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Nine Verses of Paul’s Letter to the Divine Assembly at Ephesus in Southern Asia Praising, Teaching, and Uplifting the Khristians There
The Letter to the Ephesians does not disappoint us among Paul’s many writings. Structurally, it’s fun to think about what was in Paul’s mind when he wrote verses 3-14 in which he uses 194 words to make up one sentence from those 12 verses. We need about 75 more words to convey those verses into English. You might notice the many italicized words it takes me to get the thought across in the 9-verses we’re going over in this piece.
As all of you know, there is no way I’m going to hit you with a sentence with over 250-words in it, in fact, not nearly that many. I rarely ever use a compound, complex sentence, because I stand by one of my basic Life Disciplines: Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!
Paul indeed had divinely inspired reasons for writing as he did, just as the Lord had specific reasons for speaking as He did. I can’t say my reasons are divinely inspired and certainly wouldn’t dare state such a thing. Rather, mine are from knowing what my own mind can comprehend, observing the attention span of most people I’ve known, and from knowing my audience—the latter being the first on the list for any decent writer.
In these verses prior to the nine we’re going over, you should definitely notice that Paul emphasizes the Ephesians’ trust in the Message about Khrist and his saving ability, which caused the Ephesians to believe in Khrist. He did not say in Ephesians 1.13 that they trusted in some human doctrine, some belief conjured up to keep the flocks in a state of fear so that they could be controlled—even enslaved—and not some made up tradition that is never mentioned by the Couriers or the Scriptures. No! He praises them for trusting in the Logos, the “truthful Logos,” as Paul calls It.
Neither does Paul get personal with the Khristians he’s writing to, as he does in so many other letters, except Hebrews. These are Paul’s two most formal letters. In the others, he often notes a relationship between the audience he’s writing to and himself. There is a reason for this. Although Paul’s original Letter went to the Divine Assembly at Ephesus, there were Six other Assemblies in Southern Asia (Turkey) at the time. This Letter was meant for all of them, which means it was an Encyclical—an Epistle to be spread around, read, and studied among all those Seven Assemblies.
Paul’s mind does not wander in this respect, however, in the first 14-verses, or the nine we’re going over, in that He is dead set and steadfast on writing things to these early Khristians that will help them. Moreover, the things he informs them of are uplifting, informative—and faith building. Which is always one of the Lord’s Couriers’ goals—to build faith among the Khrist-Lovers.
On the linguistic side of the Letter, Paul also uses some fine figures of speech, and as always, he places some parallelism in, along with some beautiful rhetoric, such as “the eyes in the heart,” and a perfect metaphor when he writes that Khrist’s Body “is the Divine Assembly,” which means that “Khrist’s Body represents the Divine Assembly.”
In the last figure, we have the word “Body” put for all Khristians (metonymy) and the statement that the One Thing (the Body) is the Other (the Divine Assembly), making for a perfectly beautiful metaphor, which is when one thing is stated to be another that it cannot realistically be, such as when we are told that the bread we eat for Communion is the Lord’s Body, which means by the use of metaphor that the bread represents His Body. The same goes for the wine and His Blood: the wine represents His Blood.
(People totally ignorant of figures of speech, or who are interested in making people believe that they are involved in the Lord’s carrying out of a miracle for the purpose of giving themselves credentials, have claimed that within the human body the bread and the wine turn into His body and blood, respectively. That would be a physical miracle, yet the Lord cannot and will
not—because He cannot and will not break His Word—perform physical miracles during this age. This age ends when the AntiKhrist returns. Not until! There will not be one, single physical miracle until that time.)
After hearing how strongly the Ephesians trusted in Khrist after hearing the Khrist Message, Paul is telling us here in these verses what his prayer for the Ephesians was. He then goes on to inform them what he asked for and why. He explains quite a bit about the role that the Ever-Living has in determining what the results of the Lord’s actions here on earth are.
