As I’ve been studying Ephesians this week, I’ve been using my recently upgraded bible sofware, Logos 3.0. (Thanks FBC!) As I was looking at the grammatical layout of Ephesians 4:1-6, I stumbled across a tool that showed a graphical representation of verbal moods used across any portion of Scripture that I input. Below you can see the ‘verb river’ for Ephesians 1-6.
What stands out to me is the heavy weighting of the imperative mood beginning partway through chapter 4 and continuing through the end. If you think of a command or exhortation, then you’re thinking of something that’d be in the imperative mood. Notice above how all the exhortation is built up into the latter half of Ephesians. You probably notice this as you read, but it’s kind of neat to see it graphically represented.