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The Epistle to the Ephesians
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
Book of Ephesians in the New Testament
Gospel (4)
History (1)
Epistle (21)
Prophecy (1)
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts
Paul (13)
Romans
1 and 2 Cor.
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 and 2 Thess.
1 and 2 Tim.
Titus
Philemon
General (8)
Revelation
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Time Period in NT History
Preparation for the Church / Life of Christ
c. A.D. 1 – 30
Period 1
( Matthew through John )
Period 2
Establishment of the Church
c. A.D. 30 – 60
( Acts through Philemon )
Period 3
Latter Developments in the Church
c. A.D 60 – 90
( Hebrews through Revelation )
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Book Background
• Title: Ephesians (Acts 18:19, 21, 24; 19:1, 17, 26,
28, 34, 35 [twice]; 20:16, 17; 21:29; 1 Cor. 15:32;
16:8; Eph. 1:1; 1 Tim. 1:3; 2 Tim. 1:18; 4:12;
Rev. 1:11; 2:1)
• Authorship: Paul (1:1; 3:1,8,13; 4:1; 6:20-22)
• Recipients: “the saints that are at Ephesus” (1:1;
6:21-22; Col. 4:7); delivered by Tychicus
(6:21-22)
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Book Background
• Date: c. A.D. 60-63, while Paul was in prison in
Rome (Acts 28:30-31; Eph. 3:1,13; 4:1; 6:20)
• Occasion: Paul used his time in prison to remind
the Ephesian Christians of two very important
truths: their spiritual wealth in Christ (Eph. 1-3)
and their spiritual walk in Christ (Eph. 4-6). Paul
may have heard of the condition of the
Ephesians from Epaphras and was prompted by
the Holy Spirit to write to them (Col. 1:7-8;
4:12-13).
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Book Background
• Literary Style: The book of Ephesians is an
“epistle” (letter) like the book of Romans
(16:22) or Colossians (4:16). It must be studied
like a letter which is written and sent from one
person to another.
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Paul Journey 3
Theater at Ephesus
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Keys to the Book
• Key word: “riches” (1:7,18; 2:4,7; 3:8,16) and
“walk” (4:1,17; 5:2,8,15)
• Key verse: Ephesians 2:10 summarizes the
theme of the Christian’s wealth and walk in
Christ
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Wealth in Christ (1:1 - 3:21)
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 - 6:24)
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Wealth in Christ (1:1 – 3:21)
– Salutation (1:1-2)
– Wealth of redemption (1:3-14)
– Wealth of resources (1:15-23)
– Wealth of regeneration (2:1-10)
– Wealth of reconciliation (2:11-22)
– Wealth of revelation (3:1-13)
– Wealth of revitalization (3:14-21)
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 – 6:24)
– Walk in unity (4:1-6)
– Walk in newness (4:17-32)
– Walk in love (5:1-2)
– Walk in light (5:3-14)
– Walk in wisdom (5:15-17)
– Walk in the Spirit (5:18-21)
– Walk in subjection and love (5:22-33)
– Walk in obedience (6:1-9)
– Walk in warfare (6:10-20)
– Closing remarks and benediction (6:21-24)
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Five Elements Generally Found
in Paul’s Opening Salutations (Greetings)
1. Identification of the author: Paul (and others with him)
2. Identification of the recipient: church(es), individual(s)
3. Identification of divine persons: God and Jesus Christ
4. Identification of divine work: cross, resurrection, hope, life
5. Identification of divine blessing: grace, peace, mercy
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Apostleship of Paul
“An Apostle of Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:1)
Jesus’ Commission of Paul As An Apostle
Acts 9:15-17: But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto
me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel: for I will
show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake. And Ananias
departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul,
the Lord, even Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way which thou camest, hath
sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 22:14-15,21: And he said, The God of our fathers hath appointed thee to know
his will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice from his mouth. For thou
shalt be a witness for him unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard ... And he
said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee forth far hence unto the Gentiles.
Acts 26:16-17: But arise, and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared unto
thee, to appoint thee a minister and a witness both of the things wherein thou hast
seen me, and of the things wherein I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the
people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom I send thee…
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• Preaching the gospel and converting souls in a new
area may involve great obstacles, great oppositions,
and great opportunities (1:1; 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8;
2 Cor. 1:8-10). What kind of obstacles, oppositions,
and opportunities do Christians face today while trying
to preach the gospel?
