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The Apostle Paul's epistle to the Ephesians.

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What is the relationship between the participles to the main verbs in Ephesians 6:10-20?

I am trying to prepare a talk on Ephesians and as part of my preparation/exegesis, I was attempting a grammatical diagram of Ephesians 6:10-6:20 using the UBS5 text. I am doing this in order to ...
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How do we reconcile psalms 127:3 with Ephesians 2:3?

We read: Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 And: And you were dead in your offenses and sins, in which you previously walked according to the ...
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What does "word of God" mean in Ephesians 6:17?

Context: 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 we do not wrestle ...
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Does "saved" mean the same thing in 2 Samuel 3:18 & Ephesians 2:8?

2 Samuel 3:18 speaks of David saving Israel: 18 Now then do it: for the Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the ...
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Is Ephesians 5:25 talking about “sacrificial love” or “laying down one’s life”?

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to ...
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Why do some translations of Ephesians 4:9 have the word "first" and others do not?

I am wondering about the logic behind some translations including the word "first" in Ephesians 4:9 when other translations do not. For example, the KJV/NKJV include the word "first&...
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Should/could the first "In Him" (ἐν ᾧ) in Ephesians 1:13 be tied to verse 12?

Because of full stops/commas/capitals in the NASB, ESV, KJV, the first "In Him" (ἐν ᾧ) is written as though it's tied to verse 13. Because it seems to me that the first "In Him" ...
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What is the best translation of Ephesians 2:15? [duplicate]

Ephesians 2:15 YLT the enmity in his flesh, the law of the commands in ordinances having done away, that the two he might create in himself into one new man, making peace, Ephesians 2:15 KJV Having ...
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Different measures of Christ's grace in Ephesians 4:7?

Ephesians 4:7 ASV But unto each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ Having said we are one spirit and one body Ehesians 4:4 ASV There is one body, and one ...
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What is meant by “unwholesome words”?

“Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification according to the need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” ‭‭Ephesians‬...
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What does "to unite all things in him" mean in Ephesians 1:10?

Ephesians 1:9-10 "...he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth". ESV; my emphasis. A. Does this mean, to ...
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What does the heavenly realm mean?

In Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in ...
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Did Paul teach works-based salvation in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27?

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV): 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all ...
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Ephesians 6:1 - Are Adults Commanded to Obey Their Parents?

I understand that children, τέκνα, is not a term that is age limited. Therefore, does a faithful reading of Ephesians 6:1 require adult Christian children to obey their parents? Ephesians 6:1 ​ ...
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What does Ephesians 6:10-11 mean?

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. What does it mean when the ...
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How does "Christ's gift" compare with "the gift of the Holy Spirit"?

"But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift." Ephesians 4:7 ESV "And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name ...
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The Meaning of Church in Greek and the Difference from Old Testment

I want to know if truly Jesus went to found a church or there was a church that there existed, and if there is more of one definition of it. I'd like also the original versions in hebrew and greek of ...
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Be filled (G4130 vs G4137) with the Spirit

Young's Literal Translation Acts 2: 4 and they were all filled [G4130] with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, according as the Spirit was giving them to declare. Disciples were ...
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Is Ephesians 2:17 an allusion to Isaiah 57:19?

Ephesians 2:17 ESV 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Isaiah 57:19 ESV creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the ...
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What is Ephesians 3:10-11 about?

I’ve heard a sermon on this, but what is the intent of God’s wisdom being known by the church to the principalities & powers in the heavenly places? What is God’s goal or aim with using the ...
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Translation of Ephesians 2:14

Recently I heard a preacher quote Ephesians 2:14-15. He claims that the verses are mistranslated and he gave his translation as follows. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and ...
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Ephesians 2:7 Why is the "ages" in plural?

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath ...
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What are the differences between the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd/pastor and teacher? Ephesians 4:11-12

Ephesians 4:11-12: 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [ESV] ...
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How do "captives/aichmalosian" compare with "captivity/aichmalosian" in Ephesians 4:8?

"Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men". Ephesians 4:8 ESV [ Another question on this site focuses on "gifts"]. The ...
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Can Ephesians 2:20 be used as to prove the cessation of the offices of apostle and prophet? [closed]

Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV): 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles ...
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What is the biblical "spirit of your mind" and "the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience", as they seem to stand in opposition?

A question asking about the mind of the flesh and the mind of the Spirit (Romans 8:6) is not the same because I am not asking about the mind of the Spirit, i.e. the Holy Spirit, plus my two verses in ...
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Is Paul suggesting that human beings are willing participants manipulated to commit evil (Eph. 6:10-13)?

In the Letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul writes: Ephesians 6:10-13: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be ...
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What is the Connection of the Heavenly Realms to Christ Jesus?

Eph 2:6 BSB. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, We are seated with him, in the Heavenlies. This means Jesus is seated in the Heavenlies. In ...
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According to Paul, did Jesus enjoy long life on the earth? [closed]

New International Version Exodus 20: 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. How should we interpret this verse in terms of its ...
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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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