Ephesians 1:1-2 – Paul’s greeting to the Ephesians

May 30, 2020 at 11:41 AM 1 comment

I know it has been a very long time since I have posted on my blog but I am back and going to start my daily posts in a series in the book of Ephesians. I have been studying this book personally and with a group of men from my church so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you are as blessed by the study as I am.

Paul starts this letter with a special greeting as a representative of God to the believers in Ephesus.

v.1-2,“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Paul starts his letter letting the believers in Ephesus know who he is: special greeting from Paul, I am an apostle of Christ Jesus because God chose me to be one. “Apostle.” Paul was letting the readers know he had authority to write this letter to them as a representative of God to them. “The will of God” was used so that the readers knew that Paul was an apostle because God wanted him to be. Then he told them who he was writing to: I am writing to the believers (set apart ones) living in Ephesus who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. Paul’s greeting: I want you to experience God’s grace and peace in your daily lives. Both “God our Father” and “the Lord Jesus Christ” are one and Paul wanted them to be reminded that they are coequal in providing grace and peace to the believers. “Grace” is undeserved favour from God. It is only through God’s kindness alone that anyone can become accepted to God. “Peace” refers to peace that Christ established between believers and God through his death on the cross. True peace is only available in Christ. Grace and peace were a standard greeting the Paul used in all of his letters.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? Even though this is just a greeting to start Paul’s letter there is great significance as I read it. Grace and peace were a standard greeting in Paul’s letters but I feel like they are important for me to remember. Grace is only given through God’s love and kindness and peace was given because of Christ’s sacrifice. I don’t deserve either but God has given them both to me.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Thankfulness for the grace and peace God has given to me because of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice. Wow, I am blessed!

Entry filed under: Journey Thru the Bible.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. followersjourny  |  May 30, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the word.


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