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The The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians or Letter to the Ephesians is the tenth book of the New Testament. Its authorship has traditionally been Paul the Apostle but in 1792 this was challenged as written in Paul's name by an author who was influenced by Paul.[1]

There are clear syntax and terminology differences in the text but the claim of differences in eschatology may stem from the fact that Paul has commonly been misinterpreted because he writes of "some things hard to be understood".[2]

We should never take the writings of Paul out of the context of Christ for he preached the "kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord[3] Jesus Christ" first.[4]One position has suggested that Ephesians was dictated by Paul with interpolations from another author.

We see it addressed to "the saints who are in Ephesus" but the words "in Ephesus" does not appear in the earliest manuscripts of the letter. Some believe it might have been written to be circulated to where ever it might have value since many problems were found in other churches and the common theme of the letter was unity.

Chapter 1 Verses 3–23 consists of just two lengthy and complex sentences in the original Greek.

Chapter 2 establishes Paul's mission to the Gentiles.

Chapter 3 proclaims that you can only understand what Paul writes by virtue of the Holy Spirit which may dwell in your hearts by faith if rooted and grounded in love.

Chapter 4 the need to include all with their special gifts in the union and discipline as one body is emphasized. By verse 17 instructions about ordinary life and different relationships were used to mirror the precepts of the gospel of the kingdom of God, and the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 5 lists many do's and don'ts that should be considered to determine if your faith is real.

Chapter 6 used metaphor to go deeper into the imagery of spiritual warfare and how keeping the commandments through love brings blessings.

It seemed to contain an exposition of the divine plan and the consummation of this in Christ. The letter is about “the Church" or "the Body of Christ” which was, in fact, separate from the world. The Church consisted of Ministers who met the criteria of Christ which included the serving of the Free Assemblies or Congregations of Christians.

Through the practice of Pure Religion, they provided a daily ministration to the people of faith by charity and hope.

Understanding the Christian conflict and why the early Church was accused of robbing[5] the temple at Ephesus may be important to understanding Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

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Ephesians 1

Chapter 1

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* Ephesians 1:13 "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,"
The word trusted is not in the text. It is put there by the translators because the word trusted is in the previous verse 12.
* "That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ." Ephesians 1:12
The word only appears once in the whole Bible and is defined "to hope".[6]
You cannot have an identity in Christ without Christ. You cannot understand Paul without hearing the Gospel of the Kingdom preached Christ first. Without repentance, there is no grace.
Ephesians 2, 4, and 5 will talk about your walk. Ephesians is talking about the truth that we are

to "walk not as other Gentiles walk". Because if you walk that way you will have your "understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart." This is why the vanity of identity politics is so covetous in its nature because they "have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness." Ephesians 4:19

1 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Ephesians_1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15 ¶ Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 2

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2 Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
We later see that Paul is talking to the Ephesians who use to "walked according to the course of this world" and the princes whose spirit was manifested in the "children of disobedience".[7]
The word world is the word for a government of the world that had gone in the wrong way.
We also have seen Ephesians 2:3 that they had lusted after things that they wanted for themselves and were the children of wrath by nature. [8] We can assume they had turned away from that course and way. They may not do it perfectly but they admit that the way of force to satisfy our desires is against Christ and we are not going that way anymore.
This is where mercy comes and where grace is needed. Even though we have repented we are seeking to live without those benefits or exercising authority and force over our neighbor.
We need the grace of Christ to do this and in Ephesians 2:10 we credit Christ working good works in us so that we are walking in his ways and not the ways of the world. [9]
Once we understand that Paul too called the people to repentance and the people he was giving this pep talk to were seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
To do this they had to organize from the bottom up without exercising authority or neglecting the daily ministration. They needed men to lead them in service, caring for the needs that the government once covered with their forced contributions.

1 ¶ And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

11 ¶ Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye 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: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 ¶ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 3

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Paul proclaims that you can only understand what Paul writes by virtue of the Holy Spirit which may dwell in your hearts by faith if rooted and grounded in love.
The eternal purpose of Christ is eternal life.
If you gather according to what Christ commanded and love one another in love and charity then both Jews and Gentiles would be "fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel".
Paul says he bows his "knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" as opposed to the Fathers of the earth.