• Christians are not “apostles” (1:1), but they are still
commissioned by God to preach the gospel today. How
are Christians commissioned by God to do the Lord’s
work today (Acts 8:4)?
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• Christians in the local church are to live as “saints”
(holy, set apart from the world) and “faithful”
(trustworthy, dependable) Christians (1:1; Col. 1:2).
How can Christians demonstrate to God and to others
that they are “saints” and “faithful”?
• In what way are “grace” and “peace” a part of the
Christian life today (1:2; 2 Pet. 1:2)?
• God is your heavenly “Father” and provides for you
(1:2). What does God provide for you as your “Father”
(Jas. 1:17)?
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• Jesus Christ is your “Lord” and rules over you (1:2).
What responsibilities do you have to Jesus Christ as
your “Lord” (Rom. 13:14; Phil. 3:20; 2 Thess. 1:12;
3:12)?
• Like Ephesus, a local church can start out “faithful”
(1:1) and then lose its “first love” (Rev. 2:4). Are you in
a local church that is gradually losing its “first love”?
How do you know if a local church is losing its “first
love”?
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• Paul prayed, praised, and preached in times of trial …
in prison in Rome (1:3). How can we do the same?
Why should we do the same?
• How can we show our thankfulness to God for our
spiritual riches (1:3-14)?
• What are some spiritual blessings that we have “in
Christ” that are not mentioned in Ephesians 1:3-14?
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• How does recalling our spiritual blessings “in Christ”
help us to be more holy and faithful Christians
(1:3-14)?
• Why is it good to thank God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit
in your prayers for what they have done to redeem
you (1:3-14)?
• Have you entered into Christ through repentance and
baptism (Gal. 3:27) in order to receive all spiritual
blessings? If not, what is holding you back?
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• What can a Christian do today to demonstrate his faith
to others (1:15; Col. 1:4)?
• What can a Christian do today to demonstrate his love
for other Christians? If one is not careful, one’s love
can be lost as is seen in the later history of the church
at Ephesus (1:15; Rev. 2:4)
• What are some prayers of thanksgiving and
intercession that Christians can offer up to God
(1:16; Col. 1:9; 1 Thess. 2:13; 5:17)?
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• Why is it important to have the knowledge of God in
an age where there is an explosion of secular and
worldly knowledge (1:17; Col. 1:9; 2:3)?
• In what way are hope, riches, and power resources in
your life today (1:18-19; 3:16; 4:4; Col. 1:4,11)?
• How does Jesus demonstrate his authority over all
things (1:20-21; Mt. 28:18; Rev. 12:10)?
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Ephesians 1
Lessons for Today
• How can the church today show she is subject to
Christ as “head” (1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Col. 1:18; 2:19)?
• How can the church practice being the “body” of
Christ - a body connected to the head and connected
to other members of the body (1:23; 4:4; Rom. 12:4-5;
1 Cor. 10:17; 12:12-25)?
• What can be done today to preserve and promote the
undenominational nature (“body”) of the Lord’s
church (1:23; 2:16; 4:4-6; Col. 3:15)?
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Ephesians 2
Lessons for Today
• Is the spiritual condition of a non-Christian today any
different than the Ephesians before their conversion?
A non-Christian is dead in sin, following the world and
the Devil, and lost! What should a non-Christian be
thinking and doing today to remove himself from this
terrible condition (2:1-3; Rom. 3:23; 6:23)?
• Why must Christians be busy today in personal
evangelism of the lost (2:1-3; Acts 8:4; Jude 22-23)?
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Ephesians 2
Lessons for Today
• Read the following passages and write out what man
must do to be saved from sin: Romans 1:16; 10:17;
Mark 16:15-16; John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6; Acts 2:38;
17:30-31; Acts. 8:37-38; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 22:16;
Galatians 3:26-27; 1 Peter 3:21; Ephesians 2:10;
Titus 2:14.
• How does a person sin? Is sin inherited or passed on to
us involuntarily by our parents? Is sin (transgression of
God’s law) a choice that one makes? Can one choose
to walk in sin, live in sin, or do sin (2:1-3; 1 Jn. 3:4)?
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Ephesians 2
Lessons for Today
• What would happen to mankind without God’s great
mercy, great love, great grace, and great kindness
(2:4-7; Tit. 3:4-7)?
• What would happen to mankind without obedient
faith (2:8-9; 2 Thess. 1:8; Heb. 5:9)?
