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I Was Going to Go to Bed, Mom, But the Chiasms Distracted Me

April 1, 2012

Much has been said about the credenda/agenda aspect of Ephesians. In short, that the first three chapters tell us the things to be believed, or the things God has done for us, and that the last three chapters tell us the things (therefore) to be done.

But little is said about what happens in between.

At the center of this chiastic book is the familiar doxology, frequently used in churches today as a benediction at the end of worship:

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Eph. 3:10-21)

But why this seeming conclusion smack in the middle of the book? Because the Christian walk is not a simple matter of credenda therefore agenda. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians actually expands the definition of worship to include our actions outside of church on Sunday. Now that our temple is one “not made with hands” (Heb. 9:11), everything that we do is worship. Therefore, we should be sure to worship him aright (Rom. 12:1). And that’s an awful perspective to have.

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