Reflective Paragraphs Week 6 – Ephesians


I wonder vaguely if the letter to the Ephesians wasn’t some sort of experiment by Paul to see just how long he could make a sentence. After the short, sharp, shiny (and a little bit angry) sentences he used in 2 Corinthians and Galatians, the long-winded ten-verse whoppers which make up the majority of Ephesians are a little hardgoing. I had to read some of them twice to work out what was happening – by the time I got to the end of the sentence, I had forgotten how it had begun! However, after a few books correcting theological issues which had arisen in the churches, it’s nice to be back in a more pastoral book. Paul spends a little time in Ephesians talking about grace, faith, and the mystery of Christ, but quickly moves on by Chapter 3 to talk about walking in unity and love, use of spiritual gifts, how everyone should treat everyone else, and – perhaps the letter’s most famous topic – the Armour of God.


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