Ephesians

IDENTITY BEFORE WARFARE

Need some power and help to understand your identity?  Ephesians is for you.  Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus, he wants them to know who they are in Christ compared to the strongholds and temples that stand in their city. Knowing who you are IN HIM and where you are seated helps you to stand in the armour of God against anything that the enemy brings against you.

PART ONE | PART TWO

 
 

 

Part One

in him we are chosen

e 1:11


DIVE

IDENTITY BEFORE WAR

The best-known section in Ephesians is chapter 6:10-20 Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. This is the warfare section and we all want the victory so we happily learn how to take up the whole armour of God against the devil. But did you notice the first word of that section, it says FINALLY. You are not supposed to jump straight to Ephesians 6:10-20 this is the final instalment of an incredible letter that builds us up to stand against the enemy in warfare.

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DEEP DIVE

why would god need armour? ryan kerrison

After Paul has just finished outlining the necessity for the early Christians of Ephesus to live in unity, how to behave in a community right through to the expected family dynamic, followed by a reminder of the community’s place within eschatology and finally, introducing the idea that there’s more to this life than just the material. The concept of donning armour seems misplaced. However, when looked at in such broad strokes, it fits perfectly. Paul has laid out a methodology, by which one can live, and additionally introduced the divine concept of the Armour of God. The ready defence we must have, to defeat the spiritual attacks of the Accuser. Interestingly, this is the same armour that the author of Isaiah refers to God putting on to deliver Israel from her enemies. (Is. 59:15-17)

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Part Two

Put on the full armour of god, so that you may be able to stand your ground

e 6:13


DIVE

FROM VICTORY BACKWARDS

We have got to be careful in our Christian life that we don’t have “assumed” knowledge only. Our knowledge should come from the revelation we get personally from the Word of God as well as from our Pastors, Podcasts and books. My passion is for people to be living, loving and engaged in the Bible. I think it is dangerous when the only knowledge of the Bible that you have comes from others: what you have heard in a sermon or what you have read in a book. Let me ask you can you quote your favourite preacher, more than you can quote the Word of God?

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DEEP DIVE

family dynamics ryan kerrison

How many times have you heard it said, “Men are the head of the household; therefore, women must comply with every whim and desire of their husbands, it’s written right there in black and white in the Bible!”? Or maybe, “The Bible condones slavery, therefore it’s irrelevant and dated document!” These charges are usually met with a stunned face, unable to conjure an adequate response, or worse, an untrue rendering and application the author’s original and intended meaning. Ephesians 5:21-6:9, as well as other passages within Scripture (Colossians 3:18-4:1, Titus 2:1-10, 1 Peter 2:18-3:7), contain phrases and passages, which when left unexamined and untethered by critical analysis, it is easy to misinterpret the intended meaning of these passages, and then to port these interpretations into other parts of scripture, a person’s perspective on religion or even one’s worldview. To fully understand what Paul and Peter are saying in these portions of scripture, one must dive into the ancient Greco-Roman world.

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