Mindful of our Savior’s great work!

Here’s the answer to Deduce the main verb of Ephesians 2:11-22:

Text: “Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands …” (2:11).

  1. The main verb in this section is “remember” (present active imperative)
    • μνημονεύω (mnēmoneuō) Cf English mnemonic (“relating to memory”): ‘to be mindful of, to remember, to call to mind’, ‘to think of and feel for a person or thing’, ‘to hold in memory, keep in mind’
    • Other Pauline usage (not exhaustive):
      • Colossians 4:18, “Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.”
      • 1 Thess 1:3, “remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father”
  2. The Church of Ephesus was a culturally blended church: Jews (Acts 18:24) & Gentiles (Acts 19:17) had been evangelized and won by the Apostle Paul and presumably worshipped together.
  3. That they are called to remember implies that Paul had formerly taught these truths!

We are to be mindful of:

  1. Christ is our reconciler (“brought near by the blood of Christ” (2:13))
  2. Christ is our peace (“He Himself is our peace” (2:14))
  3. Christ is the cornerstone (“Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” (2:20))
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