In Chapter 4 of Ephesians, Paul switches from mostly talking about doctrine (right belief) to talking about duty (our responsibility). This passage discusses building the body of Christ corporately (as the church) and individually. We are to exercise our bodies if they are to grow. God has provided spiritual trainers to help.
Paul closes Chapter 3 by praying for the Ephesian church. In this prayer, he discusses the proper posture for prayer (hint: It has to do with the heart), makes several petitions, and closes by discussing the power behind powerful prayer.
Paul starts chapter three by praying for the Ephesian church, but then goes down a rabbit trail when he mentions the mystery that God revealed. This mystery is revealed, explained, realized, and applied in this passage. The mystery: The Church has been established! The church was something that was new.
There have been a number of bitter rivalries throughout time: Coke v. Pepsi, Mac v. PC, Broncos v. Raiders, Red Sox v. Yankees... There are also deadly rivalries: North v. South, Jews v. Muslims, Christians v. Muslims, etc. This passage discusses one of the bitterest rivalries in history: Jew and Gentile. In this passage, Paul talks about how the two groups are opposed to each other, how Christ has established Peace, and the result: the Church, a peaceful house made up of believers in Christ.
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