Ephesians 1

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.  

Read       Ephesian 1  

Unity in Christ.

The book of Ephesians is one of Apostle Paul’s four letters, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, while he was imprisoned in Rome. He wrote this letter to strengthen and encourage the churches in the area of Ephesus. He established church in Ephesus during his missionary journey (Acts 18-23), and he stayed in Ephesus for three years during his third missionary journey and strengthen the church (Acts 19:8-41).

The message of the book is unity, unity in Christ and unity in the church, “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (4:4-6). And the contents of the book are divided into two; the doctrinal (chapter 1-3), and practical (chapter 4-6)

Apostle Paul began with greeting (1-2), followed by how God in Trinity fulfill God’s purpose and salvation. God the Father chose us to be adopted children, God the Son redeemed us, and God the Holy Spirit sealed us in God’s promise. “He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ,” (v5) has opened a theological debate how predestination can be explained. It is to be understood as God’s foreknew to redeem his children in accord with God’s eternal purpose, rather than God’s selective choosing.  In his other letter, he wrote, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

Apostle Paul prayed a Trinitarian prayer for Ephesian churches, that God increase them their faith, hope, and strength in Jesus Christ. He wrote what the church is. The church is the body of Christ who is the head of the church and the fullness of Christ.  

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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