Concluding Admonitions – Ephesians 6:10–24

Read the Passage: Ephesians 6:10–24

Spiritual Warfare (6:10–13)

After giving specific teaching on marriage and family, as well as on vocation, Paul turns at the end of his letter to the Ephesian church to address the topic of spiritual warfare. In Eph. 6:10–20 Paul explains that while believers already have victory over Satan through the cross of Christ, in our present earthly lives, temptation to sin will persist. Continue reading Concluding Admonitions – Ephesians 6:10–24

Marriage and Family – Ephesians 5:22–6:9

Read the Passage: Ephesians 5:22–6:9

Marriage (5:22–33)

Paul reminded believers at Eph. 5:21 that we are to submit to one another. Indeed, submission is necessary in all areas of life for the world to function well. This includes the following relationship: Continue reading Marriage and Family – Ephesians 5:22–6:9

Walking in Wisdom – Ephesians 5:15–21

Read the Passage: Ephesians 5:15-21

Walk Carefully (5:15–16)

Paul begins his encouragement about walking in wisdom with this exhortation, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15–16). Continue reading Walking in Wisdom – Ephesians 5:15–21

The Worthy Walk – Ephesians 5:1–14

Read the Passage: Ephesians 5:1-14

Exhortation (5:1–2)

Earlier, at Eph. 4:1, Paul exhorted his readers to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” In the rest of Ephesians 4 Paul wrote generally about the worthy walk, as he explained how such a walk is aided by spiritual gifts (cf. Eph. 4:7–16) and made possible via regeneration (cf. Eph. 4:17–24). Continue reading The Worthy Walk – Ephesians 5:1–14

Sanctification – Ephesians 4:17–32

Read the Passage: Ephesians 4:17-32

The Old Man (4:17–19)

Earlier, as Paul began the application section of the book of Ephesians, he exhorted his readers toward sanctification, instructing them to “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Eph. 4:1). In the rest of this letter, Paul gives details about the worthy walk, which displays the unity of believers in Christ. Continue reading Sanctification – Ephesians 4:17–32

Church Leadership – Ephesians 4:11–16

Read the Passage: Ephesians 4:11-16

Source and Description (4:11)

As he began to focus upon the uniqueness of individual believers within the unity of the church, at Eph. 4:7 Paul wrote, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” This is a similar teaching to Peter’s later exhortation, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” Continue reading Church Leadership – Ephesians 4:11–16

Christian Unity – Ephesians 4:1–10

Read the Passage: Ephesians 4:1-10

Exhortation (4:1–3)

It was Paul’s custom in his epistles to begin with doctrinal teaching and then move on to practical application. Said differently, Paul always transitions from theology to ethics in his letters, which makes sense, since ethics is applied theology. Continue reading Christian Unity – Ephesians 4:1–10

Paul’s Second Prayer – Ephesians 3:14–21

Read the Passage: Ephesians 3:14-21

Rationale (3:14–15)

If we include his short blessings and benedictions, Paul records more than forty prayers in his thirteen epistles. Among these prayers, the ones recorded in Eph. 1:15–23; 3:14–21 are two of Paul’s longest prayers. Continue reading Paul’s Second Prayer – Ephesians 3:14–21

Mystery of the Church – Ephesians 3:1–13

Read the Passage: Ephesians 3:1-13

Revelation of the Mystery (3:1–7)

As he explored the importance of justification by faith alone in Eph. 2:11–22, Paul reminded his Gentile readers that they had previously been outside of God’s unfolding plan of redemption—at least in an ethnic and practical sense. Continue reading Mystery of the Church – Ephesians 3:1–13

Reconciled by Christ – Ephesians 2:11–22

Read the Passage: Ephesians 2:11-22

Enmity in the Flesh (2:11–13)

In this letter Paul is encouraging the church, exhorting spiritual growth, and fostering Christian community—all by reminding the believers in Ephesus about their identity in Christ. After writing about salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Eph. 2:4–10, as he had done in Eph. 2:1–3, so here in Eph. 2:11–13 Paul again reminded the church about their pre-conversion condition. Continue reading Reconciled by Christ – Ephesians 2:11–22