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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “I will put my trust in him..”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist, During His Earthly Ministry, Trusted In The Father  

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.

Matt 27:41-43 KJV  – Likewise also the chief priests mocking [him], with the scribes and elders, said,  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

 

 

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

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 seven examples of unity that God has given to us…

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

In our text this morning we will learn of three of these examples…

There is one body, 
The local church body is a unified assembly of many differing members, gifts and ministries that unite to serve the Lord in a very powerful way.

For the body is not one member, but many.   If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?   And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?   If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling?   But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.   And if they were all one member, where [were] the body?   But now [are they] many members, yet but one body.   And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.”   (1 Corinthians 12:14-21)

and one Spirit,
The Holy Spirit is one Spirit yet performs many differing ministries that are unified to enable Christ (during His first coming) and God’s people to minister for Him.

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”    (Isaiah 11:1-2)

even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
The “hope of our calling” is the eternal inheritance that is awaiting us (Col 1:4-6).  Although our inheritance involves many differing aspects, it is a unified hope that will be received by all Christians.  In 1 Peter 1:3-4, we have four major aspects to our inheritance being mentioned…

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,”  (1 Peter 1:3-4)

Four great aspects of our inheritance are:
1.  incorruptible – 1 Corinthians 15:52-54 – receipt of glorified bodies
2.  undefiled – Revelation 21:27 – separation from the presence of sin
3.  fadeth not away – 1 Peter 5:4 – eternal rewards
4.  reserved in heaven – Revelation 3:4-5 – guarantee of acceptance into God’s presence through work of Christ

APPLICATION:

Paul had begun to show us several examples of unity that is worked by God on our behalf.  They include:
1.  Unity within a local assembly
2.  Unity of the workings of the Holy Spirit
3.  Unity of our eternal inheritance

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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“The First Principles” – Who Is Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453Christ Is The Central Theme Of God’s Word

 
 
 
 
 
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.   And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.   (John 5:39-40)

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:   Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.   Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you:  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.   Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”  (1 Peter 1:7-12)

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Sang Praises To His Father As His Assembly Met To Worship.  

Heb 2:12 KJV

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

 

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Love Works Peace…

SIH HALTAL ICON (Ephesians 4:2-3)  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:2-3

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:

In this section, Paul shares with us some of the characteristics of those who have experienced the grace of unity in their lives…
 (Ephesians 4:2-3)  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

When an individual has tasted of the grace of God in salvation and understand their calling, they will work for unity.  The desire for unity will apply to any ministry to which the believer is called.  This unity will include unity between members of the local assembly, members of our physical family and members of the family of God.

Paul gives us a list of attitudes and actions that will work towards peace.

Please keep in mind ALL of these can only take place in our lives through the gracious intervention and enabling of the Lord…

With all lowliness and meekness, 

“all” – this reminds us that these attributes should appear in every area of our life.  They should be displayed in “all” our being.
1.  lowliness – a combination of humbleness and modesty
2.  meekness – gentle, ability to keep power under control
 

with longsuffering,
3.  longsuffering – “long passioned” to exercise controlled passion, not quickly nor without consideration

 

forbearing one another in love; 
4.  forbearing – to endure through self-sacrifice.  In today’s language… to “put up” with others motivated by a self-sacrificial love for them.

All four of these characteristics are signs of love being present in the heart of the servant of God. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

There is something wrong with their “love” when those who claim to love one another enjoy conflict, disagreement, fighting and warring between themselves.  These things ought not so to be…

From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members?   Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.   Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”   (James 4:1-4)

Endeavouring to keep the unity
We strive to be lowly, meek, longsuffering and forbearing so that we can swiftly and diligently protect the peaceful harmony that exists between ourselves and others.  We are to ALWAYS desire and work for peace, harmony and unity, this is a Biblical principle found throughout the Bible…

(1 Corinthians 7:15)
But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such [cases]: but God hath called us to peace.”  
(1 Corinthians 14:33)
For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 
(Romans 12:18)    
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” 
(Romans 14:18-19)
For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” 
(2 Corinthians 13:11)
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 

of the Spirit
This unity comes exclusively through the gracious intervention of Holy Spirit.

