Ephesians "And To The Faithful"
The greetings/introductions to each of the New Testament books reveal who Jesus is, His leaders are, and who the church is individually-collective, and this blog series is to help us understand how that allows God’s people to receive revelation into a deeper relational existence than they had prior to knowing this amazing map of our journey that He has given to us.
The letter to the Ephesians greeting is, “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: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul addresses the letter to the saints, and to the faithful; making a difference in the two levels of their relationships. All of God’s people are saints, but only the ones who are maturing and proven in the faith are referred to as “the faithful.” These faithful are the ones who become church leaders later in the Bible, and this is how God is warming His people up to the idea that He does place different people into their positions because of their response to His guidance. He places His leaders in their positions because of who they are instead of placing them to become who He wants them to become, and He always has the right ones in the right positions knowing what the outcome will be.
Paul reiterates, “from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” trying to make certain that God’s people know from whom the grace and peace come and to be certain that they realized they were two distinct beings with their own purpose of existence.
God has this incredible map for His people, and He shares it with them as He knows they can receive it. Continue following the series and find out how amazing the journey can be.
Tomorrow’s blog is Philippians which states, “with the bishops and deacons:” initiating and setting the realization of the hierarchy of the church