Catholic Encyclopedia Epistle to the Ephesians

Book consists of two distinct parts, separated by a doxology (3.20).

Part One: Address

Ephesians 1. 3-14


Blessings bestowed upon all the faithful

Eternal plan, previously secret but now manifest, for all to be united under one head

Those receiving gospel, made participants of plan

Writer assures the converted that he gives thanks and prays for them

Ephesians 1.3, 14


Writer asks for complete knowledge in the hope of converts' calling

Writer asks they be fully aware of their inheritance and the greatness of God in guaranteeing the inheritance

God's power manifests itself in Christ, readers, and the community of salvation

Ephesians 1. 16-2.20

Jews and Gentiles form one body, one house, one temple of which Christ is the cornerstone, and the apostles and prophets are the foundation.

Ephesians 3. 1-3

Paul is chosen to preach to the Gentiles this mystery of God, hidden from all eternity and not revealed to the angels; gentiles are coheirs with the Jews, constitute the same body, and are joint partakers in the same promises.

Ephesians 3. 14-19

Writer prays for readers the perfection of the Christian state and the complete knowledge of  of Divine charity, continuing the same prayer (1.16)

Part Two Moral

Readers show themselves worthy of their vocation

Labor to preserve the unity--one spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God

Diversity of ministries, but offices of apostles and prophets are instituted by Christ (4. 2-16)

Avoid vices of immodesty and covetousness

Duties of husbands and wives likened to that of Christ with the Church

Duties of children and servants (5.21-6.9)

Put on the whole armour of God (6. 10-20)

Epilogue 6. 21-24Tychicus sent to give good news of the writer and the writer wishes them peace, charity, and grace.