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The Apostle Paul's epistle to the Ephesians.

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About “spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” in Eph 1:3, what is this blessing? Why is 'places' plural?

Eph 1:3 (ESV) says: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Eph 1:3 (NLT): All praise to God, the ...
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What is meant by “schemes of the devil” in Ephesians 6:11?

Ephesians 6:10-12 (ESV): 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For ...
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Why might Paul emphasize FOUR spatial dimensions when describing the love of Christ (Eph. 3:18)?

There is curious wording in the apostle Paul's Letter to Ephesus: Ephesians 3:14: "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father... 16that He would grant you, according to the riches of His ...
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Is it OK to resolve your disagreement tomorrow?

Found this article recently with the title Joy Comes in the Morning: It’s OK to Resolve Your Disagreement Tomorrow which addresses the commonly found advice "Don’t go to bed mad" extracted ...
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Is Ephesians 6:12 characterizing this world as “darkness”?

The following passages seems a bit unsettling: Ephesians 6:12: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this ...
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Is Paul encouraging Christians to pursue an Acts 4:29-31 type of experience in Ephesians 5:18?

In Ephesians 5:18-20 (ESV), Paul encourages Christians to seek to be filled with the Spirit: 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing ...
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Are Gentiles born with a sinful nature or not? Ephesians 2:1-3 vs. Romans 2:12-16

Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV): And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is ...
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What did Paul mean by “the flaming darts of the evil one” in Ephesians 6:16?

Ephesians 6:10-18 (ESV): 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For ...
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What did Paul mean by “and give no opportunity to the devil” in Ephesians 4:27? Give no opportunity for what?

Ephesians 4:17-31 (ESV) 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, ...
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Pneumatology in Ephesians--what spirit enables us to know whom?

Ephesians 1:17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (KJV) I keep asking that the God of our ...
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Christology in Ephesians--what is meant by “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory”?

Ephesians 1:17: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (KJV) I keep asking that the God of our ...
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What does “all things” mean in Ephesians 1:11?

Ephesians 1:11 ESV "In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were ...
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Eph. 2:6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus

We know that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God. In Eph.2:6 it says that we, believers of Christ, made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Does it mean we are also sitting ...
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To what do sophia and phronēsei refer to in Ephesians 1:8?

In the ESV, Ephesians 1:8 (with some of verse 7 for context) is: according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight thus connecting "wisdom and insight&...
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Does Paul speaks also to unbelievers in Ephesians 3:14-19?

I believe that the Pauline Epistles, so with the books of Peter and John their recipients are believers. Is there a verse that Paul in his letter to Ephesians, especially in his prayer in Eph. 3:14-...
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What does “having the eyes of your heart enlightened” mean in Ephesians 1:18?

Ephesians 1:15-22 (ESV): 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my ...
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What is Paul's intent with “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood” in Eph. 6:12?

The previous question at Are the principalities and powers in Titus 3:1 the same as in Ephesians 6:12? is about the other part of the verse. Given the larger context in Eph. 5 & 6, dealing with ...
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What is the earnest of the Spirit?

The "earnest of the Spirit" is a phrase unique to Paul in the New Testament. The Greek word ἀρραβῶνα is also rendered as "pledge" or "guarantee" in some translations. ...
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How can someone be “filled with the Spirit” if the Spirit is a person? Ephesians 5:18

Ephesians 5:18: And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, [ESV] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; [KJV] and be ...
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Is there a causal relationship between the infilling of the Spirit and the actions listed in subsequent verses in Ephesians 5:18-21?

Ephesians 5:18-21 (YLT): 18 and be not drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in the Spirit, 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making ...
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When a Christian sins and grieves the Holy Spirit, is the grief experienced by the Holy Spirit only or by the Christian as well?

Ephesians 4:25-32 gives a list of practical recommendations on how Christians should conduct themselves so as to avoid grieving the Holy Spirit. 25 Therefore, ridding yourselves of falsehood, speak ...
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Were Satan and his evil forces cast out of heaven or not? Revelation 12:7-9 vs Ephesians 6:12

Revelation 12:7-9 (NASB) says: 7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they did not prevail, and there was no ...
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Where do demons spend most of their time: in humans or in the heavenly places?

Matthew 12:43-45 gives me the impression that demons are constantly in the lookout for humans with "open doors" to inhabit. They find no comfort in living anywhere other than a human. 43 “...
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μέν … δέ with trailling καὶ

In English, it is idiomatic to have the word 'and' before the last item in a list, such as "I like coffee, tea, and beer" (with or without the last comma!). In Ephesians 4:11, there is a &...
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What is the meaning of “jesting” in Ephesians 5:4?

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not ...
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Does the Holy Spirit have emotions?

Ephesians 4:30 (NRSV) says that the Holy Spirit can be grieved: And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption which is paralleled in the ...
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In Ephesian 5:8-14, whose deeds of darkness need to be exposed, and by whom?

