adamic nations and set the example that Christ showed us.
As the seed of Abraham, Christ was the only perfect man, He set the example. We are of this same seed ('called') and therefore stewards of His purpose. To strive to be like Christ.
If your stewardship is supporting the “churches” idea of a Jewish Jesus, you might not be gathered with the stewards that understand their true Prince.
Only Abraham's seed was preordained for Yahweh's purpose.
Those who were aware and had a part in it, meaning walking with Christ. The apostles.
The Greek reveals more:
12 For which we are to be in praise of His honor, who before had expectation in the Christ,
In verse 13, 'trusted'- is in italic text, which means it was added
earnest- Down payment of the Spirit (2 Cor 5:5, Rom 8:23)
The purchased possession is the seed of Abraham. Not anybody and everybody.
12 For which we are to be in praise of His honor, who before had expectation in the Christ,
The “churches” say 'everyone' is redeemed. But the scriptures say only Israelites.
Only Israelites are saints, set apart, called out, chosen, holy.
Greek reads: 'in His knowledge'
It's more than, “just believing” in or of Him.
Italicized words are added by the translators. 'hath he quickened' is not in the older texts.
Who are the children of disobedience? Who was given the law? Israelites. When you step outside the law, you are anti-Christ. Now Satan can enter.
Other who? Other children. The children of darkness.
We are to be separate from this seed, race, posterity.
5 and we being dead in transgressions, are made alive with the Anointed (the group), (in favor are you being preserved),
'Might' means maybe. Maybe if you are among the number of those in allegiance to His faith, you will receive favor (grace).
There is nothing we do for this favor (grace). It is a free gift from Yahweh because of the promises made to Abraham and his seed, our kinsmen.
If we gained grace (favor) because of works (rituals), then we could boast that we saved ourselves. Paul is not saying the law or good works are not needed, but simply that they put you into position to receive the favor (grace).
This verse is an idiomatic play on words. Circumcision of the heart is what matters. (Col 2:11) The distinctions of circumcision have become false under a multi racial ungodly government of Judaea. After 150 BC, when John Hyrcanus started circumcising Edomites, the distinctions weren't so obvious.
The KJV translators took a past tense verb, 'alienated' and changed it to a noun 'aliens'. This changes the whole message.
Our ancestors were alienated, put away in punishment, from the Anointed (the group) and were “lost”. Hence, dispersed Israel.
Paul is the apostle to the dispersed Nations of Israel (not “gentiles”).
Israelite Judaeans and the dispersed Nations of Israel.
This is the two sticks prophecy. The middle wall is the hostility of the flesh. The 2 houses united. Judah (the circumcised) and Israel (the uncircumcised).
The 2 Houses of Judah and Israel forgot who they were and had hostility between themselves. Judaeans had the law and the dispersed did not. Judaeans viewed the dispersed Nations as 'common' or profane. Christ's death covered both houses, because they are kinsmen.
The “churches” try to teach that the “Gentiles” are non-Israelites. That the “Gentiles” can claim someone else's inheritance by “believing”.
Both houses are no more strangers to each other, both are Abraham's seed, both are saints (called). Nobody else is included in this inheritance, nor can be added.
Christ came to die for us (Israelites, the bride) instead of slay His wife (us) for disobedience, so by His own law, he could have her (us) back. Kind after kind. Nobody else can be His wife. This gospel is exclusive to the seed of Abraham. Blacks, Asians, Mexicans, Jews, and any mixed bastards are not Abraham's seed. (Deut 23:2) Don't blame me, take it up with Yahweh.
Management of the family, of the Household of Yahweh
Paul was in prison in Rome when he wrote this epistle.
Paul has been given the stewardship or administration (management) of the family of God. Who is the family of God? By now you should know that it is the seed of Abraham.
Both the Nations and kings of the same seed, Israel. The KJV version has Acts 9:15 mistranslated to separate the nations from the kings and from the children. 3 groups, when all three are of one group, the seed of Abraham.
'Christ' here is referring to the Anointed people (seed, group).
