Reflections on Ephesians

I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I post about what I’ve read. Other posts this month are on 1 Kings, Ezekiel, Daniel, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians and 1 Timothy.

Ephesians can be divided into two parts: chapters 1-3 are about God and what He has done; chapters 4-6 are about what believers in Christ should do in response. The book deals with the themes of salvation, unity in Christ, rules for Christian living and spiritual warfare.

1:1-14

1:3-14 is one long sentence in the Greek, 202 words long. God is the subject of every verb but one (in verse 13) in this section. Verses 3-6 focus on the Father, verses 7-12 on the Son and verses 13-14 on the Spirit. Each of these sub-sections ends in praise to God (1:6, 12, 14).

When were Christians saved? Before the creation of the world (1:4). How are Christians saved? By redemption through the blood of Christ (1:7). Why are Christians saved? To be holy and blameless in God’s sight (1:4) and to praise His glory (1:12).

Our response should therefore be humility (we were chosen before we did anything good or bad) and worship (thanksgiving to God for His mercy). Continue reading

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Reflections on March’s readings (2)

I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I (try to) post about what I’ve read.

Here’s Part 1.

Galatians: I had no notes on Galatians, so I decided to read through the entire book in one sitting and see what emerged. Here, according to me, are the themes Paul touches on: justification by faith; enslavement to the law; being heirs of God’s promise; freedom from sin; freedom to follow the Spirit; caring for each other.

Ephesians: I had no notes on Ephesians, either, so I proceeded as above. Themes: blessings from God through Christ from before the foundation of the world; salvation by God’s grace through faith; contrasting what the Gentiles were before and after Christ; how to live in light of what God has done; how to live with each other.

Also of note in Ephesians are Paul’s prayers in 1;15-23 and 3:14-19. Of all things he could have asked for, he prays for knowledge. Maybe I need to change the content of my prayers…

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