Ephesians 5 Resources

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Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission
Click chart by Charles Swindoll -Note "EMPHASIS" --
Ephesians 1-3 = Doctrinal: vertical relationship with God
Ephesians 4-6 = Practical: horizontal relationship with others

The Root

The Fruit

Spiritual Wealth

Spiritual Walk

Christian Privilege

Christian Conduct

The Position
of the Believer

The Practice
of the Believer

God Sees
Us in Christ

World Sees
Christ in Us













of the Believer

of the Believer

Our Heritage
In Christ

Our Life
In Christ

Know your
Resources (Riches) in Christ

Live by faith in the light of your
Resources (Riches) in Christ

The Finished Work
of Christ

The Faithful Walk
of the Christian

of Christ
In Us

of Christ
Through Us

in Christ

in Us

of God

of the Christian



Who You Are
In Christ

Whose You Are
In Christ






Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/contact. The resources are listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name and some include reviews of the particular resource. 

The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible : New Testament, King James Version - Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians - This is a very useful resource which always includes numerous related cross-references. It will be of aid to you preaching and teaching. 

Ephesians and Colossians in the Greek New Testament for the English reader by Wuest, Kenneth Samuel, - good word studies

New Testament commentary : exposition of Galatians [and] exposition of Ephesians by Hendriksen, William, 

James Rosscup - The works of Hendriksen on Bible books are all worth having. Here, as always, he is scholarly, detailed, and warm in his comments.

The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1994 edition - Abridged - New Testament

Ephesians : an expositional commentary by Boice, James Montgomery

Living words in Ephesians by Detzler, Wayne A

Our riches in Christ : discovering the believer's inheritance in Ephesians by Stedman, Ray C

Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians by Lane, William L - Only 98 pages.

Becoming a people of grace : [an exposition of Ephesians] by Swindoll, Charles R (2001) 236 pages

Commentary on the Epistles to the Ephesians and the Colossians : the English text with introduction, exposition and notes - F F Bruce, E K Simpson

Cyril Barber - Colossians was the first Pauline epistle on which Bruce wrote a commentary. Now, thirty years later, he has rewritten this work and added to it entirely new studies on Philemon and Ephesians. He believes that Ephesians follows Colossians in thought and that Philemon, with its close association to Colossians, is appropriately included in this group of Paul's writings. Provocative

James Rosscup - In the opinion of the reviewer, while the portion on Ephesians is not of great help, the work on Colossians by Bruce is excellent. It is worth the time on almost every verse.

Commentary on the Epistles to the Ephesians and the Colossians : the English text with introduction, exposition and notes F F Bruce

Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament  - Warren Wiersbe - He is always worth checking to supplement your teaching and preaching! 

Be rich (Ephesians) by Wiersbe, Warren W

What to wear to the war : studies from Ephesians 6 by Wiersbe, Warren 

Be rich : gaining the things that money can't buy : NT commentary, Ephesians by Wiersbe, Warren

Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W

Cyril Barber - This is a book of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.

With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe - 428 ratings

The Strategy of Satan - Warren Wiersbe - borrow  - Wiersbe is one of the best Christian writers of the modern era. His works are always filled with practical, memorable Biblical truth. This book can be checked out free of charge at archive.org. Below is the Table of Contents, the introduction and Chapter One (Pdf source) to give you some idea of what Wiersbe has written in this helpful little book. 

And here is a link to the entire audiobook free of charge - 2 hours, 36 minutes. You will love the reader's voice (Judge Effry)

See also in depth discussion - The Schemes of the Devil

The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians : an introduction and commentary by Foulkes, Francis (Tyndale Commentary Series)

Cyril Barber - Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989. During the 25 years since the first edition of this study, a number of significant works have been published. In this revision Foulkes takes into consideration recent scholarship, yet without immersing the reader in scholarly debate. In the Introduction he deals with some of the most recent approaches to critical issues. Then he launches into a discussion of the text. By carefully studying the language and thought of Paul's letter, he leads the reader into a deeper understanding of the glory of God in Christ. Recommended.

Ephesians by Mitton, C. Leslie

Cyril Barber - New Century Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1981. Full of judicious comments on the text. Exhibits rare discernment in the choice of readings. Not as elaborate as M. Barth's treatment, this work nevertheless will merit the student's attention. Based on the RSV

The Communicator's Commentary by Dunnam, Maxie D (Now published as "Preacher's Commentary")

Exploring God's word : Bible guide to Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians by Guthrie, Donald

Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon by Martin, Ralph P (Interpretation A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching - not my favorite series of commentaries)

The interpretation of st. paul's epistles to the galatians to the ephesians and to the philippians by R.C.H. Lenski

Ephesians : a study guide commentary by Vaughan, Curtis

John Cereghin -  A simple, well-outlined interpretation; originally prepared as a study course guide for Southern Baptist church groups. Well suited for a beginning study of Ephesians.

Homilies on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon by John Chrysostom,  

Ephesians, 1974, 308 pages. Criswell, W. A. Stresses the phrase "in Christ" (15) and the reality of predestination (27), accepts the concept of geologic ages (46), teaches a universal church (106), stresses the unity of the family of God (142), holds that "one baptism" was water baptism symbolizing Spirit baptism (184), defends the mode of baptism (190), denies baptismal regeneration (200), gives 3 interpretations of leading captivity captive (206), commends Billy Graham (219).

