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11/13 Ephesians 4-6

Paul explains in Chapter 4 what unity is.  He writes about the unity of the Spirit.  I guess you could look at it in a couple of ways.  The Spirit meaning only one Spirit, not one spirit for this denomination and one for that one.  Also I think that the differences and whose right and whose wrong certainly don’t reflect peace.  He then goes on to write one, one, one, one, one.  I guess he means one.  How’s that for unity?

3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Paul then talks about the structure and responsibilities of the church.

11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Today the later of the group evangelists, pastors and teachers exist in the church to equip the members to do works of service to those in need.

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

11/12 Ephesians 1-3

Paul writes to the church at Ephesus. It appears that they were not having the problems that other churches were having with false teaching or immorality or unity or so on and so on.  He rather he writes them to teach and expand their understanding of God and His purpose.  In Chapter 2 he explains who we were and what God did for us and why.

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Lets see if I can break it down.

We were sinners headed straight to, well you know where.  But God loved us and saved us by His grace because He is merciful.  He raised us up with Christ and set aside a place for us in heaven.  It was God’s gift to us.  We are a new creation and we are supposed to do the good works that He prepared for us.  I think that about explains it all.  Verse 8 is one verse we all should have memorized, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” I think that we all should be extremely thankful that God loves us that much.

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment