I had to order the book, after reading this explanation of the Ephesians Road:
Wax’s Ephesians Road is simple and effective (though note I will discuss a complexity about it afterward):
- Salvation is about God’s plan for the world (Ephesians 1), including election, adoption, and uniting all things in Messiah. Wax says it’s not so much that God has a wonderful plan for your life, but that God has a wonderful plan.
- Salvation is only by unearned favor (Ephesians 2:1-9), raising us from the dead and saving us from God’s wrath. Wax says we weren’t rescued while drowning, we were already dead and God made us alive.
- Salvation comes with a calling that must be fulfilled in the community of faith (Ephesians 2:10-22), including good works, kingdom community, and imaging God to the world.
Whereas the Romans Road says, “You can be forgiven and live forever,” the Ephesians Road says, “God is making a perfected cosmos and you can join in.”
Is there really a divergence? Since I haven’t read the book to know the basic arguments, I can only say that from this point, while the ‘Romans Road’ seems to be individualistic, the ‘Ephesians Road’ seems to be communal. In other words, God offers salvation individually, but through the community it is achieved. Such as in Acts 2.36-40 in which when the people were saved, they were added to the Church.
Should be an interesting book, as it has already started the wheels turning.