Wonderful partner, I am so glad that this is the first teaching in a series I’ll be sending you, beginning with the book of Ephesians. We are going to go through the Scriptures, studying the Word of God verse by verse. You are going to love it. And I want to do it because I want God to bless your walk with Him and enrich you with His wonderful Word. You know, every single morning, I love to sit and study the Word of God. And a few months ago, I thought, my partners need to be a part of this. And I’m so glad, finally, I’m able to begin this with you. And so let’s turn to the book of Ephesians chapter 1.The book of Ephesians contains the highest of church truth. And that’s why I’m starting with this book. Paul the apostle was one of twenty-four apostles in the Bible. That’s right! You thought there were twelve. No. There are actually twenty-four apostles mentioned in Scripture. Let me give you the list of the twenty-four; you may want to write it down. And then we’ll begin with Ephesians 1. But first, here’s the list of the twenty-four apostles mentioned in the Word:
  • The Lord was the first apostle because Hebrews 3:1 calls Him, “the Apostle.” In fact, let me just read that to you quickly. “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” So, Jesus was also called an apostle. Of course, He’s the first.
  • The second apostle is Peter.
  • The third, Andrew, his brother.
  • The fourth, James, the son of Zebedee.
  • The fifth, John, his brother, John, the apostle who wrote the book of John.
  • The sixth apostle was Philip.
  • The seventh apostle was Bartholomew.
  • Then the eighth apostle is James, the son of Alphaeus.
  • The ninth apostle, Judas, his brother.
  • The tenth apostle, Matthew.
  • The eleventh apostle, Thomas.
  • The twelfth apostle, Simon Zelotes, as he was called in Scripture.
  • Then the thirteenth was Judas Iscariot. Now of course, he was one of the twelve, as you remember, if you take the Lord out. But the Lord is one of the apostles, according to Hebrews 3:1.
  • Now, Matthias was the fourteenth. Matthias’s name is mentioned in the book of Acts.
  • Barnabas was the fifteenth apostle. Remember Paul and Barnabas—Barnabas was his companion for a season, and he’s, of course, mentioned in the book of Acts.
  • Then the sixteenth was called Andronicus, mentioned in Romans 16:7.
  • Another apostle was Junia (Romans 16:7). In fact, let me just read that to you (Now, you see, that’s the kind of information I love looking for because when you study the Word, there are no meaningless details in the Bible, like I’ve always said) “Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.” So, here they are called apostles.
  • Then the eighteenth apostle was Apollos (1 Corinthians 4:6-9).
  • The nineteenth apostle was James, the Lord’s brother.
  • The twentieth apostle was Silas. Paul took Silas later, after he and Barnabas had an argument over John.
  • Timothy was the twenty-first apostle.
  • Titus was the twenty-second apostle.
  • The twenty-third apostle was Epaphroditus. Philippians 2:25 says, “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.”
  • And, of course, Paul himself was an apostle. So twenty-four apostles in all.
So as you look at Ephesians 1, Paul begins by saying, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are atEphesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.” Now the book of Ephesians, was the second letter written by Paul after Romans. Romans sets the truth about the relationship of the believer to the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord, while Ephesians shows the believer sitting down with the Lord after the work is done. And by the way, the next book I’ll be teaching is the book of Romans, verse by verse. You’re going to love it. At the time of this writing, the city of Ephesus was a great commercial center, with the temple of the goddess Diana at its heart ( Acts 19:27). But today, it’s a covered ruin, fulfilling Revelation 2:5, which declares, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent.” The Lord is speaking to the church of Ephesus because in verse 1, it says, “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write.” Then verse 5 says, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Well, that was fulfilled of course.
FreshMannacoverWe are going to go through the scriptures, studying the Word of God, verse by verse. You are going to love it, and I want to do it because I want God to bless your walk with Him and enrich you with His wonderful Word. The book of Ephesians, was the second letter written by Paul after Romans. Romans sets the truth about the relationship of the believer to the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord. While Ephesians shows the believer sitting down with the Lord after the work is done. Download This Teaching Today