What do we do when we feel weak in the face of powerful people? Fight as hard as we can to exert our power and dominance over others? Shut down and find a bitter satisfaction in our identity as victims? In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he speaks about a very different, but far better, way to live a life of power.
The following are seven key reflections on the topic of power in Ephesians in my series Lift Your Eyes: Reflections on Ephesians – click/press to read or listen to each reflection.
- Strength to live (Ephesians 1:19–21)
- A question of security (Ephesians 2:6–7)
- The prisoner lifts his eyes (Ephesians 3:1–3)
- Where does God live? (Ephesians 3:16–17)
- God: Beyond us—and with us (Ephesians 3:20–21)
- Stand your ground (Ephesians 6:10–13)
- The importance of being a struggling Christian (Ephesians 6:14–16)
The academic details behind these reflections
In this series, I don’t go into detail justifying every statement I make about the background and meaning of Ephesians. I’ve done that elsewhere. If you’re interested in the reasons I say what I say here, and want to chase it up further with lots of ancient Greek, technical stuff, and footnotes, check out my book Reading Ephesians and Colossians After Supersessionism: Christ’s Mission through Israel to the Nations.