So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places, . . .
— Ephesians 3:10 —
The ESV Study Bible has a succinct list of ten ways Christ and his Church are related and described in the book of Ephesians (p. 2267). For anyone wanting to dig deeper into what Scripture says about God’s people, Christ’s body and bride, and the Holy Spirit’s temple, the book of Ephesians would be an important starting place. Keep an eye out for these verses (listed below) and you will gain great insight into how Paul understands the church for which Christ died and is now building.
|Christ is the head of the church||1:22–23; 4:15; 5:23|
|Christ is the cornerstone of the church||2:20|
|Christ is the Savior and sanctifier of the church||5:23, 26–27|
|Christ gives the church ministry workers||4:11–16|
|Christ loved and sacrificed himself for the church||5:25|
|Christ nourishes and cherishes the church||5:29|
|the church and her members dwell and grow in Christ||2:21–22; 4:15|
|the church is a means through which God manifests his manifold wisdom||3:10|
|the church submits to Christ||5:24|
|the church is Christ’s body, and individual believers are members of his body||1:22–23; 3:6; 4:4, 16; 5:23, 30|
Soli Deo Gloria, ds