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Ephesians 1:15-23

[15] Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  [16] Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 
Paul was always thankful to hear about the testimony of real Christians. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and love unto all the saints are hallmarks of authentic Christianity. 
In the first part of this chapter (vs.1-14), the apostle Paul mentions seven spiritual blessings. In the latter part of the chapter (vs.15-23), he prays for the Body of Christ in regard to these blessings. He does not pray that we would be able to obtain these blessings, but rather that we would know that we already have it all in Christ! 
Due to their ignorance of the Pauline epistles, most believers today are seeking for things they already have in Christ and are therefore not enjoying the Christian life as they should be. They lack peace and joy because of their failure to know and believe who God has made them in Christ. For example, most…

Ephesians 1:1-14

[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:
Paul’s name is the first word in every epistle that he wrote (2 Thess. 3:17). God put an emphasis on Paul’s distinct ministry. Many of his epistles state something about his apostleship in the first sentence (e.g. Gal. 1:1). He was given a distinct ministry from the twelve apostles and therefore his apostleship was constantly under attack.
All believers are saints (sanctified in Christ). It is God’s will that we are part of two churches in this age. We become members of the church which is the Body of Christ upon salvation and we should also assemble together locally with other like-minded believers for service (see also Phil. 1:1-2; Col. 1:1-2). 
Commentators make a big deal about the words “at Ephesus” supposedly not being in some of the ancient manuscripts. They talk about how this was to be an encyclical letter. All of Paul’s letters were copied and passed…

Introduction to Ephesians

The apostle Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians contains 6 chapters, 155 verses, and 3,022 words. This is not a detailed commentary on every verse, but rather a collection of my personal study notes on this great epistle. Due to a busy schedule, time has not been spent on editing for grammatical and spelling mistakes. Thank you in advance for overlooking them. I do not claim complete originality for everything written in these notes. I appreciate the help that I have gleaned from others. 
It is my goal in these notes to help you gain a basic understanding of what each passage says and teaches as you study the book for yourself. Of course, this will not be possible unless you personally: 1. Believe the word of God (1 Thess. 2:13) 2. Submit to and rely upon its Author (2 Tim. 3:16) 3. Consistently follow His rule of study (2 Tim. 2:15)
The Pauline epistles are not arranged chronologically but according to a divine order for the spiritual edification of the Body of Christ. According to 2 Tim. 3…

Acts 10 - Cornelius (pt.3)

Acts 10:34-43
Why did God accept the uncircumcised Gentile household of Cornelius? Because of how he blessed the seed of Abrham (vs.2, 22, 34-35; Matt. 25:31-46). This is not out of line with the kingdom program of Israel (Isa. 56:3-8). Is this how Gentiles are accepted by God in the dispensation of the grace of God (contrast Acts 10:35 with Titus 3:5)? Our salvation has nothing to do with blessing the seed of Abraham (Eph. 2:11-18). 
Peter briefly rehearsed what God had been doing in Israel beginning with the baptism of John. He does not preach anything to the household of Cornelius that he had not already been preaching. There is nothing new in this message. 
What Peter states in v.43 is in harmony with what the prophets had spoken. Salvation is only to be found in the Messiah (Isa. 45:20-25). This can't be the same gospel that Paul received by revelation of Christ (Gal. 1:11-12). People read Paul's gospel into this passage because Peter said, "whosoever believeth in him s…

Acts 10 - Cornelius (pt.2)

Acts 10:1-8
Cornelius was no "run-of-the-mill" idol worshipping Gentile. He was not a proselyte (a Gentile that submitted to circumcision and kept the law, Acts 2:10) because he was uncircumcised (Acts 11:3). But he was: •devout (religious- he was fasting, v.30) •feared God with all his house (implies he taught his house about the God of Israel) •gave alms to the Jews (v.22) • prayed to God alway (observed the Jewish hours of prayer, Acts 3:1)
He is the same kind of Gentile that the Lord Jesus was willing to minister to during His earthly ministry even though He was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Rom. 15:8; Lk. 7:1-10; Gen. 12:1-3). Under the kingdom program of Israel, no Gentiles could be blessed without Israel (Mk. 7:24-30). 
Cornelius was sincerely religious, but lost (Acts 11:14). Why would God hear this lost man's prayers, take knowledge of his good deeds towards the Jews, and send an apostle to preach to him about salvation? The salvation of Cornel…