All throughout the times, Noah's 3 sons, the captivities in Egypt, Assyria and Babylon, our people migrated and founded the nations of Europe and America. This was because of the divorce of Yahweh and Israel, so most of these nations, missing the Exodus and giving of the law, forgot who they were.
Now the apostles, prophets, and Spirit constantly remind us, but we don't listen.
The dispersed Nations were the uncircumcision. They too are Israelites that are part of the same body, Abraham's seed, and with this knowledge and understanding 'should' be fellowheirs.
The “church” is not the dispenser of wisdom. An institutionalized clerical hierarchy is not the subject here. The original Greek clarifies, as usual.
10 In order that the exceedingly intricate wisdom of Yahweh would now become known to the realms and to the authorities in heavenly places through the assembly (people).
If the “churches” are doing a good thing, and there are more now than ever, why is the world in the worst shape ever? Because our “churches” are not Christianity, they are Judaism.
11 In accordance with the purpose of the ages, which He has done in Yahshua Christ our Prince.
Paul is praying that he does not falter. How can you falter at another's afflictions?
The “churches” would say this verse is talking about all races. But all races are not from one family, and definitely not from the loins of Abraham.
Paul was in bonds in Rome.
Abraham's seed is the 'called out seed'.
Not called to “believe”, but called to perform His example.
Three years after Christ is baptized in water by John, He tells the apostles that He has a baptism to be baptized in. In water again, no, it's already been done. He is speaking of being immersed in death.
The immersion of the Christian heart in the sacrifice of Yahweh.
Note the difference in verse 8, 'gave',
The captivity of eternal death was smashed when Christ died. He received the gift for us.
Saints- the 'called out' seed of Abraham.
The “churches” teach that anybody who “believes” becomes a saint. But that is not what scripture teaches.
Systemized deception. You may not get it yet, but this is speaking of today's “churches”.
Pulled away from the milk of the word.
Obviously we are still being deceived. Millions in “church”, learning about every wind of doctrine of men, a Jewish Jesus, the “rapture”, that you are a “gentile”, and that the law was “done away with”. And my favorites, “just believe” and “once saved always saved”. And the self declaration of “I'm saved”.
If we all practice perfecting ourselves to the best of our abilities to His example, then the whole body, race gets elevated.
What nations? The Genesis 10 nations, and Israelites of old and today.
KJV got this one right. 'alienated'. Not 'aliens' like in 2:12.
Without understanding, we are alienated from Yahweh.
This is not talking about converting Jews, which is impossible, for they have no light in them.
It's referring to Israelites who fell away from The Way.
This is baptism. Immersed in the knowledge and understanding of Him.
The scriptures define neighbor as fellow man, kinsmen, brother, him near to you.
Settle your differences.
“Just believing”, is not following.
The death of the martyrs were a sweet savor to Yahweh. Christ's was the most potent, we must strengthen our potency.
Race mixing, uncleanness, and greed are not suitable for saints.
The “churches” teach tolerance, don't rock the boat or be controversial. Here, scripture demands that we rebuke unrighteousness. Does your “church” allow homosexuals, mixed races and marriages? Teaching of a Jewish Jesus? Eating pork?
Political correctness is public cowardice. If we don't rebuke sin, we are just as guilty.
We can't redeem time. It should read, 'Buying the time,'
Psalm 34:1 I will bless Yahweh at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
This is obedience, practice, and imitating His example.
Christ gave himself for His people (body), not some physical “church”.
Song of Solomon 4:7
'Fair' is a description. An unmixed anglo-saxon is fair. Unblemished refers to unmixed. Holy.
DNA. We are talking about kind after kind. The seed of Abraham. A particular race according to the flesh. Called, chosen, set apart, a peculiar people, the only family He has known.
Amazing how the KJV force feeds the word 'church'. The Greek word is 'ecclesia'. It means an assembly, congregation, or gathering of Yahweh's children, the 'called' seed of Abraham. It never refers to a building, or clerical order. King James ordered his translators to change the Greek word and meaning of 'ecclesia' to the incorrect and deceiving word “church”. NEVER does the word “church” appear in the manuscripts, because it does not mean a building, an order, a hierarchy of clerical apostasy.
