Paul begins his letter with an introduction which sets the foundation for the entire book of Ephesians. He first declares who he is (an apostle of Jesus) and reminds the believers in Ephesus who they are (saints and believers in Christ Jesus).

Lesson 02:
Paul’s Introduction to the Christians in Ephesus

Watch the Video

Listen to and Download the Lesson

Subscribe to the Podcast

If you have enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe on your favorite app by searching for “Deeper Christian Ephesians” or clicking the button below.

A Simple Study Reference

Passage: Ephesians 1:1
Paul’s Introduction to the Christians in Ephesus

Ephesians 1:1-2 – Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    • occurs 79 times in the NT, 35 of which are in Paul’s writings
    • Classic Greek: commander of a navel expedition (of a fleet)
    • Hellenistic Period: (in the secular society) it came to mean a person commissioned and authorized by one of the gods
    • New Testament: meant either an eyewitness of the life of Jesus (or) a delegate/messenger (ambassador of sorts) that was sent forth with orders or a message…
    • In short, Paul is saying that he not only was an eyewitness to the resurrection and life of Jesus (as seen in Acts 9), but Paul was sent—he was commissioned with an authority and responsibility to deliver a message
  • OF:
    • refers to the source, focus, and identity of the apostleship
    • Paul wasn’t just any messenger or eyewitness. Paul was an apostle OF Jesus Christ — He was sent and commissioned by God Himself with a message. The entire focus, source, and identity of his life was wrapped up in one place: Jesus.
      • Philippians 1:21: For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
      • Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
      • In Colossians, Paul uses the language that it is Christ in you which is the hope of glory (1:27), that we are complete in Jesus (2:9), that we are to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly (3:16), because He is our life (3:4), and is to have in all thing the preeminence (1:18).
    • “Will” shows an expression or inclination of pleasure toward that which is liked, pleases, or creates joy
    • The word “saint” in Greek is from the same root for holy or holiness. In fact the word itself contains the idea of holding tight to and cherishing purity, holiness, and righteousness. It is all about sacredness.
    • This adjective “saint” (hagios) in verse one is dative which suggests personal interest and shows possession. These saints belong to God. Their focus and position is “In Christ” as they are filled with the Holy Spirit.
    • “Faithful” can also be translated “believers”

NRJohnson Commentary on “Paul’s Introduction to the Christians in Ephesus” in Ephesians 1:1

» sorry for the delay on the commentaries, I am working on it and will have it available on here shortly. Thanks for your patience.

In Our Next Study Together …

I invite you to join me on this journey from the book of Ephesians to discover God’s eternal purpose, His plan for your life, and learn how to practically live out an abundant and fruitful Christian life. 

If you desire to join me in preparing for next week’s study, I encourage you to do the following two things:

  1. Read the book of Ephesians (preferably every day)
  2. Consider why Paul uses the greeting (or blessing) “grace and peace” in verse two.

Help Others Out –
Leave a Rating & Review on Apple Podcasts (formerly called iTunes)

If you enjoyed the show, please take 30 seconds and rate it on Apple Podcasts and write a brief review. This would be a tremendous blessing to help us get the word out to others who might also enjoy it—as Apple uses the rating and reviews in their searches to help other people find the show.

The Deeper Christian Bible Study Series

The Deeper Christian Bible Study Series in Ephesians is an in-depth verse-by-verse study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. These studies will guide you through this life-changing book of the Bible and give you practical application to help you grow in your faith, gain greater intimacy with Jesus, experience the victorious Christian life, and help you build your life around Jesus Christ. 

About NRJohnson 

NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps Christians discover and experience a passionate love for God and His Word so that they can grow in their faith, live victorious lives, share the Gospel boldly, grow in their intimacy with Jesus, and transform the world through the indwelling life of Christ.
Read more about him here.

Receive the Deeper Digest

Receive Deeper Christian’s weekly content in ONE convenient email each Saturday (all the quotes, articles, podcasts, etc.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, deeperChristian will receive an affiliate commission (with no additional cost to you). It is a great way to support the work and ministry of deeperChristian. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”