Introduction to Ephesians

ep.jpgGreetings!

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus follows a similar format to many of his letters: First theology, then application.

This includes many passages referencing the concept of predestination.  There is no question that the Bible teaches the concept of predestination, but Christians are divided on whether it is God choosing us ahead of time or God knowing we’ll choose him.  I enjoy hearing from experts on both sides of the debate to understand the merits of both views.  There seems to be a natural tension here.  God is definitely sovereign and many passages, especially those in Ephesians, seem to me to support the unconditional election view (that God chooses us).  But I can’t ignore passages which speak of us making choices and my own experience of at least feeling like I was choosing (or was it an irresistable force?).

Either way, you can get so much out of Ephesians.  There are so many promises and reminders of all the good things we have in Christ and how He brought us back from the dead spiritually. 

Paul gives great advice on marriage and parenting.  Read it carefully! 

He closes with the classic passage about putting on the armor of God as we live our Christian lives, because we have a real enemy in Satan who wants to minimize our impact for the Kingdom — and destroy us.

Read it, be encouraged and put it into practice.

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  1. I believe the Bible teaches that:

    a) We have a choice, through free will, to choose God’s way or Satan’s way.
    b) When we choose God’s way that we are then predestined for a home in heaven through Christ’s blood.

    I feel b is commonly misconstrued to mean we have no choice and we are either chosen or not. We are only chosen when we choose to be chosen.

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    1. P.S. I believe this one passage proves predestination to be inaccurate. (I’ve used the NASB version for this quote since that seemed to be the commenters’ consensus choice.)

      II Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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      1. OOPS! Cut and pasted the KJV by mistake. Here you go:

        The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

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