It always means the people, the group, the called out saints. The congregation of Israelite man following The Way.
The Greek has 'which is the first commandment with
Even from Genesis, the seed of Abraham was the chosen family of Yahweh. No room here for Blacks, Asians, Mexicans, Jews or any other race. You will not find the scriptures accepting these in the promises, covenants, or redemption that Yahweh made to Abraham.
Our corrupt society, and the state, raises our children today. And the TV.
The “churches” teach that 'respect of persons' means any race. Scripture is clear that this book is about the race of Adam. And Yahweh does not care if you are poor or rich, Hold high office or no office.
It's a mystery to those who forgot or don't understand that Christ came for the lost sheep of the House of Israel. Israelites. You and me. The 'saints' of Abraham's seed.
Tychicus delivered the message to the Ephesians.
The whole Armor of Yahweh
In the Greek armor the girdle, or military belt, was used to brace the armor tight against the body, and to cover the space where the two parts of the breastplate joined. This girdle was also used as a belt on which to suspend a dagger or a short sword. The breastplate consisted of two parts. One part reached from the neck to the navel, the other part hung from the navel to the knees, then the two parts were joined by the girdle. The lower legs and feet were protected by greaves made of gold, silver, brass or iron.
The head was protected by a helmet, made of various metals. The shield was carried on the left arm, and was sometimes made of thick, strong sole leather, or sometimes was a frame of wood covered with brass or iron. All these things were defensive armor. Then there was a sword, an offensive weapon. He who had all this armor, was completely armed for combat.
Certainly no man made doctrines and dogmas will suffice. We must turn to the source of all great truth, the Bible. This is where Paul begins, “having your loins girt about with truth.” In John 18:38 Pontius Pilate asked Yahshua, “What is truth?” In John 17:17 Yahshua said Yahweh’s word is truth, and is the only truth that matters.
Remember that Yahweh’s word to us has been mostly the rules by which our personal and national lives should be governed, by these laws and His commandments. Psalm 119:142, 151 tells us, “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy law is the truth. ... Thou art near O Yahweh, and all Thy commandments are truth.” How many of our churches today remember, all Yahweh’s commandments are the truth?
The churches teach that the Old Testament is just the record of Yahweh’s well meant failure to accomplish what He wanted to do, after which He gave up and started over on something within His means, in the New Testament. Some of them even apologize for the Old Testament as just a collection of the myths of a primitive people!
We also can see that all the commandments of Yahweh are the truth as Psalm 119:151 says. Therefore we can’t throw any part of it in the rubbish heap, as some of the churches do with the Old Testament. We must take both the Old and New Testaments as one book.
Yahshua confirms this in Matthew 5:17-19 where He says, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Next Paul mentions the breastplate of righteousness. This we might say is to do Yahweh’s truth, this is not a new idea in the Bible. Speaking of Yahweh Isaiah 59:17 says, “He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon His head.” Paul carries this same simile into Ephesians, which we have quoted.
The Bible has much to say about righteousness and what it will do for us. Isaiah 48:18 records, “O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the sea.” Isaiah 32:16-18 fills out this picture. “Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field; and the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. And My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”
Next Paul says that our feet should be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Not the false satanic hope of peace by reliance upon the pagan, Christ hating countries of the United Nations. Peace never comes from leaders of these pagan countries, they don’t even know the meaning of peace. However, many churches of today teach that our only hope of peace is in surrendering to the United Nations. Have they never heard the Prince of peace is Yahshua?
Peace can only come on Yahweh’s own terms, after Yahweh’s kingdom has been established. Yahshua confirms this for in Matthew 10:34 He said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Only under the rule of Yahweh will peace come, the scriptures verify this throughout the Bible.
In Isaiah 52:7 we read these famous words. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, thy God reigneth!” It is only when the kingdom of Yahweh has become an effective reality on earth, the good tidings of peace can be published, and not otherwise.
