Daily Archives: April 21, 2007


Imperatives in Ephesians

In Ephesians, as with most of Paul’s letters there are a number of Imperatives. If you compare the number of Imperative verbs in the book of Ephesians against the number of words in the letter you get about 1.6% of the words in the letter consisting of direct commands. If you compare them to the number of imperatives in James it’s not all that impressive I suppose (see the chart below) but the foundation of the imperatives in Ephesians is significant. The foundation of the imperatives in Ephesians is the overwhelming grace of God. Since God has lavished grace on you what should you do?