1 ¶ For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14 ¶ For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 4

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* What is walking worthy? Why use the word vocation?[10]

Did the early Church differ from what the Modern Church is doing?

(2-6)The importance of unity in the early Church was because they rejected the Welfare of Herod and Caesar sought Pure Religion. They assembled in a network of Congregations of tens a commanded by Christ so as not to depend on men who call themselves Benefactors but who exercise authority.
(7) Clearly this calling is an individual calling where each man and each woman will be given gifts and tasks but not at the expense of the body of Christians.
We see these men mentioned in Ephesians 4:11. God gave them jobs. The kingdom is not just what you feel or think but it requires that we walk and work to do the will of the Father.
The phrase perfecting of the saints is derived from the Greek word katartismos[11] which has to do with equipping the saints with the tools and furnishing them with what they need to do the ministry of the Church. The work[12] of the ministry[13] means the business and employment of providing for the welfare needs of the people within a society that furnishes or renders those necessary resources through charity.
Just as evil obtains jurisdiction over you through sin, the Holy Spirit obtains jurisdiction based on your conformity in love to The Way Christ.[14]
The minister who says we need to love one another and care for one another in that love is not the one who is deceiving you.(14) The Doctrines of Christ are rooted in a system of social justice by charity and not force. Christ requires that we forgive one another instead of coveting and ruling one over another. It is the devil who says you do not have to do anything and surely you will be saved and not die.
(15) It is clear he is telling us we should manifest the truth in love. In our seeking and striving and perseverance, we are fitted together within our conformity to His stature of Christ who is one with the Father.
(16) A mutual network of intimate cell groups in Congregations edifying itself not by force like the world but by love is required as commanded by Christ.
And it is through this love for one another which is the law that was not nailed to the cross but written on our hearts so that "the whole body fitly joined together" with every part "working in the measure of every part" in love".
They were walking in the ways of Christ, not like the Gentiles who elect rulers to take from their neighbor to provide benefits and services.[15]
(19) No longer were they given over to greed for the benefits of authoritarian benefactors.
The ways of the world are broad and are not The Way of Christ. You cannot learn His ways from a book. They must be written on your heart and on your mind by the doing of the word. The people of the World have gathered in their Covetous Practices become Merchandise, cursed children and been again entangled in Bondage, while they imagine they believe and are Saved.
The truth is the Modern Christians do seek the unrighteous rewards[16] of those Benefactors of the world and pray daily to the Fathers of the earth.
His Sheep hear His voice in their hearts and minds and bear His fruit in the doing of the word.[17]
Paul gives a long list of things not to do Ephesians 4:25-31.
Do we lack Diligence, Purity,? Are we angry?[18]
This is summed up in verse 32 which is clarified in Ephesians 4 verses 1-2

1 ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 ¶ With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

17 ¶ This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

26 Be ye angry[19], and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil.

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 5

Chapter 5

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And then back the don'ts in Ephesians 5:3-7
As Christ sacrificed so should we sacrifice for one another. As He loved so should we love in that sacrifice.
The even go so far to say in Ephesians 5:11 to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works and to reprove [them].[20]
Nowhere are they saying you can go against these directives of the Apostles and still be saved.
Why in 2 Timothy 3:5 are we warned about those "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
The Modern Christians are drawn to a false gospel where there is no need of real repentance.
We must be Doers of the Word and not hearers only.
in verses 3 through 5 Paul again talks about those who shall "Not inherit the kingdom".
What do they mean no fornication, uncleanness, nor covetousness? which we also see in Colossians 3:5 "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry":
Also the terms "filthiness[21], nor foolish talking[22], nor jesting[23]" seem to be the antitheses of "giving of thanks" which is the Greek word eucharistia.
All three of these words only appear once in the Bible here in Paul. They are in between two other groups of three words or phrases. "filthiness(dishonoring), nor foolish talking(impiously speaking), nor jesting(treating serious issues with deliberate condescension.)" which again is all the antitheses of the true Eucharist of Christ.
Paul also again equates three words or phrases "no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man" with idolaters
This really all about not eating things sacrificed to idols which is about the error of Balaam and the Nicolaitan[24] and the wages of unrighteousness.[25]

1 ¶ Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

3 ¶ But fornication[26] , and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

