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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:8

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 The Grace Of Unity: Ephesians 4:7-16

 “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of MATURITY (4:7-16).  This is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Gift Of Christ… The Origin Of God’s Gifts (including Spiritual Maturity) (vs 7-10)
II.        Spiritual Gifts Given To Aid Spiritual Maturity (vs 11-12)
III.        Characteristics of Spiritual Maturity (vs 13-16)

EXPOSITION:

The next section of Scripture that we will be looking at is found in Eph 4:8-10.  To properly understand these verses they need to be looked at as one unit.  However, due to the limited length of our devotionals we will be looking at each of these verses in separate devotions.  Please keep in mind, it is EXTREMELY important to keep these verses in their proper context to properly understand their meaning…

Vs 8 – Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  
Vs 9 – (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 
Vs 10 – He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 

A very brief explanation of these verses:

Vs 8 – Christ, at the completion of His redemptive work, led His people from the captivity of sin into His service, and bestowed many spiritual blessings upon them.
Vs 9 – Christ had to physically die (by partaking of death on the cross and have His body buried in the tomb) for Him to ascend into His Father’s presence.  When He died on the cross His body was buried in the tomb and His spirit ascended into the presence of God Himself.
Vs 10 – The person who we saw die on the cross and be buried in the tomb, was the same person that accomplished the redemption of His people as the obedient Son of God.  Based upon His obedience, He was later exalted to the right and of God as both Lord and Savior following His resurrection from the tomb and His ascension in Acts 1:.

Over the next three lessons, let’s look at these verses in detail…

Paul explains to us the origin of these wonderful gifts of grace by explaining the work of Christ and His position as faithful servant of the Father, Savior of His people and Lord over all…
(Eph 4:8)  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

 

Wherefore he saith,
Paul now will be referring to a prophecy spoken by David, which is found in Psalm 68:18…

When he ascended up on high, 
Following Christ’s work on the cross His body was buried in the tomb and His spirit immediately ascended to be with God the Father.  The ascension of His spirit marked the instant of His death and the completion of the full payment that was made by Christ for the redemption of His people.  His body had suffered, His blood had been shed, and the sin payment had been completed.  This is what He meant when He made the statement “It is finished” on the cross, immediately prior to His death.

 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  (John 19:30)

If Christ’s “ghost” (or spirit) immediately left His body and ascended to the Father following His death, why did Christ say that “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father”  in John 20:17? He was simply telling Mary…
“Do not cling to me, (in fear that I will leave you immediately, I will continue on earth for a time before) I am  permanently ascended to my Father (speaking of His ascension in Acts 1:)

 

he led captivity captive,
“Captivity” here is describing those who are the “captives” of Satan (2 Tim 2:26, Luke 4:18).  Christ removes His people from Satan’s grasp and then brings them into submission to Himself making them His “captives” (servants, ministers, stewards)  (I Corinthians 4:1-2, Rev 1:1, Phil 1:1 etc)

and gave gifts unto men.
Along with removing His people from the captivity of Satan through His death on the cross, Christ also bestows many “gifts of grace” upon His people.

A few of these include:
1.  forgiveness of sins (allowing escape from the punishment of those sins)
2.  adoption into His family (making them eternal heirs of glory)
3.  indwelling Spirit that (enables them for service and secures their salvation)
4.  the list goes on and on

All of these graces flow through the completed work of Christ on the cross.  That is why we are told in this verse that it is following His ascension (at the completion of His work on the cross) that He gives His people these gracious gifts.

APPLICATION:

With the completion of Christ’s work on the cross, the channel for our spiritual liberty and receipt of His blessings to His people are made complete.  His work, our liberty and the many other blessings are all given to us through grace alone.  May we all come to recognize more fully that every aspect of His blessings are not owed to us but are given entirely based upon His love and mercy that He has towards His people.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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Since God gave His Son for Us.. We Know He Will Withhold Nothing Good!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 4:7) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

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“The First Principles” – Who Is Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453Christ Is The Priest Of God – His Work Brings About Communion Between Holy God and Sinful Man

 

1Ti 2:5-6 KJV

‘For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

 

