1 Cor 10:24, 2 Pet 1:3-4, 1 Pet 1:22
All God has told us in Ephesians up to this point: God’s eternal purpose of redemption and forgiveness (1:3-14), Paul’s prayer that the church know God better – having the eyes of their heart enlightened to know the hope of their calling, the unsurpassed power of Christ, and His seat of authority over all things (1:15-23), God’s workmanship in His people to bring them from death to life, from wrath to grace and good works (2:1-10), Christ Jesus, Himself as our peace – as members in God’s household (2:11-22), the dependability of Scripture as God’s own word (3:1-13), God’s love, His power, His Spirit abiding in us to His glory (3:14-21), Our God given unity in the body, the gifts of instruction and leadership to stabilize, mature, and build each of us up (4:1-16), Living as children of light in a dark world, putting off our old selves and being made new in the attitude of our minds, and living lives of love (4:17-5:14), these things have all paved the way to warn and encourage us to be very careful – how we live! Submitting to others out of reverence for Christ is the name of the game we are called to play, and marital relationships are first on the list (5:22-33).
Looking for That One Thing?
Are you looking for that one thing that can change your life, bring you peace, give you victory over yourself and the world around you? The good news of Jesus, the Son of God is that in Him we have that “one thing” that the world can never give us. One reliable message of one complete victory that brings us into one body with one Spirit, resulting in one hope in the One Lord of the one faith of the one baptism, all of which defined and provided by the one God and Father of all (Eph 4:1-5:14).
LThe Bible tells us plainly that we are in a battle or struggle that is way over our heads. The battle we face is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers and the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12).
This battle is fought in the life of every Christian, by way of the relationships we have as: children of light living in a dark world (Eph 4:1- 5:14), as Wives, Husbands, Children, Fathers, Slaves/workers, and Masters/bosses (Eph 5:15-6:9). Therefore since God’s eternal purpose, message and glory is at stake, Paul by the Spirit of God makes intercession for the family of God, so that by the power of God, they may grasp/comprehend the love of God to the glory of God (Eph 3:14-21). Finally, Paul will implore the saints to always keep on praying for the all the family which derives its name from the Father – Eph 6:18. Life is a battlefield, we should grasp the love of God and always pray for the saints to grasp it!
Saul of Tarsus was a prominent figure in Judaism. He was a leader in the Jews attack of followers of Christ. He persecuted Christians to their death. Paul was converted by the resurrected Christ, and the gospel was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit and he wrote down what we can read and understand God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus (Eph 3:1-13; Acts 22, 23, 26).
Amazing Grace: Started, Sustained, and Completed by God
God’s grace saved us, renews us, and completes God’s work until we share in His glory!
(1 Cor 15:10; Rom 5:1-2; Jn 15:5; Php 1:6, 9-11; 2:12-13; 3:21)
United With Christ
We have a choice if we obey sin or righteousness. Following Law and relying upon it will leave us slaves to the sin that law points out (1 Cor 15:56; Rom 6:14). We, in Christ, however have been freed from sin’s dominion because we have been united with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. One way we are able to remember our relationship to God in Christ, is the ceremony He gave us that was our union with Christ, our baptism into Him (Rom 6:1-7). It helps us remember and live out our freedom from sin’s dominion, which is nurtured under law (Rom 6:16-22).
TAll that God tells us in Scripture leads us to His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. It is in Christ that we find God’s eternal purpose, grace, redemption, and a practical everyday life that is to the praise of His glory, not ours! We have, in Christ, an inheritance beyond this world. We have in Chrsit what this world cannot afford us, in everyday life – living it to the praise of His glory! (Eph 1:1-14)