Ask ten Christians which book of the Bible is their favourite, which book has been the most impactful in their lives, and which book has provided the most clarity as to their position in Christ and the power they have with which to follow him and it’s likely that more than one will answer, “Ephesians.”
By common consent, the Letter to the Ephesians ranks very high in the devotional and theological literature of the Christian Church. It has been called ‘the Queen of the Epistles’—and rightly so. Many would hold that it is indeed the highest reach of New Testament thought. When the great Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox was very near to death, the book that was most often read to him was John Calvin’s Sermons on the Letter to the Ephesians. The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge said of Ephesians that it was ‘the divinest composition’. He went on: ‘It embraces first, those doctrines peculiar to Christianity, and, then, those precepts common with it in natural religion.’ Ephesians clearly has a unique place in the Pauline correspondence.Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, 71
To help us explore this phenomenal section of holy writ we welcome back to the podcast Dr. Daniel Goepfrich. Dr. Goepfrich is the teaching pastor at Oak Tree Community Church in South Bend, Indiana. He also teaches Bible, theology, and biblical languages at Calvary University, Tyndale Theological Seminary, and the Word of Life Bible Institute. In addition to this he is the author of several books and the founder of Theology is for Everyone Ministries.