Ephesians

Introductory Notes By Arno C. Gaebelein

© 2000 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Neptune, New Jersey First Edition, In the Heavenlies, 1937 Revised Edition, Ephesians, 2000 Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the King James version of the Bible. Introductory Notes taken from Gaebelein’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible © 1970, 1985 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Introductory Notes By Arno C. Gaebelein The Destination of the Epistle The city of Ephesus was a place of conside...

Chapter 1

Kilmarnock: John Ritchie, Publisher Of Christian Literature Chapter 1 Here is an Epistle to the saints. And, blessed be God, we are saints, though we do not deserve to be. People in their ignorance, say, “Saint” Peter, and “Saint “Paul, but God calls all His people saints. “Sanctified by God “that is, separated by God, —the “garden enclosed,”—a holy people to begin with. Then we are to live holily. “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” As we are holy,...

Chapter 2

The thought of this passage is—striving to be greater. The god of this world is the devil. All fleshly rivalry, is to be a little bit greater or grander, or excelling one’s fellows. “We walked.” Doing the works of the flesh,—emulation, strife. The mind,—the devil in all, ruling over all. “The spirit that now worketh.” Contrast chapter 1:20: God working,— which He wrought in Christ, which He energized in Christ. God’s energy lifting us up to that height where no creature, ...

Chapter 3

Gentiles should be heirs together, a body together, and partakers together” Together is mentioned three times. Then three times over in this section we read of the “mystery.” That is explained in verse 5. Something not made known, but revealed now. The great mystery, Christ and the Church. God is putting His saints together. After the flood, God dealt with individuals, then families, then nations. Now God is taking people of all sorts, ages, races, uniting them to the Head up there,...

Chapter 4

“Therefore I beseech you,” etc. If Christ loves us so, and God, what do you want with anything else? That is yours; let go everything else down here. The heart must be taken up with something. God says look at the love of Christ; let that satisfy you. He fills you with heaven that you may let go everything the heart craves after. “I beseech you;” not command you. Some things are only hinted in the Word; the child of God should be sharp to catch His will. Ephesians is divided in...

Chapter 5

“Be ye therefore followers of God,” etc. (This chapter should be joined to the last). We are all prone to imitate those that we admire, those that we love. “Be ye imitators of God.” He won’t do anything for us but for the highest reason. God in Christ’s love to us. Correct everything in your walk by what you are in Christ, else your walk will be very incorrect. “Be ye imitators of God.” “Walk as dear children of God.” Sometimes you can see the ways of a father in a child,...

Galatians - Colosians

The Epistle To The Galatians. The changes in this brief Epistle need not occupy us long. In Gal. 1:6 the present force is properly given, “ye are so quickly removing” (not “removed”), and “in” (not “into”) the grace of Christ, and of course, “unto a different [not “another”] gospel:” a very considerable correction of mere renderings, and long known to be necessary, for a single verse. So also the slight shade of distinction between “should preach” in verse 8 an...

The Glories of the Resurrection - Ephesians 1

The death of the Lord Jesus is the chief demonstration of the love of God. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the chief demonstration of the power of God.

Ephesians 1:19

In the resurrection we see power—God’s power—God’s great power and God’s exceeding great power. The power that raised Christ from the dead and enthroned Him at God’s right hand was the greatest exhibition of divine power that the world has ever known. The reason for this seems to be that the infernal hosts were massed to frustrate God’s plans by keeping Christ in the tomb, and by preventing His ascension once He was raised. God triumphed; and Christ’s resurrection and ascension were a shattering defeat to Satan and his hosts.

 

Ephesians 1:20

Christ was raised from the grave of mortality to the throne of eternal God - from the darkness of the tomb to unapproachable light - from this small world to the metropolis of the universe. Following our Lord’s ascension, God made Him to sit at His right hand—a place of privilege (Hebrews 1:13)—of power (Matthew 26:64)—of distinction (Hebrews 1:3)—of delight (Psalms 16:1)—and of dominion (1 Peter 3:22).

 

Ephesians 1:21

Christ’s glorification is described as: “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.” There are different ranks of angelic beings, some evil, some good. They have different degrees of power. No matter their rank—authority—power—or dominion—Christ is far above them all. This is not only true of this age, but also in the coming age—the Millennium—then He will be King of kings and Lord of lords.

Lecture 1 - "One Body" - Eph. 4

The subject on which, with the Lord’s help, I propose to enter tonight is the one body, the body of Christ; and this too not only as a great doctrine which the Holy Ghost has laid down with the utmost clearness, and throughout a considerable part of the New Testament, but also, as far as I am able in a short space, deducing some of its practical consequences, and showing its bearing upon the communion and the conduct of every member of it, that is, of every Christian.

But in order to develop the special characteristics of Christ’s body, it will be necessary to explain how it differed from that which God revealed or set up in past dispensations; for there are distinctions, and even contrasts, between the past dealings of God and that which He is now accomplishing to the honour of His beloved Son. While there was of course always the only true God: while He had in times past those He loved upon earth; while He ever wrought by His Spirit; while there was necessarily faith at work in order to the blessing of souls; yet for all that there are essential and deeply important differences, which none can overlook without loss to himself, without sure weakening of his testimony to others, and, above all, without coming short of the just perception of what God Himself has nearest to His own heart — His own glory in Christ.

Lecture 5 - Gifts And Local Charges - Eph. 4:7-11

I should feel tonight that my subject was dry indeed and promised little profit to souls, if we had only to look at gifts and offices in themselves. It is thus that the subject is often regarded, and is therefore apt to become not only a barren speculative question for some souls, but also a snare to others — barren to such as, looking upon it from outside, think that they at least have nothing to do with gifts and offices, and a snare perhaps as often to those who conclude that they thems...
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