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[Note: This is a working draft of the outline.]

I. Greeting (1:1-2)

II. Thanksgiving for redemption and knowledge of heavenly mysteries in Christ (1:3-14)

III. Through the apostle God has made the Gentiles alive in Christ (1:15-3:21)

A. Prayer for the faith, lives, and hope of those whom God has made part of the body of the heavenly Christ (1:15-23)

B. Contrast between their old "death" in sin and life in Christ (2:1-10)

C. Reconciliation of the Gentiles to God in the one body of Christ (2:11-22)

D. Paul’s suffering and ministry to bring the Gentiles into the body of Christ (3:1-13)

E. Prayer for faith and love among Paul’s converts (3:14-21)

IV. Christian life in the world (4:1-6:20)

A. Unity in the body of Christ which is built up by different ministries (4:1-16)

B. Old life in "darkness" contrasted with new life as "children of light" (4:17-5:21)

C. Household code: Marriage in Christ; children and parents; slaves and masters (5:22-6:9)

D. The armor of God; final words of encouragement and greeting (6:10-24)

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