Book of Ephesians by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 12, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

But I love this Book of Ephesians very much. I say that about every book, though. Well, I’m faithful to the sixty-six books, but it’s hard to pick one that I like the most. They’re all good. The book starts off in your King James, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ.” Let me read through a couple of verses before we go anywhere else. We’re in the Book of Ephesians. “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.” I’m just reading it as it appears in our King James text. “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;…” I stop there. That is not a finished sentence; you’ll see a semi-colon there. It’s not finished, but I’m stopping there. I don’t want to go any further than that. Now, these are the places where, when I go into a book, I will look at texts, I will look at our manuscript sources. The book starts off in our text “Paul.” Now, I’m reading from the Greek in front of me, so it may not be exactly what you have in your book, but I want to point something out. Where it says, “Paul,” Paulos, apostolos, “Paul, an apostle,” a sent one, the nomina sacra in the best manuscripts and your texts read, “Jesus Christ.” The Greek text from the Chester Beattie papyri reads, “Christ Jesus.”


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