• How can Christians stay busy walking in the “good
works” that are prepared by God? List some “good
works” that are prepared by God (revealed in
scripture) that Christians need to be doing today
(2:10; 1 Cor. 15:58; Tit. 3:8,14).
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Ephesians 2
Lessons for Today
• What is the spiritual condition of the unconverted soul
today (2:11-12)?
• What can Christians do to busy themselves in personal
evangelism of the lost (2:11-12; Acts 8:4; Rom. 9:1;
10:1; Jude 22-23)?
• What can Christians do to promote “peace” and unity
(“one”) in the local church today (2:13-18; 4:4-6;
Phil. 2:1ff; Rom. 14:1ff)?
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Ephesians 2
Lessons for Today
• What denominational practices show that the Law of
Moses is still in force for some even though Paul said
that it was “abolished” (2:15)?
• How does the “one” way described by Paul (2:18)
differ from the “choose-the-church-of-your-choice”
way promoted by modern-day denominationalism?
• Are there “apostles and prophets” in the Lord’s church
today? Defend your answer with scripture.
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Ephesians 2
Lessons for Today
• Is the local church of which you are a member
“growing” (2:21)? What can you do promote growth?
• Is the local church of which you are a member
“together” (2:21-22)? What can you do to promote
togetherness and unity in the local church?
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Ephesians 3
Lessons for Today
• Can Christians today still suffer for the cause of Christ
on behalf of others (3:1; 2 Tim. 1:8; Philemon 23)?
• Can people still read and understand God’s word today
(3:4; 5:17; Col. 1:9; 1 Jn. 5:20)?
• Are there “apostles and prophets” in the Lord’s church
today (3:5)?
• How can Christians be ministers (servants) of the
gospel like Paul was (3:7; 6:21; Phil. 2:25; Col. 4:7;
1 Tim. 4:6; Philemon 13; Heb. 6:10)?
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Ephesians 3
Lessons for Today
• What does the Lord’s church today need to do to
demonstrate to others the “manifold wisdom of God”
(3:10; 4:4-6; Mt. 16:18; Rom. 16:16)?
• How can Christians express their boldness and
confidence in today’s world (3:12; 6:19; Heb. 3:14;
4:16; 10:19,35; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:21; 4:17; 5:14)?
• What tribulations do Christians experience today? Do
some Christians faint at tribulations (6:13; Acts 14:22;
Rom. 5:3; 8:35; 12:12; Rev. 1:9; 2:9-10; 7:14)?
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Ephesians 3
Lessons for Today
• What cause do Christians have today to bow their
knees in prayer like Paul (3:14)?
• What strength and power can be gained from
following the words of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ
(1:19; 3:16; Col. 1:11)?
• How can Christians show they have a love for Christ
that is “rooted and grounded” (3:17; Col. 1:23; 2:7)?
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Ephesians 3
Lessons for Today
• How is the love of Christ demonstrated in our life
(3:19; Rom. 8:35; 2 Cor. 5:14)?
• How does God demonstrate that he is able to do what
is best for us (3:20; Rom. 11:23; 2 Cor. 9:8;
Heb. 11:19)?
• What can Christians do to glorify God in the church
(3:21)?
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Wealth in Christ (1:1 - 3:21)
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 - 6:24)
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 – 6:24)
– Walk in unity (4:1-6)
– Walk in newness (4:17-32)
– Walk in love (5:1-2)
– Walk in light (5:3-14)
– Walk in wisdom (5:15-17)
– Walk in the Spirit (5:18-21)
– Walk in subjection and love (5:22-33)
– Walk in obedience (6:1-9)
– Walk in warfare (6:10-20)
– Closing remarks and benediction (6:21-24)
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God’s Divine Plan for Unity
Ephesians 4:1-16
1. The right plan for unity (vv. 1-6)
The right walk (v. 1)
The right attitude (v. 2)
The right effort (v. 3)
The right doctrine (vv. 4-6)
2. The right provision for unity (vv. 7-11)
3. The right purpose for unity (vv. 12-16)
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Seven “Ones” of Ephesians 4:4-6
Right Doctrine
1. One body
2. One Spirit
3. One hope
4. One Lord
5. One faith
6. One baptism
7. One God
Right Result
Unity of membership
Unity of communication
Unity of aspiration / goal
Unity of authority
Unity of teaching
Unity of entrance
Unity of worship
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Ephesians 4
Lessons for Today
• How must Christians act in order “to keep the unity of
the Spirit” in the local church (4:1-3,13; Psa. 133:1)?
