Yesterday I posted a challenge to memorize the book of Ephesians in 2016. I haven’t had anyone respond that they are willing to participate in this challenge with me, but I will press on toward my goal. Since I started almost two weeks into this first month, I am planning to memorize Ephesians 1:1-14 by the 21st and the remainder of chapter one by the end of January. Last week, my Bible study was focused on Ephesians 1:3-14, which inspired me to memorize this book, so these verses are familiar to me. Now, I just need to dedicate them to memory. Today, I am focusing on the first two verses.
Wouldn’t our lives be richer if we still addressed our letters in this way? Instead of simply, “Dear People of Ephesus,” Paul offered an affirmation and an encouragement to the Ephesians in his greeting. Rather than sign his name at the end of the letter, Paul began with a bold declaration of who he is in Christ. Don’t be surprised if I begin using this introduction in my blog posts!