Outline of Ephesians

Short Outline of Ephesians[1]

1.     New Life 1:1-2:10
2.     New Humanity 2:11-3:21
3.     New Ethics 4:1-5:21
4.     New Relationships 5:22-6:24


Expanded Outline of Ephesians


I. The Creation of the New Humanity 1-3

1.     Greeting 1:1-2
2.     Praise God for Spiritual Blessings in Christ 1:3-14
a.     Election 1:4
b.    Adoption 1:5
c.     Redemption 1:7
d.     Forgiveness 1:7
e.     Revealed His Purpose 1:8-10
f.      Inheritance 1:11-12
g.     Sealed by the Spirit 1:13-14
3.     Prayer for Deeper Understanding of those Blessings 1:15-23
4.     Graciously Transformed from Death to Life 2:1-10
a.     What We Were by Nature 2:1-3
b.    What We Are by Grace 2:4-10
5.     Transformed from Disunity to Unity 2:11-22
a.     Where We Were before Christ 2:11-12
b.    Where We Are because of Christ 2:13-22
6.     The Mystery of God’s Plan  & Paul’s Ministry 3:1-13
7.     Prayer for Strength and the Comprehension of the love of Christ 3:14-21

II. The Conduct of the New Humanity 4-6

1.     Living Worthy of the Calling 4:1-5:21
a.     Unity 4:1-6
b.    Christ’s Gifts for the Growth of the Body 4:7-16
c.     Put Off the Old; Put on the New 4:17-32
d.     Pure Living 5:1-21
2.     Countercultural Relationships 5:22-6:9
a.     Wives 5:22-24
b.    Husbands 5:25-33
c.     Children 6:1-4
d.     Slaves 6:5-8
e.     Masters 6:9
3.     Standing Firm in the Spiritual Battle 6:10-20
4.     Final Greetings 6:21-24



[1] Adapted from Stott, Ephesians, 25.