Ephesians : building a community in Christ : 12 studies with commentary for individuals or groups by Stott, John R. W

Ephesians by Thielman, Frank

St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians : - J Armitage Robinson 

Cyril Barber - One of the finest expository and exegetical studies ever written on this epistle. By all means obtain it.

Thru the bible commentary : ephesians by Mcgee, Vernon J

Ephesians : Introduction, translation, and commentary on chapters 1-3. by Barth, Markus

Ephesians / 2. Translation and commentary on chapters 4-6 by Barth, Markus

Cyril Barber -  The Anchor Bible. 2 vols. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Co., 1974. †An extensive, critical exposition combining a careful blend of historical-grammatical exegesis with a down-to-earth application of the truth of the text to the condition of the church today. This is a work of real quality that expository preachers will find most helpful.

James Rosscup - Ephesians is held to be by Paul, written from prison in Rome to Gentile Christians of the church at Ephesus. Barth, Professor of New Testament at Basel, has provided a detailed and very highly contributing commentary with footnotes and also bibliographies on each section of the epistle, acquainting the serious student with scholarly work up to 1974.

The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians; an exposition by Erdman, Charles R.

Let's get moving : Ephesians by Briscoe, D. Stuart

Ephesians: A Study Guide Commentary by The Zondervan

he Descent of Christ: Eph 4:7-11 and Traditional Hebrew Imagery, 1998. xvii + 221 pp. Harris, W. Hall,.

James Rosscup - This publishes a Ph. D work at England’s University of Sheffield. Background chapters deal with Christ’s descent and Moses’ ascent to heaven as related to rabbinic and other sources on Ps. 68, then a chapter looks at the Eph. 4 passage. Harris sees Christ’s descent as between death and resurrection and offers a history of interpretations favoring some version of such a view until the 20th century when more have seen a first advent descent to the earth, or else a descent in the sense of providing gifts to the church, the second of which he favors. He sees “lower parts of the earth” as lower parts, that is the earth, and Christ as coming later to distribute gifts when He poured out the Spirit as in Acts 2:33. He seeks to relate a descent of Christ in Eph. 4 with Ps. 68:19. Those seeking thorough consideration of the Eph. 4 text in relation to Ps. 68 will find much to weigh.

Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. Full and complete, these sermons by one of the great Bible expositors of all time adequately present the believer's resources, conflict, and reward. Important.

The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13. (or here) Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1977. This very extensive exposition of four verses deals with the character and strategy of the devil and demonstrates how his attacks affect our emotional lives and, eventually, our walk with and work for the Lord.

Christian Unity. Studies in Ephesians 4:1-16

Life in the Spirit, In Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975. An invaluable discussion of the biblical teaching on interpersonal relationships-within the family and on the job-with practical counsel for people in all walks of life.

Raising Children God's Way - Ephesians 6:1-4


Note: The first 4 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function: 

(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial.  User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings

Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective   user reviews 

The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.

(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.

(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial.  917 ratings

(4) The Wycliffe Bible Commentary - only the New Testament (for OT see below to borrow) - 1126 pages. (1971) Everett F Harrison - Editor of New Testament. Uses the KJV.  Strictly speaking not a study Bible, but short notes are similar. KJV text in left column, commentary notes in right column. The comments are generally verse by verse, short, conservative and to the point. Pre-millennial.

James Rosscup - The Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Old Testament Synthesis at Moody Bible Institute prepared this worthy commentary surveying Ephesians. While Martin has meaningful comments on verses usually, he is helpful on problem texts concisely (time of the Spirit sealing, 1:13; etc.). At points he states his view but leaves readers unclear as to his proof (2:8, “this”; 4:4, “one baptism,” etc.). Hoehner’s shorter work is much better in giving substance to his views in a brief commentary.

Believer's Bible Commentary - OT and NT - MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Literal. Pithy comments. John MacArthur, says "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe adds "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." 

Rosscup - This work, originally issued in 1983, is conservative and premillennial, written to help teachers, preachers and people in every walk of life with different views, explanation and application. The 2-column format runs verse by verse for the most part, usually in a helpfully knowledgeable manner, and there are several special sections such as “Prayer” in Acts and “Legalism” in Galatians. The premillennial view is evident on Acts 1:63:20Romans 11:26Galatians 6:16, Revelation 20, etc.

The MacArthur study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes 1,275 ratings

ESV Study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel 6,004 ratings

HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. 

Life Application Study Bible: Old Testament and New Testament: New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes especially with application of texts. 4,445 ratings

The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."

The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes by well known creationist. 45 ratings

Ryrie Study Bible Expanded Edition (1994) 2232 pages

Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages  - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. 

NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. 

The Experiencing God Study Bible: the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings

NLT Study Bible (Illustration Version) 

Disciple's Study Bible: New international version 54 ratings Not that helpful for verse by verse study. Focuses on application of Christian doctrines. 10,000 annotations; doctrinal summaries, "Life Helps" section relate doctrine to everyday discipleship. 

