Ephesians

The Field of Clover

"Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts" (2 Cor. 1:22). "Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, Who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit" (2 Cor. 5:5). "....ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory" (Eph. 1:13,14). As the "earnest" the Holy Spirit is given to us for our comf...

The Spiritual Order of Paul's Epistles

We believe that the order of arrangement of Paul’s Epistles to the Churches was Divinely established; and that there is a progress of spiritual experience from Romans to 2 Thessalonians. ROMANS: RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS. In Romans man is shown without righteousness: "There is none righteous, no, not one." This involves man’s fundamental relation to God. Christ is set forth a propitiation, meeting all Divine claims, and by His death releasing man from the necessit...

Delivered From This Present Evil Age

…Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and even. Amen.”  (Gal. 1:4,5 NKJV) As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we have many, many blessings for which we need to be thankful. Perhaps one of the most important is deliverance from this present evil age. We often fail to comprehend the depths of sin. We need to think often of where ...

Keeping the Knot Tied

A union embodying such an ideal (the ideal of Ephesians 5) is not to be entered into lightly or unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Such is one statement in the marriage ceremony that I use as two much-in-love people stand in front of me on their wedding day. That ideal is very high, and one that is not being met very often these days--even among Christians. In general, marriage and the family have fallen on hard times, and in a maj...

NT Church - All true believers are welcomed into the fellowship.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one ....Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:3,4). The practice of reception in the local church has been the source of many divisions within the body of Christ. Throughout the history of the church, i...

NT Church - The teaching is based on the truth of God's Word.

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 (Eph. 4:12-15).

 

The emphasis of teaching in the church ought not to be for entertainment nor should it even be the preaching of the Gospel to the unsaved. The emphasis needs to be on the edifying or building up of the body of believers. Twenty or thirty minute sermons once or twice a week, full of entertaining illustrations or stories, are not enough to build up the saints. The teaching ought to be Scriptural, systematic, clear, and all inclusive (not avoiding certain truths because they may cause offense). This is an issue that cannot be passed over lightly because it is an integral mark of a New Testament Church.

The Church Age

Excerpt from The Church Truth Series Many Christians do not understand where the Church fits in God’s time table. Many confuse the New Testament Church with the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. As a result many bring Old Testament law and principles into the New Testament Church. This leads to great confusion and error. It is very important that we see the clear distinction between the Church and Israel. The Bible clearly teaches us that the New Testament C...

Reversing the Trend

"Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent." (Rev. 3:3). Perhaps you are in an assembly where gradual changes have been occurring. The Lord’s Supper is no longer viewed as very important. Attendance was down and the decision was made to appoint one man to orchestrate the service. It was also suggested that women be free to participate vocally. Now they seem to be more vocal than the men. Since the elders were not doing their wor...

NT Church - There is liberty for the exercise of gifts by the Holy Spirit.

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 (Eph. 4:11,12). Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exho...

NT Church - Its gatherings are surrounded by prayer.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together.........(Acts 4:31). Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him......Peter came to the house of Mary the mother of John, where many were gathered together praying (Acts 12:5,12). Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). If prayer indicates our dependency on God, the Father, as His children, and if the church is depen...
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