Overture – Ephesians 1:3-14

What is this?

Verses 3 through 14 form one sentence in Greek.  Many scholars agree that this introduction  is an Old Testament style “berakah“, or blessing.  There are other examples such as: Genesis 14:20; Psalm 72:18-19.  Praise or “blessing” is directed toward the Almighty for his character and actions.

I believe it is also an Overture.  In a musical composition the overture serves as the preview of what is to come.  My wife and I recently attended a showing of the Pirates of Penzance, and we were able anticipate some of the action from the musical score.

There are connections between verses 3 through 14 and the rest of the book of Ephesians.  In sermon preparation, the following pattern emerges of later passages expanding on the introductory sentence.

The point for all this is that to understand the introductory sentence, look within the book of Ephesians to related passages.  This is not a wooden or exact correspondence, but the process of looking internally is fruitful for the reader.

v. 3 – “Blessings in the heavenlies” / 1:20-23; 3:14-21

v. 4 – “Holy and Blameless” / 4:1-5; 5:1-14

v. 5 –  “Adoption” / 2:11-22

v. 6 –  “Grace” / 2:1-10

v. 7 –  “Redemption” / 2:1-5; 4:1-5

v. 8 –  “Wisdom” / 3:7-13; 5:15-21

v. 9-10  – “Unity” / 2:15-22; 4:1-5; 4:9-15; 4:25-32

v. 11 –  “Inheritance” / 1:18-19

v. 12  – “Hope” / 4:17-32

v. 13 –  “Gospel” / 3:6-21; 2:1-10

v. 13-14  – “Holy Spirit” / 6:10-20

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