Paul’s Introduction and Nine Verses written about 63 AD from Paul’s Letter to the Early Khristians at Ephesus, located in what is today Southern Turkey
All seven of the Divine Assemblies took blows over the centuries from the Romans, but the Muslimics completely destroyed them during their invasions centuries later. They no longer exist. They stand, however, as we discover in the first Three Chapters of Revelation as examples of the Khristians who will be here at the end of this age, the Age of Faith.
Ephesians 1.1-2 Paul’s Introduction to the Khristians in Southern Asia (62 AD)
Paul, a Courier sent by Yasu Khrist through Divine Will, to the Separated- and Trustworthy-Ones living at Ephesus who are in union with Khrist Yasu.
2. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Yasu Khrist.
15. Therefore, I certainly—after hearing about your faith in the Lord Yasu and your love for all the Separated-Ones—
16. never stop giving thanks for you in my prayers.
17. And I pray that the Ever-Living, Who is the glorious Father of our Lord Yasu Khrist, will give you a spirit that produces wisdom and revelation for a full understanding of Him.
18. And I pray that the Ever-Living Who filled the eyes in your heart with light will give you understanding regarding what the hope in His Calling gives us, and for you to understand the value of the glorious wealth His inheritance is for the Separated-Ones,
19. and what the surpassing greatness His power is for us Believers, as shown by His mighty power that He worked in Khrist,
20. by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right side in the Upper-Levels,
21. above all government and authority and power and rulership, and above every name named, not only in this age*—but on the contrary, certainly in the age that is coming.
22. And He has placed everything under His feet, and has given Him to be Head over all things
23. for the Divine Assembly that represents His Body. Khrist is the Fulfiller Who fulfills all things in all.
*—but on the contrary, certainly in the age that is coming (Ephesians 1.21): We see Paul placing emphasis on this clause, because he knows that the Lord has not, at that particular time (and even now) received His full power. Paul informs us in I Korinthians 7-8 that he is “patiently waiting the unveiling brought to you (the Korinthians) by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who also will guarantee your standing until you are mature—blameless at the Day our Lord Yasu Khrist returns!”
This revelation that did not come to Paul (but to Yohn) and most likely not in his lifetime did it come. Revelation 12.10 tells us that the Lord does not receive full power until Satan is cast to the earth from his place in the Upper-Levels.
The Purpose of Paul’s Prayer for the Steadfast Ephesians
By the use of parallelism, Paul explains his Central Prayer for the trustworthy Ephesians by creating one of his famous Information Triads: That the Ever-Living, Who is the glorious Father of our Lord Yasu Khrist, will provide the Ephesians a spirit that will allow them to understand the Triad Paul creates in these verses.
It is the understanding of this Triad that puts Believers in union with Khrist and fulfills the founding of the Ever-Living’s Assembly, of Which Khrist is the Leader and the One Who carries out the completion of all things in every age:
1. Understanding the hope God’s Calling provides us.
2. Understanding the glorious wealth God’s inheritance is for the Separated-Ones.
3. Understanding the surpassing greatness God’s power is for Believers, just as powerful for us as it was for Yasu, Whom the Ever-Living raised from the dead, giving us the faith that we too shall one day rise after our fleshly deaths.
The last verse in Chapter One (v. 23) informs us that when the calling into the Divine Assembly is finished, which is when all those called at that time are in union with Khrist, that age (or time period) is complete—and Khrist is the One Who brought that period to an end. He is the fulfillment of all things Divine, and He is the One Who brings all Things Divine to fruition, as He will the current age and the Khilistic age to come.
The current age that we are now in is the age that faith—and faith alone —takes care of us because of the Lord’s precious grace. Paul teaches us in Hebrews that “faith is an inner-trust in things for which we hope, an inner-conviction about things we cannot see.” Certainly, this is the Age of Faith. His grace is filled with forgiveness, an incalculable amount of love, protection from afterlife punishment for our sins, the knowledge we have about the Ever-Living, our mental peace in our union with Yasu, a continuous flow of fresh faith for us, and the ever-abounding mercy He shows us in all things.
As we communicate with fellow Khristians in the faith, let us strive to do as Paul does: Praise, Teach, and Uplift.
For the faith: Ruddy