Summary of the Book of Ephesians
The Book of Ephesians is a beautiful revelation of the Church and the spiritual blessings we have in Christ Jesus. What was hidden throughout the ages was revealed to us when Christ came. Paul explains the mystery of the church and gives practical insight into living as believers.
Ephesians 1: Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Ephesians 1 is a beautiful introduction to how we have received every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. We have been adopted to sonship, we have been chosen, forgiven and redeemed. We have been marked with a seal and given the Holy Spirit as a down payment of our inheritance. Then Paul prays that we will have the revelation of Christ so we can know the hope and power we have been called to as His body, the Church of whom He is the head.
Ephesians 2: Made Alive in Christ
Ephesians 2 starts with a reminder of God’s great love for us, that even when we were dead, Christ made us alive in Him. We have been raised and seated with Christ in heaven and all of this comes by His Grace that we receive through faith. Paul then reminds us that Christ has made one Church out of those who had the covenant (Jews) and those who were hopeless and without God (Gentiles) and reconciled both to God through the work of the cross. Now we have access to the same Father and His Holy Spirit lives in us.
Ephesians 3: The Mystery of Christ
Ephesians 3 opens with the mystery of Christ made known through revelation by the Spirit of God. That through the gospel, Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members of one body and partakers in the promise of Christ Jesus. Paul states his mission as an apostle to the Gentiles is to preach the administration of this mystery now revealed. Paul ends this chapter with a powerful prayer for believers to know and experience the love of God and to be filled to full measure of God according to the power that now lives in us.
Ephesians 4: Unity in the Body of Christ
Ephesians 4 reminds us to live a life worthy of the calling we have received in Christ Jesus. We are called to unity as a body of believers through one Lord, one Spirit, and one hope. God has given us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service so the body of Christ may be built up and obtain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. We are reminded to put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 5: Be Imitators of God
Ephesians 5 emphasizes that we are to be imitators of God and live a life of love because Christ gave himself up for us as a sacrifice to God. We are to put away sexual immorality, impurity, greed, and foolish talk as it is improper for God’s holy people. We are to live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord. We are to make use of every opportunity, to understand the Lord’s will, and to be filled with the Spirit.
Paul reminds us to give thanks for God in all things and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. The chapter ends with instructions for husbands and wives, which illustrates the profound mystery of Christ and the Church.
Ephesians 6: The Armor of God
Ephesians 6 picks up immediately with instructions to children, parents, slaves, and masters. Paul gives practical instructions on how to relate well with others in whatever position you are in life.
As final instructions in this letter Paul uses the illustration of a soldier to show how we have been equipped as believers. We are to be strong in the Lord and put on this armor to withstand the devil’s schemes, as our struggle is against spiritual forces in this dark world. Paul ends this letter with an administration of grace and peace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.
As you can see, this is an amazing book and will bless all who read and understand this wonderful message of the spiritual blessings we have in Christ by applying the practical principles found inside.
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