Exegesis Paper- Ephesians 6:10-24
1. Main Idea:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the…show more content… In order to overcome the enemies of evil, Paul calls believers of Ephesus to draw strength from Christ and put on a “spiritual armor” to defend themselves. God’s arsenal is described with specificity and is a virtual image of a Christian Soldier “prepared” for battle. I will show through this study what the intended meaning may have been for Ephesus and how to apply the passage to modern society.
3. Context: The apostle Paul was first introduced in Acts 9:1-4 as Saul, a persecutor of the church and Christ. After his conversion, his named was changed to Paul and his role in teaching the gospel was integral to the foundation of the Early Church. Paul’s journey to share the gospel was “fearless” (Acts 9:27) but soon there would be much opposition to his teachings and he would be forced to flee and journey to Ephesus. There was an established set of believers in the city prior to Paul’s third and most influential journey of ministry. However, Ephesus had its share of philosophical pagan ideas (1 Corinthians 15:32), worshipped the pagan goddess Diana (Act 19:27), and was a very wealthy city whose focus was on desires of the flesh. Ephesus was a metropolis which was easily accessible by land and sea. This made it idea for the numerous visitors who were drawn to see the impressive Temple of Artemis. The Temple Artemis was dedicated to honor the goddess Diana and because of