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

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

Greetings and Admonitions – Romans 16

Read the Passage: Romans 16

Roman Saints (16:1–16)

Sometimes believers are tempted to skip reading lists of names in the Bible, such as the lengthy genealogies and the greetings that Paul oftentimes includes at the end of his epistles. Continue reading Greetings and Admonitions – Romans 16