Ephesians in Reverse
Children often do the “what” before they understand the “why.” They are told by their parents to do something they may not understand until later. In what most scholars believe to be a message intended to be read as a sermon, Paul outlines the “why” before he gets to the “what” in Ephesians. Theological foundation (the why) is laid out before practical implementation (the what). Like children, however, doing the “what” before understanding the “why” can build trust. Adults now know why their parents told them to brush their teeth or chew with their mouths closed or look both ways before crossing the street. Adults who had parents filling them with the “what” now understand the “why” and are grateful in retrospect. Tackling Ephesians in reverse aims at this goal: greater trust and assurance in our Father. Getting the “what” before understanding the “why” is a different approach to instill greater appreciation of the Father’s love.