This is one of my favorite books of the Bible because of its clarity on what Christ has done for us and what he expects of us. The book is divided very neatly into two parts. Chapters 1-3 declare all the ways that God has called us to himself and blessed us in Christ. Chapter 4 then turns to a charge for the church, “I therefore urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…”
Ephesians combines a rich theology of salvation with the doctrine of the church. Each of the first three chapters declares what God does for us and then leads us to meditate on what it means for us as the church of Christ. Chapters 4-6 then proclaim what Christ expects of his church. I pray that God will build us up together into the maturity of Christ as we study this book together (Eph 4:13) and am confident that he is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20).