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The Apostle Paul's epistle to the Ephesians.

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How can Ephesians 4:8 be a quote/translation of Psalms 68:18?

In Psalms we have: You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there. (Psalms 68:18, ...
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In Ephesians 2:15 exactly what part of the Law has been abolished?

St Paul, speaking in the context of Jew and Gentile being brought together, declares that the "law of commandments" were abolished. "For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has ...
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What is Paul's advice on anger?

Paul writes: Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.—Ephesians 4:26-27 (ESV) The first issue I see is that the first clause ...
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Do Christians receive the Holy Spirit upon conversion or not (Ephesians 1:13 vs. Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7)?

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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In Ephesians 2:2, to what or whom does "the authority of the air" refer?

In Eph. 2:2, it is written, in which once ye did walk according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of ...
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Where was Jesus after he stopped breathing on the Cross until he came out of the tomb? [closed]

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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How can one reconcile Ephesians 2:8-9 with Philippians 2:12?

It is clear from Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation is by grace received through faith alone and not one's doing, not a result of works but Philippians 2:12 seems to be saying otherwise. For by grace ...
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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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Is the use of ἀγάπη (agape) and ἀγαπάω (agapao) evidence the Gospel and Letters of John were written from Ephesus?

John reports Jesus gave a new command which would identify followers of Jesus Christ: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love (ἀγαπᾶτε) one another; as I have loved (ἠγάπησα) you, that ye ...
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What is the "profound mystery" Paul was speaking of regarding Jesus in Ephesians 5:31-32?

31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
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What range of meaning is allowed by διὰ in Ephesians 2:8?

8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, ESV διὰ πίστεως in Ephesians 2:8 is almost invariably translated 'through faith', but 'through' ...
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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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What's the implication of Ephesians 2:8 Textual Variant τῆς πίστεως Through The Faith?

The phrase, διὰ τῆς πίστεως (variant +τῆς majority text, RP) is shared in Col. 2:12 and Eph. 2:8, meaning "through the Faith". Colossians 2:12 reads, "Buried together with him in ...
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Which verb/participle governs this phrase? (Ephesians 2:14-15)

The verses 2:14-15 in Ephesians are a little confusing when I attempt to translate them. For one thing, the ESV translation is disappointing, as it joins two phrases into one therefore losing the ...
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Did Ephesians 2:15 intend to contradict Mathew 5:17?

In Mathew Christ says Mathew 5:17(NKJV) 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy (καταλύω)(throw down,do away make void) the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. But ...
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What is "the gift of God" in Ephesians 2:8?

This answer on C.SE referenced Eph 2:8-9 to support the idea that faith comes from God. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a ...
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Why it is translated "Be filled by the Spirit" (Eph 5:18-20)

"And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the ...
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In Eph. 1:13, what does the word "sealed" (ἐσφραγίσθητε) mean?

In Eph. 1:13, it is written, In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, (...
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What Does ‘Poimenas Kai Didaskalos’ mean in Ephesians 4:11?

Ephesians 4:11 says: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers [ Ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους ] ” (KJV) I don’t understand the Greek phrase/...
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Ephesians 2:8. Was salvation attained and kept to the present through continued faith?

Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith ..." The word "saved" is a perfect verb, passive, participle, plural, nominative, and masculine. The question is regarding faith. Was ...
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Do some of the manuscripts have a blank spot in Ephesians 1:1?

The NIV footnotes indicate that some early manuscripts do not have "in Ephesus" in then. The NET has extensive notes on this, but they only state the the earliest and most important MSS "omit" the ...
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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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What scripture is Paul referring to in Ephesians 5:14?

In Ephesians we find that light (religious truth) is described as very powerful as it is able to make dead things living just by shining on them. But when anything is exposed by the light, it ...
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"ἐν Ἐφέσῳ" in Ephesians 1:1

Some comments says that the oldest manuscripts do not contain "in Ephesus" e.g. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary, Scofield Reference Notes, Clarke's Commentary on the Bible... What ...
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What is the "His glorious inheritance" mentioned in Ephesians 1:18?

What is the "His glorious inheritance" mentioned in Ephesians 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches ...
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What is it that Paul prays Ephesians will comprehend?

Writing to the Ephesians, Paul talks about his prayer life: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, ... [that you] may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth ...
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In Ephesians 2:2 is Paul speaking of "the course" of the world or "Aeon of the world"?

NIV Eph 2:2 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. MGNT 2:2 ἐν αἷς ...
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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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Were the household tables in Peter and Paul counter-cultural in their day?

The household tables in Paul's letters and in 1 Peter pair up sets of people: Wives submit to your husbands : Husbands love your wives Children obey your fathers : Fathers don't exasperate your ...
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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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