21 ¶ Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Ephesians 6

 : I do not know any better advise than Ephesians 6: but I also do not know many people who know what this means. When does the evil start being evil?
: * “The civil law reduces the unwilling freedman to his original slavery; but the laws of the Angloes judge once manumitted as ever after free.” Bouvier's, 4 Coke,71.
: If you covet your neighbor's goods you violate the commandments of God and Jesus said if you want Eternal life you should not be doing that.
God gave man rights. He does not want man to be in bondage but to have free-dominion. Man keeps losing his freedom because he is slothful in the ways of God and covetous of his neighbor's good. Repentance is the reverse of that.
If you want to have the Holy Spirit's protections and blessings there for you then you must be doer of the word... sacrificing and praying and caring daily for others so that they may be secure in the knowledge of the truth so that they may be Doers of the Word.
In verse 12 "we wrestle ... against powers". The word powers is the Greek word exousia that means the "power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases"[27] While the word ruler is the Greek word for Lord of the world e.g. lord of the "government". The word "darkness" is a metaphor for something "of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality," The word translated world means a period of time.
Paul continue with a list of things that would make us doers of the word.
Many people who claim to be Christians are actually still choosing to be workers of iniquity.
Men often choose covetous practices over charitable practices. Or they choose to be slothful rather than diligent and end up under tribute.
Proverbs 12:24 "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute."
We are in a war against our own high-mindedness and vanity. We are often quick to blame others for our own wantonness.
Many modern Christians are in need of repentance.

Chapter 6

1 ¶ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour[28] thy father and mother;[29] (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;[30] 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers[31] of the darkness [blindness] of this world [age], against spiritual wickedness[32] in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 ¶ And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. 23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. <<To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.>>

