8. Ephesians 2.13-16 Christ has broken down The Middle Wall VIII.
December 12, 2017
OBSERVATION-What does the text say? What do you see?
INTERPRETATION-Which answers the question, what does it mean? And thirdly;
APPLICATION-My friends this is the MOST important part.
3. Who are the people in that particular chapter or book?
Very often, when we read the Bible we don’t have a clue or even care about who these books were written too. When the names of people, places, and some things are involved we often lose interest wanting to get to what we think are the good parts. How often have you said, “Oh I just skip over those long genealogies, those names are way too hard to pronounce”. Or even cities we’ve never heard of in today’s Americanized culture like ‘Ai’. This city was spoken of in Genesis 12: 8, 13: 3, and Joshua 10: 1. That word actually means “heap of ruins”. What’s strange is, ultimately that’s exactly what became of it. God commanded Joshua and his army to demolish this Canaanite city. Joshua sent 3,000 men to sack Ai, but unfortunately, it ended in failure. God commanded that they demolish everything and leave the spoils at the battle of Jericho. However, one bad apple can spoil the entire bunch. One man by the name of Achan went contrary to The Word of God. He just had to take a few choice items for himself seemly unaware of The LORD’S omniscience, he screwed the pooch for everyone, which led to their own defeat at Ai because, God was not with them. Achan was stoned to death because of his disobedience. At Joshua’s second attempt, he sent 30,000 soldiers after receiving tactical instructions from God and left the city a “heap of ruins”. It was as it the name itself became a self-fulfilling prophecy.
According to Nelson’s Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible (extra-biblical resource), Ephesus was a large and industrious city on the West coast of Asia Minor. The word Ephesus means=permitted. What’s interesting is that this city was prominent because of it flurished economically. It was located near the mouth of the river Cayster; so it was the most favored seaport in all of Asia. This led to it becoming the most prominent trade center west of Tarsus. Although Pergamum (mentioned in Revelation 1:11; 2:12) was the capital city of Asia Minor, Ephesus was the largest with a population of 300,000 people. The Apostle Paul established his first church there (Acts 19:8-41). After The Holy Spirit forbode The Apostle not to go into Asia, he journeyed there regardless (Acts 16:6). He came there on his second missionary journey intent on reaching Syria (Acts 18:18-21). He had an affinity for th convert in Ephesus and the feelings were mutual. They didn’t want him to leave, but he was a man on a mission, about his Father’s business.
We have answered the question, who The Ephesians were and their relationship to Paul adequately. This info would go into my personal commentary. I have attempted to share with the reader all extra-biblical resources used for these historical facts. Question 4 had been dealt with in an earlier blog, so look back at six and seven for those particulars. In addition, I will not move too quickly into how I interprete Eph. 2: 13-16. In my opinion, that would not be fair to you the reader. It’s time for us to know The Word of God for ourselves as individuals. In these last days, we need to grow up into Him in all things as individuals and collectively. You will not grow if someone else always gives you the answers. In school that would be called cheating. We acquire true revelation knowledge based on our own personal relationship with The LORD Jesus Christ through The Holy Spirit, not through me or anyone else (1st John 2:27). To be continued…