The whole of the chapter could be summarised in this way:-
A). 3:1-6. The Purpose Of Paul’s Ministry To The Ephesians. To reveal the “mystery” to them. They belong to God.
B). 3:7-13. The Purpose Of Paul’s Ministry To The Ephesians. To show that Jew and Gentile believers together belong to God. (They are “fellow heirs; members of the same body; and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”)
C). 3:14-19a. Paul’s Prayer For The Ephesian Believers. He prays for them to be “strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (17) so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (19) and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge …”
D). 3:19b. The Ultimate Purpose Of The Prayer. He prays, “…. that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
E). 3:20-21. The Doxology. To the One who is able to do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”.
We will look at these sections in blogs that follow.
Blog No.036. Posted by Jim Holbeck. Monday 22nd August 2011