Paul calls his readers to enter into prayer that results from the content of his letter – namely that all saints would trust more and more in Christ and that ministers of the word would accurately preach Christ.
We are called to stand against the enemy through faith in Christ – a faith, which is built up through the preaching of the word of God.
The Christian stands firm in the midst of spiritual battle by being clothed in Christ, who has already won the victory.
While the victory over Satan was gained at the first coming of Christ, Christians continue to undergo attacks from the evil one and must find strength in He who has won the battle.
As a slave of Christ you are to live in whatever your station of life as unto the Lord, seeking the good of those you serve or those you rule over.
Fathers, through discipline and instruction, are to guide their children toward trusting in Jesus Christ, lest they (the children) provoke God to wrath.
Children of the covenant are called to honor their parents, chiefly through trusting in Jesus Christ.
Children of believers are ‘in the Lord’ – that is, they are members of his body (the Church) and are to be addressed as such.
The husband’s leadership is patterned after the way Christ has loved his church, which seeks the end goal of completion by humbly serving those he is called to lead.
As an act of submission to the Lord, in response to the gospel, wives, in all ages, are to submit to their husbands.
Those who have been united to Christ and filled with the Spirit are not worried about being served, but worshipping God and serving one another – this is the Spirit-filled life.
Christians are to be regularly renewed in the Holy Spirit so that they can walk in heavenly obedience while in this world.
Sexual immorality characterizes the sons of disobedience and has no place within the church.
The church, having been loved and served by Christ, is to love and serve one another by seeking out ways to build each other up.
The Spirit of God transforms us into the image of God by renewing our minds in the knowledge of Christ.
Jesus gave the gifts of ministers of the word to the church for the guarding against error and the building up of the body as the dwelling place of Christ.
Christ has conquered a people to himself, not so as to plunder them, but so as to bless them, giving them gifts.
The unity that has been purchased by Christ and is a reflection of the unity within the Trinity is to manifest itself in the way those within the church treat each other.
The eyes of faith can see what the eyes of this world never can – and we are called to take comfort in the heavenly reality, that which is seen by the eyes of faith.
God’s power is not manifested in giving earthly glory – but in accomplishing his eternal purpose, which is the salvation of all his people in Jesus Christ.