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  • Ephesians 1, Ephesians, the origin, nature, and purpose of the church, one body, Christ’s, one head of the church, ss.

    1. 1. Ephesians: The Origin, Nature, and Purpose of the Church One Body! Christ’s One Head Of The Church
    2. 2. Pastor Dave Kooyers Valley Bible Fellowship Box 433 Boonville CA 95415 www.ValleyBibleFellowship.org (707) 895-2325 God bless you as you examine His Word, Your servant in Christ, 2Cor. 4:5, Dave
    3. 3. EPHESUS 2004
    4. 4. Welcome To Ephesus
    5. 5. Ephesus Harbor Silted
    6. 6. Ephesus View From Harbor
    7. 7. Clay sewer pipes
    8. 8. Christian Symbols
    9. 9. That distant flat valley would have been where Paul sailed, all silted in.
    10. 10. Library of Celsus
    11. 11. Earthquake Coverage
    12. 12. Christian Symbols
    13. 13. Ephesus, Theater
    14. 14. Ephesus, Theater & street ruins
    15. 15. Ephesus Was Great • Ephesus was capital of the Roman province of Asia, and one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. It proclaimed its title, “The first and the greatest metropolis of Asia” or "Lumen Asiae" meaning the light of Asia. 2nd. largest city of the 1st. Century. 250,000500,000 population. 2nd. largest library, amphitheater seats 25,000, beautiful harbor, great water canal system.
    16. 16. The magnificent Library of Celsus
    17. 17. What About The Book Of Ephesians?
    18. 18. The Christmas Story Starts Before The Foundation Of The World creationmoments.Com • Ephesians 1:3-4 "Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: 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." • The story of Christmas begins with the beginning of the work of the Son of God. And His first work is recorded in Genesis chapter 1. The story of His love for us that led Him to give up the glory, beauty and perfection of heaven to come to our dirty, dusty, pain-filled world begins not in Bethlehem, or in the Old Testament prophets. We must go to the beginning of His story lest His birth become simply the beginning of another story of a tragic and misunderstood life…
    19. 19. The Christmas Story Starts Before The Foundation Of The World creationmoments.Com • The cross of Golgotha stands firmly planted in Genesis chapter 1. Even before the creation, Christ's pain and suffering on that coarse structure was anticipated. Ephesians 1:4 reveals that even before the foundation of the world God's plan of salvation was already in place. • Even the coarse Roman soldiers knew that His robe could not be cut into pieces without destroying it. Likewise, the Bible is one complete piece – woven of one thread. Cutting out anything leaves the whole thing to unravel. To remove the beginning of the story of the Word and His work in Genesis is to remove the foundation on which His work of salvation stands. • Yes, the Christmas story is far more than the story of the birth of an important baby. It is the center of the story of creation itself!
    20. 20. Ephesians: The Origin, Nature, and Purpose of the Church One Body! Christ’s One Head Of The Church
    21. 21. Ephesians Is Theological • • • • • • • It’s about the church, the body of Christ It’s an Owner’s Manual for the body of Christ Extremely important at this time! No local problems No personal greetings or conclusions Encyclical Eph 1:1 “in Ephesus”, not in some good Mss
    22. 22. The Divisions The Book Of Ephesians • DLK divides it; • Chapters 1-3 = Our Position • Chapters 3-6 = Our Practice
    23. 23. Dividing The Book Of Ephesians • Our Position • Chapters 1-3 tell us about our position and identity in the church, the body of Christ. Who we are, where we’re seated, and who we’re in? • Our Practice • Chapters 4-6 tell us how our position in the body of Christ should direct our walk
    24. 24. The Divisions The Book Of Ephesians • Eric divided it; Sit, Walk, Stand • Chuck Smith: “The book falls into three natural divisions. Ruth Paxon sees it as the wealth of the believer. Chapters 1-3. The walk of the believer chapter 4:1 to 6:9. And the warfare of the believer. 6:10 to end. Watchman Nee and many others saw it as the position of the believer, seated together in Christ Chapter 1-3; our walk 4:1-6:9 and our stand 6:10 to end.”