• How do the seven “ones” of Ephesians 4:4-6 apply in
our modern world of multiple religions? What are
some things that would come to an end if the seven
“ones” were applied to modern denominationalism?
• How do the seven “ones” of Ephesians 4:4-6 apply in a
local church today? What are some things that would
come to an end if the seven “ones” were applied to
the local church today?
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Ephesians 4
Lessons for Today
• Which “gifts” of Ephesians 4:11 are still present in the
church today and which gifts are not (Acts 13:1;
1 Cor. 12:28; 2 Tim. 4:5)?
• How can Christians today leave behind childish
behavior and grow to completion and maturity
(4:14; 1 Cor. 14:20)?
• How can Christians today know the truth and speak
the truth so they are not deceived by error (4:15;
Jn. 17:17; Gal. 5:7; 2 Thess. 2:10-13; 2 Tim. 4:4)?
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Ephesians 4
Lessons for Today
• What can Christians do to remain active members in
the local church and build up the body of Christ
(4:16; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:12-31)?
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 – 6:24)
– Walk in unity (4:1-6)
– Walk in newness (4:17-32)
– Walk in love (5:1-2)
– Walk in light (5:3-14)
– Walk in wisdom (5:15-17)
– Walk in the Spirit (5:18-21)
– Walk in subjection and love (5:22-33)
– Walk in obedience (6:1-9)
– Walk in warfare (6:10-20)
– Closing remarks and benediction (6:21-24)
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Ephesians 4:17-24
Old Man
Vanity of mind
Darkened in understanding
Alienated from God
Ignorance
Hardened heart
Past feeling
Gave up to lasciviousness
Uncleanness / greediness
Grows corrupt
After the lusts of deceit
New Man
Learned / taught in Christ
Renewed in the mind
After God
Created in righteousness
Holiness of truth
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Ephesians 4:17-24
Old Man
Falsehood
Wrath
Give place to the devil
Steal
Corrupt speech
Grieve the H.S.
Bitterness, wrath, anger,
clamor, railing, malice
New Man
Speak truth
Angry and sin not
--Work and give
Edifying speech
--Kind, tenderhearted,
forgiving
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Ephesians 4
Lessons for Today
• How are non-Christians today in the same sad state as
the Gentile world described by Paul in
Ephesians 4:17-19 (Mk. 3:5; Acts 17:23,30; Rom. 1:21;
Gal. 5:19; Eph. 2:12; Col. 1:21; 1 Pet. 1:14; 2:15; 4:3;
2 Pet. 2:18)?
• How must Christians change their thinking, attitude,
and mindset if they hope to be renewed (4:23;
Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:10)?
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Ephesians 4
Lessons for Today
• What can Christians do to guard against sins of the
tongue (lying), sins of the temper (anger and wrath),
and sins of the hand (stealing)?
• What are some ways that Christians can lie (4:25;
Acts 5:3; Col. 3:9; 1 Tim. 1:10; 1 Jn. 1:6,10; 2:4,22;
4:10; 5:10; Rev. 3:9; Rev. 14:5; 21:8,27; 22:15)?
• What are some occasions in which a Christian might
be tempted to get angry (4:26; Mt. 5:22; Tit. 1:7)?
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Ephesians 4
Lessons for Today
• What are some occasions in which a Christian might
be tempted to steal (4:28; Rom. 2:21; 13:9; Tit. 2:10)?
• What are some sins of the tongue in addition to lying
(4:29; 2 Cor. 12:20; Col. 3:8; 1 Tim. 6:4)?
• How can the Christian give place to the Devil today
with regard to movies, music, TV, the Internet,
worldliness, etc. (4:27; 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:26; 1 Pet. 5:7;
Rev. 12:9; 20:10)?
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Ephesians 4
Lessons for Today
• What are some ways that Christians show their
kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness to other
Christians (4:32; Gal. 5:22; Col. 3:12-13; 1 Pet. 3:8;
2 Pet. 1:7)?
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 – 6:24)
– Walk in unity (4:1-6)
– Walk in newness (4:17-32)
– Walk in love (5:1-2)
– Walk in light (5:3-14)
– Walk in wisdom (5:15-17)
– Walk in the Spirit (5:18-21)
– Walk in subjection and love (5:22-33)
– Walk in obedience (6:1-9)
– Walk in warfare (6:10-20)
– Closing remarks and benediction (6:21-24)
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• What are some characteristics of God that Christians
can and should imitate (5:1-2; 1 Jn. 1:5-7; 4:7-8,16)?
