The Mystery taking Effect

“For you are able to read this to recognize my understanding in the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to those of other generations of the sons of men as now it is revealed to his holy Apostles and Prophets in the Spirit, that the gentiles are co-heirs and part of the same… Read More

A Prisoner of Jesus Christ

“For the sake of this, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you gentiles, if indeed you heard of the stewardship of the grace of God that was given to me for you, that according to revelation the mystery was made known to me, just as I wrote formerly in brief.” (Ephesians 3:1-3) There… Read More

A Holy Temple

“in whom the whole building, being joined together, increases into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also have been built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22) The “in whom” found in each of these verses, of course, speaks of Christ of whom the previous verse spoke.… Read More

The Church’s One Foundation

“having been built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, having as the cornerstone, Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:20) The language of the church being like a great building and temple goes all of the way back to the prophesies of Haggai, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. They are also picked up by both Peter and Paul… Read More

Aliens and Outsiders

“Thus, we are no longer aliens and outsiders but we are fellow citizens with the saints and the family of God,” (Ephesians 2:19) Anyone who has traveled abroad and finds themselves alone in a country or land where the culture and customs are very different from his own understands how disconcerting it can be. My… Read More

The Gospel of Peace

“Also, having come, he preached the Gospel of peace to you who are far off and peace to you who are near, for through him we have access, both of us in one Spirit, to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:17-18) It strikes me as odd that people do not seem to notice that as America moves… Read More

The True Church and being Citizens of Israel

“Remember that you were formerly gentiles in the flesh — called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision in the flesh by hands — that you were at that time without Christ, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and a stranger to the covenant and the promise, being without hope and an atheist in the… Read More

Hopeless and an Atheist

“Remember that you were formerly gentiles in the flesh — called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision in the flesh by hands — that you were at that time without Christ, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and a stranger to the covenant and the promise, being without hope and an atheist in the… Read More

Covenant Signs

“Remember that you were formerly gentiles in the flesh — called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision in the flesh by hands — that you were at that time without Christ, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and a stranger to the covenant and the promise, being without hope and an atheist in the… Read More

Good Works

“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand in order that we might walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) To clarify, then, the believer is a redeemed creation of God — God’s handiwork — and is thus at God’s disposal in terms of what he or she will… Read More

Raised Us Up and Seated Us in Christ

“and he raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus in order that he might demonstrate in ages that are coming, the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6-7) Here we have one of those instances where the Biblical authors speak… Read More

By Grace You Have Been Saved

“even as we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved —“ (Ephesians 2:5) Paul will go on to further explain the final phrase in this verse…”by grace you have been saved. What ought to be said here is that this is one of the… Read More

God’s Great Love

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,” (Ephesians 2:4) Many of the great truths of the Christian faith are found in these verses that are before us — truths about grace, love, and sin. Yet, this is a verse that is often misconstrued as model… Read More

The Mind’s Desires

“With whom we all also once conducted ourselves in the cravings of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and the mind, and we were children by nature of wrath even as the rest.” (Ephesians 2:3) Sometimes there are little nuances in a text that can almost go unnoticed as we read through them… Read More

Children of Wrath in the Church

“With whom we all also once conducted ourselves in the cravings of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and the mind, and we were children by nature of wrath even as the rest.” (Ephesians 2:3) Paul has made his point already, yet continues to drive home its significance. How do you live? Do… Read More

Prince of the Power of the Air

“And you, having been dead in your the trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the fashion of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit which now works in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1-2) “The prince of the power of the air,” this is… Read More

Priorities and Life

“And you, having been dead in your the trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the fashion of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit which now works in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1-2) As we have noted several times already, this letter is… Read More