Paul opens up this letter, as he does with other letters, with a greeting and statement of address. However, this is more tailored to his particular audience and primary recipient, the Church in Ephesus and Timothy, respectively.
Paul adds to his normal self-ascription of apostle a few phrases, first by calling Jesus “Christ Jesus” and second by adding “by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.”
Often when we think of spiritual gifts, our minds go immediately to the passage in 1 Corinthians 12-14, which talk about gifts (responsibilities) that God gives to the people in His church (both local and total) for the edification of the church (both local and total) and the glory of His name. However, I would venture to speculate that while we run to this passage in 1 Corinthians when we think about Spiritual gifts, we do not run to the correct understanding of spiritual gifts.
Paul begins his letter by pointing out that the Ephesians he is writing to are “saints.” What does this mean for the Ephesian Christians preoccupied with a racially and religiously diverse, affluent, big business culture? We will look at three aspects of this calling over the next few weeks.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Over the past several weeks, we have looked at what bullying is, how God addresses the spirit and acts of bullying through Scripture, and how God addresses those who are experiencing bullying in their contexts through His word. This week we will be wrapping up our discussion by ending on a note of identity and security.
If you are bullying others… There are several things that could be mentioned here, but since space is of the essence, we will only explore four vital areas the Bible shouts to those who are taking part in bullying others: (1) the abuse of people and power, (2) the extent of bullying, (3) the fact [...]
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