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 will help believers to recognize that their personal piety is for the sake of the universal church. The author believes that this vision supports a better understanding also of texts like Ephesians 4:1 about the call of the Christian.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2005. 12 pages.