Ephesians 3:20-21 “To God Be All Glory”

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in

These final verses close the first half of Paul’s letter.  God has provided salvation in Christ: election in eternity past (1:3-7), forgiveness in the present (1:8-10), and glory in the future (1:11-14).  He is the source of their faith, hope, and love (1:15-23), and He raised them from the pit of spiritual death to seat […]

Ephesians 3:14-19 “Paul’s Goal in Prayer”

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in

Paul prayer-reports are incredibly beneficial for us.  One one hand, we understand what he’s trying to accomplish through the rest of the letter.  And on the other hand, we learn what we should prioritize in our prayers.  Though he was suffering in prison, his great concern was the maturity of Christ’s Church.  He prayed that […]

Ephesians 3:8-13 “Glory Comes Through Suffering”

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in

If you were a first century church, you would have been tempted to despair upon hearing the news that Paul was imprisoned: “Was God’s purpose being thwarted?!”  In these verses, Paul reassures the Ephesians that this is not the case.  He, who had formerly made the Church suffer, was called to suffer for the benefit […]

Ephesians 3:1-7 “International Man of Mystery”

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in

Everyone loves hearing a good secret.  For some, it’s a surprise birthday party, and for others, a forthcoming engagement.  After thousands of years of suspense, God finally disclosed a great secret – He was bringing the Gentiles into His covenant People.  Surely, there were hints given in the Old Testament.  For example, God promised Abraham […]

Eph. 2:19-22 “Joined Together”

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in

The gospel is good news of reconciliation – God sent Christ to bring reconciliation to this fallen universe (Eph. 1:10).  At the center of this is the Christian’s reconciliation to God; He is no longer angry with those who are in Christ (2:1-10).  Christ has also brought reconciliation with one another, overcoming cultural animosity by […]