Antiochus the Great "transferred" at least 2,000 Jews from Babylonia to Colossae (so the Colossians surely grasped the import of this liberating truth). And even when about to minister to a Gentile to whom His compassionate heart went out, He was careful to remind her of the fact that she came second, not first, in the great program of God.

Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. He is speaking figuratively of those who would here the good news, but even His statement of "first" implies a "second" which in context of the NT writings would be the Gentiles. To see the king, you had to be introduced by someone close to him. Yet lingering still in the gloom. So as ones who have already been saved by grace, it is quite likely that Paul intends an additional meaning to this grace he speaks to them. He said, “Welcome aboard,” with an old Texas twang, We did not chose God. 15 And at this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said. ", Ephesians 1:4 What is the first spiritual blessing Paul describes? So Paul traveled west into Macedonia—to Philippi, down to Berea, down to Athens, over to Corinth, and then, on the way back, he came by Ephesus. He wants to see America first in everything. You also (Gentiles) imply you plus we believing Jews. 6:21); Epaphras was from Colosse, and he had the Epistle to the Colossians (see Col. 4:12); and. So then he calls those dead who are not regenerated: for as the immortality of those who are damned is not life, so this knitting together of body and soul is properly not life, but death in those who are not ruled by the Spirit of God. Before God saved us, we were dead--completely cut off from God (2:1), under the devil's control (2:2), and doomed as sinners facing God's judgment. Compare Matthew 25:31-46; Galatians 5:22-26. – Fanny Crosby (play hymn). It's an oversized grace and more than enough to save and keep us saved for time and eternity. The choice was according to the foreknowledge of God - not just that He knew it would happen but that He set about a plan to make it happen. He tells his son it’s more important to play fair than to win. 2. But now I walk upon the plains where gentle breezes blow. He went to Jim and launched into an angry tirade. in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. The first is a portion while the second is a proportion. I would like to urge you to read this letter through once a week during the time that we are engaged in studying these first three chapters.

", In our union. What is the practical application of this truth? What is the result of sinners now being God's sons? The Christ who was, and is, became the passion of my life. Zealous for good works (Titus 2:14).

It was the conviction that the ministry belongs to the saints, and that the business of a pastor is to help the people find their ministries and to prepare them to function in them, and to discover the excitement of living as Christians where they are, which was formative in the early years of Peninsula Bible Church and is still so strongly emphasized here.
My subject is not without its difficulties. His choosing Paul as an apostle was not due to any good or merit in Paul, but is the result of His own pure goodness, originating wholly in the freedom of His own thoughts and loving counsel = His "will") of God. Every time we see Him working His righteousness in and through us, we yearn all the more to be freed of our remaining sin and spiritual weakness. I still ascend the mountain tops, but faith has brought me rest, It was promissory first installment that guaranteed a full, final payment. Lewis Sperry Chafer, The Ephesian Letter Doctrinally Considered, “It is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee; it is Christ. At that time. Peace (eirene - see word study) is from the verb eiro which means to join together what has been divided and so to set at one again.

But more than this, in our union with Christ Jesus we are now ruling with him in the heavenly world (Colossians 3:1-4; Revelation 5:10 and notes).
It remained nailed there so all would be assured that he served his full sentence, and "paid in full" the penalty for his crimes. How rich is God in grace? 5.

Ephesians presents the church which is Christ’s body. It is my firm conviction, after having visited Turkey and seen that area and having read a great deal on the excavations that have been made there, that the greatest ministry the gospel has ever had was in what is today modern Turkey. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Caused me to lean upon the Lord and in Him fully trust. Salvation is the gift of God through faith! In Ephesians 5:11-12 we read with whom the chief of the air is meant. (Read the entire sermon Ephesians 1:1-14: God At Work). What does Paul teach about the inheritance? I hope that, as we begin this doctrinal portion of Ephesians, your heart will be anticipating tremendous truth. That's what a Christian is -- a person who can't quit being a Christian. God's hand (authority) and His purpose predetermined that it would occur. Harry Ironside, Some of us stay at the cross. How was it revealed and what motivated God to do so? (n) You had no right or title to the commonwealth of Israel. As evil a face as I ever did see. Eklego in it's original Classic Greek use expresses in every case the idea that a part has been claimed from a greater quantity, by an independent act of decision for a particular purpose, and that the remainder has been passed over, but not necessarily rejected. He has programed the world to demand the best from us, and he has taught us how we should live, through the Good News and the influence of the Spirit." As a way of life the evil one cannot grasp a believer in a way that exerts a modifying influence on his life. In love, He begins with by giving them a greeting that includes in a sense a prayer for them, a prayer for grace and peace.