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Commentary on Ephesians

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2.1–22 :

God's reconciling grace. God saves humankind from enemy powers and Christ ends the enmity between Jews and gentiles. *

1–10 :

Contrast between past walk (vv. 1–3 ) and present walk ( 4–10 ).

2 :

Lived, literally “walked,” connects the former walk ( 2.2 ) and the new way of walking in 2.10 (see 4.1, 17; 5.2, 8, 15 ). Ruler of the power of the air, Satan ( 4.27; 6.11–12 ).

3 :

Flesh, fleshly disposition.

5–6 :

By grace you have been saved, similar to Paul's language elsewhere, but he never views resurrection of believers as a present reality.

10 :

The good works that the community does are possible because God has created them in Christ. The life they lead is the way (literally “walk,” v. 1 ) God has made possible.

11–22 :

Jews and gentiles are reconciled to God in the body of Christ.

12 :

Aliens, those without knowledge (Col 1.21 )

13 :

The far off…brought near (also 2.17 ), possibly drawn from Isa 57.19 .

14 :

Dividing wall, possibly the Temple * barrier separating the court of the gentiles from the parts of the Temple open only to Jews.

18 :

Access, the right of approach, as if to a king ( 3.12 ).

19 :

Household of God: For the patriarchal writer, God is father over the social relations in the believers' family ( 1.3, 17; 2.18; 3.14; 4.6; 5.20; 6.23 ).

20 :

Paul speaks of Christ as a foundation (1 Cor 3.10–15 ), but not apostles * and prophets. * Cornerstone or keystone, a messianic term (Isa 28.16 , perhaps Ps 118.21–23 ).

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