Ephesians 1:1-2 - Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jes us Christ.
The letter of Ephesians is believed to be a circular letter, which means it was sent to the church in Ephesus (modern day Turkey) and then sent throughout the region to the various churches in nearby towns and cities around Ephesus. Who sent the letter? Verse 1 tells us that Paul wrote the letter (to read Paul’s conversion story see Acts 9:1-22). Notice in verse 1 that Paul said he was an apostle “by the will of God.” Paul didn’t make himself an apostle, but rather he was set apart by Jesus and sent to bring the gospel message to the gentiles (those were the non-Jewish people).
Notice what Paul said about the church in Ephesus: first, he called them “saints,” and second, he said they “are faithful in Christ Jesus.” Paul's words give us a good indication as to who qualifies as a saint. A saint is someone who is “in” Christ Jesus and is “faithful” to Christ Jesus. As Christians, we are saints not because of what we do but because of who we are. It is a person’s relationship with Jesus that causes him or her to be (or become) a saint. As saints, we are called by God to love, worship, and serve God. Knowing you’re a saint gives meaning and purpose to your life. When your identity is “saint,” you know that you have been set apart by God to live for God.
• Do you consider yourself to be a saint? Why or why not?
• What does it look like for you to be faithful to God?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for making you a saint.