The Living Insights Study Bible : New International Version - Charles Swindoll. Notes are good but somewhat sparse and not verse by verse.

The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe by Norman Geisler

NIV Archaeological Study Bible (2005) 2360 pages 950 ratings (See also Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT)

"Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God’s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers’ personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world. Features include: • Four-color interior throughout • Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts • Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts • Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout • Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information • Detailed charts on pertinent topics • In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action "

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)

The Holman Illustrated Study Bible 120 ratings Includes the excellent Holman maps but otherwise of little help in serious study.

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical. 

Dictionary of Paul and his letters   180 ratings IVP Series

The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters is a one-of-a-kind reference work. Following the format of its highly successful companion volume, the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, this Dictionary is designed to bring students, teachers, ministers and laypeople abreast of the established conclusions and significant recent developments in Pauline scholarship. No other single reference work presents as much information focused exclusively on Pauline theology, literature, background and scholarship. In a field that recently has undergone significant shifts in perspective, the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters offers a summa of Paul and Pauline studies. In-depth articles focus on individual theological themes (such as law, resurrection and Son of God), broad theological topics (such as Christology, eschatology and the death of Christ), methods of interpretation (such as rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches), background topics (such as apocalypticism, Hellenism and Qumran) and various other subjects specifically related to the scholarly study of Pauline theology and literature (such as early catholicism, the center of Paul's theology, and Paul and his interpreters since F. C. Baur). Separate articles are also devoted to each of the Pauline letters to hermeneutics and to preaching Paul today.

New Bible Commentary - Barry G Webb authored Judges. (1994) See user reviews

Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages.  424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion. 

NIV Celebrate Recovery Study Bible

Daily Study Bible for Women : New Living Translation

The Woman's Study Bible : the New King James Version

The Study Bible for women : Holman Christian Standard Bible

Daily Study Bible for Men : New Living Translation

NIV topical Study Bible : New International Version

The Hebrew-Greek key study Bible : New American standard study by Strong, James, 1822-1894; Zodhiates, Spiros

The New Inductive Study Bible : updated New American Standard Bible

Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews.

The Shaw pocket Bible handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.

"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking! 

J.Sidlow Baxter: Explore The Book -  Vol. 6 Acts to Revelation


The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament by Zodhiates, Spiros - This is my "go to" resource for Greek word studies. One on the best lexicons for laymen. Highly Recommended for Greek Word Studies to aid your interpretation of a passage. 

Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament by Friberg, Timothy. Shorter definitions than Zodhiates but does an excellent job in summarizing the various nuances of a specific Greek word. One of my favorites.

Shorter Lexicon of the Greek New Testament by Gingrich, F. Wilbur. Similar to Friberg but shorter definitions. Gingrich however gives more Scriptures for each nuance, whereas Friberg generally gives only one representative Scripture. 

The New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament by Rogers, Cleon - This book is a gold mine of little gems on individual Greek words in any NT passage you are studying. If you have time it is always worth checking out! I use it in my Greek word studies all the time. 

Word meanings in the New Testament - Matthew-Revelation by Ralph Earle. Strictly speaking this is not a lexicon, but it offers insights on select words in a verse by verse format (but not every verse is included in the analysis). This resource is worth checking if you have time as it can occasionally give some wonderful insights on a specific Greek word. 

New Testament Words - William Barclay - 59 ratings very interesting resource - covers about 70 NT Greek words in Barclay's unique style. On page 289 there is a helpful index of English words with the corresponding Greek word, in turn followed by the places Barclay described them in New Testament Words 

Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament : based on semantic domains - Louw Nida. Brief but nice definitions. Not easy to use - you need to know some Greek. Classifies Greek words into 93 "semantic domains" (see list on page XXV) and if you can categorize the word you are looking for in one of the domains, it can help find the specific word you are interested in. 

Kittel's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament : abridged in one volume (TDNT) - Classic ("Little Kittel") work summarizing the 10 volume set by Kittel. For most of us the abridged definition is "more than enough!" 

A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament, and other early Christian literature (BDAG); by Bauer, Walter, More detailed definitions but need to know Greek. Zodhiates and Friberg are much easier to use. 

Liddell and Scott's Greek-English lexicon, abridged : the little Liddell by Liddell, Henry George. The abridged version. You need to know Greek to use.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words - pdf. The old standby. You can also borrow Vine's complete expository dictionary of Old and New Testament words

New Testament Words in Today's Language by Detzler, Wayne A - Wonderful resource to supplement word studies.  3 ratings THIS IS A SLEEPER! 















JIM BOMKAMP - Calvary Chapel







RICH CATHERS - frequent illustations







W A CRISWELL - classic Southern Baptist



Click the sermon index for Ephesians to access the individual messages listed below...

