Ephesians isn’t like other books of the Bible. It’s different to many of the other letters that Paul wrote (1.1a). As David Guzik writes, it doesn’t address specific problems in a specific church but rather seeks to explain some of the major tenets of our faith ¹. Many people love Ephesians and with good reason. The themes are high and holy, the advice practical and punchy.
The church has been born and Ephesians picks up the thread, so to speak. The church now exists, so what does it need to know and what does it need to do?
Charles Spurgeon wrote that
“In the first chapter you have the doctrines of the gospel;
in the next, you have the experience of the Christians;
and before the Epistle is finished, you have the precepts of the Christian faith. W
hosoever would see Christianity in one treatise, let him ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ the Epistle to the Ephesians.”
Simply, then, Ephesians is as important to the church as any other single book of the Bible. I love the idea that Romans speaks truth into the lives of God’s people and Ephesians into His church. Accepted academic thinking goes that Paul wrote Ephesians from imprisonment ² and that the major themes are love and unity.
All this being said, Ephesians is sure to be a great journey day by day, and one that I hope you will take with us.
¹ – Enduring Word
² – Hoehener, BKC