Heb 7:24-27 KJV

“But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.   Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist, Through His Death, Has Completely Defeated Satan     

 

 

Heb 2:14 KJV  – Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:7

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Unity: Ephesians 4:7-16

 

“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

 

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of MATURITY (4:7-16).  This is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Gift Of Christ… The Origin Of God’s Gifts (including Spiritual Maturity) (vs 7-10)
II.        Spiritual Gifts Given To Aid Spiritual Maturity (vs 11-12)
III.        Characteristics of Spiritual Maturity (vs 13-16)

EXPOSITION:

 

Paul begins to explain to us the origin of these wonderful gifts of grace…

(Ephesians 4:7) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

But unto every one of us is given grace
Paul recognized the existence of God’s grace in the lives of each one of the members of the church at Ephesus.

All of our lives are clear declarations of God’s gracious intervention in our lives:

1.  Our physical life and the continuance of it…
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?   Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?   Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?   And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.   Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?   Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”  (Matthew 6:25-32)

2.  More importantly, our salvation and the changed life and ministries that result from it are clear-cut displays of the Lord’s gracious intervention in our lives…
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  (1 Peter 4:7-10)

 

 

according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
The graces that the Lord gives to His people are abundant and overflowing.  This was shown to us when God sent His Son to die for the sins of those He has chosen to save…

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?   He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”  (Romans 8:31-32)

 
Not only that, but these wonderful graces flow through the work of Christ on the cross.  It is the cross of Christ that is the gateway for God’s blessings to flow to mankind…
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:19)

Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  (1 Peter 1:3-5)

“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”  (Ephesians 2:5-7)

APPLICATION:

 

What a blessing to know that the Lord will display His grace by giving to His children that which is for their good…

For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O LORD of hosts, blessed [is] the man that trusteth in thee.”  (Psalms 84:11-12)

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.   And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.   And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”   (Romans 8:26-28)

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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There Is Only One God…. He Is Your Spiritual Father?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 4:6)  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

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“The First Principles” – Who Is Christ?

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Christ Is The Priest Of God – He Sacrificed Himself For Us

Heb 10:10-12 KJV – “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

 

1Pe 1:18-23 KJV – “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;   But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Took Upon Himself A Body Of Flesh and Blood      

Heb 2:14 KJV – Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 Php 2:6-8 KJV – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:6

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Unity: Ephesians 4:1-6

 

1) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4) [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6) One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The first effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of UNITY (4:1-6).  This is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The responsibility of the Lord’s call upon His people (vs 1)
II.        Characteristics of the grace of unity (vs 2-3)
III.        Godly examples of unity found in the Lord and His people (vs 4-6)

EXPOSITION:

 

After explaining the importance of seeking unity, Paul now shares with us the final example of unity that God has given to us…

 

(Ephesians 4:6)  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

Paul’s final example of unity is God the Father….

One God and Father
Paul had previously used both of the other persons of the Trinity in his examples (“One Spirit” – vs 4; “One Lord” – vs 5).  He now points us to the person of the Father as another example of unity.

Paul describes the first person of the Godhead as:
1.  “God” – this helps us to understand that, as the Triune God, He is the Only One who is deserving of our worship
2.  “Father” – this helps us to understand He is our Creator, Originator, Loving Caregiver and Ultimate Authority Holder

How does He picture unity for us?   The decrees of our Heavenly Father have brought about unity throughout humanity in two different ways….

1.  His physical creative decrees have unified all mankind in His CREATIVE family…
Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?”   (Malachi 2:10)

 

2.  His spiritual redemptive decree have unified the saved in His REDEMPTIVE family…
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”   (Galatians 3:26-29)

 

These families share a few basic principles….
1.  They were both formed, originated by God
2.  As their Creator/Father,  God possesses authority over each member of the family
3.  As their Creator/Father,  they are sustained and cared for by God.

However, WE SHOULD NEVER EQUATE THE TWO FAMILIES, many many differences separate them.  A few of these many differences include…

1.  Entrance into each family –
a.  We entered His Creative family by physical conception;
b.  His Redemptive family by faith.