• What are some examples of fornication, uncleanness,
and covetousness found in our society today
(5:3; 2 Cor. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; Col. 3:5)?
• What are some examples of filthiness, foolish talking,
and jesting found in our society today (5:4; Jas. 1:21)?
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• Paul said, “Let no man deceive you…” (verse 6). What
are some ways the modern media in our society
deceives people regarding the sins listed in Ephesians
5:3-5 (the Devil is the great deceiver, Rev. 12:9; 20:8)?
• What are some ways Christians can show that they do
not want to partake in, or fellowship the works of
darkness (5:7,11; 2 Cor. 6:14; 1 Tim. 5:22; Rev. 18:4)?
• What are some ways Christians can reprove the works
of darkness (5:11,13; Lk. 3:19; Jn. 3:20; 1 Tim. 5:20;
2 Tim. 4:2; Tit. 1:13; 2:15; Rev. 3:19)?
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• Christians need to stay awake spiritually! Paul outlines
the steps to sin moving backward from verse 14 to
verse 3. The road to sin is taken in the following steps:
1) falling asleep spiritually (v. 14); 2) not reproving
sinful things or the people who do them (vv. 11-13);
3) fellowshipping those who practice these sinful
things (vv. 7-10); 4) deceived into thinking that nothing
is wrong with these things or the people who do them
(v. 6); and 5) actually practicing these sinful things
yourself (vv. 3-5).
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The Christian’s Downward Steps to Sin
Ephesians 5:3-14
Spiritual sleep (v. 14)
Not reproving sin (vv. 11-13)
Fellowshipping sinful people (vv. 7-10)
Deceived, thinking nothing is wrong (v. 6)
Actually practicing the sinful things (vv. 3-5)
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 – 6:24)
– Walk in unity (4:1-6)
– Walk in newness (4:17-32)
– Walk in love (5:1-2)
– Walk in light (5:3-14)
– Walk in wisdom (5:15-17)
– Walk in the Spirit (5:18-21)
– Walk in subjection and love (5:22-33)
– Walk in obedience (6:1-9)
– Walk in warfare (6:10-20)
– Closing remarks and benediction (6:21-24)
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Music in Worship to God
Ephesians 5:19
Reference
Mt. 26:30
Acts 16:25
Romans 15:9
1 Corinthians 14:15
Ephesians 5:19
Colossians 3:16
Hebrews 2:12; 13:15
James 5:13
Vocal
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Instrumental
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Instruments of Music in the Bible
Reference
Genesis 4:21
2 Chron. 29:25-28
Matthew 11:16-17
Luke 15:25
1 Corinthians 13:1
Rev. 5:7-8; 14:2-3
Vocal
Instrumental
Used by patriarchs
Used by King David
Used by children
Used by a family
Used by Paul
Used by heavenly
hosts symbolically
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• What are Christians doing when they walk unwisely?
What are they doing when they walk wisely (5:15;
Lk. 1:17; Col. 4:5)?
• What are some things that Christians can do to
improve how they use their time (5:15; Col. 4:5)?
• Can Christians understand the will of the Lord today?
What is necessary for them to understand the Lord’s
will (5:17; Mt. 7:21; Lk. 12:47; Ac. 21:14; Jas. 4:15)?
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• Is it proper for Christians to drink small amounts of
wine, so long as they do not get drunk (5:18;
Lk. 12:45; 1 Pet. 4:3)?
• What can Christians do to show they are filled with the
Spirit (5:18; Gal. 5:22-24; Col. 1:9)?
• What are some things that Christians can do to
improve their singing (5:19; Col. 3:16)?
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• What are some things that Christians have to be
thankful for today (5:20; Col. 1:3,12; 3:17;
1 Thess. 1:2; 5:18; Rev. 11:17)?
• What are some ways in which Christians subject
themselves to each other in the local church (5:21;
Matthew 20:27-28; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 4:2-3;
Philippians 2:3; and 1 Peter 5:5).
