18  P E T E C H A R E T T E The flow of thought in a book is different from an outline. In looking at Paul’s flow of thought, we are taking a view of the letter as a whole from fifty-thousand feet above.. At this point, I try not to get bogged down with the biblical writer’s subpoints, which outlines tend to include. I fully understand that the ESV’s topical headings are not θεόπνευστος (“God breathed”—or, inspired by God). But by understanding the three or four “big picture” topics Paul covers, we can then better understand the individual points he makes within the larger context. When I first got saved, Ephesians was one of the first books I studied, and for many years I had the entire book memorized (and I still maintain large chunks of it in my memory). I have taught it in adult Sunday school numerous times, and I use it reg- ularly in my maturation process meetings. Moreover, it remains one of my favorite New Testament letters. The letter’s main point hinges on 3:10–11: “so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was ac- cording to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Chapters 1, 2, and the first part of 3 build up to this main point, and after Paul resumes his prayer at the end of chap- ter 3, then chapters 4, 5, and 6 all flow out of 3:9–11. To see how I arrived at this conclusion, let’s follow Paul’s flow of thought: 1. Spiritual blessings in Christ (1:3–14) In this passage, Paul opens by blessing God, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. He then details what some of those spiritual blessings are. Keep in mind, New Testament lists are not exhaustive or all-inclusive (see, for example the lists of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12/Romans 12), but rather they are used by the biblical writer to frame the theological point he is making. The blessings Paul lists here are: