Ephesians 1 ‘Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.’
Many have commented on the style of letter-writing in Paul’s time, where the sender would sensibly start the letter with their name. This contrasts with modern practice where you begin a letter or e-mail by reminding the person what their name is and then keeping them in suspension until the end of the letter to reveal who exactly you are!
Please do not feel offended that Paul begins this letter by mentioning his name first. Koine Greek has ways of expressing emphasis and in this sentence, the absence of a definite article attached to Christ Jesus shows that the emphasis is very much upon Jesus and not Paul himself!
The expression ‘the will of God’ uses the word ‘thelema’ which speaks of God’s desire that Paul should serve as an apostle. God has not forced Paul to be an apostle but He is pleased and desires that he should serve in this way.
Praying this morning that we should all know the will of God and His pleasure in serving Him.
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- Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem.
- Revelation 19:9 InvitedThe Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
- Revelation 19:7 Eager AnticipationIn the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment.
- Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness.
- Revelation 19:6 Hollering With JoyThis side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!