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 – 6:24)
– Walk in unity (4:1-6)
– Walk in newness (4:17-32)
– Walk in love (5:1-2)
– Walk in light (5:3-14)
– Walk in wisdom (5:15-17)
– Walk in the Spirit (5:18-21)
– Walk in subjection and love (5:22-33)
– Walk in obedience (6:1-9)
– Walk in warfare (6:10-20)
– Closing remarks and benediction (6:21-24)
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• Husband and wives should get their example from
Christ and the church concerning how to fulfill their
roles and how to treat each other. They should not
follow the example of the world (5:22-25). (Note the
phrase, “as Christ also…”, found three times.)
• How can a wife show that she is in subjection to her
husband (5:22,24,33; Col. 3:18; Tit. 2:4-5;
1 Pet. 3:1-6)?
• How can a husband show that he is a loving head to
his wife (5:23,25,28,33; Col. 3:19; 1 Pet. 3:7)?
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Ephesians 5
Lessons for Today
• How can the Lord’s church today remain pure, holy,
and without blemish in this world (5:26-27; Phil. 2:15;
Col. 1:22; Jas. 1:27; 4:4; Jude 24; Rev. 14:5)?
• How can a husband treat his wife the way he wants to
be treated (5:28-30; Mt. 22:39)?
• How can marriages today be built upon the pattern of
God’s marriage found in Genesis 1-2 and be successful
(5:31-33; Gen. 2:24; Mt. 19:5)?
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Lessons for Today
• What can parents do with their children at an early
age to teach the importance of obedience and honor
(6:1-3; Col. 3:20-21)?
• What can fathers do to be mature and take charge in
raising their children (6:4; Deut. 18:19; Josh. 24:15)?
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Ephesians 6
Lessons for Today
• As an employee, how can we work to please God and
not to be seen of men (6:5-8; Col. 3:22-23; 1 Tim. 6:1;
Tit. 2:9-10; 1 Pet. 2:18-20)?
• As an employer, how can we treat our employees fairly
and the way we would want to be treated (6:9;
Col. 4:1)?
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Wealth in Christ (1:1 – 3:21)
– Salutation (1:1-2)
– Wealth of redemption (1:3-14)
– Wealth of resources (1:15-23)
– Wealth of regeneration (2:1-10)
– Wealth of reconciliation (2:11-22)
– Wealth of revelation (3:1-13)
– Wealth of revitalization (3:14-21)
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Outline of the Book
The Christian’s Wealth and Walk in Christ
• The Christian’s Walk in Christ (4:1 – 6:24)
– Walk in unity (4:1-6)
– Walk in newness (4:17-32)
– Walk in love (5:1-2)
– Walk in light (5:3-14)
– Walk in wisdom (5:15-17)
– Walk in the Spirit (5:18-21)
– Walk in subjection and love (5:22-33)
– Walk in obedience (6:1-9)
– Walk in warfare (6:10-20)
– Closing remarks and benediction (6:21-24)
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Put on the Whole Armor of God
Gird your loins
with truth (6:14)
Take up the shield
of faith (6:16)
Put on the
breastplate of
righteous (6:14)
Take the helmet
of salvation (6:16)
Shod your feet
with the preparation
of the gospel of
peace (6:15)
The sword of the
Spirit which is the
word of God (6:17)
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Lessons for Today
• How can Christians gain their strength and might from
the Lord to take a stand and fight against the devil
(6:10; Eph. 1:19; 3:16; Col. 1:11; 2 Tim. 2:1; 4:17;
1 Pet. 4:11; 5:10)?
• Christians must put on both offensive (truth, gospel,
word of God) and defensive (righteousness, faith,
salvation) armor to fight the devil. What are some
ways that Christians can be on the offensive and on
the defensive against the devil (6:11-17; Rom. 13:12;
2 Cor. 6:7)?
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Lessons for Today
• What can Christians do to maintain constant prayer,
watchfulness, and perseverance in their fight against
the devil (6:18; Mt. 26:41; Lk. 21:36; Col. 4:2)?
• What can Christians do to speak the gospel will all
boldness (6:19-20; Acts 4:13,29; 28:31; 2 Cor. 3:12;
7:4; Heb. 3:6; 10:19,35; 1 Jn. 3:21; 4;17; 5:14)?
• How can Christians be comforted when they hear from
other faithful Christians (6:21-22; Rom. 1:12;
2 Cor. 1:4-6; 7:6-7,13)?
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Lessons for Today
• Knowing that God’s love for us is faithful and true,
what can Christians do to show their love for Jesus
Christ is “incorruptible”, sincere, and lasting (6:23-24;
2 Cor. 6:6; 1 Pet. 1:22; Rev. 2:4)?
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