Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

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Ephesians 1:1 Part one                                                                                                 Paul’s trade mark opening; Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,  1Co 1:1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,  2Co 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:  Gal 1:1 Paul, an apostle–not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.  In all these verse Paul make it clear He is an apostle, by the will of God, not man.  Apostle; ( apostolos)  a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders,  specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ. Paul’s commission by God was to the Gentiles.

To the Saints;  The persons residing there, to whom the epistle is written, are described by their character, as “saints”; being separated by the grace of God the Father in eternal election; whose sins were abolished by the blood and sacrifice of Christ; and to whom he himself was made sanctification; and we who were internally sanctified by the Spirit of God, and lived holy lives.

And to the faithful in Christ Jesus: who were in Christ, not only by electing grace, but were openly and manifestly in him, through converting grace; and abode in him as branches in the vine; continued constant, and persevered in faith and holiness; and were faithful to the cause and interest of Christ, and to his Gospel and ordinances; and were hearty and sincere in the profession of their faith in Christ, (Gill)

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