I remember being a new Christian and so hungrily devouring God’s word. I had so many questions, so many things I wanted to understand. My Step Mom was such a blessing to me then, guiding and discipling me. In all my questions, she patiently encouraged, pointed and helped to guide me to find the Biblical answer I was searching for. As I studied, she would offer additional questions, scriptures and contextual information relevant to my question, but did just toss out pat answers. I’m sure she knew how much more meaningful it would be for me to see the scriptures myself and allow the Lord to teach me by his Holy Spirit.
I was speaking with a young lady recently who has begun to study the book of Ephesians. It absolutely thrills my heart to see young people searching the word of God
Here are some questions that I knew would help her more. Maybe they will be a help to others studying this wonderful book.
Often those studying the book of Ephesians simply skim over the introduction in chapter one, assuming that since it is written to the “saints” (a term used interchangeably between both Jew and Gentile elsewhere in scripture), that everything there is about every born-again believer. This misunderstanding has led to multitudes of doctrinal errors throughout Christian history.
The questions we need to ask are:
-What two groups of people is this written to?
-Who is Paul referring to when it says “us” and “we” in the first twelve verses?
-Who is Paul referring to when the focus shifts to “ye” in verse thirteen? (Ch 2 v. 11)
-So then, according to these facts, what group of people was predestinated from the foundation of the world?
-What were they predestinated to? (Ch 1 V. 5 &12)
-What was God’s eternal “purpose” which they were predestinated according to? (the mystery revealed) (Ch 1 vs 9-11, ch 3 1-11)
God’s eternal purpose is an amazing study in itself (Romans 8:28 ,9:11, 9:17, 2 Corinthians 1:17, Ephesians 1:11, 3:11, 2 Timothy 1:9)
-Who were the strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:? But now have become fellowcitizens “with” the saints? (ch3 v 6)
I pray that someone else may be blessed by this study.
i invite your sincere questions and comments, and will do my best to answer according to God's word. While i do not claim to be without error; I will try to be as true to His word as I know.
is a Fundamental, Bible Believing Christian with a passion for His word and a desire to earnestly contend for the faith.