In Alive in Him, Gloria Furman brings her readers on a journey to uncover the deep spiritual truths found in the book of Ephesians. Furman argues that the primary theme of Ephesians is that Jesus Christ is the one who unites all things in Himself both in the present age and in the age to come. Moreover, this theme unfolds with the first three chapters describing the basis of our new identity in Christ and the last three chapters addressing how to live out our new humanity in the light of the gospel. Instead of a verse-by-verse analysis, Furman chooses to focus on the major themes in each chapter thereby allowing readers to appreciate Ephesians as one cohesive letter as it was originally intended. The most important point that Furman makes is that everything in the universe has been subjected to Christ who will one day come and finally unite all things in Himself. When we view all things with this mindset, we gain great comfort and confidence that no matter what happens to us, victory has been secured through Jesus. We who were spiritually dead have now been raised through the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead and now inherit all the spiritual blessings that belong to Him. Furthermore, with Christ as the head, those who are redeemed, regardless of race, nationality, or class, are now one united body that wars against Satan through God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
I would recommend this book to all those who want to be introduced or re-introduced to the magnificence of Christ and His gospel. I personally love the book of Ephesians very much and Furman has further ignited my appreciation of the vastness and depth of the gospel truths found in this epistle. Even though we were enemies of God, we are now adopted members of His household through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Because of our new identity purchased through the blood of Jesus, we can find peace and assurance in life’s most difficult trials or most trivial moments. Not only has Christ defeated Satan, sin, and death on the cross, He continues to subject all things under His feet until He returns. Moreover, He does not leave us helpless as we wait for His return but gives us His Spirit to protect, teach, and guide us on our paths towards holiness and spiritual maturity.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a review copy of this book from Crossway.