Paul shows how the good news should create ethnically diverse communities that are unified by devotion to Jesus and to each other.
In the book of Ephesians, we see how the gospel story affects believers' everyday lives. God the Father planned throughout history for Jesus to create a multi-ethnic community of followers. Comprised of Jews and non-Jews, these followers form the covenant family God promised to Abraham. They live in unity as one body in their families, neighborhoods, and churches because of God's grace.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Ephesians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Ephesians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Put on your new human
Scripture, prayer, and their relationships with each other equip them to put off their old humanity and put on new humanity that mimics Jesus and marks them as mature followers of Jesus.
Energized by the Holy Spirit, believers also stand tall against the spiritual evil that threatens their unity as a Church family and maturity as followers of Jesus.
God's Covenant Family
God the Father always planned to create a covenant family of restored humans who are unified in the Messiah Jesus and energized by the Holy Spirit.
Family by Grace
God's grace invites Jews and non-Jews to join Jesus' resurrected life and His covenant multi-ethnic family, a new unified humanity that lives together in peace.
The gospel unifies diverse believers who are all empowered by one Spirit to serve and love each other as they build up the Church body.
Paul challenges every Christian, including families, slaves, and masters, to take off their old humanity, put on new humanity, and be restored into God's image.
Paul closes the book of Ephesians with a challenge for believers to stand firm against spiritual evil that undermines unity and compromises their new humanity.