Please note the interesting point that Paul is making..  No matter how hard we try, we cannot obtain peace of our own efforts, although we are responsible to do all in our power to attain and keep it.  We are to be sure our hearts are right and always striving for peace, but we cannot control what others may do.  The Lord must intervene and work in the hearts of all the parties for peace to take place.

This same principle applies in so many differing ministries we may have.  We are to be faithful in our given tasks, but God alone can bring success to our efforts….

Who then is Paul, and who [is] Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?   I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.   So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.   Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”  (1 Corinthians 3:5-8)

 

in the bond of peace.
This unity is a bonding of individuals resulting in blessings of quietness and prosperity.

 

APPLICATION:

What a wonderful grace of the Lord…. to possess unity between ourselves and others.

What is our responsibility?
1.  To love others…. this will result in a proper attitude towards them that will create an environment for unity to thrive.
2.  To pray for the Lord’s intervention in the situation and bring about unity between the parties.

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 Calling…. Our Purpose In Life…

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 4:1)  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

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“The First Principles” – Who Is Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453Jesus Is “The Messiah“  or “The Christ” (The Anointed One of God)

 
 
 
 
The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:16-17)

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “I will declare thy name unto my brethren,”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Declares the Father’s Name unto His Spiritual Brethren  

Heb 2:12 KJV  ‘Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:1

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:

 

In this section, Paul helps us to understand the need to be faithful to the great calling that God has placed upon His people…

 

(Ephesians 4:1)  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
Paul describes himself as “the prisoner of the Lord”.  This is the second time Paul refers to himself by this title in the book of Ephesians.  We saw this title previously in 3:1.

This title can apply to Paul in differing ways:

1.  It can describe the PERSECUTION taking place in Paul’s life as prisoner of the Roman Empire.
Keep in mind, as Paul was writing this letter to the Ephesian believers, he was sitting in prison because he was proclaiming the gospel of Christ to the Gentile world.   So in this way, Paul was speaking literally.

However, Paul being a “prisoner” of the Lord can also be taken in a symbolic way (especially based upon the context of this passage)…

2.  It can describe the fact that Paul was OBLIGATED to serve the Lord and be faithful to His calling.
Keep in mind, Paul was beginning an exhortation to the Ephesian assembly reminding them of their responsibility to be faithful to their calling of God. By giving himself this title, it is possible Paul was reminding the Ephesians that Paul was also under the same obligation of ministry.  They were not alone.  In that sense, Paul was a “prisoner” of the responsibilities of ministry that was placed upon him.

Think of it this way, Paul’s imprisonment was absolute proof that he was obligated to fulfill his God-given ministry.  If there was any way for Paul to avoid his imprisonment by changing or ending his ministry, surely he would have done so.  However, his imprisonment proved that these options were out of the question.  He was obligated by His Lord to remain faithful to his calling and endure his imprisonment.

 
Before we go further, it is important we stop to remind ourselves of a few important points about the calling of God in our lives:
1.  Any ministry that the Lord gives to us is a GREAT PRIVILEGE AND OPPORTUNITY. (Galatians 6:9-10)

It is an opportunity to glorify our Lord who has done so much for us and it is an opportunity to gain eternal rewards that we can lay down at His feet in eternity.

2. With our salvation, comes a NEW NATURE THAT DESIRES TO BE OBEDIENT to His calling. (Psalms 100:1-5)

Although our calling is an obligation that we owe to our Lord, it is also a joy to fulfill our ministry on His behalf.

When we think of our ministries as OBLIGATIONS, we also need to see them in the light of being PRIVILEGES and JOYS OF OUR HEARTS as well.  All three are Biblically based descriptions of our God-given ministries.

 

 

beseech you
The word from which we get “beseech” is a very interesting one.   It comes from a fusion of two words:
1.  “Para” – to be near, surrounding
2.  “kaleo”  – to call, invite, summon

It carries with it several different ideas:
1.  To call near
2.  To be urgent and serious
3.  To encourage and comfort
 

Paul was calling out urgently to the Ephesians, what he had to tell them was very serious indeed.  Also, what he had to tell them would be a source of encouragement and comfort in the midst of the persecution that was taking place around them (Paul’s imprisonment and the opposition that the Ephesian believers faced) .