  • Ephesians 5:1-10 Don't Talk About It Either
  • Ephesians 5:11-20 Making The Most Of Your Time
  • Ephesians 5:21-33 Husbands And Wives




WARREN DOUD- most comments are followed by topical studies





CHARLES ELLICOTT - editor, Alfred Barry author













JAMES HASTINGS - Great Text of the Bible - very in depth




HOMILETICS - from Pulpit Commentary

DAVID HOLWICK - frequent illustrations

HOMILETICS - from Pulpit Commentary



HARRY A IRONSIDE- "In the Heavenlies" - one of his best works











Life in the Spirit, In Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975. This book can be borrowed at no charge by setting up an account at archive.org. This book is provides an invaluable discussion of the biblical teaching on interpersonal relationships within the family and on the job with practical counsel for people in all walks of life. - Here are the first 5 messages (out of a total of 25 messages) that  deal with the Holy Spirit Eph 5:18-21 - (1) The Stimulus of the Spirit, (2) The Power of the Spirit, (3) The Control of the Spirit, (4) Submission in the Spirit, and (5) The Spirit of Christ. The second section of the book is entitled "Marriage" and covers Eph 5:22-33 with 11 messages. The third section is entitled "Home" and covers Eph 6:1-4 with 5 messages. The fourth and final section is entitled "Work" and deals with Eph 6:5-9 with 5 messages.

Click here for Ephesians 5 Sermons - Mp3's - Although messages on Ephesians 5:15-18 are missing, the preceding book fills in some of this gap.

  1. Imitators of God — Ephesians 5:1-2
  2. The Atoning Work of Christ — Ephesians 5:2
  3. Distinct Roles of Church and State — Ephesians 5:3-5
  4. Evils not ... Among Saints — Ephesians 5:3-5
  5. The Kingdom of Christ and God — Ephesians 5:5
  6. The Wrath of God — Ephesians 5:6
  7. Children of Light — Ephesians 5:7-8
  8. Unfruitful Works of Darkness — Ephesians 5:8-13
  9. The Fruit of Light — Ephesians 5:9-10
  10. Acceptable Unto the Lord — Ephesians 5:8-10
  11. Exposed by the Light — Ephesians 5:7-14
  12. From Darkness to Light — Ephesians 5:14
  13. Worship in the Spirit — Ephesians 5:19
  14. True Melody — Ephesians 5:19
  15. Singing to the Lord — Ephesians 5:19
  16. Giving Thanks Always Unto God — Ephesians 5:20
  17. Submission in the Spirit — Ephesians 5:21
  18. The Spirit of Christ — Ephesians 5:21
  19. Basic Principles — Ephesians 5:22-23
  20. The Order of Creation  — Ephesians 5:22-24
  21. The Analogy of the Body — Ephesians 5:22-24
  22. True Love — Ephesians 5:25-33
  23. The Bride of Christ — Ephesians 5:25-27
  24. Purification of the Bride — Ephesians 5:25-27
  25. The Bride's Privileges — Ephesians 5:25-33
  26. The Husband's Duties  —  Ephesians 5:25-33


P G MATTHEW - sermons

J VERNON MCGEE - Thru the Bible Mp3's





J VERNON MCGEE - Thru the Bible Mp3's


HEINRICH A W MEYER - Critical and Exegetical Commentary

MONERGISM - Mp3's with number of sermons in parenthesis


ROBERT MORGAN - frequent illustrations

H C G MOULE - Expository Readings - click "Front Cover" to go to nearest page denoted below



PHIL NEWTON - well done

JAMES NISBET - Church Pulpit Commentary

OUR DAILY BREAD - devotionals


JOSEPH PARKER - People's Bible Commentary


RUTH PAXSON - Rivers of Living Water - Believers Possessions in Christ


1. A WALK IN UNITY - Ephesians 4:2-16

2. A WALK IN HOLINESS - Ephesians 4:17-30

3. A WALK IN LOVE - Ephesians 4:31-5:2

4. A WALK IN LIGHT - Ephesians 5:3-14

5. A WALK IN WISDOM  - Ephesians 5:15-17

6. A WALK IN PRAISE - Ephesians 5:18-20

7. A WALK IN HARMONY - Ephesians 5:21-6:9










ROB SALVATO- Calvary Chapel


SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS - most from Our Daily Bread



  • Ephesians 5:2 Christ's Love a Pattern for Ours  - note click on this link for all sermons below on same page

  • Ephesians 5:5-7 Fatal Consequences of Indulged Sin
  • Ephesians 5:8 A Consistent Walk Enjoined
  • Ephesians 5:9 Practical Christianity
  • Ephesians 5:14 An Exhortation to Careless Sinners
  • Ephesians 5:15, 16 Redeeming the Time
  • Ephesians 5:18-20 The Believer Filled with the Holy Ghost
  • Ephesians 5:21-33 The Marriage Union
  • Ephesians 5:25-27 The Perfecting of the Church is the End of all that Christ has done for Us
  • Ephesians 5:30 Union with Christ
  • Ephesians 5:32 Union Between Christ and His People







DAVID STRAIN - First Presbyterian, Jacksonsville, Miss






W LEON TUCKER - "WITH HIM" (1917) - very interesting resource!






