Ephesians 1:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 1:1, NIV: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God's holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 1:1, ESV: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 1:1, KJV: 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:

Ephesians 1:1, NASB: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 1:1, NLT: This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God's holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:1, CSB: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will:To the faithful saints in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.

What does Ephesians 1:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This letter begins by distinguishing its author and audience. Its first word, "Paul," clearly identifies the writer as the apostle who had lived among the Ephesian believers for a significant amount of time. They knew him well and required little introduction. Instead, he simply noted himself as an apostle "of Christ Jesus by the will of God." Both the specific name "Christ Jesus" and God's will are important themes throughout the letter. "Christ Jesus" is used eleven times in this book. Paul heavily favored this title for Jesus, with the title being used only once outside of Paul's writings, by Luke (Acts 24:24), a close associate of Paul.

Paul writes to the saints in Ephesus, though some early manuscripts omit "in Ephesus." As a result, many believe this letter was intended for more than one church. While it may have been directly penned to the believers in Ephesus, Paul probably intended this letter to be shared and read among other churches in the area. These believers are called "faithful in Christ Jesus." Paul starts his letter with an affirming, positive note for this church that certainly included many of Paul's personal friends.