Ephesians 1:1-2
1 Thessalonians 2:11-16
“… when ye received the word of God
… ye received it … (as)…
the word of God.”
The epistle was addressed to the saints who were at Ephesus and who were faithful in Christ Jesus. The writer identified himself as Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ. This is one of the so-called “prison epistles” that Paul wrote during his first Roman imprisonment in AD 60-62. He referred to the imprisonment in Ephesians 3:1, 4:1 and 6:20. The content of the epistle reflects the maturity of that church. Paul knew this church very well and he fed her with spiritual meat. In the epistle he addressed very important theological matters and gave clear explanation in a language that is easily understood.
Paul’s oft repeated phrase “in Christ” (or similar expressions) appears thirty-five times in the epistle. This shows the central place of Christ in his message. He focused on the believer’s responsibility to walk according to the heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. As he expressed to the elders earlier, Paul wrote to prevent problems in the church as a whole and encouraged maturity in Him. The key words of his message are given in Ephesians 2:8-10 and 4:1-3 which stressed salvation by grace and the need for humility and patience in upholding the unity of the church. Chapter 6 is the grand finale of Paul’s message. He said that Christians were blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, yet spiritual warfare was still a daily experience of the Christian while still in the world. He gave the clearest admonition on how to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Eph 6:10b).
Paul wrote to inform his readers of their position in Christ, stirring them to look to the source of their daily spiritual living. He told them to walk worthy of the calling wherewith they were called. He listed the heavenly possession of believers as adoption, redemption, power, life, grace, citizenship and the love of Christ. Thus the church matured.
THOUGHT: The words of the apostles are indeed the words of God.
PRAYER: Lord, may I uphold the value of Thy written Word.