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  1. Deutero-Pauline, that is, written in Paul's name by a later author strongly influenced by Paul's thought, probably "by a loyal disciple" to sum up and apply his teachings to a new situation a decade or more after his death death.
  2. 2 Peter 3:15 And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
  3. 2962 ~κύριος~ kurios \@koo’-ree-os\@ from kuros (supremacy); TDNT-3:1039,486; {See TDNT 418} n m AV-Lord 667, lord 54, master 11, sir 6, Sir 6, misc 4; 748
    1) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
    1a) the possessor and disposer of a thing
    1a1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master
    1a2) in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor
    1b) is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master
    1c) this title is given to: God, the Messiah
    • For Synonyms see entry 5830
  4. Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,
  5. Acts 19:37 For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
  6. 4276 ~προελπίζω~ proelpizo \@pro-el-pid’-zo\@ from 4253 and 1679; TDNT-2:534,229; {See TDNT 237} v AV-first trust 1; Ephesians 1:12
    1) to hope before
  7. Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
  8. Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
  9. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
  10. 2821 ~κλῆσις~ klesis \@klay’-sis\@ AV-calling 10, vocation 1; 11 1) a calling, calling to
  11. 2677 ~καταρτισμός~ katartismos \@kat-ar-tis-mos’\@ AV-perfecting 1; 1 1) complete furnishing, equipping
  12. 2041 ~ἔργον~ ergon \@er’-gon\@ AV-work 152, deed 22, doing 1, labour 1; 176 1) business, employment, that which any one is occupied
  13. 1248 ~διακονία~ diakonia \@dee-ak-on-ee’-ah\@ AV-ministry 16, ministration 6, ministering 3, misc 9; 34 1) service, ministering, esp. of those who execute the commands of others 2) of the office of... 3) the ministration of those who render to others... esp. those who help meet need by either collecting or distributing of charities 4) the office of the deacon... 5) the service of those who prepare and present food
    • Do we lack Temperance (justice and honor of others)?
    • Do we lack Purity (honesty with self and others)?
    • Do we lack Charity (benevolence, generosity, sacrifice for others)?
    • Do we lack Humility (selflessness, bravery, modesty, reverence, altruism Altruism or selflessness?
    • Do we lack Diligence (Persistence, effort, ethics, rectitude, probity concerning others)?
    • Do we lack Patience (mercy, ahimsa or no harm, sufferance on behalf of others)?
    • Do we lack Kindness (forgiveness, compassion, integrity to others)?
    Unless we gather with each other giving and forgiving how can we come to a mature knowledge of God?
  14. Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. It is not to be so with you...
  15. 2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, [as] they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots [they are] and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
  16. : Psalms 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
    John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
    John 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
    John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
    John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
  17. Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry <3710> with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
    Matthew 18:34 And his lord was wroth <3710>, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
    Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth <3710>: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
    Luke 14:21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry <3710> said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
    Luke 15:28 And he was angry <3710>, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
    Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry <3710>, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
    Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry <3710>, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
    Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth <3710> with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
  18. 3710 ~ὀργίζω~ orgizo \@or-gid’-zo\@ from 3709; v AV-be angry 5, be wroth 3; 8 1) to provoke, to arouse to anger 2) to be provoked to anger, be angry, be wroth
  19. Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].
  20. 151 ~αἰσχρότης~ aischrotes \@ahee-skhrot’-ace\@ from 150 dishonour; TDNT-1:189,29; {See TDNT 37} n f AV-filthiness 1; 1 Ephesians 5:4
    1) obscenity, filthiness
  21. 3473 ~μωρολογία~ morologia \@mo-rol-og-ee’-ah\@ from a compound of 3474 foolish, impious, and 3004 speaking; TDNT-4:832,620; {See TDNT 511} n f AV-foolish talking 1; 1 Ephesians 5:4
    1) foolish talking
  22. 2160 ~εὐτραπελία~ eutrapelia \@yoo-trap-el-ee’-ah\@ from a compound of 2095 and a derivative of the base of 5157 (meaning well-turned, i.e. ready at repartee, jocose); ; n f AV-jesting 1; 1 Ephesians 5:4
    1) pleasantry, humour, facetiousness (treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.)
    2) in a bad sense
    2a) scurrility, ribaldry, low jesting
  23. Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication... 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
  24. 2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
    Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
  25. 4202 ~πορνεία~ porneia \@por-ni’-ah\@ from 4203; TDNT-6:579,918; {See TDNT 654} n f AV-fornication 26; 26
    1) illicit sexual intercourse
    1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.
    1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; #Le 18:6-23
    1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; #Mr 10:11,12
    2) metaph. the worship of idols
    2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols
  26. 1849 ~ἐξουσία~ exousia \@ex-oo-see’-ah\@ from 1832 (in the sense of ability); n f AV-power 69, authority 29, right 2, liberty 1, jurisdiction 1, strength 1; 103 See Romans 13
    1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
    1a) leave or permission
    2) physical and mental power
    2a) the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises
    3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
    4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
    4a) universally
    4a1) authority over mankind
    4b) specifically
    4b1) the power of judicial decisions
    4b2) of authority to manage domestic affairs
    4c) metonymically
    4c1) a thing subject to authority or rule
    4c1a) jurisdiction
    4c2) one who possesses authority
    4c2a) a ruler, a human magistrate
    4c2b) the leading and more powerful among created beings superior to man, spiritual potentates
    4d) a sign of the husband’s authority over his wife
    4d1) the veil with which propriety required a women to cover herself
    4e) the sign of regal authority, a crown
    For Synonyms see entry 5820
  27. Honour meant care for and support. Not like the Pharisees did with the Corban that made the word of God to non effect.
  28. These are not the Fathers of the earth spoken of by Christ.
  29. Paul is calling us to be real doers of the word. We cannot say honestly that we believe and not show the fruit of Repentance.
  30. 2888 ~κοσμοκράτωρ~ kosmokrator \@kos-mok-rat’-ore\@ from 2889 (world) and 2902 (possessor); n m AV-ruler 1; 1 1) lord of the world, prince of this age 1a) the devil and his demons.
    kosmokrator only appears once in the Bible and means possessor or holder of the world.
  31. This word 4189 ~πονηρία~ poneria from πονηρός poneros meaning evil is a noun that appears 7 times in the Bible;as wickedness 6 times and iniquity once. Defined 1) depravity, iniquity, wickedness 2) malice 3) evil purposes and desires
    Matthew 22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness <4189>, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
    Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness <4189>, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
    Luke 11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness <4189>.
    Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities <4189>.
    Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness <4189>, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness <4189>; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness <4189> in high places

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