Isaiah 9:6-7 records, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh will perform this.”
It is only of Yahweh’s government and peace that there shall be no end. The scriptures have never promised us any other peace. Peace certainly cannot come under the United Nations which recognizes no god but the stone idol of Zeus, which stands in the lobby of its building in New York City.
Paul says we need the shield of faith. In the original Greek, from which this was translated, it says the faith. This is important, not just faith, not just belief in something, but the faith. The pagans who worshiped Moloch and Baal certainly had faith. They offered their first born sons as bloody sacrifices on the altar, but it was the wrong faith. There is far too little true faith, the faith, in the world. In Luke 18:8 Yahshua sorrowfully asks, “When the Son of man cometh, shall He find the faith on the earth?”
What is the faith? After His resurrection Yahshua defined the faith. He rebuked two of His disciples for their failure to understand what had happened, it is recorded in Luke 24:25. “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken.” Today, most churches believe only the gospel of personal salvation. They despise all the rest that the prophets have spoken, they do not have the faith.
Next Paul lists the helmet of salvation, it is fifth on the list. You must have the first four parts of armor, before you are ready for this one. In the Old Testament, four Hebrew words are translated salvation. In the New Testament, two Greek words are translated salvation, all six have the primary meaning of safety. This is not only safety for the individual, it must also be safety for the nation. If you voluntarily let your nation lose its salvation, do you think that you as an individual, can keep yours? Among our ancient ancestors, those whose indifference allowed Baal worship to enter the land, perished with it. Personal salvation by itself is not enough. Today most Christians are running around unarmed and naked except for just a helmet.
We can’t stand passively by while this battle rages. Besides the defensive armor of Yahweh, we must also have the sword of the spirit, which Paul tells us, is the word of Yahweh. If you know this, and are not afraid to use it, you can drive the enemy out of our schools, churches and our government, even out of our land.
Satan has disarmed most people by subverting the churches. These churches are now teaching Christians must avoid anything which is controversial and teaching Christians they should love everybody, good or evil.
As a real Christian, you are armed with the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. In addition you have the shield of the faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. What are you armed for? To do battle courageously against all wickedness. Let’s go! With these arms, and under the leadership of Yahshua, YOUR DESTINY IS VICTORY!!!
Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Ephesians.
The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.
The book of Ephesians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison). Paul wrote it about 60-62 A.D. The key personalities of Ephesians are the Apostle Paul and Tychicus. It was written to encourage believers (saints) to walk as fruitful followers of Christ and to serve in unity and love in the midst of persecution.
See how they push 'believers'. You are not a saint because you “believe”, rather you believe because you are a saint. Only the seed of Abraham can be called 'saints'. For 'saints', the seed of Abraham, are called by Yahweh.
• In chapters 1-3, Paul begins with the joyful truth that every believer (saint !) has been chosen by God before the foundation of the world, "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will" (1:4-5). Paul then teaches about the unity of believers (saints). These are the truths and blessings that all believers (saints) have in common. He wrote that all Christians are “adopted as sons through Jesus Christ” (1:5). If you remember, 'adopted' is not the original Greek word here. The correct word 'uiothesia' means 'placement of son'. All believers (saints) are, “redeemed through His blood” (1:7), and “sealed by the Holy Spirit” (1:13). Paul continues on to clear up one of the most misconceived and/or often ignored subjects even to this day, “Salvation (preservation) by Grace (favor)”. He wrote that salvation (preservation) is by the “Grace”
• In chapters 4-5, Paul encourages the believer (saints) to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling”. Every believer (saint) has a responsibility to live as servants of Jesus Christ. In these chapters, Paul teaches that it takes hard work to be in unity with others, and that we are to be “imitators of God” (5:1). He mentions imperative truths and advice for well functioning families, including husbands and wives who upon the oath of marriage become as “one flesh” (5:31). Paul explains the concept of a biblical marriage. Marriage is a picture of Christ and the church (body of believers) and the way that Jesus Christ loved the church (assembly) is the way that the husband must love his treasured wife, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church (assembly) and gave Himself up for her" (5:25). Paul doesn’t end there, he goes on to reinforce that husbands are to love their wives, "as their own bodies" and also to love their wives, "even as himself (vss 28;33).
