Ephesians - The Treasury of Christian Riches
I would like for us to begin a verse-by-verse
study in the book of Ephesians. I read this precious
book through more than a dozen times in preparation
for preaching these messages. I've come to call
this book "The Treasury of Christian Riches because
this book, possibly more than any other in the
Bible, speaks of the vast wealth that belongs to
everyone who is "in Christ."
I want us to discover from this study that1
if you are a Christian, you are rich. Rich in
goods which money cannot buy. J. Paul Getty is
said to be the richest man in the word. His worth
is over $1.3 billion. Yet all of this wealth is
like pennies when compared to the spiritual wealth
ye have in Christ. I hope Ephesians will become
your "Treasury of Christian Riches." I hope you
will discover new spiritual wealth in the studies
which lie before us.
1. Ephesians is a prison epistle. It was
written while Paul was in prison in Rome
(along with Philippians. Colossians, and
a. This letter was brought to Ephesus
by a courier named Tychycus
the pastors at Colosse and Onesumus
a run-away slave from Colosse.
They carried Ephesians, Philemon and
Colossians to their appointed destinies.
2. Author - the Apostle Paul
a. Had been a Pharisee of the Pharisees,
scholled at the feet of Gamaliel.
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b. Had launched a campaign to destroy
c. Was converted on the road to
d. Conducted 3 foreign missionary journeys.
(1) Paul first came to Ephesus around
53 AD on his way from Corinth to
Jerusalem. (Priscilla and Aquilla
went back to Corinth to instruct
Apollos, a fresh convert of Johns)
(2) Two years later, on ...
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