1. The Book of Ephesians I. (KJV) verse by verse
(New Year’s revelation for me, I used the wrong Key Words for this book. I accidentally used the Book of Galatian’s Key Words. Therefore, in reference to the Book of Ephesians I must make some changes. I sincerely apologize to all readers. This is a good example of how an incorrect interpretation can lead millions into the proverbial ditch. I have a lot of work ahead of me so please be patient and forgiving. These changes began at the bottom of this page. Key Words are ALL CAPS)
Ephesians 1: 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. 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.
We’re going to take a birds eye view of each chapter in this beautiful Book of Ephesians. So, we should imagine ourselves up in the sky in a Cessna aircraft looking down at the terrane. We’re just getting a topographical lay of the land to see what stands out. Then we land, taking a closer look from the ground, checking out the plant and animal life. This is a very good use of the imagination when conducting an expository Bible study, word by word, verse by verse, then chapter by chapter. Then we will come back and see how Ephesians 2.13-16 fits with it all. Believe it or not, this is a form of meditating in The Word of God. We won’t take those four verses out of context. We’ve already done a background check on The Apostle Paul.
The Ephesians, and the Church at Ephesus was constructed on a river bend, that was eventually dredged into a full harbor near the mount of the Cayster River on the western coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Now let’s see what he had to say to them, then ultimately, to us as the 21st century Church.
Going back to that birds eye view, we can see several key words in the book. Key words are self-explanatory. They help us to unlock insights into a book that we might otherwise over look. Here are a few from the NISB (The New Inductive Study Bible) which are: Every reference to being IN CHRIST/IN THE LORD ACCORDING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, RICHES, IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES, FORMERLY, GRACE, POWER, BODY, CHURCH, REDEMPTION, WALK, THE DEVIL (INCLUDING; POWERS, RULERS, AUTHORITIES, ETC.), GOSPEL. When we return we’ll shake a few trees and see what falls out. To be continued…