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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the EPHESIANS.
Jesus is seen as: The Christ of Unsearchable Riches
-Bible Study Info-WRITER. The Apostle Paul (1.1)

DATE. Ephesians was written from Rome in A.D. 64. It is the first in order of the Prison Epistles. Ac 20-27. Cmt. on Ac 28:30 and was sent by Tychicus, concurrently with Colossians and Philemon. It is probable that the two greater letters had their occasion in the return of Onesimus to Philemon. Ephesians is the most impersonal of Paul's letters. Indeed the words, "to the Ephesians," are not in the best manuscripts. Col 4:16 mentions an epistle to the Laodiceans. It has been conjectured that the letter known to us as Ephesians is really the Laodicean letter. Probably it was sent to Ephesus and Laodicea without being addressed to any church. The letter would then be "to the saints and the faithful in Christ Jesus" anywhere.

THEME. The doctrine of the Epistle confirms this view. It contains the highest church truth, but has nothing about church order. The church here is the true church, "His body," not the local church, as in Philippians, Corinthians, etc. Essentially, three lines of truth make up this Epistle: the believer's exalted position through grace; the truth concerning the body of Christ; and a walk in accordance with that position.

There is a close spiritual affinity between Ephesians and Joshua, the "heavenlies" answering in Christian position to Canaan in Israel's experience. In both there is conflict, often failure, but also victory, rest, and possession Jos 21:43-45; Eph 1:3; 3:14-19; 6:16,23. As befits a complete revelation, the number seven is conspicuous in the structure of Ephesians.

The divisions are, broadly, four:
1. The apostolic greeting. 1.1,2
2. Positional; the believer's standing "Christ" and "in the heavenlies" through pure grace, 1.3-3.21.
3. Walk and service, 4.1-5.17
4. The walk and warfare of the Spirit-filled believer, 5.18-6.24.


Ref: The Scofield Reference Bible.

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13 Bible Studies for:  EPHESIANS
1. EPHESIANS 1:1-14
1988-12-04  S-A.M.  45:37   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 1:1-14

Part 1. The apostolic salutation.
Part 2. The believer`s position in grace.
1. The seven elements of the believer`s position.
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2. EPHESIANS 1:15-23
1988-12-11  S-A.M.  40:22   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 1:15-23

Part 2. The believer`s position in grace.(Cont).
2. The prayer for knowledge and power.
3. Christ exalted to be the Head of His body, the church.
   
3. EPHESIANS 2:1-10
1988-12-18  S-A.M.  38:55   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 2:1-10

Part 2. The believer`s position in grace.(Cont).
4. The method of Gentile salvation.
   
4. EPHESIANS 2:11-22
1988-12-25  S-A.M.  31:07   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 2:11-22

Part 2. The believer`s position in grace.(Cont).
5. The Gentile position by nature.
6. Jew and Gentile, one in Christ.
7. The church, a temple for the habitation of God through the Spirit.
   
5. EPHESIANS 3:1-12
1989-01-01  S-A.M.  42:10   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 3:1-12

Part 2. The believer`s position in grace.(Cont).
The church, a mystery hidden from past ages.
   
6. EPHESIANS 3:13-21
1989-01-08  S-A.M.  36:57   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 3:13-21

Part 2. The believer`s position in grace.(Cont).
Parenthetic: The prayer for inner fulness and knowledge.
   
7. EPHESIANS 4:1-6
1989-01-15  S-A.M.  35:49   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 4:1-6

Part 3. The walk and service of the believer as in Christ, and as having the Spirit.
1. The walk to be a worthy position.
2. The seven unities to be kept.
   
8. EPHESIANS 4:7-16
1989-01-22  S-A.M.  40:07   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 4:7-16

Part 3. The walk and service of the believer as in Christ, and as having the Spirit.(Cont).
3. The minisrty gifts of Christ to his body.
4. The purpose of the ministry gifts.
   
9. EPHESIANS 4:17-32
1989-01-29  S-A.M.  39:44   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 4:17-32

Part 3. The walk and service of the believer as in Christ, and as having the Spirit.(Cont).
5. The walk of the believer as a new man in Jesus Christ.
6. The walk of the believer as indwelt by the Spirit.
   
10. EPHESIANS 5:1-17
1989-02-05  S-A.M.  37:15   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 5:1-17

Part 3. The walk and service of the believer as in Christ, and as having the Spirit.(Cont).
7. The walk of the believer as God`s dear child.
   
11. EPHESIANS 5:18-33
1989-02-12  S-A.M.  36:06   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 5:18-33

Part 4. The walk and warfare of the believer as filled with the Spirit.
1. The inner life of the Spirit-filled believer.
2. The married life of Spirit-filled believers as illustrating Christ and the church.
   
12. EPHESIANS 6:1-9
1989-02-26  S-A.M.  38:04   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 6:1-9

Part 4. The walk and warfare of the believer as filled with the Spirit.(Cont).
3. The domestic life of Spirit-filled believers as children and servants.
   
13. EPHESIANS 6:10-24
1989-03-12  S-A.M.  43:32   -15       Outline    Subject(s)EPHESIANS 6:10-24

Part 4. The walk and warfare of the believer as filled with the Spirit.(Cont).
4. The warfare of Spirit-filled believers.
4a. The warrior`s power.
4b. The warrior`s armour.
4c. The warrior`s foes.
4d. The warrior`s resource.
   
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"Bible Study Info" & *Subjects - by Rev. C.I. Scofield, D.D. - The Scofield Reference Bible.