2.  Many blessings are given to members of His Redemptive family that are not given to His Creative family.  A few of these include:
a.  Christ and His work on the cross
b.  Spiritual life
c.  His forgiveness and righteousness
d.  His indwelling Spirit
e.  His enabling graces for service
f.  Eternal life with Him
g.  and many many other blessings too numerous to list.

The Father’s relationship to His family members are described in more detail…

 

of all,
Because we are His children by creation and/or redemption… He truly is Father of all mankind.

 

who is above all,
Because He holds the position of Father over His creative family and His redemptive family… He holds authority over us all.

 

and through all,
Because He holds the position of Father over His creative family and His redemptive family… He works through His creative and redemptive children bringing to pass His Sovereign will.
Both lost and saved are under His control as He brings to pass His will among all mankind.

 

and in you all.
Because He holds the position of Father over His creative family and His redemptive family… He dwells “in” His families. In other words He dwells among His family members, caring for them, and watching over them, and sustaining them.

(Please note: Not only does He dwell “in” His families (ie among the members of His families), but in a very special way, He dwells “in” those who are saved in the person of the Holy Spirit.)

APPLICATION:

Paul continues to show us several examples of unity that is worked by God on our behalf.  So they include:
1.  Unity within a local assembly
2.  Unity of the workings of the Holy Spirit
3.  Unity of our eternal inheritance
4.  Unity in the workings of Jesus Christ
5.  Unity in the true doctrines which we believe
6.  Unity in the symbolism of baptism
7.  Unity shown through the families that proceed from the Father

ALL of these come to us entirely as gifts of God’s grace.  May we all follow these examples that are set by our Lord and strive for unity among ourselves and those around us.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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Can We Enjoy Heaven Knowing of Loved Ones in Hell? – RC Sproul

Although We Face Trials Now…. In Eternity Our Lord Will Remove Them All!

SIH HALTAL ICONA Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psa 103:1-5)

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Ethel Waters – His Eye Is On The Sparrow ( 1975 )

New World Order – Part 4 – Is The Lord Pleased

SIH STSTA ICONThe word of God has much to say about the concept of a New World Order (NWO)…. We will be studying the NWO and it’s Biblical implications in a four part series…

Part #1 – The NWO – What is it? – Will it take place?

Part #2 – Past attempts at forming a NWO by force (The 7 World Empires)

Part #3 –  Past attempts at forming a NWO by consensus (The Tower of Babel)

Part #4 –  The Future NWO – Is the Lord pleased?

THE SCRIPTURE:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (Joh 16:33)

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  (Isa 53:4-5)

A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psa 103:1-5)

THE STUDY:

In our previous studies we saw that the Lord was in opposition to all the attempts at a NWO.  Why would this be?

First of all. In many of these cases, those attempting to form a NWO by force, were harming His people.  He would not allow this to take place… Psa 91:14-16

Secondly, to date, every attempt to form a NWO has been motivated by a desire for power, wealth or glory.  The Lord makes it plain that He is the One to be glorified, and honored. (Psa 118:128, Isa 42:8, Isa 48:10-11, Exo 34:14)

To receive glory, honor, and power we are to submit to His Lordship and then allow Him to exalt us according to His will.  We are not to pridefully seek our own exaltation. (Luke 14:11, Oba 1:4, Jer 49:16)

He is the One that gives authority, power and glory. (1 Pet 5:6-7, Psa 89:15-18, Job 36:22)

Thirdly, remember the desired goals for a future NWO are universal peace, prosperity and decreasing of problems worldwide.  And yet, the Lord makes it plain that these are given to mankind from the Lord.  He is the source of these not a NWO in which man can bring them to himself.  (peace – John 14:27, Psa 29:11, Psa 12:5;  prosperity – Psa 1:1-3, 128:1-4, Josh 1:7-8; deliverance from problems – Psa 50:15, 34:1-4, Psa 91:15)

Also, many of these evils that the NWO is hoped to solve, will only be taken from the earth at the coming of Christ. (peace- 1 Thess 5:1-3, Matt 24:5-6, Isa 2:1-4 Isa 65:24-25;  prosperity- Mark 14:7, Deut 15:11, Jer 31:12-13; deliverance from problems – John 16:33,  Jer 8:15, Roms 8:16-19, Rev 21:1-4

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

In our texts two basic principles are brought forth…

First, it is a certainty, that due to the fallen nature of mankind, as long as we live in a sinful world there will be trials and troubles.

