Lesson 9

CHAPTER NINE

EPHESIANS

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

C Name the author of the book of Ephesians.

C Identify to whom the book of Ephesians was written.

C State the purpose for the book of Ephesians.

C Write the Key Verse of the book of Ephesians from memory.

C State the Life and Ministry Principle for the book of Ephesians.

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR: Paul

TO WHOM: The church at Ephesus .

PURPOSE: To inform believers of their wealth in Christ and instruct concerning their walk in Christ .

KEY VERSE: 1:3

LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Believers are heirs to both the blessings (the wealth) and the responsibilities (the walk) of their calling in Christ.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Paul, Tychicus

OUTLINE

Part One: Our Wealth In Christ 1:1-3:21

I. Introduction: 1:1-2

A. From Paul: 1:1

B. To the saints at Ephesus: 1:1

C. Grace and peace from God and Jesus: 1 :2

II. Praise for spiritual possession : 1 : 3 – 1 4

A. He has chosen us: 1:4

B. He has predestined us: 1 :5-6

C. We have redemption in Him : 1:7

D. He shows wisdom towards us: 1:8

E. He reveals the mystery of His will: 1:9-10

F. In Him we have obtained an inheritance: 1:11-12

G. We have been sealed by the Spirit: 1:13-14

III. Prayer for spiritual perception through Christ: 1:15-23

A. The basis of the prayer: 1:15

B. The nature of the prayer: 1:16

C. The God addressed by the prayer: 1:17

D. The gifts requested in the prayer: 1:17

1. Wisdom.

2. Revelation in the knowledge of Him.

E. The purpose of the prayer: 1:18-23

1. That they may realize the hope of His calling: 1:18

2. That they may receive the riches of His inheritance: 1:18

3. That they may know His power: 1:19-23

a. The nature of His power: 1:19

b. The manifestation of His power in Christ: 1:20-23

IV. Our condition in Christ: 2:1-10

A. Before Christ: 2:1-3

1. Spiritual death: 2:1

2. Walked according to the way of the world: 2:2

3. Subject to Satan: 2 :2

4. Disobedient spirit: 2:2

5. Evil conversation : 2:3

6. Children of wrath : 2:3

7. Flesh bound affections: 2:3

a. Desire of the flesh: Worldly appetites

b. Desires of the mind: Worldly ambitions

B. Our new condition in Christ: 2:4-10

1. Quickened: 2:5

2. Saved by grace : 2:5

3. Raised to heavenly places: 2 :6

4. In favor with God: 2:7

C. The reason for the new condition: 2:8-10

1. Salvation which is: 2 :8

a. By faith: 2:8

b. A gift of God : 2:8

2. Salvation which is not: 2:8-9

a. Of ourselves: 2:8

b. Of works: 2 :9

3. The continual working of Christ Jesus in our lives: 2:10

V. Our old relationship: 2:11-12

"At times ye were…"

A. Without Christ: 2:12

B. Aliens: 2:12

C. Strangers: 2:12

D. Having no hope: 2:12

E. Without God: 2:12

VI. The new relationship: 2:19-22

"Now therefore ye are…"

A. Citizens of one city: 2:19

B. Members of one family: 2:19

C. Built on one foundation: 2:20

D. Parts of one building: 2:21

E. Indwelt by one Spirit: 2:22

VII. How the change happened: 2:13-18

"But now in Christ Jesus…"

