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6. There's the belt of truth, body armor of righteousness, shoes to spread the Good News, a shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword, which is the Word of God.
Christ's. "Follow God's example in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins." 5:1,2
apostles and prophets. "So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God's holy people. You are members of God's family. We are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself." 2:19,20
|Paul told his readers that they couldn't take credit for their salvation because it was a ___ from God. What did he call it?||Paul's Letter to the Ephesians
gift. "God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." 2:8,9
power of the air. "Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God." 2:1,2 According to the NLT Life Application Study Bible, people during Paul's day believed that Satan and the evil spiritual forces inhabited the region between earth and sky.
spiritual wisdom and understanding. "I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God." 1:16,17
|"The ____ is God's guarantee that he will give us everything he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God." 1:14. What is God's guarantee?||Paul's Letter to the Ephesians
Spirit . "And now you also have heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago." 1:13
to adopt us into his family. "His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure." 1:5
|Ephesians finishes in characteristic fashion as Paul prays blessing upon his readers. Which words complete the final sentence?
"Grace to all who _____________________."||Quizzing the New Testament : Ephesians
Love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. "Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love." (Ephesians 6 v. 24)
Unlike Paul's other letters, the only person mentioned by name in the closing verses is Tychicus. Elsewhere, Paul describes him as "a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord" (Colossians 4 v. 7). There are two other instances in the New Testament where Tychicus is linked to Ephesus. In Acts 20, Luke includes him amongst their travelling companions when Paul met with the elders of the Ephesian church. Also, in 2 Timothy 4, Paul writes of sending Tychicus to Ephesus.
|The devil opposes all that love stands for. Paul urges his readers to "take your stand against the devil's schemes". How does he advise them to do this?||Quizzing the New Testament : Ephesians
By putting on the full armor of God. Paul illustrates his point with reference to the armour worn by a Roman soldier of his day. His readers are urged to protect themselves with "the belt of truth"; "the breastplate of righteousness"; "feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace"; "the shield of faith"; "the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6 v. 14-17).
|Chapters 5 and 6 also contain instructions for specific groups of people. Husbands are told to love their wives. What action of Jesus is quoted by way of an illustration?||Quizzing the New Testament : Ephesians
Just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." (Ephesians 5 v. 25-27)
Paul has taken a lot of flak for the preceding statement that wives should "submit to your husbands" (Ephesians 5 v. 22). What is less readily recognised is the radical nature of Paul's advice to husbands. This was a time when a wife was considered little more than a man's possession, to be treated as her husband desired. Paul's interpretation of the Christian gospel, therefore, that husbands should "give themselves for their wives" and "ought to love their wives as their own bodies" (Ephesians 5 v. 28) was revolutionary.
|In chapter 5, Paul continues to write about the practical consequences of living by love. Whom does he say Christians should imitate as "dearly loved children"?||Quizzing the New Testament : Ephesians
God. "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5 v. 1)
This might seem a strange choice, because elsewhere Christians are told to imitate Jesus as the one that has made the invisible God known to them. It does, though, link back to the closing verse of the previous chapter where Paul had written:
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4 v. 32).
Speak the truth in love. "Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ." (Ephesians 4 v. 14-15)
This is an idea that underlies the whole of the chapter as a mark of a new way of living. Thus, Paul returns to the idea a few verses later:
"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body" (Ephesians 4 v. 25).
To anybody who got this question wrong, you're very welcome to come round and cut my lawn.
|One of the significant themes of Ephesians is that of love. In chapter 2, Paul writes that, because of God's great love for everyone, he "made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions" (Ephesians 2 v. 5). He sees this, in turn, as leading to which further development? ||Quizzing the New Testament : Ephesians
The uniting, in Jesus, of Jews and Gentiles. "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Ephesians 2 v. 19-22)
Jesus, Paul writes, is peace - the one that, by his death on the cross, has torn down the wall of division between Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2 v. 14).
|What does Ephesians describe as the first commandment with promise?||Ephesians
Honor thy father and mother.. It says in Ephesians 6:2, "Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise..."
