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The chart represents the epistle to the Ephesians under the figure of a fruit tree, having
seven branches on either side, and bearing on each branch three fruits. This visualizes
the literary structure of the epistle which has seven sections of doctrine in correspondence
with seven sections of practice. The tree is seen to be "rooted and grounded in love",
and is culminated by the prayer that leads on to "all the fullness of God".
The balancing of the doctrinal and practical sections is fairly obvious (as an example
note 2: 21 and 4: 16--"fitly framed together" and "fitly joined together"). The triple
subdivision of each section being not so obvious, we tabulate these in the hope that the
chart may prove of service to the reader, not only in his own reading, but also as a help in
quickening the interest of others.
Doctrinal Section (Eph. 1: 3 - 3: 13).
(1) THE THREEFOLD CHARTER (1: 3-14).
(a) The Will of the Father.
(b) The Work of the Son.
(c) The Witness of the Spirit.
(2) THE THREEFOLD PRAYER (1: 15-19).
(a) That ye may know what is the hope of His calling.
(b) That ye may know what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
(c) That ye may know what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe.
(3) THE THREEFOLD FELLOWSHIP (Doctrinal) (1: 19 - 2: 7).
(a) Quickened together with Christ.
(b) Raised together.
(c) Made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
(4) THREE WORKS (2: 8-10).
(a) Not of works, let any man should boast.
(b) We are His workmanship.
(c) Created in Christ Jesus unto good works.