What makes Ephesians so beloved and valuable is not its genius or complexity but its clear and thorough teaching of the doctrines of salvation, of the church, and of the Christian life. Richard D. Phillips sets out in 65 wonderful expositions the beauty of Ephesians.
“What is the appeal of this book? In my judgment it is just this: it presents the basic doctrines of Christianity comprehensively, clearly, practically, and winsomely.’3 What makes Ephesians so beloved and valuable is not its genius or complexity but its clear and thorough teaching of the doctrines of salvation, of the church, and of the Christian life.” (Page 1)
“What he prays for now is that Christ may take up a permanent residence in their hearts, that Christ may come to rule over every part of who they are.” (Page 282)
“But we have the right—even the duty—to be bolder when it comes to things God has promised or that he has told us that he desires.” (Page 275)
“assurance is the presence of the Holy Spirit, who marks us as God’s own and guarantees” (Page 85)
“But Paul may instead mean that redemption not only gives us forgiveness but also equips us with ‘all wisdom and insight.’ Wisdom deals with our broad awareness of spiritual truth and the word used for insight speaks of spiritual discernment for dealing with actual situations. This is in fact what happens to us when Christ redeems us and makes us his own. In the Gospels we see him walking with and instructing the disciples, and now he does the same for us by his Spirit and through the Bible. In Romans 12:2–3 Paul writes of the mind renewal that comes about through God’s transforming Word. As a result of this, he says, Christians are able to ‘discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’” (Page 48)