    25. 25. The Ephesian Church Starts • Ac 18:18-21 Paul…arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21 But as he left, he promised, "I will come back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus.
    26. 26. The Ephesian Church Grows • Ac 18:24-26 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
    27. 27. Who Are These Ephesians • Acts 19:1-41 • Diana in Roman religion was the goddess of wild animals and the hunt. She is almost indistinguishable from the Greek goddess Artemis. An important center for her worship was located at Ephesus. The Temple of Artemis (Diana) in Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
    28. 28. Ac 20:17, Paul Departs Ephesus • Ac 20:17-18 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. • Ac 20:27-28 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God… • Ac 20:31…Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. • Ac 20:32 "Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace… • Ac 20:37-38 They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
    29. 29. The Temple of Apollo
    30. 30. Who Ministered To These Ephesians • • • • • • • • Paul Priscilla and Aquila Apollos some disciples Alexander Timothy Mary John
    31. 31. Paul’s Prison Epistles • God didn’t write the Bible as a dry theological treatise, but as a vibrant history of His dealing with and interacting with His people. It’s personal, relational, instructional, and more engaging than any best selling novel. • This forces us to interact with the text and God more. Not just a set of rules for us, and facts about God. So we must read the story, then determine, from the example, what God would have of us, and who He is, and what’s in store. • Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians
    32. 32. Ephesians Main Theme • The Unity of Christ’s body the church • Eph 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
    33. 33. Key Verses in Ephesians • Eph 2:2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. • Eph 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit… • Eph 4:12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
    34. 34. Let’s Read Eph. 1:1-14 • Eph. 1:3-14 is one sentence in the Greek, longest sentence in Bible, 1 main verb in vs. 3= blessed,
    35. 35. Eph 1:4 Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
    36. 36. Eph 1:10, When “Under Christ”? • Eph 1:10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
    37. 37. Eph 1:10, When “Under Christ”? • Eph 1:10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
    38. 38. Eph 1:10, Dispensation, Administration • Eph 1:10 to be put into effect… NIV • KJV, NKJ Ephesians 1:10…that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times… • CSB Ephesians 1:10…for the administration of the days of fulfillment… (NET, NAS , NAU) • ESV Eph. 1:10…as a plan for the fullness of time • So many translations;
    39. 39. So Many Translations • A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible. Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking, • "Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus ? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin ?"
    40. 40. Eph 1:10, Dispensation, Administration • KJV, NKJ Eph…the dispensation…of the times • 3622 οἰκονομία oikonomia {oy-kon-om-ee'-ah} • Meaning: 1) the management of a household or of household affairs 1a) specifically, the management, oversight, administration, of other's property 1b) the office of a manager or overseer, stewardship 1c) administration, dispensation • Origin: from 3623; TDNT - 5:151,674; n f…. • [GING] οἰκονομία, ἡ management of a household, administration, office Lk 16:2–4; Col 1:25; commission 1 Cor 9:17; stewardship Eph 3:2. Plan of salvation 1:10; 3:9. Training in the way of salvation 1 Ti 1:4, * [economy]
    41. 41. Eph 1:10, The Times, Plural • KJV, NKJ Eph…the dispensation…of the times • καιρῶν, noun genitive masculine plural common from καιρός • [GING] καιρός καιρός, οῦ, ὁ time, i.e. point of time as well as period of time
    42. 42. Both are plural • • • • present, past, future=5 At Least, Eph 2:7 the coming ages NIV • Eph 3:9 • which for ages past • NIV
    43. 43. Ephesians, The Times, 5 At Least • KJV, NKJ Eph…the dispensation…of the times • Eph 1:21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. [DLK, present age=times of the Gentiles] • Mt 11:11…not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. • Eph 3:9…the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God… • 5 at least
    44. 44. What Is A Dispensation? Bible.org • “A “dispensation” is an administration, a system of management. Every four years, our nation elects a new president. When the president takes office, he creates a new administration. Usually, this involves a new emphasis or philosophy (at least in terms of his campaign promises), new legislation proposed to carry out his plans, and new appointed officials (such as the cabinet). Certain things do change from one administration to the next. Other things seem to remain changeless from administration to administration.”