When a husband learns to love his wife in this way, his wife usually has no issues fulfilling her role and even enjoys it, "the wife must see to it that she respects her husband" (vs 33).
• In chapter 6, Paul instructs believers (saints, saints, saints!!!) how to prepare for spiritual battle by dressing in the “full armor of God” (6:11). Prayer is the key weapon of the Christian soldier. He emphasizes his principle with the repeated statement “stand firm”.
Summary of the Book of Ephesians
The City of Ephesus
Ephesus was the most important city in western Asia Minor (now Turkey). It had a harbor that at that time opened into the Cayster River, which in turn emptied into the Aegean Sea. Because it was also at an intersection of major trade routes, Ephesus became a commercial center. It boasted a pagan temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Diana (Greek Artemis); Acts 19:23-31. Paul made Ephesus a center for evangelism for about three years and the church (assembly) there apparently flourished for some time, but later needed the warning of Rev 2:1-7.
Unlike several of the other letters Paul wrote, Ephesians does not address any particular error or heresy. Paul wrote to expand the horizons of his readers, so that they might understand better the dimensions of God's eternal purpose and grace (favor) and come to appreciate the high goals God has for the church (assembly).
The “church” is not a fast 'food' chain. He wants a congregation of 'saints' that follow The Way.
The letter opens with a sequence of statements about God's blessings, which are interspersed with a remarkable variety of expressions drawing attention to God's wisdom, forethought and purpose. Paul emphasizes that we have been saved (preserved) we are not out of the woods yet. Don't fall for the “once saved, always saved” lie, not only for our personal benefit, but also to bring praise and glory (honor) to God. The climax of God's purpose, "when the times will have reached their fulfillment," is to bring all things in the universe together under Christ (1:10). It is crucially important that Christians realize this, so in 1:15-23 Paul prays for their understanding (a second prayer occurs in 3:14-21).
Having explained God's great goals for the church (assembly), Paul proceeds to show the steps toward their fulfillment. First, God has reconciled individuals to himself as an act of grace (favor) (2:1-10). The reconciliation is the bringing back in of dispersed, or 'put away in punishment' tribes of Israel under the New Covenant. Both the circumcised and uncircumcised. Second, God has reconciled these saved (preserved) individuals to each other, Christ having broken down the barriers through his own death (2:11-22). Not to open the door to everybody in the world, but to all the tribes of Israel. But God has done something even beyond this: He has united these reconciled individuals (House of Judah and House of Israel) in one body, the church (the people, assembly, congregation). This is a "mystery" not fully known until it was revealed to Paul (3:1-6). The mystery was that Christ's own people, kin, race, did not know or remember who they were, because they were scattered in the wilderness for disobedience. Now Paul is able to state even more clearly what God has intended for the church (assembly), namely, that it be the means by which he displays his "manifold wisdom" to the "rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms" (3:7-13). The “church” is not the source of wisdom, it comes from the righteous rulers and authority. Church is not an authority. It is clear through the repetition of "heavenly realms" (1:3,20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12) that Christian existence is not merely on an earthly plane. It receives its meaning and significance from heaven, where Christ is exalted at the right hand of God (1:20).
Nevertheless, that life is lived out on earth, where the practical daily life of the believer (saint, seed of Abraham) continues to work out the purposes of God. The ascended Lord (Prince) gave "gifts" to the members of his church (assembly) to enable them to minister to one another and so promote unity and maturity (4:1-16). The unity of the church (assembly) under the headship of Christ foreshadows the uniting of "all things in heaven and on earth" under Christ (1:10). The new life of purity and mutual deference stands in contrast to the old way of life without Christ (4:17 -- 6:9). Those who are "strong in the Lord (Prince)" have victory over the evil one in the great spiritual conflict, especially through the power of prayer (6:10-20; see note on 1:3).