B F WESTCOTT - 1906, helps to know Greek



OCTAVIUS WINSLOW - devotionals


Christians Must Resemble God T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:1
Followers of God H. J. Wilmot-Buxton, M. A. Ephesians 5:1
Followers of God T. Croskery Ephesians 5:1
Following as Children H. W. Beecher. Ephesians 5:1
Following God Preacher's Analyst Ephesians 5:1
God's Imitators Alexander Maclaren Ephesians 5:1
Imitators of God C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:1
Imitators of God W. H. Aitken, M. A. Ephesians 5:1
Imitators of God W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:1
Imitators of God in Wisdom and Power Dean Vaughan. Ephesians 5:1
The Careful Walk of the Christian Martin Luther Ephesians 5:1
The Deity of Believers to Imitate God James Stratten. Ephesians 5:1
The Duty of Imitating God P. McFarlan, D. D. Ephesians 5:1
Third Sunday in Lent Martin Luther Ephesians 5:1
Two Methods of Imitating God S. T. S. Nonich. Ephesians 5:1
What to Imitate and to Avoid R. Finlayson Ephesians 5:1-14
The Love and the Wrath of God Enforcing Morality R.M. Edgar Ephesians 5:1-16
Christ's Love D. Clarkson, B. D. Ephesians 5:2
Christ's Redeeming Love J. Alexander. Ephesians 5:2
Christ's Sacrifice D. Clarkson, B. D. Ephesians 5:2
Christ's Sacrifice Dr. Drummond. Ephesians 5:2
Christ's Sacrifice W. Jay. Ephesians 5:2
Christ's Sacrifice, a Sweet-Smelling Savour J. H. Evans, M. A. Ephesians 5:2
The Acceptableness of Christ's Death S. Charnock, B. D. Ephesians 5:2
The Duty of Walking in Love T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:2
The Love of Christ A. Alexander, D. D. Ephesians 5:2
The Love of Christ Seen in His Best Gift S. Martin, D. D. Ephesians 5:2
The Nature, Properties, and Acts of Charity I. Barrow, D. D. Ephesians 5:2
The Pattern of Christian Love T. Croskery Ephesians 5:2
The Sacrifice of Christ W. Duncan. Ephesians 5:2
The Sacrifice of Christ W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:2
The Sweet-Smelling Sacrifice R. Ferguson, LL. D. Ephesians 5:2
The Voluntariness of Christ's Death S. Charnock, B. D. Ephesians 5:2
The Walk of Love T. Croskery Ephesians 5:2
Walking in Love John Richardson. Ephesians 5:2
Covetousness Decried and Yet Practised Harris. Ephesians 5:3
Evil of Covetousness C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:3
Forbidden Sins T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:3
Sinful Lusts Must be Abhorred C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:3
The Sin of Impurity Le Jeune. Ephesians 5:3
Warning Against Covetousness T. Croskery Ephesians 5:3-5
Warnings Against Impurity of All Kinds T. Croskery Ephesians 5:3-5
Covetousness Amongst the Worst of Human Crimes D. Thomas Ephesians 5:3-7
A Sting in the Jest Owen Felltham. Ephesians 5:4
Against Foolish Talking and Jesting I. Barrow, D. D. Ephesians 5:4
Dangers of Jesting J. Beaumont. Ephesians 5:4
Evil of Jesting Plutarch. Ephesians 5:4
Foolish Talking and Jesting J. Pulsford. Ephesians 5:4
Foolish Talking to be Accounted For Scott. Ephesians 5:4
Impurity in Speech T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:4
Personal Jesting J. Beaumont. Ephesians 5:4
Tart Jests J. Beaumont. Ephesians 5:4
Unseemly Conversation R. W. Dale, LL. D. Ephesians 5:4
Warning Against Unbecoming Speech T. Croskery Ephesians 5:4
No Inheritance for the Unclean in God's Kingdom T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:5
Soul Idolatry Excludes Men from Heaven D. Clarkson, B. D. Ephesians 5:5
A Caution and a Commination   Ephesians 5:6
Children of Disobedience T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:6
Divine Wrath Upon Disobedience T. Croskery Ephesians 5:6
Evil Effects of Bad Company John Bate. Ephesians 5:6
Reproving Evil Company K. Arvine. Ephesians 5:6
Fellowship with Evil Doers J. Lathrop, D. D. Ephesians 5:7
Separation from Evil T. Croskery Ephesians 5:7
The Children of God Should not be Partakers with Others in Their Sins D. Clarkson, B. D. Ephesians 5:7
Change of State Demands Change of Life T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:8
Children of Light   Ephesians 5:8
Darkness and Light S. J. Eales, M. A. Ephesians 5:8
Learning to Walk H. J. Wilmot-Buxton, M. A. Ephesians 5:8
Light in Daffiness Henry Varley. Ephesians 5:8
Light in the Lord   Ephesians 5:8
Light in the Lord D. Clarkson, B. D. Ephesians 5:8
The Children of Light and Their Obligations J. D'Arcy Sirr, D. D. Ephesians 5:8
The Darkness Turned into Light T. Croskery Ephesians 5:8
The Past and the Present J. H. Evans, M. A. Ephesians 5:8
Unconverted Sinners are Darkness D. Clarkson, B. D. Ephesians 5:8
Walk as Children of Light The Pulpit Ephesians 5:8
Walk as Children of Light D. Clarkson, B. D. Ephesians 5:8
