Ephesians 1:1-2 – WHAT’S IN AN INTRODUCTION? 

We will have been introduced to thousands of people of the course of a lifetime. Many, if not most, of these introductions were so casual that we will forget them. However, many introductions that we have experienced were important.  I was once introduced to a young lady named Dottie Adams. Twenty-seven years ago she changed her last name to “Peters”. She’s my wife. I once met a new pastor in my area named George Headley. He became my mentor.  I once met a group of people in West Valley, PA. I am now their pastor. The most important introduction I ever received was to the Lord Jesus Christ who became my Savior and Lord. 

As we read the Bible, we might not think much about the introductions found there, but they do contain important information and are worthy of our attention.  We might quickly read over the introductions found in Paul’s epistles, but there is valuable information contained there.  For instance, let’s consider Ephesians 1:1-2 

THE GREETER – Vs. 1

  1. “Paul” – A person – Acts 8:1-3, 9:1-22
  2. “An Apostle” – A position – Paul’s position was as one of the Apostles. Each of us is given a position within the body of Christ, and a Spiritual gift to carry out that position. Romans 12:4-8
  3. “By the will of God” – A plan – God has a specific plan for each one of our lives. Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:15-17 

THE GREETED – Vs. 1

  1. “Saints” – In the Bible a saint is simply a person who has come to know Christ as Savior. This means that anyone who is saved is a saint by position. The way a Christian conducts his life should make him a saint by practice. 1 Peter 1:15-16
  2. “Faithful Brethren” – Paul is talking to the same people. Saints are to be faithful to their Lord (1 Corinthians 4:2), and are brothers and sisters with other believers. 

THE GREETING – Vs. 2

  1. “Grace” – Paul desired that the Ephesians, who received grace for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), would continue to be beneficiaries of God’s grace. 2 Peter 3:18
  2. “Peace” – Paul also desired that the Ephesians, who also received peace with God at salvation (Romans 5:1), would continue to receive the peace of God (Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:6-7)
  3. Notice the source of grace and peace is God.