PAUL'S LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS New Testament Notes


THEOLOGICAL PORTION OF THE LETTER:Christ the Divine Administrator (Eph. 1:1-3:21)
Introduction to Ephesians/Christ, God's Administrator (1:1-14)
   Part One
   Part Two
         Alternative: The Messiah Jesus as Head over All (1:1-14)
Thanksgiving and Prayer: The Exalted Christ and His Body, the Church (1:15-23)
Unity Based on A Common Problem and a Common Salvation (2:1-10)
         Alternative: The Resurrection and Enthronement of Christ and the Believer (1:15-2:10)
Climax of First Half of Ephesians (2:11-22)
Paul's Role in the History of Salvation, The Role of the Church in God's Eternal Plan, Paul's Prayer for the Church (3:1-21)

PRACTICAL PORTION OF THE LETTER: Lives Which Produce Unity (Eph. 4:1-6:24)
Paul's Appeal to Unity, Characteristics Needed for Unity, and Common Beliefs Create Unity (4:1-6)
Spiritual Gifts (4:7-16)
         Alternative: Developing the New Man (4:1-16)
         Alternative: Life Under the Reign of the Messiah (4:17-6:9)
The New Person Versus the Old Person (4:17-32)
Motivations And Their Actions (5:1-14)
The Life of the Spirit
   Part One (5:21-33)
   Part Two (5:21-33)
   Part Three (6:1-9)
The Splendid Armor of God (6:10-20)