Harry Uprichard shows how, in this EP Study Commentary, Christ the exalted Lord is the constant theme of the epistle to the Ephesians. Christ is always and everywhere the exalted Lord, and he is so expressly for the benefit of his people, the church. The remarkable way in which the benefits of Christ’s lordship are enjoyed by his people means that, in Ephesians, Christology is inextricably focused upon the doctrine of the church, a detail set in contrast with other letters by Paul.
The upshot of this is that Ephesians represents a letter of eulogy, prayer, exhortation and instruction where the enthroned and cosmic Christ is constantly seen as bestowing blessing after blessing on his people, the church. This engages every subject mentioned in the letter. Salvation, prayer, faith, the church, the gospel, regeneration and Christian living are all variations of the one symphony, the blessings ‘in the heavenly places’ which Christ the exalted Lord gives to his church. This is the keynote of this commentary.
Harry Uprichard lives in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, where he has been the minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Ahoghil, for three decades. A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, his master’s degree deals with the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist, and his doctorate investigates Paul’s theology behind 1 Thessalonians. He has also taught at Belfast Bible College, contributed to a symposium on the church and its unity and maintained a keen interest in music.