Noted New Testament scholar Frank Thielman offers pastors, students, and teachers a substantive yet accessible commentary on Ephesians in this addition to the award-winning BECNT series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Thielman leads readers through all aspects of the book of Ephesians--sociological, historical, and theological--to help them better understand its meaning and relevance. As with all BECNT volumes, this commentary features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and an acclaimed, user-friendly design. It admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility.
Frank Thielman (PhD, Duke University) is Presbyterian Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of a number of books, including "Philippians "(NIVAC); "Paul and the Law: A Contextual Approach"; "From Plight to Solution: A Jewish Framework for Understanding Paul's View of the Law in Galatians and Romans"; "The Law and the New Testament: The Question of Continuity"; and "Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach." He is also an ordained Presbyterian (PCA) minister.
Introduction to Ephesians I. Prescript and Greeting (1:1-2) II. Blessing God Who Has Blessed His People in Christ (1:3-14) A. Praise to God for His Grace in Making Believers His People (1:3-6) B. Praise to God for His Grace in Redemption and Revelation (1:7-10) C. Praise to God for Making His People Heirs and Giving Them Hope in Christ (1:11-12) D. Praise to God for the Conversion and Future Salvation of Paul's Readers (1:13-14) III. Thanksgiving for Conversion and Intercession for Understanding (1:15-23) A. Thanksgiving for Faith and Love, and Intercession for Illumination (1:15-19) B. God's Great Power Displayed in Christ and for the Church (1:20-23) IV. From Children of Wrath to New Creation (2:1-10) A. Children of Wrath Like All the Rest (2:1-3) B. Objects of God's Mercy (2:4-7) C. The Nature and Consequences of God's Grace (2:8-10) V. From Existence without God to Membership in the People of God (2:11-22) A. The Special Plight of the Gentiles and God's Response (2:11-13) B. Christ Is the Believing Community's Peace (2:14-18) C. Gentile Christians as an Integral Part of God's Household (2:19-22) VI. Paul's Divinely Given Task and His Suffering for the Gentiles (3:1-13) A. Paul's Role in the Administration of the Mystery (3:1-7) B. How Paul Fulfills His Task (3:8-13) VII. Paul Prays for His Readers' Inner Strength and Praises the God Who Can Give It (3:14-21) A. Paul Prays for His Readers' Inner Strength (3:14-19) B. Paul Praises the God Who Is Able to Strengthen His Readers (3:20-21) VIII. The Growth of the Church toward Unity and Maturity (4:1-16) A. Christian Unity and Its Theological Basis (4:1-6) B. The Gifts of the Victorious Christ Cultivate the Body's Maturity (4:7-16) IX. A Reminder of How to Live as New Human Beings (4:17-5:2) A. No Longer Walk as "Gentiles" but as a New Human Being (4:17-24) B. Living as Human Beings Newly Created in God's Image (4:25-5:2) X. Avoiding and Transforming the Deeds of Darkness (5:3-14) A. Avoiding Sexual Immorality and Greed (5:3-7) B. From Avoidance to Transformation (5:8-14) XI. Wise Conduct within the Household (5:15-6:9) A. Introduction: Wisdom and the Life Filled in the Spirit (5:15-20) B. Submission in the Believing Household (5:21-6:9) XII. Standing against the Strategies of the Devil (6:10-20) A. Wearing God's Protective Armor (6:10-17) B. Persevering in Watchful Prayer (6:18-20) XIII. A Concluding Commendation and a Final Prayer-Wish (6:21-24) A. Tychicus and His Mission (6:21-22) B. Peace, Love, Faith, and Grace for the Letter's Recipients (6:23-24)