Eph. 2:11-18 “Peace for the Nations”

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in

Mankind rightfully longs for peace and seeks it in various ways, whether through politics, economics, philosophy, etc.  These may have some relative success, but it is never absolute.  A permanent solution for the warfare that plagues our world and our hearts has come, though – His name is Jesus Christ.  He has accomplished peace, peace […]

Ephesians 2:8-10 “Saved to do Good Works”

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in

In Ephesians 1-2, Paul is adamant that the goal of salvation is the glory of God.  But how does God get the glory?  Is it as Pelagius thought, by a man’s use of his free will to believe and follow the example of Jesus, or is it as Augustine understood it, by God’s sovereign grace, […]

Eph. 2:1-7 “From Grave to Throne”

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in

In a number of different ways, Paul’s letter to the Ephesians answers the age-old question, “Why are we here?”  In chapter 1, we learn that part of God’s purpose for creation was to reconcile all things in Christ (v. 10).  In chapter 2, we discover that God is raising the dead to life, taking them […]

Ephesians 1:15-23 “May God Grant Us Understanding”

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in

In typical Paul-fashion, he includes a thanksgiving prayer near the beginning of this letter that relates to the recipient church’s spiritual maturity and understanding.  Paul thanks God for their faith and love (1:15-16).  This demonstrates his own spiritual understanding, that they have every spiritual blessing in Christ.  Then, Paul proceeds to pray that they would […]

Ephesians 1:11-14 “The Blessing of Our Inheritance”

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in

Having praised God for the grace of election in Christ (1:3-6), which comes from eternity past, and having praised Him for the forgiveness of our sins, which we have in the present (1:7-10), Paul looks to the future and rejoices in our inheritance (1:11-14).  It belongs to the Gentiles, not only the Jews, who were […]

Eph. 1:7-10 “The Blessing of Reconciliation”

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in

The early verses in Ephesians give us insight into the overarching script that God has written for creation.  Not only has He chosen us in Christ to be blameless (1:3-6), but He has also granted us the forgiveness of our sins (1:7-8), freeing us from the condemnation of the law and re-enlisting us into His […]

Ephesians 1:3-6 “The Blessing of Election”

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in

Paul’s introduction to this letter reminds the Christian Church of the importance of rejoicing in God’s grace in Christ.  Though “predestination” often evokes annoyed looks of frustration and memories of overly-enthusiastic young men talking endlessly about it, verses four to six celebrate this blessing.  It’s the source of our salvation.  We were chosen from eternity […]

Ephesians 1:1-2 “Even Healthy Churches Need the Gospel”

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in

Having previously labored among them for three years, Paul wrote a letter to the Church in Ephesus.  Though we might expect the letter will be informal, a chance for friends to catch up, these introductory verses make it clear that Paul is writing with a purpose; he is speaking as an Apostle on behalf of […]