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.
1:3-14 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