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A Study of Ephesians (1 of 21)
Since I was first saved I have been a big fan of Christian books, especially the old ones. You see I have found that spiritual success leaves clues. If you find a man or a woman who is made an impact for the Kingdom, you will discover that they were engaged in certain disciplines, habits, and practices.
As you read different books you will recognize that godly people hold many of those habits in common. It is then that you have discovered one of the clues to success.
But with that said, I would rather spend 10 mins with the author than 10 weeks with the book.
Better yet, I would prefer to do both. You see, I can't help but believe that once you know the man, you will never read his work the same way again for better or worse.
Such is the case with the letter to the Ephesians. To understand it deeply and divide it correctly, you must know something of its Earthly author, his personality, experience and passion.
Chuck Swindol said it well, "It took a changed man to pen this life changing letter."
God is the ultimate author, but it was through divine inspiration that God penned the letter though Paul, without compromising Paul's personality and without contaminating God's purpose.
The first word of this letter must have brought and incredible flood of emotion to the people of the Church at Ephesus.
We close our letters with a name; they started who the letter was from.
It starts with the name, an oh what a name it was…
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
• Paul, whose original name was Saul, was of the tribe of Benjamin and probably was named after Israel's first king and her most prominent Benjamite King Saul.
• Paul was the human author of fourteen of the twenty-seven books of the new testament.
You will find this name thing is a little confusing, but after his conversion Saul became Paul, the new man needed a new name.
John Pollack author of The Apostle: A Life of Paul writes
Paul's parents were Pharisees, members of the party most fervent in Jewish nationalism and strict in obedience to the Law of Moses. They sought to guard their offspring against contamination. Friendships with Gentile children were discouraged. Greek ideas were despised. Though Paul from infancy could speak Greek and had a working knowledge of Latin, his family at home spoke Aramaic, the language of Judea, a derivative of Hebrew.
They looked to Jerusalem as Islam look to Mecca. Their privileges as freemen of Tarsus and Roman citizens were nothing compared to the high honor of being Israelites, the People of Promise, to whom the Living God had revealed his glory and his plans…
By his thirteenth birthday, Paul had mastered Jewish history, the poetry of the psalms, ...
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