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Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians – Outline

Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians – Outline shows the structure of one of Paul’s prison epistles, written soon after Colossians and Philemon, then delivered to Asia at the same time.

Focusing upon the nature of the Church, the conversion of the Gentiles, and the unity and dynamics of church growth, the epistle has the following structure (shown with more detail in the PDF version below):

  • Prescript, 1.1-2
  • Theological, 1.3–3.21
    1. Eulogy, 1.3-14
    2. Thanksgiving, 1.15-23
    3. Theme, 2.1-22
    4. Prayer, 3.1-21
  • Practical, 4.1–6.9
    1. Preamble, 4.1-16
    2. Theme, 4.17-24
    3. Vices and virtues, 4.25–5.21
    4. Haustafel, 5.22–6.9
  • Final charge, 6.10-20
  • Postscript, 6.21-24
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Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians – Outline

Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians – Outline emphasizes the “Christ Hymn of Praise” and the truth that …

as Lord of the Cosmos and Lord of the Church, Jesus Christ is to have first place in everything.

  • Prescript, 1.1-2 (Author, recipients, greeting)
  • Letter Opening, 1.3-23
    1. Thanksgiving, 1.3-8 (Its expression, occasion, and ground)
    2. Prayer report, 1.9-14 (Its character, content, and intended result)
    3. Christ Hymn of Praise 1.15-20
    4. Thematic statement, 1.21-23 (The letter’s three themes in reverse order)
  • Body Middle, 1.24–4.6 (Paul’s apostolic commission, persevering in the face of false teaching, and leading holy lives)
    1. Personal matters, 1.24–2.5 (Inclusio: 1.24 and 2.5)
      • General: his divine commission, 1.24-29 (Begins with ‘nun’ formula; his mandate, message, and motivation)
      • Particular: his present concern, 2.1-5 (Begins with disclosure formula: an encouragement, warning, and reassurance) [Transition, 2,6-7]
    2. Theological matters, 2.8-23 (Characterized by the indicative mood; deceptive philosophy, religious rituals, ascetic practices)
      • Statement, 2.8
      • Contrast, 2.9-23
        • According to Christ, 2.9-15
        • According to human origin, 2.16-23
      • [Transition, 3,1-4] (Corrective: “Set your minds on the things above…”)
    3. Practical matters, 3.5–4.6 (Characterized by the imperative)
      • Vice-virtue lists, 3.5-17 (Two vice lists of five each, one virtue list of five, and a supplementary section)
      • Household code, 3.18–4.1 (Exhortations to wives, husbands, children, fathers, slaves)
      • Evangelism, 4.2-6 (Advancing the gospel)
  • Closing, 4.7-18 (Greetings, a final charge, and signature)
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Ephesians 1.15-17; 4.32–5.2

The three excerpts, each about five minutes in length, are from a complete series of messages covering Ephesians, delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community.

The first two excerpts are from a sermon entitled ‘Opening Thanksgiving,’ covering Ephesians 1.15-17:

Faith

In the first excerpt, Mike reminds the ncBc community that faith and love, along with hope, constitute the true measure of a church and that faith, in particular, always operates in the sphere of Christ’s body: a church in which he is truly Lord.

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers …

– Ephesians 1.15-16
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Spirit of Wisdom

In the second excerpt, Mike reminds the ncBc community that we must have a spirit of wisdom, for we must learn how to walk this life — it is a life we do not know how to live if we are not growing in an understanding of God’s Word and living in his church.

… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

– Ephesians 1.17

Forgiving

The third and final excerpt is taken from a sermon entitled ‘Forgiving.’

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

– Ephesians 4.32–5.2

Mike was reminding our community that God’s salvation work in Christ is to serve as the paradigm for how we treat one another: we forgive one another — out of grateful, forgiven hearts — so that each one is freed up to flourish.

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Cosmology of Paul in Ephesians

The chart Cosmology of Paul in Ephesians includes English biblical text and an illustration depicting the cosmology:

  1. First Heaven (Material Cosmos) — Eph 1.10; 3.14-16; 4.9-10
  2. Second Heaven (Battle Zone with Spiritual Forces) — Eph 3.9-10; 6.10-12
  3. Third Heaven (Throne of God; Paradise) — Eph 1.3; 1.20-21; 2.5-7

Highlights:

  • Referring to the Second and Third Heavens, Paul consistently uses the phrase “in the heavenlies” (cf. Greek; with prefixed preposition).
  • Referring to the First Heaven, the material cosmos, Paul consistently uses “heaven(s)” (without prefixed preposition) in conjunction with “earth.”
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Opening Eulogy of Ephesians

Following the call to praise (1.3-4a), the chart Opening Eulogy of Ephesians focuses on the hymn itself, in three stanzas: 1.4b-8a; 1.8b-10; 1.11-14.

  • Vertical surface structures, readily seen, are indicated by red text.
  • Horizontal interior connections, requiring a closer reading, are indicated by blue text.
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