Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was written during his two-year imprisonment in Rome, about A.D. 61. It shares Paul’s vision of a Christian community united by love and a common purpose under the headship of Christ. Each believer, linked to Jesus by faith, is linked to every other believer as cells in a living organism. By living together in love, the whole body and its individual members grow to spiritual maturity. This is both one of the most theological and most practical of Paul’s letters. It exalts Jesus as Head of the living church, and it exhorts each of us to “live a life of love” in all our personal relationships. Ephesians also includes a number of moving prayers, and passages which many view as elements in the liturgy of the early church.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||God’s Living Church||Eph. 1–2|
|II.||The Church as Body and Family||Eph. 3:1–4:16|
|III.||The Christian’s Life of Love||Eph. 4:17–6:24|