 

that ye walk worthy of the vocation
What were the inspiring words that Paul had for them?  He was reminding them of their need to live lives that were suitable based upon their calling.   What does this involve?
As representatives of the ascended Christ, both his assemblies and each individual saints we are to:
1. live holy lives (1 Peter 1:15-16)
2. live loving lives (Galatians 5:13-14)
3. live faithful lives (Revelation 17:14)
4. live sacrificial lives (Romans 12:1-2)

All four of these general characteristics of God’s servants are important aspects of their service to Him.  Why is this?  Christ is holy, loving, faithful and self-sacrificial.  When these are displayed in the lives of His servants they are revealing Him to a lost and dying world.

 

wherewith ye are called,
Their calling was the result of God’s divine summons issued to them.  He did not simply give to them an “invitation” to service, but through His death has obligated them to accept the responsibilities of whatever area of service they are called.

APPLICATION:

The various areas of service that the Lord graciously gives to His assemblies, and individual Christians, are wonderful opportunities, privileges, and responsibilities.   May we all joyously seek to faithfully fulfill the ministries motivated by a knowledge of all He has done for us…

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:   And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.   Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more.   Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”    (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)

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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May God Be Glorified In The Midst Of His Assemblies…

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 3:21) Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3hG

“The First Principles” – Who Is Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON FPMaster 457x453 Christ Is “Jesus“ (The Savior of His People)

 
 
 
 
Mat 1:16,21, 22 KJV  And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “He is not ashamed to call them brethren”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist’s Family Includes Those Whom He Has Sanctified.  

Heb 2:11 KJV –  “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,” 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 3:21

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 Gracious Equipping For Service: Ephesians 3:14-21

 

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. 

In this text, Paul is requesting through prayer, that the Lord would equip the Ephesian saints with the necessary tools to be faithful in their service to Him.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture which is Paul’s prayer for the Lord’s equipping of the saints:

I.        Paul’s prayerful/submissive attitude in prayer – 14
II.        Paul’s recognition of The Father’s authority over His family – 15
III.        Paul’s request for spiritual strength in the inner man – 16
IV.        Paul’s request for Christ inhabiting their hearts – 17a
V.        Paul’s request for love to be their foundation – 17b
VI.        Paul’s request for their comprehension of the love of Christ – 18-19a
VII.        Paul’s request for spiritual filling – 19b
VIII. Paul’s acknowledgment of His great abilities – 20
IX.        Paul’s desire for the Lord to be glorified – 21
X.        The enabling of Paul to minister this mystery in the midst of persecutions – 12-13

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

Paul’s prayer concludes …

(Eph 3:21)  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

 
 

Paul now reminds the church at Ephesus of their ultimate responsibility…
 
Unto him be glory in the church
The ultimate responsibility for the church at Ephesus, and any local assembly, is to glorify God.  How can this be done? In many ways:
1. fulfilling the Great Commission as the church evangelizes the lost, baptizes new believers, and ministers the Word
2. loving others as the church ministers to them
3. the teachers proclaiming the truths of God’s Word and rejecting messages of error
4. members living Godly lives by bearing the fruits of the Spirit
5.  ministering using the methods the Lord desires while rejecting sinful, carnal methods.
6.  the church putting His will first in every decision that is made.
7.  and many many others

 

Folks, what a gracious gift of the Lord to give us such type of assemblies on the earth!  May we all appreciate and support the local assemblies that seek to faithfully serve Him above all.

 

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”  (Romans 1:7-8)

 

 

by Christ Jesus
This glorification of God is done through Christ alone.  Nothing Godly can be done apart from the intervention of Christ into the ministry of the local assembly.  It is only by Him, through His work, proclaiming His message, and receiving His enabling power that a church can bring glory to His Father in heaven.

 

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some [others], epistles of commendation to you, or [letters] of commendation from you?  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  [Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.  And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God;”  (2 Corinthians 3:1-5)

 

 

throughout all ages, world without end.
This is to be done in every generation that the local assemblies exist and is to be carried on throughout the end of this age, at which time the local assemblies will be taken out of existence.

 

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.”  (Matthew 28:18-20)

 

 

Amen.
So be it.  Paul sought to be in submission to the will of God in all of these requests found in this prayer, as should we every time in enter into our prayer times.  “AMEN” expresses that thought… it is saying that we understand the Lord is sovereign and He will do all things according to His will, not necessarily ours.  It is a shortened way of saying “Not my will but thine be done”.