What Children of Light Should Be Alexander Maclaren Ephesians 5:8
Righteousness in All Things A. Maclaren, D. D. Ephesians 5:9
The Connection Between a Gracious State and a Holy Life T. Boston, D. D. Ephesians 5:9
The Fruit of the Light T. Croskery Ephesians 5:9
The Fruit of the Light Alexander Maclaren Ephesians 5:9
The Fruit of the Spirit   Ephesians 5:9
The Fruits of the Spirit, the Same with Moral Virtues Archbishop Tillotson. Ephesians 5:9
Christian Life D. Thomas Ephesians 5:8-10
Believers Must Please God C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:10
Entire Consecration to God C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:10
Pleasing Christ Alexander Maclaren Ephesians 5:10
Proving What is Acceptable to the Lord T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:10
The Experimental Test of the Lord's Will T. Croskery Ephesians 5:10
The Rule of the Saint's Life E. Garbett, M. A. Ephesians 5:10
A Law Against Bad Company   Ephesians 5:11
Avoidance of Sinful Works T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:11
Christian Conduct in Worldly Company   Ephesians 5:11
Christians Must be Consistent   Ephesians 5:11
Christians Must Maintain Their Rank C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:11
Evil Company is Deadly S. Jones. Ephesians 5:11
Evil Fellowship Charlesworth's, Life of Rowland Hill. Ephesians 5:11
Evil is to be Avoided   Ephesians 5:11
Fellowship Defined H. W. Beecher. Ephesians 5:11
Influence of Bad Company J. B. Gough. Ephesians 5:11
No Association with Rebels R. J. McGhee, M. A. Ephesians 5:11
Paul's Reasons for Temperance Alexander Maclaren Ephesians 5:11
Power of Bad Company St. Augustine Ephesians 5:11
Rebuking Evil Doers Memoir of Andrew Fuller. Ephesians 5:11
Renunciation of Evil Ways Paul Bayne. Ephesians 5:11
The Child of Light and the Works of Darkness C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:11
The Christian as a Reformer E. C. Pritchett. Ephesians 5:11
The Duty and Manner of Christian Reproof J. H. Evans, M. A. Ephesians 5:11
The Unfruitful Works of Darkness to be Looked for in Our Own Hearts J. Pulsford. Ephesians 5:11
Old Sins Require Patience C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:12
Sinful Deeds T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:12
Too Bad for Sight S. Baring-Gould, M. A. Ephesians 5:12
Light Reproves Sin W. C. Church. Ephesians 5:13
The Light of Christianity Reproving the World T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:13
The Light of God Charles Kingsley Ephesians 5:13
Two Worlds of One Race D. Thomas Ephesians 5:11-14
A Call to Slumbering Souls J. Lathrop, D. D. Ephesians 5:14
A Light Needed P. Robertson. Ephesians 5:14
Awake Clerical World Ephesians 5:14
Awake! W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:14
Christ Our Light   Ephesians 5:14
Christ Our Light Dr. Talmage. Ephesians 5:14
Christ the Light Giver   Ephesians 5:14
Christ the Spiritual Light A. Gilmour. Ephesians 5:14
Conviction The Weekly Pulpit Ephesians 5:14
Inattention to Warning Caryl. Ephesians 5:14
Insensible to Divine Influence Bishop Ryle. Ephesians 5:14
Light Canon Vernon Hutton. Ephesians 5:14
Men Asleep and Dead in Sins, Called to Awake I. Barrow, D. D. Ephesians 5:14
Of the State of Spiritual Death and the Misery Thereof J. Flavel. Ephesians 5:14
Our Natural State, and its Remedy J. A. Alexander, D. D. Ephesians 5:14
Sleepers At Noonday Alexander Maclaren Ephesians 5:14
The Awakener is in Every Sleeper J. Pulsford. Ephesians 5:14
The Church Aroused C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:14
The Sinner Called Bishop Home. Ephesians 5:14
The Trumpet-Call of the Gospel T. Croskery Ephesians 5:14
Admonitory Counsels J. Burns, D. D. Ephesians 5:15
Cautious Exactness J. Vaughan, M. A. Ephesians 5:15
Christian Circumspection or Exactness John Edwards, D. D. Ephesians 5:15
Christian Prudence Dean Alford. Ephesians 5:15
Christian Wisdom or Prudence John Edwards, D. D. Ephesians 5:15
Circumspect Behaviour J. Lathrop, D. D. Ephesians 5:15
Redeeming the Time Alexander Maclaren Ephesians 5:15
The Christian Urged to Greater Circumspection Essex Congregational Remembrancer Ephesians 5:15
The Christian's Walk T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:15
The Value of Time W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:15
Wary Walking H. J. Wilmot-Buxton, M. A. Ephesians 5:15
Wise Christian Method R. S. Candlish, D. D. Ephesians 5:15
Wise Conduct of Life Archdeacon Farrar. Ephesians 5:15
Wise Walking J. H. Evans, M. A. Ephesians 5:15
Wise Walking J. Stratten. Ephesians 5:15
The Love and the Wrath of God Enforcing Morality R.M. Edgar Ephesians 5:1-16
The Circumspect Walk T. Croskery Ephesians 5:15, 16
