Friday, November 18, 2011

Ephesians Review

"For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."  Ephesians 2:10

Today is the last day that I am studying Ephesians.  What a wonderful 12 week study this has been for me, and I hope that this has been a blessing for you as well.  Every day, I pray for all of you who come to read my blog that you will grow and learn from spending time reading and reflecting on God's Word.  I also pray that you will continue to study the Bible on your own to experience the richness and love that is found throughout the Bible.  My life has been changed by spending time digging in the Bible and I am always amazed that after all these years, God continues to make His Word fresh every day!  I would like to wrap up Ephesians by just giving a couple of thoughts on some overarching themes found in the book.

The first main theme that we encounter as we read through Ephesians is unity.  Ephesians 1 - 4 (first half) speaks about unity in different ways.  In chapter 1 we read that we are united as a family of God and that because we are united with Christ in this family, we will receive an inheritance from God.  We learn that God is our inheritance; He is our portion.  We also learned that the word inheritance was perfect to use because it usually represents a gift that is passed down to family or friends after someone dies.  Christ died for us so we could receive this inheritance.  In chapter 2, we learn that because of grace both Jews and Gentiles are united in an unprecedented body.  We learn that our unity means that we are built into a temple for God.

In chapter 3, we learn that this unity was ordained by God show everyone His amazing wisdom.  We also learn that because of this unity, we can come boldly to the throne of God through Christ Jesus.  In chapter 4, we learn that we are united in the body of Christ being bound together through peace just as ligaments connect the muscles and bones.  Just as in the human body, each part has its own job to do yet depends on all the other parts, we are interdependent on each other to do the jobs that God has gifted us to do.

Beginning in chapter 4, we begin to see what should happen as a result of this unity with Christ in the body.  The second half of chapter introduces the theme of Christian living.  In chapter 5, we even explore the fact that we are to follow the example that Christ lived out for us.  We learn that the unity we have with Christ gives us the power to be able to do this because we have the Holy Spirit living in us.  In Ephesians chapter 5-6, we learn that this unity with Christ means that we live a life of mutual submission with one another.  In each part that God has given us within the body, we learn that we are all to submit to one another.  It is a mutual respect that we have for one another as part of the body of Christ.

In chapter 6, we also read through another main theme of the power we have as a result of this unity.  We are to put on the armor of God as we go throughout our days so we will be ready when the enemy attacks.  We also are reminded of the importance of prayer and praying in the Spirit (or with the Spirit).  We can stand firm knowing that because of the unity we have with Christ, we are not alone in this world.  We have the protection and power of Christ's authority (which is mentioned in chapter 1).

With all this said, I am going to say that the main theme of the book of Ephesians is the fact that we are unified as a body with Christ.  Everything else that is mentioned in the book is an explanation of what is happening in our lives as a result of this unity.  I put Ephesians 2:10 at the top of this post because I want to remind you that when we chose to believe and follow Christ, we are made anew.  Remember, the word for being made anew in the Greek also means to make habitable.  God made our hearts new and habitable for Christ so we could be unified with Him.

Are you living your life as though you are unified with Christ?  Are you interacting with those in the body of Christ with a heart of submission?  Are you living with the confidence that you have the protection and authority of Christ covering you?

Thank you so much for following along with me through Ephesians!  I pray that you have been blessed.  Tomorrow, I will be posting what I am planning to study next (I'm excited about it!).  You are welcome to visit Seeds of Faith Women to read my post.

Linking up with Spiritual Sundays and Brag On God Friday.

3 comments:

  1. Unity is so important to God. We need to make sure it is important in our lives as well. Thank you for this encouragement.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  2. Good questions to ask ourselves. I just taught a class on unity and the importance of it in the body of Christ. I think the words "mutual respect" is a perfect description of what should be happening in our churches.

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  3. Charlotte - That is so true! What is important to God needs to be important to us.

    Pamela - It is easy to fall into discontent because we are forgetting that we are part of one body. Unity is necessary!

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