Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ephesians in a Nutshell

My Prison Epistles class has to do something like this on the final:

Hi I'm Paul and you're all over the place because this is a circular letter.

Praise to God for all the incredible stuff he's done for those he predestined for lots of good stuff.

I give thanks to God for all I've heard about you.

[We're on top of the world with Christ]

By grace you've been saved through faith, not of works, although we're created for good works.

Christ has abolished the law, making peace between Jew and Gentile.

We're all fellow citizens built on the foundation of the apostles and [Christian] prophets, with Jesus as the cornerstone.

And I'm the preacher of this mystery: that God is bringing in the Gentiles.

We're all one--one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all...

But different roles--apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers...

Take off the old; put on the new.

Don't live in darkness but in the light.

Household codes:
--wives submit to husbands, husbands love wives (metphor of Christ and the church)
-- children obey parents; parents don't provoke children to anger
--slaves obey masters; masters recognize you're a slave too.

Put on the armor of God.



Scott D. Hendricks said...

For good Trinitarian measure you shouldn't have excepted the One God and Father of all, over, through and in all!

+Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.+

Ken Schenck said...

Easily added...

Anonymous said...

Have you read "Colossians Remixed" by Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat?