1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have been tracking with this Blog for very long, you will know that we have only worked on books out of the Old Testament. I confess to being endlessly fascinated by the stories of God’s people throughout history and seeing Him move in the lives of these heroes never grows old for me. But, there is an equally interesting story found in the pages of the New Testament where we discover the fruition of all those Old Testament prophecies in the person of Jesus Christ. While all of the Old Testament point forward to His coming, the New points back at His work.
For the next few weeks, we will take up the book of Ephesians. This letter was written by the Apostle Paul while he was in prison in Rome. He had spent 3 years living in Ephesus and had established a thriving church there. This letter goes to them as an encouragement and as instruction. His words ring just as applicable for us today as they did almost 2,000 years ago to the brand new church there. The book is 6 chapters long and divides into two sections. Chapter 1-3 deal with the plan of salvation through Christ and chapter 4-6 deal with our response to the grace that God extends to us. The verses are rich and detailed, hopefully providing some interesting conversation. As a devotional practice, challenge yourself to read a chapter a day. But, don’t stop after 6 days. Go back and start the process again. Allow the words to sink into your bones and dwell on them. Repeated readings will assist you with this process and make Ephesians one of your favorite books!