Unlike Paul's letters to the Galatians or the Corinthians, the letter to the Ephesians contains almost no clues about the situation and issues its recipients faced. Nevertheless, the letter vividly depicts how God's will revealed in Christ reorients believers' lives toward unity, mutual respect, submission and love - in short, new life in Christ. Francis Foulkes expounds with clarity and ease the letter's central themes and emphases.
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“Stand indeed is the keyword of the passage; for, as Moule puts it, ‘the present picture is not of a march, or of an assault, but of the holding of the fortress of the soul and of the Church for the heavenly King’” (Page 176)
“Paul chooses the typically Christian word agapaō, love that is totally unselfish, that seeks not its own satisfaction, nor even affection answering affection, but that strives for the highest good of the one loved.” (Pages 162–163)
“It is significant that throughout this section husbands and wives are reminded of their duties and not their rights. It is important also to read all that is said in this section realizing both that it follows what has been said in verse 21 about mutual submission and that it presupposes what is stated in Galatians 3:28 of the equality in Christ of male and female.” (Page 159)
“of slowness in avenging wrong or retaliating when hurt by another” (Page 116)
“Pastors and teachers were gifted to be responsible for the day-to-day building up of the church” (Page 126)