 

 

APPLICATION:

Let’s all keep in mind, as individuals or members of His assemblies, that with additional blessings comes additional responsibilities to serve Him  We need to remember that we are considered stewards of the blessings we are given, and as such are held responsible for the proper use of the blessings which we have been given.

 

As we end this section of our study on this thought let us prepare our hearts for our next section of our study that begins in our next posting….

 

“Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul’s practical application of the gracious workings of the Lord in our lives.

 

 

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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“The Gifts Of The Spirit”…. A New Series Coming To SIH Ministries!

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Video Series On Suffering From Thomas Road Baptist Church

“When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”

Pastor Jonathan Fallwell, Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, has been presenting a series on suffering entitled “When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”,  based upon a book written by his father, Dr. Jerry Fallwell.

This series has been a wonderful personal blessing to me and I wanted to share it with you.

 

Click on the links to access written, video, and audio formats for this series…

How God Works In Our Sufferings
What’s The Answer
God Meant It For Good
Hope When You Are Hurting

 

To download a free copy of the book “When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”:

“When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”

Do You Know The Lord?

The One World Order Is The Tower Of Babel Revisited

SIH HALTAL ICONAnd the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech…. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city… (Gen 11:1-9)

For the SIH Bible Study on this subject:

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A Posting that further applies the New World Order to today’s time…

Citizen Tom has taken the historical role of the One World Order and added his thoughts on the role of the One World Order in our world today.   Very interesting read that goes hand in hand with our current series…

His series begins here: What explains America’s decline Part #1

With his comments/application on the One World Order here:  What explains America’s decline Part #2

 

New World Order – 3 – The Tower of Babel

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:

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech…. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city… (Gen 11:1-9)

THE STUDY:

From our text:

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”

Before the tower of Babel all of mankind shared in the same language and speech.  In other words, they spoke the same language and the same dialect.  Because of this, it was much easier for them to unify and work toward the same goals.

“And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

They, by consensus, decided to travel together as one nation and to build a tower that would serve as a centralized meeting place for all mankind.  Note the phrase “whose top may reach unto heaven”, this is not stating that they desired to enter into the 3rd heaven (the abode of God), instead they desired it to be a very high tower that stood out from all others. It could be seen from a long distance away, thus allowing them to become a conspicuous people (“name”) among all of God’s creation and stay united (”lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth”)

Here, we can see mankind choosing to form a “New World Order” by uniting and working to gain recognition, strength and perpetual unity. These were selfish motives which went in direct opposition to glorifying and honoring the Lord.  Instead of glorifying God they desired to bring honor, praise and renown to themselves.

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

The Triune Lord responded by “confounding their language”, which resulted in them dividing and scattering.  Probably, after they began speaking in various languages… they formed various groups, made up of those who spoke the same language.

The New World Order that mankind attempted to create was brought to an end by the Lord.  We can see that the Lord, through His sovereign intervention, stopped the attempt to unify and glorify mankind instead of Himself.

Throughout history, this has been the story of the attempts to unify into a NWO.  Mankind has wanted to unify, under the guise of improving the condition of mankind… and yet, in every case, this unification would result in individuals being glorified, empowered and made wealthy as the end result of this unification.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Once again, we see that man’s plans, which do not take into consideration the will of the Lord, is destined for failure. (James 4:14-15, Pro 19:21, Lam 3:37, Hebs 6:3)  No matter how determined mankind might be, it is futile to rebel against the Lord. (Psa 16:18-19, Pro 29:23, Acts 12:21-23)  Eventually, man’s rebellion will be brought into submission to the Lord.  (Roms 14:11-12, Phil 2:9-11, Isa 2:11-12)

For those who have trusted in Christ, pride and going ahead of God’s will only leads to a life of heartache and sorrow.  We should be constantly aware of His will for our lives and our need to submit to it.

For those who have never trusted in Christ, the most valuable lesson that can be learned is that rebellion against the desires of God for our lives only works sorrow, and eventually, eternal separation from the Lord.  By submitting to the Lord, and humbly turning to Him, He promises to forgive us of our rebellion and secure our eternity with Him…

But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments, And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. (Neh 9:16-17)

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (Joh 17:2-3)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30)