A. Distance done away: Ye are made nigh: 2:13

B. Disunion done away: Both made one: 2:14

C. Division done away: Broken middle wall: 2:14

D. Dissension done away: Abolished enmity: 2:15

E. Distinction done away: 2:15-18

1. One new man: 2:15

2. Reconciled to God: 2:16

3. Peace with God: 2:17

4. Access to God: 2:18

5. No more strangers and foreigners: 2:19-22

a. Fellow citizens: 2:19

b. Built on the right foundation: 2:20

c. A proper spiritual building: 2:21

d. A holy temple in the Lord: 2:21

e. A habitation of God through the Spirit: 2:22

VIII. Revealing the divine mystery: 3:1-12

A. Paul as a messenger of the mystery: 3:1-13

1. His relation to the mystery: 3:1-5

a. His position as prisoner on behalf of the Gentiles: 3 :1

b. His stewardship of God’s grace towards the Gentiles: 3:2

c. His knowledge of the mystery by revelation: 3:3-5

2. Statement of the mystery: 3 :6

3. Paul’s ministry in connection with this mystery: 3:7-12

a. The source of his ministry: 3:7

b. The attitude of one given this ministry: 3:8

c. The contents of the ministry: 3:8-9

d. The purpose of the ministry: 3:10-11

e. The blessings of the ministry: 3:12

f. The sufferings of the ministry: 3:13

IX. Possessing the divine mystery: 3:14-21

A. Introduction to the prayer for possession: 3:14-15

B. The request: 3:16-17

1. That they might be strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner

man: 3:16

2. That they might experience the presence of Christ: 3:17

3. That they will be rooted and grounded in love: 3:17

4. That they will have spiritual comprehension of the love of Christ:

3: 18-19

a. Its boundaries: 3: 18

b. Its divine nature : 3 :1 9

5. That they might be filled with the fullness of God: 3:19

C. Conclusion of the prayer: 3:20-21

1. The ability of the One addressed: 3:20

2. Praise to the One addressed: 3:21

Part Two: Our Walk In Christ 4:1-6:24

I. The corporate walk of the church: Walk worthy: 4:1-16

A. Through proper attitude: 4:2

1. Lowliness.

2. Meekness.

3. Long suffering.

4. Forbearing one another in love.

B. Through unity: 4:3-6

1. In peace: 4 :3

2. In one body: 4:4

3. In one spirit: 4:4

4. In one hope of your calling: 4 :4

5. In one Lord: 4:5

6. In one faith: 4 :5

7. In one baptism: 4:5

8. In one God: 4:6

a. Father of all.

b. Above all.

c. Through all.

d. In you all.

C. By following the example of Christ: 4:7-10

D. Through proper structure: 4:11-13

1. Spiritual gifts : 4 : 1 1

a. Apostles.

b. Prophets.

c. Evangelists.

d. Pastors.

e. Teachers.

