Summary of Ephesians
Paul writes to the Ephesians, and encourages them to be followers of Jesus Christ and to serve and love on another in unity, while being persecuted for their beliefs.
In Chapters 1-3: Paul begins by explaining that everyone who has ever been born, who now lives or who will be born, has and will be chosen by God; “…he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…” (Ephesians 1:4) We, being children of a loving Heavenly Father [God] have been “…predestinated… unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 1:5)
In Chapters 4-5: Paul explains the Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ, explaining that there is only “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Ephesians 4:5) and that God “…gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists… For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry…” (Ephesians 4:11-12) He explains this to help us understand that there can only be one TRUE Church of Jesus Christ, and in order to be the ONE, it has to have an organization of Prophets, Apostles, Teachers… etc and have the Authority to act under His name. Paul goes on to explain that Husbands and Wives, although they have different responsibilities in this life, they must act as EQUAL Partners!
In Chapter 6: Paul urges children to obey their children and to honor them. He then instructs believers to prepare for a spiritual battle by putting “…on the full armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of evil.” (Ephesians 6:11) Paul urges the Saints to increase their faith through prayer and knowledge (scripture study) so that they can resist the evils.