Ephesians presents the church as God sees it, a model for all succeeding generations to imitate. It explains the plan made by God before time began, and it shows how Christ accomplished that plan in His sacrificial death on the cross.
The church is the arena through which all grace from heaven flows. The church is the fullness of Christ who dwells as King in the heavenly places. Because of the blood of Calvary, the church is holy and without blemish. The church is the organization through which God carries out His work and redemptive purpose among men. The church has all of the human and all of the divine personnel necessary for its survival and for the conduct of its mission. The lifestyle of the church is to be distinguishable from the pagan societies and immoralities that surround it. The church is the glorious bride of Christ, sharing in all of the honors that derive from that honorable relationship with Him who is our head. God has equipped, fully prepared, and armed the church for the battle against all enemy attacks on its doctrine and on its citizens.
Author: Gerald Paden