2. Their purposes: 4:12-16

a. Perfecting of saints: 4: 1 2

b. Work of the ministry: 4:12

c. Edifying the Body of Christ: 4:12

d. Unity of the faith: 4:13

e. Knowledge of the Son of God: 4:13

f. Perfection after Christ : 4 :1 4

g. Spiritual maturity: 4 : 1 4-15

E. By becoming part of the Body: 4:16

1. Joined together.

2. Each part of the body functioning in its place.

3. Increasing through the edification of love.

II. The individual walk of believers: 4:17 -5:2

A. How not to walk: 4:17-25

1. In vanity of mind: 4:17

2. With understanding darkened: 4:18

3. Alienated from the life of God through ignorance and blindness: 4:18

4. Given over to lasciviousness, uncleanness, and greediness: 4:19

B. How to walk: 4:20 -5:2

1. In Christ: 4: 20-21

2. Putting off the old man: 4:22

3. Renewing the spirit of your mind: 4:23

4. Put on the new man: 4:24

5. Put away sinful conduct: 4:25-30

a. Lying: 4:25

b. Anger: 4:26-27; 31

c. Stealing: 4: 28

d. Corrupt communication: 4:29

e. Grieving the Holy Spirit: 4:30

f. Bitterness: 4 : 3 1

g. Wrath: 4:31

h. Anger: 4:31

i. Evil speaking: 4:31

j. Malice: 4:31

6. Assume righteous conduct: 4 :32-5 :1

a. Kind: 4:32

b. Tenderhearted: 4:32

c. Forgiving: 4:32

d. As obedient children: 5:1

III. Our walk in relation to the world: 5:2-21

A. Walk in love following Christ’s example: 5:2

B. Walk in holiness: 5:3-5

1. Without fornication: 5:3

2. Without uncleanness: 5:3

3. Without covetousness : 5:3

4. Without filthiness: 5:4

5. Without foolish talking: 5:4

6. Without jesting: 5:4

7. With an attitude of thankfulness: 5 :4

C. Walk with eternity in mind: 5:5

D. Do not be deceived with vain words: 5:6

E. Do not form evil alliances: 5:7

F. Walk in the light: 5:8

G. Develop the fruit of the Spirit: 5:9

l. Goodness.

2. Righteousness.

3. Truth.

H. Prove what is acceptable unto the Lord: 5:10

I. Do not walk in darkness: 5:11-14

1. Have no fellowship with darkness: 5:11

2. Reprove unfruitful works: 5:11

3. Do not speak of things done in darkness: 5:12

4. Spread light in darkness: 5:13

5. Awake those who are sleeping in spiritual darkness: 5:14

J. Walk as the wise, not as fools: 5:15

K. Redeem the time: 5:16

L. Understand God’s will: 5:17

M. Do not be drunk with wine: 5:18

N. Be filled with the Spirit: 5:18

1. Speak to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs: 5:19

2. Making melody in your heart: 5:19

3. Giving thanks for all things to God in the name of Jesus: 5:20

IV. Our walk in regards to special relationships: 5:21 -6:9

A. Other believers: Submit yourselves in the fear of God: 5:21

B. Wives: 5:22-24

1. Submit yourselves unto your own husband as unto the Lord: 5:22

2. Recognize the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of

the Church: 5:23

3. Be subject to your husband in every thing just as the Church is subject

to Christ: 5 :2 4

C. Husbands: 5:25-33

1. Love your wives as Christ loved the church: 5:25-29

2. Be joined to your wife as the Church is joined to Christ: 5:30-33

a. One body: 5:30

b. Forsaking all others: 5:31-32

D. To both husband and wife: 5:33

1. Husband love your wife as yourself: 5:33

2. Wife reverence your husband: 5:33

E. Children: Honor your parents: 6:1-3

F. Fathers: 6:4

1. Do not provoke your children to wrath.

2. Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

G. Servants: 6:5-8

1. Be obedient to your masters: 6 :5

2. Have an attitude of respect: 6:5

3. Be loyal (singleness of heart): 6:5

4. Serve them as you are serving Christ: 6:6-7

5. Recognize your reward comes from the Lord: 6 :8

H. Masters: 6:9

1. Treat your servants the same way : 6:9

2. Recognize that you also serve a Master: 6:9

3. There is no respect of person by the Lord: 6 :9

V. Our walk as it regards Satanic powers: 6:10-20

A. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might: 6:10

B. Put on the whole armor of God: 6:11-20

1. The purpose: That you are able to stand against Satan and his wiles:

6: 11,13

2. The enemy: 6:12

a. Principalities.

b. Powers.

c. Rulers of the darkness of this world.

d. Spiritual wickedness in high places.

3. The armor: 6:14-20

a. Loins girt with truth: 6:14

b. Breastplate of righteousness: 6:14

c. Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace: 6:15

d. The shield of faith: 6:16

e. The helmet of salvation: 6:16

f. The sword of the Spirit: 6:17

g. Prayer: 6:18-20

VI. Conclusion: 6:21-24

A. Personal matters: 6:21-22

1. Commissioning of Tychicus as messenger: 6:21

2. The purpose of sending Tychicustothem: 6:21-22

a. To make known the message: 6:21-22

b. To inform of Paul’s affairs: 6:22

c. To comfort them: 6:22

B. The conclusion: 6:23-24

1. The desire for the brethren: 6:23

a. Peace.

b. Love.

c. Faith.

2. The blessing on those loving Christ: 6:24