As I was studying Ephesians, I was reminding how fascinated I am with the way Paul writes in such a way that it seems like his letters should read in reverse order. For example, Ephesians 2 tells the believers who they were before they were born again, and Ephesians 1 tells the believer who they are in Christ.
It seems that should be flipped. But then as I thought about it, Paul is writing to believers and encouraging them of who they are in Christ, but also reminding them who they formerly were. If it were an evangelistic letter, then maybe it would be flipped; but all of Paul’s letters are to believers.
I thought it would be an interesting exercise to bullet point Ephesians 1 and 2 briefly in reverse order to first look at who we either are or were.
Ephesians 2:1b dead in the trespasses and sins