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Ephesians

Scripture is written for a particular purpose
Scripture is Christocentric material with a Christocentric message.
John 20:31 NKJV
but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
Acts 20:26–27 NKJV
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
Acts 20:26 NKJV
Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
John wrote so that people can come to faith In Christ.
Acts 20:26
1 John 5:13 NKJV
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Revelation was progress
Hebrews 1:1 NKJV
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:1–2 NKJV
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Hebrews
Christ is the name of God’s humanity.
In OT Hidden.
What makes scripture is the message.
The suffering of Christ and His Glory.
up to the message was to the Jews.
Matthew 10:6 NKJV
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Mat 10
Resurrection of Christ collapsed the barriers
The arrival of Paul opened up the Gospel to all the world.
Acts 13:1 NKJV
Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Acts 13:1–5 NKJV
Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
Jewish people never imagined the gentiles could be brought into the Kingdom
Acts 13:1
embracing of the Gospels to Gentiles provokes the Jews to envy
Paul wrote the people who are non Jews who are in Christ.
Ephesians 4:7 NKJV
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:17 NKJV
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
Ep
Ephesians 4:11 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
Eph 4:11-1
Ephesians 4:11–12 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
it is scripture because
it was written by an apostle of God
Acts 9:15–16 NKJV
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
He was Called by Jesus and Conversion authenticated by Annanias
sent and commisssioned
2 Peter 3:15 NKJV
and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
2 Peter 3:15–16 NKJV
and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
2nd Peter
Message of Paul
Ephesians 1:3–6 NKJV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
any book that is scripture
birth
death and resurrection
Eph 1:
Ephesians 1:16 NKJV
do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
Ephesians 1:16–19 NKJV
do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
already has the message that is tied to all scripture
Agrees with the body of Scriptures
Central theme of Genesis to revelations.
Ephesians 2:4–9 NKJV
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Eph 2:4-
Hebrews 1:1–2 NKJV
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Hebrews 1:1-
in his son : is what makes it scripture
the scripture is the prophecy
2 Peter 1:21 NKJV
for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
the sufferings of Christ and the Glory that would follow after.
The character is Christ and the message is Christ.
same message therefore same origin.
Ephesians 1:10 NKJV
that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
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Ephesians 2:12–13 NKJV
that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:12
Ephesians 4:8 NKJV
Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”
Eph 4:8
ps 68:18 quote
The NT is drawn out of the Scriptures
Ephesians 4:25 NKJV
Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.
Psalm 37:8 NKJV
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.
it’s in tandem with the rest of Scripture of the prophets
Ephesians 5:14 NKJV
Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”
takenj from the body of truth called scripture.
Ephesians 5:31 NKJV
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
Genesis 2:24 NKJV
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Eph 5:
He wanted to teach us in the Gospels but we could not handle it.
compilation of the scriptures carry the same message,
Epistles are not new books they are derived from the scriptures that’s why they are accepted as scripture.
Acts 18:3 NKJV
So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.
Acts 13
Whole counsel Of God
Acts 20:27 NKJV
For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
Acts 20:35 NKJV
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
1st quote from Jesus
Acts 20:35
only 2 times
all references were to OT scriptures.
The teaching of Jesus were not for the church
the epistles are the message for the church.
the things i want to say i can not say now but when the Holy Spirit comes.
John 16:33 NKJV
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Ephesians 1:2 NKJV
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 19:1–6 NKJV
And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
History above. spiritual Growth: people have grown
Acts
Acts 20:17 NKJV
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.
Kingdom assignment.
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