Paul calls Jesus followers to form ethnically diverse communities that are unified by devotion to Jesus and to each other.
Paul writes to the church at Ephesus and shows how Jesus’ work on the cross should permeate every aspect of their everyday lives, changing how they serve and love one another despite their differences. God’s vision for the new humanity is that they would be unified through the Spirit and their belief in the Messiah, overcoming barriers of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and cultural identity.
Put on Your New Humanity
Paul calls the church at Ephesus to become new humans that live and love like Jesus, promising that the Spirit will equip them to stand strong against divisive forces and spiritual evil.
God's Covenant Family
God's rescue plan for humanity has always been to create a covenant family unified in the Messiah Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Family by Grace
God's grace invites Jews and non-Jews to join Jesus' resurrected life and his covenant family—a new unified humanity that lives together in peace.
The Gospel unifies diverse Jesus followers who are all empowered by one Spirit to serve and love each other as they build up the community of believers.
Paul challenges every Christian, including families, slaves, and masters, to take off their old humanity, put on a new humanity, and be restored into God's image.
Paul closes the book of Ephesians with a challenge to stand firm against spiritual evil that undermines unity and compromises their new humanity.