For a brief time at the end of his second missionary journey, and then for more than two years on his third missionary journey, Paul ministered to the church (assembly)at Ephesus (Acts 18:18–21; 19:1–41). During his time in this city that housed the famous temple to the Greek goddess Artemis, Paul saw many converted to faith (allegiance) in Jesus Christ and many others who opposed his preaching in the synagogues and homes. One prominent silversmith, Demetrius, who made implements for the worship of Artemis, found his business suffering greatly because people were converting to Christianity. The ensuing near-riot led Paul to leave the city, but only after the apostle had done much to stabilize and grow the Christian community there. Why didn't they use “church” here?
Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians sometime in AD 60–61, around the same time he wrote Colossians and Philemon, as he sent all three letters by the hand of Tychicus, accompanied by Onesimus (Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7–9; Philemon 1:10–12). It was during this time that Paul sat in Rome undergoing his first Roman imprisonment (Ephesians 3:1; 4:1), making Ephesians one of the four epistles commonly known as the Prison Epistles. The others are Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
Why is Ephesians so important?
2 Corinthians and Galatians abound with personal touches from Paul, either about his own life or that of the recipients. Ephesians, on the other hand, stands at the opposite end of the spectrum as one of Paul’s most formal letters. While Galatians offers instructions particularly important for those churches (assemblies) overrun with legalism, Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian—both in faith and in practice—regardless of any particular problem in the community.
What's the big idea?
Paul divided his letter to the Ephesians into two clear segments; applying the truths of the first makes possible the actions and lifestyle of the second. Paul spent the first three chapters of the letter discussing God’s creation of a holy community by His gift of grace (favor) in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The members of this community have been chosen by God through the work of Christ, adopted as sons and daughters of God How can you be adopted if you are already children of God? It should be understood by the correct word and meaning, 'placed into position of sons and daughters', meaning earning your rightful place as heir by allegiance (faith) to God, and brought near to the Father through faith in His Son. All people with this faith—Jews and Gentiles alike—were dead in their transgressions and sins but have been made alive because of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
'Jews and Gentiles alike'. First of all, 'Jews' are not Israelites, but don't believe me, this is from their own addmition, ("Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew."1980 Jewish Almanac, p. 3). Or how about one of the many identifications that Christ revealed, (John 8:44).
While Paul was not responding to a particular theological or moral problem, he wanted to protect against future problems by encouraging the Ephesians to mature in their faith. So after laying out profound theological truths in the first half of the book, Paul made his purpose clear: he expected that this community of faith would walk in accordance with its heavenly calling (Ephesians 4:1). Right, the seed of Abraham (saints) have a 'calling'. As a result of the theological realities Christians accept by their faith in God, several practices should follow in their relationships within the church (assembly), in the home, and in the world.
How do I apply this?
The book of Ephesians hits on a wide range of moral and ethical behaviors, designed to ensure believers (saints) are living up to our heavenly calling. As we continue in our faith from day to day, month to month, and year to year, the temptation to get comfortable will always exist. However, Paul presented the gift of God in Christ and the benefits we receive so clearly that we cannot help but ask ourselves if our lives reflect that reality as they should.
How have you grown in your Christian life since you came to faith in Jesus Christ? 'Faith in Jesus Christ' is sold in the “churches” as a belief. “Just Believe”. But we must come to the faith of Christ, meaning, we must have confidence (trust) in the allegiance (faith) that He had. Which was righteousness and obedience to the Father. While we must “believe”, we must also imitate and DO. The latter half of Ephesians makes clear that spiritual growth occurs primarily in community with others, iron sharpening iron (Proverbs 27:17). Your Christian “walk” (in other words, your daily life) is to be characterized by unity, holiness, love, wisdom, and perseverance in spiritual warfare. And obedience.
Maturity yields benefits in believers’ (saint's) moral lives, but it extends far beyond that as well. Increased maturity benefits the community at large, leading us as Christians to present a more consistent witness to the working of God in our lives as well as protecting us from the harmful divisions and quarrels that have plagued so many communities throughout history.