Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Introduction to the book of Ephesians.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I = isagogics - the historical background.
C = categorical doctrine - comparing scripture with scripture
E = exegesis - studying the original language in grammar, syntax, and translation.

2 Ti 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

ISA 28:9
"To whom would He teach knowledge?
And to whom would He interpret the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just taken from the breast?

ISA 28:10 "For He says,
‘Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’"

2 Ti 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul in 61 A.D. during his first Roman imprisonment along with Phillipians, Colossians, and Philemon.

1. Chapters 1-3: Position in Christ - our riches in Christ. (SIT)

2. Chapter 4 - 6:9: Application of our position to experience - the Christian Way of Life. (WALK)

3. Chapter 6:10 - 6:24: Spiritual warfare - the highest privilege of the believer who is mature in Christ. (STAND)

4. Chapter 1:
a. verses 1-2 is the salutation
b. verses 3-14 is a one sentence synopsis of the grace plan of God for the Church-age.
c. verses 15 - 23 is Paul’s first prayer for each believer’s recognition of the surpassing riches of Christ.

5. Chapter 2:
a. verses 1-10 - the believer has been set free from the slave market of sin with its inherent darkness forever.

b. verses 11-22 - the barrier that existed between Jew and Gentile has been removed in Christ in order that Christ have one body and one Royal Family.

6. Chapter 3:
a. verses 1-13 - introduction of the mystery dispensation that brought in the multifaceted grace and wisdom of God to the maximum.

b. verses 14-21 - Paul’s second prayer for believers to reach SSE and begin to enjoy the Christian way of life in confidence towards God and courage towards people and circumstances.

7. Chapter 4:
a. verses 1-3 - the call to live like royalty.
b. verses 4-7 - the unity of the Royal Family of God through one means, baptism of the HS, and united to one Head.

c. verses 8-13 - the spiritual gifts functioning in the body as the glue of unity.
d. verses 14-16 - the call to grow up so that the body can function in battle without lame limbs. e. verses 17-24 - the call to leave behind the old childish ways and to conquer ground through the power of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
f. verses 25-32 - Rebound and keep moving!

8. Chapter 5:
a. verses 1-2 - the call to become conformed to the image of Christ with emphasis on His love.

b. verses 3-7 - the warning of the trap of the Phallic Cult.
c. verses 8-10 - the call to walk in light under God’s precious virtues and doctrines.

d. verses 11-17 - repetition of the warning: a reminder of the traps of the cosmic system in legalism and the Phallic Cult.
e. verses 18-21 - the call to be filled with the Spirit and the resultant flow of thanksgiving towards God.

f. verses 22-33 - the mystery of Christian marriage as the third witness for the prosecution in the Angelic Conflict.

9. Chapter 6:
a. verses 1-9 - the practice field for the spiritual life and function of the problem solving devices: the details of life.

b. verses 10-20 - the real battlefield: spiritual warfare of the invisible hero as the great witness for the prosecution in the Angelic Conflict.
c. verses 21-24 - short epilogue.

The whole objective of the epistle is to demonstrate how God pursues the super-grace believer with grace.

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