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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson One

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Faithful in Christ

INVESTIGATE

Introduction - Before we start our study of today's passage, let's begin with an introductory look at this letter to the Ephesians.

1. Where is Ephesus? (See the map in the back of your Bible)

Forty miles south of Smyrna, on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea. Smyrna is the location of the suffering church mentioned in Revelation 2:8-11. This was a famous church in that Christ brought no word of reproach against it. By 1980 the population had reached around two hundred thousand and about one third were Christians. That city is now called Izmir (Turkish) and those in it are still faithful!

2. What was special about Ephesus?

It was a harbor town and trade center in Asia Minor as well as the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Diana (Roman) or Artemis (Greek) made Ephesus an important hub of that part of the world. The temple became very much like a modern bank as many people stored their money in it for safe keeping. All see - cf. Acts 19:23-28

3. Who wrote this epistle?

The apostle Paul - see Ephesians 1:1, 3:1 and 4:1

4. What is the historical setting of this epistle?

Paul wrote to the Ephesians during his first Roman imprisonment between 60-62 A.D.
cf. Acts 27:1, 28:16 and 28:30

It was written during the same time period as Philemon and Colossians and carried by Tychicus and Onesimus cf. Colossians 4:7-9, Philemon 1:10-12 and Ephesians 6:21-22

5. To whom is Paul writing?

This was a circular letter sent to the churches of Asia Minor, perhaps the letter "that is coming from Laodicea" as mentioned in Colossians 4:16, because Ephesus became the hub of influence in the world for Christ (Acts 19 and 20:17-36).

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