Exhortation to Exercise Wisdom in Regard to Our Manner of Walk R. Finlayson Ephesians 5:15-21
Two Worlds of One Race D. Thomas Ephesians 5:15-21
Admonitory Counsels for the Closing Year J. Burns, D. D. Ephesians 5:16
Definition of Time Richter. Ephesians 5:16
Economy of Time E. P. Hood. Ephesians 5:16
Employment of Time Knowles. Ephesians 5:16
Fragments of Time J. Stoughton. Ephesians 5:16
Improvement of Time S. Coley. Ephesians 5:16
On Redeeming the Time Essex Congregational Remembrancer Ephesians 5:16
On Redeeming Time J. Benson, D. D. Ephesians 5:16
Opportunity J. Flavel. Ephesians 5:16
Reasons for Redeeming the Time J. J. S. Bird, B. A. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming and Improving of Time John Edwards, D. D. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time   Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time Bishop Dehon. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time Memoirs of Bishop Morton. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time G. T. Dunney, M. A. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time J. G. Angley, M. A. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time W. H. Lewis, D. D. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time C. Girdlestone, M. A. Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the Time J. B.C. Murphy, B. A. Ephesians 5:16
Redemption of Time J. Lathrop, D. D. Ephesians 5:16
Redemption of Time Charles Bridges, M.A. Ephesians 5:16
Redemption of Time Hervey. Ephesians 5:16
That the Wisdom of a Christian is Eminently Discovered in Saving and Improving All Opportunities in This World J. Flavel. Ephesians 5:16
The Flight of Time Life of Rochester. Ephesians 5:16
The Mystery of Time Carlyle. Ephesians 5:16
The Purchase of Opportunities S. Cox, D. D. Ephesians 5:16
The Redemption of Time Bishop Horne. Ephesians 5:16
The Season of Mercy J. Flavel. Ephesians 5:16
The Shortness of Time Quarles. Ephesians 5:16
The Use of Opportunity A. T. Pierson. Ephesians 5:16
The Value of Time T. Watson. Ephesians 5:16
The Value of Time J. Stoughton. Ephesians 5:16
The Worse the Times are the Better Should We Be John Edwards, D. D. Ephesians 5:16
Thrift of Time Christian Age Ephesians 5:16
Time and its Loss Thain Davidson. Ephesians 5:16
Time as Seen in Old Age Bishop Atterbury. Ephesians 5:16
Time Lengthened   Ephesians 5:16
Time not to be Spent in Frivolous Amusements   Ephesians 5:16
Time Saved from Sleep   Ephesians 5:16
Time to be Seized and Used   Ephesians 5:16
Time Veiled Christian Age Ephesians 5:16
Time, a Treasure Dr. Johnson. Ephesians 5:16
Time, its Loss, and its Redemption G. Brooks. Ephesians 5:16
Value of Time J. Mason. Ephesians 5:16
Value of Time Smiles. Ephesians 5:16
Value of Time Sunday at Home. Ephesians 5:16
Value of Time   Ephesians 5:16
Value of Time   Ephesians 5:16
Wasted Opportunities Anon. Ephesians 5:16
Eight Marks of Folly Henry Smith. Ephesians 5:17
On the Excellence and Utility of the Truths Contained in the Gospel J. Archer. Ephesians 5:17
Sensual and Spiritual Excitement Frederick W. Robertson Ephesians 5:17
Submission to the Will of God T. Guthrie, D. D. Ephesians 5:17
The Right Understanding of Duty T. Croskery Ephesians 5:17
Understanding God's Will is True Wisdom H. Foster. Ephesians 5:17
Value of Wisdom J. Watson. Ephesians 5:17
Wisdom is Necessary to Accurate Walking T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:17
A Warning Against Intemperance T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:18
Christians Invited to Partake of the Spirit Freely Anon. Ephesians 5:18
Christians Must be Filled with the Spirit T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:18
Drunkenness J. Lathrop, D. D. Ephesians 5:18
Drunkenness and its Antidote W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:18
Drunkenness to be Avoided John Edwards, D. D. Ephesians 5:18
Filled with the Spirit J. Eadie, D. D. Ephesians 5:18
Grace Expels Vice H. Drummond. Ephesians 5:18
Not Spirits, But The Spirit J. Pulsford. Ephesians 5:18
Not Wine, But the Spirit J. E. Beaumont, D. D. Ephesians 5:18
The Sin and Folly of Drunkenness R. W. Dale, LL. D. Ephesians 5:18
The Sin of Intemperance J. Eadie, D. D. Ephesians 5:18
The Wine Divine Harry Jones, M. A. Ephesians 5:18
To be Filled with the Spirit J. H. Evans, M. A. Ephesians 5:18
Warning Against Drunkenness T. Croskery Ephesians 5:18
Exhortation to Exercise Wisdom in Regard to Our Manner of Walk R. Finlayson Ephesians 5:15-21
The True Antidote to Drunkenness T. Croskery Ephesians 5:18-21
Christian Worship W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:19
How We May Make Melody in Our Hearts to God in Singing of Psalms   Ephesians 5:19
Let Joy Overflow in Song J. Pulsford. Ephesians 5:19
Music in Nature Archdeacon Farrar. Ephesians 5:19