    45. 45. What Is A Dispensation? Bible.org • “Certain elements are common • (1) Divine revelation (2) The making of a covenant (3) The declaration of rules and regulations which are pertinent to the new dispensation (4) A clarification of the relationship between men and God. (5) A new dispensation signals the need for change, but it also reveals continuity.” • DLK adds; Starts with breaking God’s Law, resulting in judgment of God
    46. 46. Jesus Taught Dispensations • Lk 16:16-17 "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. • Mat 11:11
    47. 47. How Many Dispensations? • graceambassadors.com
    48. 48. How Many Dispensations? • www.matthewmcgee.org
    49. 49. How Many Dispensations?
    50. 50. Eph 1:11, Chosen, Predestined • Eph 1:11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, • God doesn’t make “bad choices” • Chosen by God is the greatest security possible
    51. 51. Eph 1:11, Chosen, Predestined • Eph 1:11…predestined according to the plan… • 4309 προορίζω proorizo {pro-or-id'-zo} • Meaning: 1) to predetermine, decide beforehand 2) in the NT of God decreeing from eternity 3) to foreordain, appoint beforehand • Pro= before • Horidzo= marking out
    52. 52. Eph 1:13-14, Holy Spirit Is A Deposit • Eph 1:13-14…Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance… • NET Notes (Eph 1:14) • 36 tn Or "first installment," "pledge," "deposit." • sn Down payment. The Greek word ἀρραβών (arraboÒn) denotes the first payment or first installment of money or goods which serves as a guarantee or pledge for the completion of the transaction…
    53. 53. Let’s Read Eph. 1:15-23
    54. 54. Eph. 1:15, Your Love = Your Faith • Eph 1:15…your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints • Remember that they are commended for their “love” • your faith = your love • your love = your faith • Jas 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. • 1 Co 13:2…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing… • Gal 5:6…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love…
    55. 55. Eph 1:16, Not Stopped Giving Thanks • Eph 1:16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. • 1 Th 5:16-18 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. NKJV
    56. 56. Why Pray Without Ceasing? • Eph 1:17…so that you may know him better… • Eph 1:18…your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you… • Good reasons to be obedient!
    57. 57. Eph 1:18, His Glorious Inheritance • Eph 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, • Eph 5:25-27…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word…. • Mt 13:45-46 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
    58. 58. Eph 1:18, Our Inheritance • Don’t confuse “our inheritance” with His • Eph 1:13-14…the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance… • 1 Pe 1:4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you,
    59. 59. Eph 1:22-23, One Body • This little book of Ephesians uses the word “body” 11X’s in the NIV • Eph 1:22-23 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
    60. 60. In Only One Generation • Ephesians was written from Rome during Paul's imprisonment, approximately 60 A.D. Only about 35 years later Jesus dictated a letter to the Ephesian church. By the time John wrote Revelation 2:4, Jesus said the church had “forsaken your first love”, and needed to return. They were just being religious. They had kept out the “savage wolves” of Ac 20:29 but forsaken Jesus. 1/6th of Paul’s uses of “love” are to the Ephesians.
    61. 61. THE END
    62. 62. • NET Notes (Eph 1:3)…Eph 1:3–14 comprises one long sentence in Greek, with three major sections. Each section ends with a note of praise for God (vv. 6, 12, 14), focusing on a different member of the Trinity. After an opening summary of all the saints' spiritual blessings (v. 3), the first section (vv. 4–6) offers up praise that the Father has chosen us in eternity past; the second section (vv. 7–12) offers up praise that the Son has redeemed us in the historical past (i.e., at the cross); the third section (vv. 13–14) offers up praise that the Holy Spirit has sealed us in our personal past, at the point of conversion.