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KEY PLACES Ephesus: capital city of the Roman province of Asia. Paul wrote the Book of Ephesians to the church he founded there while a political prisoner in Rome.
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61 UNIQUE FEATURES 1. As has been already noted, this book depicts the six-fold role of the church, likening it to a body (of which Christ is the head), a temple (of which Christ is the cornerstone) a mystery (revealing Go d’s plan to join both Jews and Gentiles into the body of Christ), a new man (created to be like God Himself in matters of righteousness and holiness), a bride (to be now in submission to her future bridegroom who has assured her eternal perfection), and a soldier (to put on the full armor of God and stand for the truth against the fury of the foe). 2. It has more about the doctrines of election and predestination than any other book for its size (1:3-11). 3. It offers the key reason for our salvation (2:7). 4. It tells us both our salvation and service for God have been foreordained (2:8-10). 5. Ephesians records the second of two occasions when Paul employs the Greek word, poiema, from whence we get our English word, poem. In Rom. 1:20 it is translated “the things that are made,” referring to the divine work of creation. In Eph. 2:10 it is rendere d, “workmanship,” referring to the divine work of redemption. Thus, the bottom line is God has two glorious poems, that of CREATION, and that of REDEMPTION! 6. Ephesians provides for us the most concise purpose for the spiritual gifts (4:11-16). 7. Two of the four occasions where the word dispensation is used (referring to God’s various time programs for human beings) is found in Eph. (1:10; 3:2). 8. Paul’s self description of being “an ambassador in bonds” is found only in Eph. (6:20). 9. The shortest d efinition of a Christian is simply one who is “IN CHRIST,” a phrase found no less than 35 times in Ephesians, more than any other biblical book. 10. The word MYSTERY is found more often in this book than in any other (1:9; 3:3, 4, 9; 5:32; 6:19). 11. The person and work of the Holy Spirit is mentioned no less than 13 times in Ephesians (1:13, 17; 2:18, 22; 3:5, 16; 4:3, 4, 30; 5:9, 18; 6:17, 18). 12. Ephesians addresses no specific church problem. 13. It is one of the least personal of Paul’s letters. T here is almost no personal greeting, and only two personal names appear: Paul and Tychicus. 14. In the original Greek, 1:3-14 is the longest sentence in the Bible. 15. The phrase “in the heavenly realms” occurs five times here (1:3, 20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12), and nowhere else in Scripture. 16. This church had more famous preachers than did any other church. This would include men such as Paul, Apollos, John, and Timothy.
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