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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson One

FAITHFUL IN CHRIST            Page 4

V. 1 (Cont'd.)

** Here in verse one of our text, do you think there is any doubt in the mind of Paul that he is an apostle of Christ Jesus?

Absolutely not! He had become one "by the will of God"! He would repeat that phrase when writing 1st and 2nd Corinthians, 2Timothy and Colossians. Do you recall from our study of Galatians how he even further explained that issue? Paul said he was "not sent from men, nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father" (Galatians 1:1).

** Is Paul being arrogant by describing himself and his role in these terms?

No - he is merely stating the authority that God had entrusted to him.
cf. 1Timothy 1:12-15, Ephesians 3:8

As we now dig deeper into today's text, we are going to see a dual description of believers, a dual blessing for believers and the dual source for those blessings.

** To begin with, we do not get far at all into this epistle before we find ourselves eternally grateful that God called us and set us apart to be His own. Let's look at the first set - What is the dual description of believers?

Set #1
A. "Saints" [hagios] lit. sacred, holy, set apart. Remember what Paul had said to the Galatians about when Christ had set him apart for salvation? "He who had set me apart, even from my mother's womb" (Galatians 1:15)

This is how we are seen by our heavenly Father, that by His grace alone we are whole and set apart for His service and glory sake.

B. "who are faithful in Christ Jesus" - Paul uses the word "pistos" to describe our part. We are to be reliable and trustworthy. It comes from the root word "peitho" which means to persuade or to have confidence. This is the believer as viewed from man's perspective, one who is bold in the proclamation of the truth through his or her lifestyle - we are Faithful in Christ.

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