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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
EPHESIANS

OUTLINE

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  1. Introduction -- 1:1-2
  2. The blessings and position received by the church in Christ -- 1:3--3:21
    1. God's blessings to the church -- 1:3-14
      1. The Father's selection and predestination, speaking forth God's eternal purpose -- vv.3-6
      2. The Son's redemption, speaking forth the accomplishment of God's eternal purpose -- vv.7-12
      3. The Spirit's sealing and pledging, speaking forth the application of God's accomplished purpose -- vv.13-14
    2. The apostle's prayer for the church regarding revelation -- 1:15-23
      1. His thanks for the church -- vv.15-16
      2. His supplication for the church that the saints may see -- vv.17-23
        1. The hope of God's calling -- vv.17-18a
        2. The glory of God's inheritance in the saints -- v.18b
        3. God's power toward us -- vv.19-21
        4. The church -- the Body, the fullness of Christ -- vv.22-23
    3. The producing and building of the church -- 2:1-22
      1. The producing of the church -- vv.1-10
      2. The building of the church -- vv.11-22
    4. The stewardship of the grace and the revelation of the mystery concerning the church -- 3:1-13
      1. The stewardship -- vv.1-2, 7-8, 13
      2. The revelation of the mystery -- vv.3-6, 9-12
    5. The apostle's prayer for the church regarding experience -- 3:14-19
      1. That the saints may be strengthened into the inner man -- vv.14-16
      2. That Christ may make His home in the saints' hearts -- v.17a
      3. That the saints may apprehend the dimensions of Christ -- vv.17b-18
      4. That the saints may know the love of Christ -- v.19a
      5. That the saints may be filled unto the fullness of God -- v.19b
    6. The apostle's praise to God for His glory in the church and in Christ -- 3:20-21
  3. The living and responsibility needed for the church in the Holy Spirit -- 4:1--6:20
    1. The living and responsibility needed in the Body of Christ -- 4:1-16
      1. The keeping of the oneness of the Spirit -- vv.1-6
      2. The functioning of the gifts and the growth and building up of the Body of Christ -- vv.7-16
    2. The living needed in the daily walk -- 4:17--5:21
      1. Basic principles -- 4:17-24
      2. The details of this living -- 4:25--5:21
    3. The living needed in ethical relationships -- 5:22--6:9
      1. Between wife and husband -- 5:22-33

      2. (A type of the church and Christ -- vv.23-32)
      3. Between children and parents -- 6:1-4
      4. Between slaves and masters -- 6:5-9
    4. The warfare required for dealing with the spiritual enemy -- 6:10-20
  4. Conclusion -- 6:21-24
    1. Recommendation -- vv.21-22
    2. Blessing -- vv.23-24

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