Ephesians 1:1; 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.
Paul? Wow, isn’t this funny? We usually end our letters with; From, Terri Porta or Love, so and so. Why would he write it first like that? Probably because it’s “Written by Paul the Apostle, but it is “From” God. See the “by the will of God” part? God is the author of the Bible, Paul is a chosen writer. We can look at all the Bible this way. What a relief to know, if I have a question I can ask the author. He is still living, unlike Buddha or one of these other folks.
Also I’d like to point out, Ephesians is written to the, “faithful in Christ Jesus.” Why “Christ Jesus“? Why not say just Jesus, or Jesus Christ? There is always a reason for word order and choice in the Bible. “Christ Jesus” is the; Risen from the dead, power-filled, anointed son, of the living God. He was called “Jesus of Nazareth” before he was anointed with the Holy Spirit during his baptism by John the Baptist. He was called “Jesus Christ” while alive on earth after his baptism, because “Christ” means in the Greek anointing or anointed one. He was called “Christ Jesus” to reference his, after being raised from the dead, power-filled, state-of-being. Our names change too, for women we get married and we go from Ms. to Mrs. Our last name commonly changes to our husband’s last name.
This letter (epistle) is literally written to those born-again believers, who are faithful to the Son of God with anointed power from God in Heaven. The reigning king who now sits at the right hand of God, creator of the universe. Wow. Little verse, but power packed. Today, walk boldly in the knowledge that you are also a child of God.
When we pray, who should we reference? Should we say, “in the name of Jesus”? Or, “in the name of Christ Jesus”? Ask Paul.