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I.               God's Church: its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 II.             God's Church: its Practical Responsibilities (the Imperative) 4:1-6:20 A.             Walking Worthy 4:1-5:21 1.           &nb...Read More

We have noted on several occasions that Ephesians is comprised of two distinct yet integrally related parts: God's Church: Its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 God's Church: Its Practical Responsibilities (the Imperative) 4:1-6:20 What is the significance of these two sections, especially their relationship to each other? "Hitherto, under Paul's trusty guidance, his crusaders have been treading the loftiest passes of revelation, absorbed in the panor...Read More

God's Church: Its Doctrinal Foundation (the Indicative) - 1:1-3:21 A.             Prologue 1:1-2 B.             Praise 1:3-14 C.             Prayer 1:15-23 D.            Our Salvation 2:1-22 1.       ...Read More

Ephesians is surely one of the greatest of our NT books. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called it 'the divinest composition of man. J. A. Robinson described it as 'the crown of St. Paul's writings. F. F. Bruce referred to it as 'the quintessence of Paulinism, and the Catholic scholar Raymond Brown contends that only Romans could match Ephesians 'as a candidate for exercising the most influence on Christian thought and spirituality. Klyne Snodgrass has written that ''Pound for P...Read More

I.  God's Church: Its Theological Foundations 1:1-3:21 A. Prologue 1:1-2 The prologue to Ephesians contains the regular Pauline pattern in which he identifies himself, those to whom he writes, followed by greetings. We must be careful not to dismiss these opening comments as theologically vacuous or practically irrelevant. They are always rich and powerful. 1. author 1:1a In Rom. 1:1 Paul referred to himself as "an apostle by calling" or "a called apos...Read More

I.               God's Church: Its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 A.             Prologue 1:1-2 1.              author 1:1a 2.              addressees 1:1b 3.     &nbs...Read More

I.               God's Church: Its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 A.             Prologue 1:1-2 1.              author 1:1a 2.              addressees 1:1b 3.     &nbs...Read More

I.               God's Church: Its Doctrinal Foundation (the Indicative) - 1:1-3:21 A.             Prologue 1:1-2 B.             Praise to God 1:3-14 C.             Prayer for the Saints 1:15-23 1.    ...Read More

I.               God's Church: Its Doctrinal Foundation (the Indicative) - 1:1-3:21 A.             Prologue 1:1-2 1.              author 1:1a 2.              addressees 1:1b 3.      ...Read More

God's Church: Its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 A.             Prologue 1:1-2 B.             Praise 1:3-14 C.             Prayer 1:15-23 D.            Our Salvation 2:1-22 1.       ...Read More

God's Church: Its Theological Foundations (the Indicative) 1:1-3:21 A.  Prologue 1:1-2 B.  Praise 1:3-14 C.  Prayer 1:15-23 D.            Our Salvation 2:1-22 1.   its individual implications 2:1-10 2.   its corporate implications 2:11-22 E.  The Mystery 3:1-21 Before we examine this prayer in its details, let's survey its overall message. Paul prays for several things...Read More

A.  Walking worthy of our calling 4:1-5:21   1. in unity 4:1-16 2.  in holiness 4:17-32 Following his emphasis on both the unity and diversity within the body of Christ and how the many gifts of the Spirit serve each end, Paul now turns to describe the moral features of a life that is worthy of the calling with which we have been called. He will first lay out the foundation for such a life (vv. 17-24) and then its many features (vv. 25-32). a.  i...Read More

II.             God's Church: its Practical Responsibilities (the Imperative) 4:1-6:20 A.             Walking Worthy 4:1-5:21 1.              in unity 4:1-16 a.              unity of being 4:1-6 b.    ...Read More

A Brief Annotated Bibliography of Ephesians...Read More