Ephesians 1: Salutation

Ephesians 1:1-2 AMP … Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (the consecrated, set-apart ones) at Ephesus who are also faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus:

2 May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

From Biblegateway

  • *  The books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon are believed to have been written by Paul while he was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome (a.d. 60-62) (cf 6:20).

From NetBible Eph 1:1

  • * Some scholars suggest that this was intended as a circular letter for various churches of Asia Minor (modern Turkey), sent from Rome first to Ephesus and then to the other churches. At the same time, Colossians was dispatched. Going counterclockwise through Asia Minor, this letter would first come to Ephesus, the port of entry, then to Laodicea, then Colossae(Col 4:16).
  • apostle[652] = apostle, messenger, he that is sent, commissioned by Christ=>Paul was chosen by Christ who appeared directly to him Acts 9:15-20
  • saint[40] = holy, set-apart
  • faithful[4103] =  trustworthy, sure, believing in Christ & God’s promises

From NetBible Eph 1:2

  • grace[5485] = favor, blessing
    =>the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of Christ
    =>same word for thankfulness
  • peace[1515] = quietness, rest, tranquillity
    =>the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ- no fear

Saints faithful in Christ are marked by the holiness, grace, thankfulness and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ no matter the circumstance.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB … Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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