Concluding Ephesians with chapters 5 and 6, it continues full-bore with #9, New Life instruction for believers from beginning to end. Paul speaks much of #10, the Kingdom with verse 5, then 23, 27, 29, 30 and 32, where he goes on about the Church, the Kingdom’s manifestation on earth. There is a prevalence of the mention of specific #2, sins throughout, beginning with verse 3 thru 18. And, whereas, we found the 9th, 6th and 8th of The 10 Commandments of God in chapter 4, here we see 2 more; the 7th and 10th Commandments in verses 3 and 5. In verse 6, in relation to so much sin mentioned, we read of God’s #3, judgment coming down on such with wrath. The opposite of all this is, of course, the real issue of #1, righteousness found in verses 3, 9, 26 and 27. There is even the first mention of #6, repentance in verse 14 in the words to wake and rise. This results in #8, the New Birth seen in the words that Christ would ‘shine’ on the penitent one. This naturally brings us to Christ as #4, Savior in verses 2, 14, 23 and 25. The particular element of #5, the Gospel of Christ dying for our sins can be seen in verses 2 and 25. We find, apart from #7, believe, 9 of the 10 Essential Elements in chapter 5!
Chapter 6, like 5, is wall-to-wall #9, New Life instruction to believers. It opens about the 5th Commandment of God of the 10, about honoring parents. We find #10 Kingdom hope as Paul speaks of believers rewards in verse 8, and of its existence in the unseen spiritual realm in verse 12. Our rewards revolve around our #1, righteous deeds after our conversion as in verse 8. This is in sharp contrast to the day of #2, evil spoken of in verse 13. The chapter closes with the mention of #7, faith in verse 23.
It could probably be said that, apart from Galatians 5:16 thru 25 so far, the finest #9, New Life instruction as to how we should live can be found with Ephesians 5:18 and following, as all these fall out from the single matter of being continually filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Similar value and worth can be accorded to the Christian’s armor of chapter 6, verses 10 thru 18. No more valuable instruction on the issue of spiritual warfare can be found than here, too; and we must note that Satan is depicted as being external of the Christian, and all our armor is our outward defense against him. We are to stand, it says 4 times, and that is a defensive, not offensive, posture, just as Peter’s resist the devil is. Our offensive weapons here are the Word and prayer.
As with nearly every book we read, we find there are 10 Essential Elements to The Real New Testament Message. They are all found in Ephesians and Conservative Evangelicals possess and are to share these truths. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell