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Journal Through the Bible: Ephesians

Journal Through the Bible: Ephesians

By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8–9


2 days; 3 chapters a day


Mystery of grace; church unity; armor of God


Church at Ephesus, Paul, Tychicus


Paul wrote to the Ephesian church while he was imprisoned, likely in Rome, circa AD 60. He wrote a handful of letters at once and sent them all with Tychicus, probably to be circulated around the region. He wrote to a church composed mostly of Gentile believers in an area known for the worship of the goddess Diana.


The early church saw much division between Jewish and Gentile believers. This pained Paul, who was adamant about the unity and equality of church members under Christ — for the whole world. In this letter, Paul spoke of the mystery of grace and the spiritual world, of God’s purposes for reconciliation, and of God’s love for His church. He also covered practical concerns on how to be a unified community, and he gave his classic image of the armor of God for our protection and defense.


  1. How comfortable are you with the mysteries of faith? What does Paul teach regarding this subject?
  2. What did Paul tell us about the supernatural nature of the “new man” and about spiritual gifts? How are we empowered to change and thrive under Christ? How have you been empowered?
  3. Paul encouraged followers to walk in love, light, and wisdom. How would this have made the Ephesians different from their fellow citizens? How does it make us different?
  4. Study the “whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). How can you “take it up” every day? How can you be more aware of the spiritual world around you?

Excerpted with permission from Journal Through the Bible: Exploring Genesis to Revelation, copyright Thomas Nelson.

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Your Turn

Imagine being a member of the church at Ephesus and receiving this letter from imprisoned Paul. What would have been encouraging to your faith? What exhortations would you be most challenged by? ~ Devotionals Daily