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A letter from the Apostle Paul to his church in Ephesus.

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How do those who hold Jesus = God in the Trinitarian sense account for Paul's reticence to state this clearly and consistently?

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul says (Ephesians 6:19-20) Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the ...
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I have a question for Roman Catholics does Ephesians 2:8-9 teach faith alone?

Roman Catholics Christians reject the concept of faith alone (ie that we are justified solely by our faith in Jesus Christ) and that we are justified by both our faiths and our works, but how do they ...
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Is God in everything? Resolve 1 Kings 19:11-12 with Ephesians 1:22-23

I'm trying to get some perspectives on how these two scriptures can be resolved: 1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV: The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is ...
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Does "he chose us in him before the foundation of the world" signify the chronological sequences in God's plans within eternity? [closed]

"For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love." Eph 1:4 NET Does "he chose us in him before the foundation of ...
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What denominations believe that the fivefold ministry is available to women?

The concept of "fivefold ministry" comes from Ephesians 4:11-13: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work ...
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Are we called to love and pray for the demons and Satan? [duplicate]

This may sound silly at first but there seems to be some logic to it. If we are called to "... love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us]" and Saint Paul claims that our real ...
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How can be Trinity Eternal?

It's said in Summa Theologica that the trinity ist eternal, three persons each one being G'd a well known fact in Christianism. I'd like to know, what is the greek explanation or the following (...
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How do Christians who believe in current-day Apostles, Prophets and the 5-fold ministry interpret Ephesians 2:20?

The idea of a 5-fold ministry originally comes from Ephesians 4:11-13: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ...
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What arguments support the view that Ephesians WAS written by Paul?

This question was asked in April 2016: What arguments are given that Ephesians was not written by Paul? One answer said the letter was written by Tychicus, to the Ephesians, and he wrote it in Rome. ...
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Do any Christian denominations or groups teach about Satan's common tactics to pierce through the spiritual armor of a Christian?

In Ephesians 6:10-20, the apostle Paul teaches an important mystery: all Christians are in spiritual warfare against invisible evil forces from the kingdom of Satan. And just like soldiers have to ...
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How do LDS reconcile Ephesians 3:17 and D&C 130:3?

In several passages Christ says that he will dwell in his followers. Ephesians 3:17 is one of the clearest: Ephesians 3:16-17a: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power ...
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How do those who believe in a dual system (Old & New Covenant simultaneously operative) pre-70 AD understand "one Lord, one faith, one baptism"?

Some hold that the Old & New Covenants were simultaneously operative and efficacious between the death of Christ and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. How do those who hold this view ...
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How do Calvinists understand the argument that only the Ephesian church were elect in the context of Ephesians?

I was talking to an individual and he told me that the Calvinist premise that we were elect before the creation of the world is false because the verse in Ephesians 1 is taken out of context. He said ...
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According to Calvinists, how do Job's works correspond to his salvation?

Job 31:1–4 (DRB) I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin.1 2 For what part should God from above have in me, and what inheritance the Almighty from on high? 3 ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Paul's apparent equating of Yahweh and Jesus in Ephesians 4?

Recently I was listening to a lecture by Reformed theologian Robert Cara, in which he mentioned how frequently NT writers connect and apply OT Yahweh references to Jesus. A number of examples could ...
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Ephesians 1: 13-14 and falling from grace

Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV [13] In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit ...
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Ephesians 2:2, which one comes first in the Calvinist view?

Ephesians 2:2 reads: in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. ...
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Ephesians 2:2, which one comes first in the Catholic view?

Ephesians 2:2 reads: in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. ...
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Baptism in the Spirit

I'm trying to find a certain sermon of Martyn Lloyd Jones. It contains a passage which is often quoted, but I'd like to find out in which sermon (or volume of sermons published by Banner of Truth) ...
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Is the Church both the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ? [closed]

Some believe the Church is the Bride of Christ. Yet that term is never used in the New Testament. In Revelation the bride who is the wife of the Lamb is used (DRA): And there came one of the seven ...
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What arguments are given that Ephesians was not written by Paul?

According to the opening paragraph of the article for the Book of Ephesians on Wikipedia, it is not universally held that Ephesians was written by Paul. A source on that site says, Hoehner surveys ...
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In Calvinism, why does free will to accept salvation seem to take away from God's glory?

Background: We are unable to accept Christ without His work in us. God gives every man, life, faith, breath, and everything else needed to come to Him. "And you hath he quickened, who were dead ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, in what way do wives need to submit to their husbands?

What is the Catholic teaching on the way a wife needs to obey her husband? In Ephesians 5:22, we read: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (NIV) I'd like to know ...
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Why is Ephesians after Galatians?

It's pretty well-known that the Pauline epistles in modern copies of the New Testament are generally ordered according to length.1 Of the epistles written to churches, Romans is longest and first, ...
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If marriage is not a sacrament for reformed churches, how to interpret Ephesians 5:32?

As far as I know, Martin Luther in his "Vom ehelichem Leben" indicates that marriage is not a sacrament. Calvin mentioned in the Institutes that it was Gregory I who denoted marriage as a sacrament. ...
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Are there any authors that who believe Eph. 4:11 is not describing titles but general characteristics of how God created the church to work together?

Ephesians 4:11ff reads: And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to ...
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What are the "heavenly realms"?

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) Paul talks about God blessing us in the "...
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Is the Pentecostal concept of "praying in the Spirit" consistent with any pre-Pentecostal teachings?

In a recent small group Bible study sponsored by a local Pentecostal church, attendees were encouraged to "pray in the Spirit." The study leader cited these verses: So what shall I do? I ...
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Ephesians 4:5 what does "One faith" mean?

Paul says that there is one faith. I'm guessing that this mean theres only one faith that can save you. And that faith is in "believing" that Jesus died for your sins, and you're no longer a slave to ...
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Why is Satan called the prince of the power of the air?

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of ...
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What is so special about sitting at God's "right hand"?

This concept seems to show up in a few places: Psalms 110:1 (NIV) The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ...
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If we are saved by grace, then why does Jesus say we must be baptized in both spirit and water?

Ephesians 2:4-9 says: But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace ...
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What is the significance of adding "fiery" to Ephesians 6:16?

Ephesians 6:13–17 (NLT)  13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. ...
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Interpretation of the scripture "One Lord, one faith, one baptism?" [closed]

Ephesians 4:5 states there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." Some Christians interpret this to mean that a single denomination (with its beliefs, doctrines, and practices) constitutes the "one ...
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