Category Archives: Ephesians

Ephesians 5:18-21 (Being filled with the Spirit), Part 3

Submitting to one another The final participle forms the “theme participle” of the rest of the chapter and part of chapter 6. In a series of injunctions to husbands and wifes, fathers and children, masters and slaves, Paul gives example … Continue reading

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Ephesians 5:18-21 (Being filled with the Spirit), Part 2

The agap? Now, let’s return to the image of the pagan banquet, characterized by drunkenness, gluttony, and sexual immorality. This is debauchery. In contrast is the Christian love feast, the agap?. While Paul’s instructions aren’t limited to the agap?, you … Continue reading

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Ephesians 5:18-21 (Being filled with the Spirit), Part 1

(Eph 5:18-21 ESV) 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with … Continue reading

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Ephesians 5:1-17 (On Imitating God)

Imitating God (Eph 5:1-2 ESV) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. To the modern Christian, imitating … Continue reading

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Ephesians 4:25-32 (On Putting Away the Lie)

Our speech (Eph 4:25 ESV) 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. I’d like to suggest an unorthodox understanding of this passage. It … Continue reading

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Ephesians 4:17-24 (Created After the Likeness of God)

(Eph 4:17-24 ESV) 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life … Continue reading

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Ephesians 4:11-16 (“until we all attain to the unity of the faith”)

(Eph 4:11-14 ESV) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to … Continue reading

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Ephesians 4:7-10 (“He gave gifts to men.”)

(Eph 4:7-10 ESV) 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to … Continue reading

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Ephesians/The Fork in the Road: Ephesians 4:1 – 6 (The Seven Ones)

[This is a really long post, but it all fits together as a unity. I'll try to resist posting anything else for a couple or three days to give the readers a chance to work their way through this one. … Continue reading

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Ephesians 3:14 – 21

(Eph 3:14-19 ESV) 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to … Continue reading

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