Ephesians: The Mystery of the Body of Christ

ESV Edition

By R. Kent Hughes

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The Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians is one of the most dynamic portions of all of Scripture. Called by one commentator “the crown and climax of Pauline theology,” it issues a clarion call to all who follow the Master. With its dual focus on Christ and the Church, as well as its careful presentation of doctrine and duty, Ephesians points the way to true Christian living and victory in a sin-embattled world.

In this helpful volume, Pastor Hughes provides an engaging treatment of the major themes of Ephesians:

  • The celebration of full redemption
  • The mystery of a new humanity—a third race—in Christ
  • The fullness of the Spirit for holy living
  • The beauty of God-given roles in the home and workplace
  • The implications of our position with Christ in the heavenly realms
  • Resounding victory in spiritual warfare

This practical commentary on one of the most important expositions of Pauline soteriology in the New Testament will challenge and equip both pastors and students for a walk of spiritual power.

Part of the Preaching the Word series.


R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and former professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He serves as the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series and is the author or coauthor of many books. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Spokane, Washington, and have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Product Details

Category: Commentaries & Reference
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 304
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 20.6 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3626-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3626-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433536267
Case Quantity: 20
Published: August 31, 2013

Table of Contents

1.  Celebration of Blessing (1:1–3)
2.  Celebration of Election (1:3–6)
3.  Celebration of Redemption (1:7–10)
4.  Celebration of Salvation (1:11–14)
5.  A Prayer for Enlightenment (1:15–19)
6.  The Fullness of Him (1:18–23)
7.  From Death to Life (2:1–7)
8.  All of Grace (2:8–10)
9.  God’s Amazing Work (2:10)
10. Alienation to Reconciliation (2:11–18)
11. The Third Race (2:19–22)
12. Mystery of Christ (3:1–13)
13. A Prayer for the Third Race (3:14–21)
14. Building the Church’s Unity (4:1–6)
15. Growing the Church (4:7–16)
16. The Divine Wardrobe (4:17–24)
17. Living Under the Smile (4:25–32)
18. The Cookie Jar Syndrome (5:1–7)
19. Shades of Life (5:8–14)
20. The Fullness of the Spirit (5:15–21)
21. The Mystery of Marriage, I (5:21–24)
22. The Mystery of Marriage, II (5:25–33)
23. Instructions to Children and Parents (6:1–4)
24. Slaves and Masters (6:5–9)
25. The View for Victory (6:10–12)
26. Armed for Battle, I (6:13, 14)
27. Armed for Battle, II (6:15, 16)
28. Armed for Battle, III (6:17)
29. Armed for Battle, IV (6:18–20)
30. Glad Benedictions (6:21–24)

“There is a long history of informed, edifying biblical expositions that have been mightily used for God to shape and strengthen the church. These volumes admirably fit this tradition.”

D. A. Carson

Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition