Last summer we started with Acts chapters 18-20 to review the story of how the Apostle Paul began preaching in Ephesus. We also discussed the significance of the great temple of Artemis/Diana which was located in Ephesus and was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then we discussed the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
Lord willing, we will resume our study of Ephesians on July 23, picking up the discussion in chapter two. The heading provided in the NIV at the beginning of this chapter is “Made Alive in Christ.” The heading provided in the ESV is “By Grace Through Faith.” How do these two headings fit together with each other?
John R. W. Stott says, “Paul first plumbs the depths of pessimism about man, and then rises to the heights of optimism about God….to paint a vivid contrast between what man is by nature and what he can become by grace.” In other words, Paul preaches both the Law and the Gospel to us. How does this chapter explain the relationship between salvation by grace through faith and living a life of good works?
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