Read the passage at least 3 times. If possible, download Ephesians 1:15-23 and highlight with color to enrich your observations.
- The passage begins, “For this reason”. What reason is referred to by this introductory phrase?
- Highlight the verbs, using different colors for different actors.
- What do you notice about these verb groupings? Who are the key actors? What is the verb tenses used in each grouping?
- Circle the most significant repeated or keywords. (Those without which the passage would not have the same impact.)
- Underline the prepositions and connecting words that show relationships, causes, or results.
- Witness the structure of the passage, especially the progression of ideas and the climax. Create a drawing or other visual representation that portrays this progression.
- NOTE: The NIV in Spanish makes clear that every reference to “you” is plural.
- What do you think was Paul’s purpose for including this passage here in this letter to the people of Ephesus? What emotions do you imagine him feeling as he wrote?
- Compare the human actions and the actions of the Trinity: God, Jesus Christ and the Spirit.
- Ponder the meaning of the connections and relationships revealed by some of the prepositions and connecting words.
- What does the passage teach about God?
- Which phrase or verse most moves you and why?
- How could contemplating these actions of God’s impact our life as his church?
- What is your prayer that echoes this passage? What is your prayer for the body of Christ in which you participate?