Paul's Letter to the Ephesians
John S. Torell
people in Ephesus had converted to Christ from the worship of Diana and
the apostle Paul was concerned with how the new Christians were going to
live in a decadent pagan society. The temple of Diana was one of the seven
wonders of the ancient world and it was in this setting that the Paul
spent three years organizing a church and carefully outlined the basic
doctrines of the Christian faith. He explained how God is eternal, Jesus
is the Son of God and how predestination fits into our lives. Paul also
explained how we are born into the kingdom of Satan and why we are
transferred by salvation into the kingdom of God.
Salvation is the cornerstone of Christianity and Paul
was emphatic in stating that it only comes by faith and cannot be earned.
He called for the believers to live a life worthy of their calling and
introduced many concepts that were foreign in idol worship. Paul explained
what took place at the resurrection of Jesus and how new believers will be
resurrected as well. He instructed them on how to set up church leadership
in what has been termed the five-fold ministry and also shared God’s
desire for us when it comes to interaction between family members and
Finally, Paul taught on spiritual warfare and how it
should be conducted. He was not interested in being “seeker friendly” but
built the church in Ephesus upon the cross and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. Every believer in Christ should intimately understand this letter
in order to survive and be victorious in the world.
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