church, st. paul, ephesians, greek, vision, eternal, christians, colossians
Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
The Church was in the world long before our days. It existed in Ephesus before Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians. Essentially the church, like Christ, never changes. Its foundation, its goals, its means and resources, its message to men always remain the same. But since the church is made up of men, it necessarily reflects, in its historical manifestations, the social and cultural aspects of its historical environments. Within these environments, however, it must function according to God's unchanging design. There is always the temptation that the church may so much lose itself in its own given historical setting as to cease to be the church of God. It is well, therefore, that the modern church should look at itself in the light of St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. For this letter from beginning to the end deals expressly with the church.
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 4:1; Ephesians 6:20; Colossians 2:15; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12; Ephesians 3:17;
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Bartling, Victor A.
"The Church in God's Eternal Plan: A Study in Ephesians 1:1-14,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 36, Article 18.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol36/iss1/18