Music in the Bible Archdeacon Farrar. Ephesians 5:19
Music in the Life Archdeacon Farrar. Ephesians 5:19
Nature and Office of Sacred Music J. T. Duryea. Ephesians 5:19
Psalm Singing a Gospel Ordinance T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:19
Sacred Music N. Emmons, D. D. Ephesians 5:19
The Song of the Heart D. F. Jarman, M. A. Ephesians 5:19
Thomas Fuller on His Voice   Ephesians 5:19
A Day of Thanksgiving C. Nevins. Ephesians 5:20
Common Mercies N. Macleod, D. D. Ephesians 5:20
Praise At All Times A. Fuller. Ephesians 5:20
Praise in Death Romaine. Ephesians 5:20
Thankfulness to God J. Lathrop, D. D. Ephesians 5:20
Thanksgiving W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:20
The Deity of Christian Thanksgiving W. Jay. Ephesians 5:20
The Duty and Scope of Thanksgiving H. Melvill, B. D. Ephesians 5:20
The Duty of Giving Thanks   Ephesians 5:20
The Duty of Giving Thanks to God Bishop Harvey Goodwin. Ephesians 5:20
The Duty of Thanksgiving I. Barrow, D. D. Ephesians 5:20
The Music of the Christian Life W. V. Robinson, B. A. Ephesians 5:20
Varieties of Praise P. B. Power. Ephesians 5:20
Mutual Condescension T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:21
Submission for a Common Cause Sir Walter Scott. Ephesians 5:21
Submission One to Another J.H. Evans, M.A. Ephesians 5:21
On Marriage Friedrich Schleiermacher Ephesians 5:22
Relative Duties R. Finlayson Ephesians 5:22-23
A Wife's Obedience Little's Historical Lights. Ephesians 5:22-24
Duties Enjoined Upon the Wife J. A. James. Ephesians 5:22-24
Reason for the Wife's Subjection to the Husband T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:22-24
Relation of Husband and Wife   Ephesians 5:22-24
The Duties of Wives T. Croskery Ephesians 5:22-24
The Greatness of Christ J. Pulsford. Ephesians 5:22-24
The Manner of Wifely Subjection   Ephesians 5:22-24
The Submission of the Christian Wife J. H. Evans, M. A. Ephesians 5:22-24
The Supreme Authority of Christ The Weekly Pulpit Ephesians 5:22-24
The Terms Husband And Wife Defined Anon. Ephesians 5:22-24
Husbands and Wives W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:22-33
Ideal Marriage D. Thomas Ephesians 5:22-33
What Husbands and Wives Owe to Christ R.M. Edgar Ephesians 5:22-33
A Glorious Church J. W. Atkinson. Ephesians 5:25-27
A Holy and Glorious Church J. Slade, M. A. Ephesians 5:25-27
A Man Cannot Love His Wife Too Much   Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ's Love for the Church   Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ's Love for the Church T. B. Baker. Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ's Love for the Church, and Our Duty as Members of It J. N. Norton, D. D. Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ's Love to His Church J. H. Evans, M. A. Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ's Love to the Church J. Eadie, D. D. Ephesians 5:25-27
Christ's Treatment of His Church W.F. Adeney Ephesians 5:25-27
Conjugal Love George Swinnock. Ephesians 5:25-27
Lord Lawrence and His Wife   Ephesians 5:25-27
Marriage and Holiness   Ephesians 5:25-27
Marriage and the Heavenly Bridegroom Newman Hall, LL. B. Ephesians 5:25-27
Sanctified Marriage   Ephesians 5:25-27
The Bride of Christ J. Vaughan, M. A. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Church Loved, Washed, Presented J. W. Atkinson. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Final Glory of the Church C. Bradley, M. A. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Final State of the Redeemed T. Manton, D. D. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Glory of the Church J. H. Bayliss. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Love of Jesus for His Church C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Pattern of Love C. H. Spurgeon. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Presentation of a Glorious Church W. Jay. Ephesians 5:25-27
The Union Between Christ and the Church T. Croskery Ephesians 5:25-32
The Duties of Husbands T. Croskery Ephesians 5:25-33
Living, Loving, Lasting Union Charles Haddon Spurgeon Ephesians 5:30
Members of Christ Charles Haddon Spurgeon Ephesians 5:30
Members of Christ's Body Dr. Raffles. Ephesians 5:30
Membership in Christ's Body P. Cooper. Ephesians 5:30
Husbands and Wives W. Braden. Ephesians 5:31
Qualities of a Good Wife   Ephesians 5:31
The Mystery of Marriage T. Goodwin, D. D. Ephesians 5:31
A Wife's Kindness   Ephesians 5:32
Christ the Husband of the Church Baxendale's Anecdotes Ephesians 5:32
Church Life A. G. Maitland, M. A. Ephesians 5:32
The Dignity of Matrimony Bishop W. E. Ketteler Ephesians 5:32
The Mysteriousness of Religion H. Melvill, B. D. Ephesians 5:32
The Wife a Helper   Ephesians 5:32