The Epistle to Ephesians (इफिसियों की पत्री)
Paul wrote this book to the Christians who were in Ephesus. In AD 60-61, Paul wrote it when he was in Roman Jail. Through Tychicus, Paul sent this letter to Ephesus church.
The main parts it is divided into:
- Praise God for every Spiritual Gift in Christ: God has chosen us in Him. He has predestinated us for adoption as children by Jesus Christ. God has accepted (Blessed) us in the beloved. Thank God for redemption through his blood, forgiveness of sins, and has made known to us the mystery of the gospel. In Christ, we have obtained an inheritance and are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
- Pray for knowing Christ more: Pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation that we know him better. Pray that our eyes may be enlightened to know the hope of our calling, riches of his glorious inheritance in his Holy people, and his incomparable great power for us who believe. Our supreme need is to know God.
- Saved by Grace, through faith: God by mercy and great love saved us. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8). As we are in Christ, we do good works. The good works are a RESULT & EVIDENCE of God’s saving grace in our lives and not a CAUSE of salvation.
- In Christ we are a work of reconciliation: Christ himself became our peace made the two groups one. He accomplished this reconciliation by the blood of Christ. He reconciled both of them in one body (the church), to God.
- Mystery of Gospel is revealed in Christ: Jews and Gentiles, who believe in Christ, are made one body (Church) in Christ, through the Gospel.
- Paul’s prayer for Ephesus church: Paul prayed for the Ephesians’ church to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man, being rooted and grounded in love that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
- Living worthy of God’s calling: Practical implications for our new life in Christ in the church, in the world/society, in households & work-place, spiritual warfare.
- How to keep unity and peace in the church: With all lowliness/humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love. Jesus is the bond of peace, who has broken down the dividing wall of partition. Knowing that there is ONE body and ONE Spirit—ONE hope— ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
- Signs of Maturity: The purpose of the gifts is to make the saints perfect, to equip his people for works of service, and edification of the Church. Unity in faith (doctrinal faith) and knowledge of the Son of God. We will no longer be small children – tossed about by different teachings, cunning & craftiness of people. Speak the truth in love. Grow together in unity and love. Become like Christ. Become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
- Living worthy according to God’s calling: Heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. We learned of Christ. Putting off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your mind, to put on the new self (Ephesians 4:20-24). Do not grieve Holy Spirit. Walk in love. Walk as children of light. Be Filled with Holy Spirit. Our life itself is worship (Romans 12:1, 2).
- Family and workplace relationship: Husband-wife relationship should reflect the relationship between Christ and the Church: God-oriented, Christ-centered – voluntary submission & unconditional love. Children, obey your parents in the Lord & honor them always. Parents bring up their children in the instruction of the Lord. Working wholeheartedly as unto the Lord. Voluntary submission to each other out of reverence for Christ. And hereby, fulfill God’s mission in this world through your family and work ethics.
- Stand firm: Be strong in the Lord and power of his might. Stand firm against the wiles of the devil. Put on the whole armor of God (Jesus) – Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God, with prayers for all saints (unselfish prayers in Christian unity) (Ephesians 6:13-18). The Christian identity and walk are represented as the Christian battle against the evil spiritual forces. The spiritual battle is already won by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary; we appropriate it to our present now, in and through Jesus Christ.
Below is a playlist for Bible study for the book of Ephesians.
- Paul reveals to us our new position in Christ for we have been made alive and raised us up to be seated in the heavenly places in Christ, hidden in the beloved.
- Paul reveals to us the great mystery of the gospel i.e the church which is the body of Christ. We are the body of Christ and Christ is our head.
- Now we are called to “live a life worthy of the calling we have received”. This is not morality (just focusing on the outside behavior), but this is Christian transformation (from the inside out).
- We would no longer be children, but speaking the truth in love would grow up in love into Him which is the head, that is Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Let us fulfill God’s purpose in our lives (as a family, as a church) by proclaiming the good news boldly through our Christian walk and talk, even in chains and troubles.