The spiritual warfare described, and Satan’s attempts to undermine and draw into sin, worldly concerns, coldness, complacency and doubts. How perspective, assurance and zeal is gained, and the promises, in a sense, be inherited now. Here too is the significance of God’s ‘oath’.
Ongoing faith is essential for the believer. How can it be strengthened? How should doubts be handled? What is the biblical attitude to trials? How can we tell if troubles are for chastisement or refinement? How can we obtain assurance? Exactly how is the Lord’s presence felt?
The fifth great theme of Ephesians calls us to consider God’s mighty power in our salvation and sanctification. To reflect on this gives a great surge of assurance, building our certainty and faith for the final stage of redemption – entry into eternal glory.
An insight into a most helpful approach to assurance, not here by reviewing our experience (legitimate as that is) but by reflecting (1) on God’s attributes in creation (2) on the distinctive qualities of the Word, and (3) by avoidance of certain kinds of sin.