21 Important Bible Verses From Ephesians

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The book of Ephesians is 6 chapters of solid Christian teachings!  From chapter 1 to 6, in that order, you will read about: spiritual blessings in Christ, thanksgiving and prayer, grace through faith, being one in Christ, the mystery of the gospel revealed, prayer for spiritual strength, unity in the body of Christ, new life, walking in love, wives and husbands, children and parents, slaves and masters, and putting on the whole armor of God.  Let us dive into this book and gain some insight on 21 important verses that were indeed written by God through man. (2 Timothy 3:16)  In this article I am going to follow the book from beginning to end starting in chapter 1.  I am using the headings above so you can follow along with me.

The book of Ephesians is 6 chapters of solid Christian teachings!

The book of Ephesians is 6 chapters of solid Christian teachings!

Spiritual Blessings In Christ

Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians 1:7  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”

Ephesians 1:16-14  “In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.”

Thanksgiving And Prayer

Ephesians 1:16-18 “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.”

Grace Through Faith

Ephesians 2:4-5 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—“

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

One In Christ

Ephesians 2:18-20  “For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.”

The Mystery Of The Gospel Revealed

Ephesians 3:6 “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

Ephesians 3:11-12  “This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.”

Prayer For Spiritual Strength

Ephesians 3:14-16 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.”

Ephesians 3:19 “And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Unity In The Body Of Christ

Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Ephesians 4:15 “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.”

The New Life

Ephesians 4:25-27  “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”

Ephesians 4:32  “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Walk In Love

Ephesians 5:1-2  “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Wives And Husbands

Ephesians 5:33 “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

Children And Parents

Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Slaves And Masters

Ephesians 6:5-6 “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”

Think of yourself as a slave.  Paul calls himself a “servant of Christ Jesus” in Romans 1:1.  This word is correctly defined as “slave” also.  Therefore, being a slave to Christ means living out Ephesians 6:5-6 for all believers.

The Whole Armor Of God

Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

The Belt – Truth  ( Related Reading: Belt of Truth: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips)

Breastplate – Righteousness  (Related Reading: Breastplate of Righteousness: 5 Spiritual Warfare Tips)

Shoes – Proclamation Of The Gospel (Related Reading: Sandals of Peace: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips)

Shield – Faith  ( Related Reading: Shield of Faith: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips)

Helmet – Salvation ( Related Reading: Helmet of Salvation: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips )

Sword – Spirit (the Word of God)  ( Related Reading: Sword of The Spirit: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips)

I encourage you to read about the armor in more detail for yourself at the end of chapter 6.

Conclusion

May you be strengthened and encouraged always through the Word of God!  God bless you as you continue to live a life worthy of the calling!

Check out this related reading: Ephesians Commentary, Summary and Key Verses

Resource – “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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DocReits November 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

Thank you Derek. It is always refreshing to read your articles. Could you please expand on the “Mystery” of God. I had forgotten about the Gentile connection in Ephesians.

I had always grabbed unto Colossians where Paul speaks of the “Mystery of God” being God in Christ and Christ in us(Col 1:27). It seems that Paul here speaks also of the Gentile connection. It would seem (to me) that in Ephesians and Colossians Paul is trying to convince the Jewish believers that the Gentiles are included in God’s plan of redemption and that it is not a “Jews only” club.

Do you see the “Mystery” as that or do you see it as CS Lewis said as the “Mystery” being simply ‘The Gospel”, which is “God in Christ and Christ in (every) believer”?

Thank you for the great article!

Blessings,

DocReits

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Jack Wellman November 21, 2013 at 10:24 am

Superb work here Derek. I love that I can grow in the knowledge of the Lord from you as you are always making us dig deeper or in some cases, throwing us into the deep end of the pool and forcing us to swim! LOL

As for the “Mystery” I believe it is about the gospel that was somewhat cloaked in the Old Testament. Abraham knew that in his seed “all nations would be blessed” but it was not fully known just who and how this would occur. I believe that the “Mystery” may be that we can now see clearly the redemptive plan of God thru Jesus Christ and by the illumination of the Holy Spirit, the plain things can be made clear only by God the Holy Spirit showing us Who Christ is and how we might be saved. As you said Doc, “The Gospel”, which is “God in Christ and Christ in (every) believer” was a mystery solved, with much more clarity on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the church and upon believers to point us to the only way to eternal life (Acts 4:12) and that is in Jesus Christ alone. In the O. T. we saw thru a glass darkly but now Jesus is plainly seen by the revealing work of the Spirit.

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DocReits November 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Well said Jack. Thank you!

DocReits

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Derek Hill November 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hello again DocReits! Thank you for your kind words and your question. I think Jack did a wonderful job at explaining this so I won’t say too much more. I would like to point out that the reason it is a mystery is because Israel was the chosen nation in the beginning, but now through Christ crucified and the coming of the Holy Spirit we all are now called children of God if we have chosen to embrace Christ and follow His lead as we take up our crosses daily. In Ephesians 3:9 Paul explains that God sent him to bring light to everyone as to what this mystery is. The very next verse says why God did this through Paul, “So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” I believe that God brought this mystery to completion for the host of angels in heaven. Remember that in Genesis it is shown that angels even have “free will”. Satan was the most beautiful angel that God had created and he chose his own path, which God could not accept. And 1/3 of the rest of the angels sided with Satan and they were all banished to hell. I believe this mystery was given and revealed so that the angels in heaven would say, “Yes God! You are in control of all things! You have brought Your chosen nation of Israel together with the Gentiles to form one body in the church, and your church is waiting for its precious bridegroom to come back and take her away to the honeymoon of a lifetime in heaven!” So, as you can see, I think there are 2 answers to this mystery: one is the answer Jack gave (earthly realm) and the one I have given (heavenly realm), which goes to show that God indeed is in everything from every single planet all of the way into heaven. This mystery proclaims His glory into all of eternity!

Jack thank you for your suggestion. It was as you say “spot on” with what the Bible says. I thank you for your knowledge and insight as always brother! God bless the both of you!

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NICHOLAS December 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

DEREK , DO YOU THINK MAYBE SOME NON- CHRISTIANS ARE WHAT THEY ARE JUST OUT OF MAYBE PREJUDICES — LIKE WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE IN THIS GOD OF THE JEWS , IT WAS LIKE THAT IN THE BIBLE , I GUESS THAT IS STILL IN EFFECT TODAY TOO ? YOU HERE WARS ARE ALWAYS OVER LAND , RELIGION , OR PREJUDICES , I GUESS I KNOW WHAT YOUR ANSWER WILL BE , BUT I LIKE THE WAY YOU SAY IT BROTHER , YOU GOT TALENT .

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Derek Hill December 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Hi Nicholas. If I am reading your question correctly, than these non-Christians are using excuses to condone their actions, beliefs and behaviors. This is a weak mindset. We should act, think and believe in things with confidence, research and study. We should never use other people to excuse our way of life. Does that make sense? Jesus could have easily bypassed crucifixion with the excuse, “I am perfect and sinless. I should not be the one to die for these generation of sinners. They have dug their own graves.” I praise the Lord that Jesus fought the good fight all of the way to the cross for us. He did it because it was what should have been done, and He did it with no excuses. I hope this helped you! God Bless!

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NICHOLAS December 20, 2013 at 3:46 am

DEREK , I AGREE OF COURSE , I WAS JUST SAYING THIS LIKE THE NAZI’S DIDN’T LIKE THE JEWS AND KILLED THEM , WERE THEY JUST MORE OR LESS PREJUDICE TOWARD THEM AND NO OTHER REASON ????

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