Can you guess what “fast food” conversations look like? This article talks about the tendency in family life to limit conversation to what is necessary, and about the rarity of offering something that edifies. It reflects on Ephesians 4:29, calling for conversations to reflect how Christ relates to us.
This chapter forms an introduction to the letter to the Ephesians. Introductory matters addressed are its authorship, the literary character of the letter, the recipients, the date and setting of Ephesians in Paul’s career, the circumstances that prompted Ephesians, and its structure.
This article critically reflects upon recent studies done on Ephesians 2:14-16.
This is a basic article on Ephesians 6:17, and how we have to protect our mind and heart from evil.
In Ephesians 4:15 Christians are commanded to speak the truth in love. How can we do that? This article unpacks seven ways.
Can the function of the ordained ministry be reduced to "equipping saints" for service? Ephesians 4:11-12 is often read in that way. The question is therefore whether Ephesians 4:12 teaches that the "ministry of the Church" is done by the "saints" and the only distinctive role of the officers is to equip the saints for such service. The article, through a presentation of a translation and exegesis of these verses in context, argues against such a view.
Ephesians 5:18 contrasts drunkenness with fullness with the Spirit. This essay explores behavioural patterns followed at various Greco-Roman convivial gatherings. Accordingly, the present study suggests that the statements of Ephesians 5:18-20, and ultimately others made throughout the moral teaching in Ephesians, simply reflect the writer's assumption that his readers regularly gathered in a mealtime context.
This article is an exposition of Ephesians 5:22-24.
Does Paul's teaching in Ephesians 3 concerning "mystery" conflict with the Reformed confessions' view of the unity of the covenant of grace? The purpose of the author is to survey the meaning of the word "musterion" in secular and Jewish literature, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the writings of the Apostle Paul.
Ephesians 5:22–33 is an important passage in debates on headship and submission in marriage. An important aspect of this passage that has not received the attention it deserves, however, is the reference to a “great mystery” (Ephesians 5:32). The term "mystery" occurs consistently throughout Ephesians. An understanding of Paul’s use of the term can help in the understanding of marriage according to Ephesians 5:22–33.
To what does the breastplate of righteousness in Ephesians 6:14 refer? This study includes a brief survey of Paul’s usage of spiritual armor in other epistles and an examination of the background of spiritual armor found in Isaiah. The author concludes that the breastplate is ethical, consisting of virtues that reflect Christ.
What is the function of the imperatives in Ephesians 6:10-18? Are they simply a call to personal piety? Reinhard argues that it is important to understand the larger message of this pericope that comes from its relationship to the rest of the letter. Individuals are empowered as members of the church to strive to become who they already are in Christ. Believers should recognize their place within the body of Christ.
This article is an exposition of Ephesians 6:14.
Christians are at war, and this war is of the most serious nature. Spiritual warfare is not with flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. Chapter 1 indicates where Christians find their strength in this battle. The author uses Ephesians 6:10-20 to indicate that all strength is to be found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
According to Ephesians 6:11-14, Christians are engaged in spiritual warfare. This article reminds Christians of the reality of this warfare by showing that we are faced by a real enemy, the devil, who is powerful, cunning and wicked. However, by the truth of God's word believers are able to stand against the devil.
This study explores the possibility that Paul created the so-called hymnic material he is using in Ephesians 5:14. Supporting this thesis is a study of the way that the passages from Isaiah have been conflated in Ephesians 5 and have influenced the broader contours of Ephesians. The authors first look at the Old Testament text behind the citation and then demonstrates how Paul contextually appropriates the texts for his purposes.