Second, there is the recognition of Paul's love for, and commitment to, professing Christians, whether they be babes in the faith, adolescents, or maturing adults. He realized they had been, or would be, confronted by the desires of the flesh and of the mind during their life's journey. He wanted them to know the living Christ.
This chapter is pivotal to understanding God's mercy and grace, as well as our need for His spiritual blessings. When we accept the Lord Jesus' invitation to follow Him in His commands and teachings, we will know the joy of a right relationship with the glorious Father, reconciliation through Christ, praying through the Holy Spirit, and God's Foundation built on the apostles and prophets.
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"When the earliest Christians read the Scriptures they often felt that they had come into the presence of the living Christ. Robert Callahan, in Sin and Redemption, his exposition of the book of Ephesians, leads us back into this traditional way of reading the Bible. While some may have come to be cautious about this approach, regarding it as perhaps less schooled by the modern arts of exegesis, the valuable thing about this work is that it demonstrates, in everyday terms, how Christ meets us as we read Ephesians with humility and gratitude whoever we might be."
-Richard A. Ray, Former Managing Director and Senior Editor of John Knox Press
"Callahan's format allows for both a devotional and studious usage. One can permit one's soul to savor every spiritual nuance the author uncovers, verse by verse, mark the passage, and return later for further nourishment. Or one can linger from text to text, gleaning with the author both theological and spiritual insight for enhancing personal discipleship, equally applicable in the arena of church and society."
-from the Foreword by Bejamin W. Farley
Younts Professor Emeritus of Bible, Religion, and Philosophy