If we do a cross reference back to Exodus 20:12b, we find out what that promise is: "that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee."
|How does Ephesians say husbands should love their wives?||Ephesians
As Christ also loved the church. It says in Ephesians 5:25, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it."
The church is often referred to as the bride of Christ.
|Why does Ephesians say that one person should forgive another person?||Ephesians
God for Christ's sake has forgiven him or her.. It says in Ephesians 4:32, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
One of the biggest themes of the New Testament is being more like God. This verse says that those whom God forgives, should forgive others.
|What number starts verse 4:6 of Ephesians?||Ephesians
1 . It says in Ephesians 4:6, "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
|Does Paul claim to be the most or the least?||Ephesians
the least . It says in Ephesians 3:8, "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."
Again, Paul insists that he is not better than anyone, so we know Paul was not filled with pride.
|What was Paul made, according to Ephesians 3:7?||Ephesians
a minister. It says in Ephesians 3:7, "Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power."
Paul always makes it a point to let the people know that what he does is because of God, not because of his own doing.
|According to Ephesians, who broke down the wall that separates people from God?||Ephesians
Christ. It says in Ephesians 2:13-14, "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us."
Christ comes from the Greek word "Christos" and means "anointed one". In Hebrew, the same word is "Mashiach", from which we get the English word "Messiah".
|What is God rich in, according to Ephesians 2?||Ephesians
mercy. It says in Ephesians 2:4, "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us."
Mercy is often defined as God not giving people what they deserve.
|According to Ephesians 1:13, what are believers "sealed with"?||Ephesians
that Holy Spirit of promise. It says in Ephesians 1:13, "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise."
It is believed by many Christians that the Holy Spirit is the part of the Trinity that lives inside someone when he or she accepts Jesus as Savior.
|What is the first word of Ephesians in the King James Version?||Ephesians
Paul. It says in Ephesians 1:1, "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus."
Ephesus was one of the largest cities of the ancient world.
|"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12, New International Version) What did Paul tell the Ephesians they needed to put on to protect them against all these wicked powers?||BBB Bible Series: Ephesians
The armor of God. "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:13-17)
Paul ended his letter to the Ephesians by reminding them that though they may see much evil in the lives of people around them, their battle isn't against people. Their battle is a spiritual one to be fought with the spiritual power they had been given in Christ.
|"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people." (Ephesians 5:3, New International Version) What did Paul go on to say impure, immoral, greedy people were like?||BBB Bible Series: Ephesians
idolaters. "For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person -- such a man is an idolater -- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." (Ephesians 5:5)
Paul's teachings did not only focus on the heavenly realms, but he also taught how spiritual truths should work out in a practical way in the lives of believers.
|"His intent was that now, through the __________, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." (Ephesians 3:10-12, New International Version)
Through whom or what is the manifold wisdom of God made known?||BBB Bible Series: Ephesians
church. "His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms..." (Ephesians 3:10)
In many of Paul's letters he mentions an unseen spiritual world. Paul's letter to the Ephesians contains some of his most complete teachings on the church's purpose and power against this unseen spiritual world and that world's ability to hinder mankind's relationship with God.
|Paul taught the Ephesians that, after Christ was raised from the dead, he was seated at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Who else did Paul say was seated in the heavenly realms?||BBB Bible Series: Ephesians
Believers. "And God raised us [the church] up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:6-7)
Believers aren't physically seated in the heavenly realms, of course, but according to Paul's teaching, spiritually they enjoy the privilege of sharing in Christ's victorious death and resurrection.
By grace. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Central to much of Paul's teaching here was that salvation could not be earned through any human efforts or practices, but it was freely given as a gift to those who would place their faith in Christ's sacrificial death on the cross for the forgiveness of their sins.
|Paul also described the power that God had given the believers in Ephesus. In the NIV, what did he say that power was like?||BBB Bible Series: Ephesians
Like the power that raised Christ from the dead. "... That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms..." (Ephesians 1:19-20)
According to Paul's teaching the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to, and is working in and through the lives of, those who believe in Christ.
So they could know the hope of their calling. "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints," (Ephesians 1:18)
Paul continued to show that God's plan called believers beyond the here and now to an inheritance that is theirs in one another for all eternity.