But, secondly, through the Lord Jesus Christ we can find peace in the midst of the storms of life, and in eternity we will find total deliverance from the trials we face.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (Joh 16:33)

“A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psa 103:1-5)

How does the Lord bless us as we face our trials and deliver us in the future?  Through His death on the cross, He made the payment for our sins and worked deliverance for us…

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”  (Isa 53:4-5)

How does sinful man receive the forgiveness of their sins and the promise of an eternity with Him?

Turn from your sins and come before the Lord, and trust only in Him for your salvation.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  (Joh 14:6)

Be it kNWOn unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Act 4:10-12)

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (1Pe 3:18)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  (Rom 5:1-2)

If you would like further information about salvation please refer to the page on my blog entitled “How to have a relationship with God”.

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John Gill On God’s Eternal Decrees…

SIH HALTAL ICON“God’s will, decree or purpose to justify his elect, is the eternal justification of them.”

(John Gill, The Doctrine of Justification by the Righteousness of Christ Stated and Maintained, 1756, p. 52.)

Have We Submitted To The One and Only Lord Over All?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

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“The First Principles” – Who Is Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453Christ Is The Prophet Of God – He Reveals God To Us

 
 
 
 
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
 
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?   Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”  (John 14:5-11)

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Behold I and the children which God hath given me.”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Died For Those God Gave To Him    

Heb 2:13 KJV – And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:5

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Unity: Ephesians 4:1-6 

1) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4) [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6) One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The first effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of UNITY (4:1-6).  This is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

     I.        The responsibility of the Lord’s call upon His people (vs 1)
II.        Characteristics of the grace of unity (vs 2-3)
III.        Godly examples of unity found in the Lord and His people (vs 4-6)

 

EXPOSITION:

After explaining the importance of seeking unity, Paul now shares with us a total of seven examples of unity that God has given to us…

 

(Eph 4:5)  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

In our text this morning we will learn of three more of these examples…
 
One Lord,
In the person of the Messiah, Jesus Christ (our Lord), we find the ministries of Prophet, Priest and King being fulfilled.  These three offices are being performed in harmony and unity to bring about the salvation of His chosen people.

1.  Prophet – John 6:14 – Jesus revealed the Person and Word of God to man
2.  Priest – Hebrews 5:5-6 – Jesus performed the work needed to bring sinful man to a Holy God.
3.  King – Revelation 19:16 – Jesus is Sovereign Ruler over all.

one faith,

When we exercise saving faith, it involves the acceptance of many different teachings concerning the Persons and works of the Trinity, our condition as sinful mankind, our responsibilities as before God… etc etc.  These various truths that bring us to Christ are united in design and make up “the faith” the set of Biblical doctrines we have come to believe.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”   (Jude 1:3)

one baptism

The ordinance of baptism involves making a public declaration of three different truths.  These truths can be found in Romans 6:3-9…
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:   Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

1.  Our Lord died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected the third day. (vs 4,9)
2.  We were spiritually dead in sin, but now spiritually alive in Christ. (vs 5,8)
3.  We are dead to our old sinful life and now living a new life in Christ.  (vs 4,6,7,9)

All of these truths are publically declared by the saint in the one act of baptism.

 

APPLICATION:

Paul continues to show us several examples of unity that is worked by God on our behalf.  So they include:
1.  Unity within a local assembly
2.  Unity of the workings of the Holy Spirit
3.  Unity of our eternal inheritance
4.  Unity in the workings of Jesus Christ
5.  Unity in the true doctrines which we believe
6.  Unity in the symbolism of baptism

ALL of these come to us entirely as gifts of God’s grace.  May we all seek for peace and unity keeping in mind the wonderful graces of unity that He has worked on our behalf.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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Our God Is A God of Unity… Do We Strive For Unity?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:4)  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

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“The First Principles” – Who Is Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453Christ Came To The Earth, Lived, And Died, For Mankind

Joh 1:1, 14 KJV – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Php 2:6-11 KJV – “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”