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  • The old city of Ephesus is fairly well preserved and many ruins still exist.
  • The letter was written by Paul, probably while he was imprisoned in Rome. (Ephesians 3:1
  • Paul at Ephesus:
    • Acts 18:18-22
      • Dropped off Priscilla and Aquila
      • Reasoned with the Jews (Acts 18:19
    • Acts 19
      • Imparting of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-6
      • Paul performs miracles (Acts 19:11-20
      • Paul confronts idol craftsmen (Acts 19:21-27
      • Uproad: town clerk quiets the crowd (Acts 19:28-41
    • Acts 20:17-38
      • Paul sends for Ephesian elders from Miletus.
      • Paul gives “farewell address” to elders (Acts 20:25.
      • Encourages strength (Acts 20:28-31
  • Paul’s purpose
    • Remind them of their calling in Christ (Ephesians 1-3
    • Encourage them to walk as a Christian (Ephesians 4-6
      • Ephesians 4:1 - Walk in a manner worthy of your calling.
      • Ephesians 5:1 - Be imitators of God.
      • Ephesians 6:10 - Be strong in the Lord.
  • Ephesians 1:5 - “Predestined” here means that God intended for us to be adopted as sons. There are still conditions we must meet for this to be true.

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  • Mark 9:1 - The church would be established while some who were standing there were still alive.
    • Luke 24:45-53 - The apostles would be clothed with power.
    • Acts 2:1-4 - The gospel is preached in completeness for the first time.
  • Mark 9:2-8 - The transfiguration.
    • II Peter 1:16-18
    • The appearance of Moses and Elijah with Jesus shows the transition to the New Covenant. Jesus was fulfilling the prophecies from the Old Testament, not contradicting them.
  • Mark 9:11-13. Here, “Elijah” is referring to John the baptist.
  • Mark 9:14-29 - Jesus casts a demon out of a boy. Apparently the faith of the disciples was not great enough to cast out the demon.

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  • Acts 17:22-31
  • Balance the contrast
    • Psalms 19:12-13
      • Presumptuous sins
      • Secret sins
        • Secret from others?
        • Secret as to consequences?
        • Unknown sins? - This is the balance for presumptuous sins.
    • Luke 16:9-11
      • True riches
      • Unrighteous mammon
        • Sinful things?
        • Material possssions? - This is the balance for true riches.
    • Acts 17:30
      • Calls to repentance
      • Winked at
        • Did not know?
        • Did not charge the sin?
        • Did not call to repentance? - This is the balance.
  • Now:
    • Sounds forth
    • Universal call to repentance
  • Times past:
    • Suffered to walk in own ways
    • Gave them up
    • No universal call to repentance
  • Acts 14:16
  • Repent
    • Matthew 3:2

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  • He is an actual being.
    • Proverbs 1:20-22
  • Was he created by God?
    • John 1:1-3
  • Is he a fallen angel?
    • II Peter 2:4 - possible indications that the devil has control of demons
    • Isaiah 14:12-15 - This is a prophecy about Babylon. It is not talking about the devil.
    • Isaiah 13:1 - explanation for the prophecy
    • Luke 10:17-18 - Some interpret these passages to mean that Satan was an angel cast down from heaven.
    • II Peter 2:2-9 - Angel can mean either a human messnger or a celestial being. This could simply be referring to human messengers who sinned.
      • Jude 1:5-7 - This could also be referring to earthly messengers.
        • Jude 1:9 is.
      • Even if these passages are talking about celestial angels, they still don’t say anything about the devil being one of them.
      • The other four examples are about humans who sinned.
  • Deuteronomy 29:29 - Some things are just not revealed in scripture.
  • Matthew 25:41 - Wherever he came from, we know where he’s going!
  • James 4:7 - If we resist him, he will flee from us!

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  • Review of Paul’s history with the Galatians
  • Galatians 6:1 - helping each other in a spirit of gentleness
  • Galatians 6:3 - warning against pride
  • Galatians 6:4 - We must not rejoice in the troubles of others.
  • Galatians 6:7 - We will reap what we sow!
  • Galatians 6:14 - Paul boasted only in the cross of Christ.

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