For years, I've interpreted in knee-jerk fashion that to expose the deeds of darkness is the task of living-in-the-light Christians. I automatically assumed the "children of disobedience" (v....
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No one ever hated their own body. Really? [closed]

Ephesians 5:29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church But many people today hate their bodies. Some even do self-harm and ...
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In Ephesians 5:3, how should πορνεία be understood and translated?

[Eph 5:3 NKJV] (3) But fornication (πορνεία) and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; "Fornication" is an archaic term, more or ...
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Are “praying in a tongue”, “praying with one's spirit” and “praying in the (Holy) Spirit” interchangeable expressions?

Jude 1:20 (NIV): 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 6:18 (NIV): 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with ...
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God and Father or Godhead and Father?

“one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭ With respect to ”God and Father”, does the Greek allow for the reading God (as in Father, Son and Holy ...
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Why in Ephesians 1:15 is Paul saying that he heard of Ephesian’s faith? [closed]

Why is Paul referring to Ephesian’s faith as something he heard of Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, ...
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Why did Paul contrast “drunkenness on wine” with the experience of “being filled with the Spirit” in Ephesians 5:18?

Ephesians 5:18-19 (NIV): 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and ...
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Did Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound prophesy substitutioniary atonement of Christ? [closed]

Prometheus Bound Play by Aeschylus https://edisciplinas.usp.br/pluginfile.php/2596054/mod_resource/content/1/PROMETHEUS%20BOUND%20BY%20AESCHYLLUS.pdf Near the end of the play: Do not expect your ...
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Do Ephesians 1:13 and Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7 contradict each other?

On the one hand Ephesians 1:13 appears to state that Christians receive the Holy Spirit upon the moment of conversion: Ephesians 1:13 (NIV) 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the ...
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Where was Jesus after he stopped breathing on the Cross until he came out of the tomb?

NIV Luke 23:43 Jesus answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." NIV Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is ...
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What does πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα mean in Pauline epistles?

What does πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα mean in Pauline epistles? (a) what does πλήρωμα mean in Paul's usage in Colossians 1:19, 2:9 and Ephesians 3:19? (b) why did Paul use the phrase πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα mean in these ...
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In Ephesians 2:12, Ephesians 4:18 and Colossians 1:21 what does Paul mean by ἀπαλλοτριόομαι?

Eph 2:12 NLT - In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded (ἀπηλλοτριωμένοι) from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made ...
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What is the unity of the faith in Ephesians 4:13?

Ephesians 4 starts with a heavy emphasis on unity. 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation by which you are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness,...
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Are musical instruments included in Ephesians 5:19?

In Ephesians 5:19, Christians are told to speak "to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (NKJV). Does the phrase "...
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Galatians 4:3,8,9,21; could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers?

Galatians 4:3,8,9,21;Colossians 1:16, Colossians 2:15; Titus 3:1; Ephesians 6:12. Could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers? Galatians 4:3,8,9,21 (DRB): 3So we also, when ...
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Did Paul have it backwards? Ephesians 5:33

It appears to me that Paul has it backwards. I’ve struggled to understand this verse. Men understand respect, it comes naturally to a man yet he asks the husbands to love the wives; and wives tend ...
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Ephesians 2:3, “διανοιῶν” singular or plural?

Ephesians 2:3 (GNT): ἐν οἷς καὶ ἡμεῖς πάντες ἀνεστράφημέν ποτε ἐν ταῖς ἐπιθυμίαις τῆς σαρκὸς ἡμῶν, ποιοῦντες τὰ θελήματα τῆς σαρκὸς καὶ τῶν διανοιῶν, καὶ ἦμεν τέκνα ...
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Ephesians 2: 1- in what way we are “dead” , the functional or relational death of spirit i?

Text: Eph. 2:1 "even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved"
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Romans 13:10, was the message of Lord Jesus to teach us Love?

Romans 13:10 (DRB): The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love therefore is the fulfilling of the law. Matthew 5:17 (DRB): Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. ...
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Ephesians 2:2, are there versions other than (DRB), (WYC) and (LV) having the word “this”?

Ephesians 2:2, Latin Vulgate (LV): in quibus aliquando ambulastis secundum saeculum mundi huius secundum principem potestatis aeris huius spiritus qui nunc operatur in filios diffidentiae ...
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In Ephesians 1:1 what does it mean by “God”, not “God the father”, nor “The father”, nor “His Father”?

Ephesians 1:1 (KJV); Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Could you give me theological approaches to:...
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To whom does the term “one God” refer in Paul?

The term “one God,” is found in three of Paul’s letters: one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:6) εἷς θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ πάντων ὁ ἐπὶ πάντων καὶ διὰ πάντων ...
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What is the purpose of personification at Ephesians 4:30?

What is the purpose of personification at Ephesians 4:30?
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In Eph. 6:16 should τὰ βέλη be darts or arrows?

This is more of an English usage question than Greek, but even modern translations are split on this. In Eph. 6:16 should τὰ βέλη be darts or arrows? Development of weaponry (using modern English) ...