The letter to the Ephesians is a manifesto for the Church: What it is, how it works, and what God is doing through it in the world. It stands out among the letters of Paul for its generality. Most of Paul’s letters are filled with specific information about the church to which it was sent – Paul’s history there or his relationship with the believers. But even though Paul spent three years with the church in Ephesus, and Acts 20 shows his deep affection for the leaders there, Ephesians doesn’t have the same personal feel of a book like 1 Corinthians or Galatians. In an odd way this is beneficial for those of us who follow Jesus two millennia later, as there is less cultural translation that we need to do in order to apply its principles to our lives today.
Ephesians is all about Jesus. That makes sense, of course, because the Church is all about Jesus, and Jesus is all about the Church! If Ephesians is a manifesto for the Church, then “Jesus Only” is an appropriate title for this sermon series because Jesus is our only Lord, King, Savior, and Husband. The world always tries to pull us away from Jesus, but this letter calls us to remain faithful to him, not least by reminding us of all the wonderful things we have in Christ. Even a brief perusal of the letter shows us that:
- we have every spiritual blessing in Christ;
- we are made alive in Jesus;
- we are made one in Jesus;
- we are unfathomably loved in Jesus;
- we are gifted and called by Jesus;
- we are made new in Jesus;
- we are made light in Jesus;
- we are married to Jesus in an unbreakable covenant bond;
- and we are strong in Jesus.
The book of Ephesians is a reminder that it is Jesus, and Jesus only, who is our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. If you would like to add Jesus Only wall paper to your phone, you can download a tan version of the artwork here, or a blue version of the artwork here.