Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul shows how the good news should create ethnically diverse communities that are unified by devotion to Jesus and to each other.
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.
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.
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.