When Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus he was under house arrest in Rome from 60-62 AD. His first exposure to Ephesus was during his second missionary journey. It was during his third mission tour that he started the church at Ephesus in 54 AD (see Acts 18-20 for more information).
As you read Paul’s letter to the Ephesian Christians it is easy to see his love for this church. Scholars tell us that the first three chapters focus on doctrine (teaching), while the last three focus on application of the doctrine – how to live out what the doctrines teach us.
Paul’s instructions to Ephesus are every bit as applicable for the Lord’s church today in every place that His church exists. The overarching theme is this – We all, whether Jew or Gentile, are one body in Jesus Christ! Our color, culture, country, language, or denomination is secondary to our salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord. Chapters 4-6 give very practical information about what that unity in Christ is to look like.
Chapter 4:1-16 describe how our differing gifts from the Holy Spirit should be used to help the church to be mature and ever growing.
Chapter 4:17-32 tells us how we should treat one another as followers of Jesus Christ as opposed to the way we used to live before receiving His gift of salvation
Chapter 5:1-14 defines the boundaries we should apply to our lives in order to be morally pure.
Chapter 5:15-21 encourages us to make good use of the time that we have in helping one another to be the best that we can be.
Chapter 5:22-33 challenges husbands and wives to build a marriage that would be a reflection of Christ’s love for His bride, the church.
Chapter 6:1-4 commands children and parents to honor Him within their family
Chapter 6:5-9 instructs Christ’s followers in how we should carry out our work as employees and employers
Chapter 6:10-17 issues to us God’s spiritual armor
Chapter 6:18-20 leads us in how to pray for ourselves, one another, and His servants who are on the front lines of battle, or are in prison for their faithful witness for the cause of Christ
Oh beloved of God, my hope in peaching through Ephesians is that my life will be challenged and radically transformed. I pray that for Scotsdale Baptist Church as well. With Paul, from Chapter 3:20-21, I pray that God would do far more abundantly beyond all that we could ask or even imagine according to His power that works within us. May our God receive the glory in Scotsdale Baptist church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.