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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

THANKFUL IN CHRIST            Page 2
V.15 (Cont'd.)

** As the church first began, how did the apostles feel about the importance of prayer in their ministry?

They placed it at the top of their priority list, along with the ministry of the Word of God!
cf. Acts 6:4

** Back in verse 15 of our text, Paul says that he has "heard of the faith" which belonged to the Ephesians. Was this a saving faith?

Yes! In that they displayed both of the two main characteristics of a Believer in the living out of that faith.

1. Their faith was in the Lord Jesus.
2. Their faith gave them a love for all the saints.

** Let's take these one at a time. How important is it that Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, uses the word Lord here?

It is crucial! kurios - Is used referring to Christ 747 times in the New Testament, 92 times in the book of Acts alone! An individual cannot merely receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, without understanding that He is to be their Lord as well.
cf. Matthew 9:9, 19:27, Luke 9:57-62, Romans 10:9, 14:9
Acts 2:36, Philippians 2:11, Luke 6:46-49

Also - John 15:13 (Savior) and John 15:14 (Lord)!

So the Ephesians' faith was a genuine saving faith because of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their personal lives and ...

Their faith generated a true love for the Brethren!

** Is that really such an important issue?

Absolutely! cf. John 13:34-35

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