POSITIONED IN CHRIST Ė A Study in the Book of Ephesians
Paulís letter to the Ephesians is must-read material for the Christian. The truths in this epistle are essential for every believer to know and believe. Ephesians presents important spiritual truths concerning our position "in Christ" in three parts.
Part 1 (Chapters 1-3) presents foundational truths concerning the believerís place of rest Ė Seated in Christ (2:6). This is the starting place for every believer. This portion of the book requests no work of the Christian, but simply explains the position that God has placed us in as a result of our faith in Christ. Here, we see the numerous blessings that are ours in Christ, including holiness, sonship, acceptance, redemption and forgiveness (1:3 11).
Part 2 (Chapters 4-5) calls us to Walk in Christ. Here, we see how our faith in Christ results in us putting off our former conduct, and putting on "new man" behaviour, including humility, patience, truthfulness and kindness (4:17-32). Ultimately, we are called to walk in the love of Jesus Christ (5:2).
Part 3 (Chapter 6) calls us to Stand in Christ. During our Christian walk, we are certain to encounter resistance from Satan and his allies (6:11-12). Itís only through faith in Christ that we are empowered to withstand spiritual attack (6:10-11,13-18).
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