Paul's letter to Ephesians shines with the brilliant reality of what being a Christian really means. We are far more than forgiven - we have been changed. Not just the way we live, but the very source and nature of our lives are different. In Christ, we are new creatures, righteous, fit for fellowship with God, and even now “seated with him in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 1:6).
But what practical implications does this radical transformation have for us? In what ways does living in God's grace affect our daily conduct? In Ephesians, Paul connects our identity in Christy to our lifestyles. We are God's workmanship, he says: let us live out who we are. Whether the setting is the home, the church, or the marketplace, our lives ought to reflect our union with Christ.
Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Klyne Snodgrass shares perspectives on the book of Ephesians that reveal its enduring relevance for our twenty-first century lives.
About the NIV Application Commentary Series
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable - but the job is only half done!
The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
About the Author
Klyne Snodgrass (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is professor of biblical literature and holder of the Paul W. Brandel Chair of New Testament Studies at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.
This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation.