Exploring The Bible
18. New Testament
- Ephesians 2:8-9 / Ephesians 4:1-3
What we call Ephesians is not so much a letter as a short thesis, on the subject about being a Christian. We happen to have the copy that went to Ephesus. Paul discusses the life of Christians, comparing it with how they were before they came to faith when they were separated from God.
He speaks of their new position in Christ now that they believe, and how it occurred. He talks about themes such as adoption, redemption, inheritance and citizenship. He then moves to the Christian, being equipped for service, to live a righteous life and the engagement in spiritual warfare.