Insights on Today's Reading
Ephesians 1 - The focus in Ephesians is on Christ's Body, the Church. Paul starts out by giving the believer the knowledge of what they possess because they belong to Christ. He emphasizes in verse 3 that they have "every spiritual blessing" in their heavenly life which is lived here on earth. The phrase "in Him" or "in Christ" speaks of the union they have with the Son of God and the source of all these blessings. Paul prays for the "eyes of your understanding" in verses 15-21 to be open to understand all that the believer has to enjoy.
Ephesians 2 - Paul reminds us that we were "dead in trespasses and sins" verse 1, and that God has made us "alive together with Christ" verse 5. Our salvation is entirely by God's grace, verse 9 and we were "created in Christ Jesus of good works" verse 10. In verses 19-22 Paul teaches our union with other believers and we are like a "building" growing "into a holy temple" verse 21.
Ephesians 3 - The union of Gentiles and Jews together is part of the "mystery of Christ" verses 1-7. All believers are united in Christ into "the same body" verse 6. Paul prays for the believer to "be strengthened with might through His Spirit" verse 16, and the see that Christ dwells in their heart, verse 17, and that they would know God's love which is "beyond knowledge" verse 19. The promise in verses 20,21 is for all believers to claim as they walk with their Lord!
Ephesians 4 - Paul speaks of the kind of life a Christian is to live that is "worthy of the calling with which you were called" verse 1. Paul speaks of the spiritual gifts God has given to each believer to use to "the work of the ministry" verse 12. Verse 17 and following shows the distinct difference between the believer and the "rest of the Gentiles." Believers are to be cautious in their speech and not offend the Spirit of God, verse 30.
Ephesians 5 - God is the Example for all believers to follow, verse 1. Believers are encouraged to "walk circumspectly" verse 15, which implies living their lives being very careful of the pitfalls the devil will try to put in their way. Paul speaks of the mutual submission all believers have to one another, verse 21, and then he outlines the Biblical pattern for a marriage to be all that God intended and for husbands and wives to realize their relationship speaks of the relationship Christ has with His Church, verses 22-33.
Ephesians 6 - Children are to obey their parents, verse 1, and parents are to raise their children "in the training and admonition of the Lord" verse 4. Believers are called to "take up the whole armor of God" to defends themselves against the
devil's attack, verses 11-17. Paul asks for prayer for his ministry, verse 18, as well as prayer for "all the saints."
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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