Ephesians

The Church at Thessalonica

The Church at Thessalonica. J. G. Bellett. Previously published bound with 'Brief Notes on the Epistle to the Ephesians'. We easily perceive different measures of attainment, both in knowledge and grace, in the churches of old. The elevation, for instance, of that at Ephesus was much above that at Corinth. At Corinth the apostle had to occupy himself with the corruption of various errors and abuses, and was thus hindered from bringing out to the disciples the strong and rich meat of the wor...

Breadth and Length and Depth and Height

   "BREADTH AND LENGTH AND DEPTH AND HEIGHT." (Ephesians iii. 18.)       HIS expression does not refer to the dimensions of the love of Christ, which the apostle immediately after represents as "passing knowledge," whereas he prays that they may be "able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and depth and height." Yet these things surely have a connection with one another. God's counsels and His ways are what give us the thoughts and actings of Di...

The Gift of Faith

D. L. Moody was once asked if he thought faith was a gift of God. He replied, “Some say that faith is the gift of God. So is the air, but you have to breathe it; so is bread, but you have to eat it; so is water, but you have to drink it. Some are wanting some miraculous kind of feeling. That is not faith. ‘Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.’ It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith to come stealing over me…it is for me to take God at His word.&...

The Origin of Sin

The origin of sin has perplexed Christians throughout history. Many have asked: Since God is supremely good, untainted by sin, and infinitely sovereign over His universe, how is it that sin entered the world which God declared to be “very good”? It has been suggested that God could have created angels and man in a state of holy perfection, so it would have been impossible for them to sin. However, this would have resulted in reducing God’s noblest creation to mere machine-like ...

The Church Which is His Body

DEFINITION OF THE CHURCH

 

In the New Testament, the word church is a translation of the Greek word elklesia, which means “a called-out company,” “a gathering” or an “assembly.” Stephen used the word to describe Israel as “the church (assembly) in the wilderness’, (Acts 7:38). It is also used in the book of Acts to describe a heathen mob at Ephesus (Acts 19:32,39,41). But the most common use of the word in the New Testament is to describe a group of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus Paul speaks of “the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28). In his first letter to the Corinthian Christians, the great apostle divides the whole world into Jews, Gentiles, and the church of God (1 Corinthians 10:32). Again, he identifies the church of God as including the group of Christian believers whom he persecuted before his conversion (1 Corinthians 15:9).

Great Truths About the Church

THERE IS ONE BODY According to Ephesians 4:4 there is only one Church. In spite of all the circumstances that seem to deny it, the fact remains that as far as God is concerned, there is only one body of believers on the earth today. Although this Church is never visible to man in its entirety, yet it is formed into a common body by the Holy Spirit. CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY By using the analogy of the human body (Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18), Paul teaches us that C...

Stand Fast

.... we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive (Eph. 4:14) The Amplified Bible states this same verse we may no longer be children, tossed like ships to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, the prey of the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, gamblers engaged in every shifting form of tricker...

From the Tomb to the Throne

In the first chapter of Ephesians we are taught that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has "blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (Eph. 1:3) Here we learn the source, nature and sphere of our blessings. They are from God, and are spiritual and heavenly, and are thus vastly different from the physical and earthly blessings of the nation of Israel. These Scriptures also teach us that we were selected by the Father, saved by the Son, and sealed by the Ho...

Balanced Conversation

"Let there be no ... silly talk, nor levity, which are not fitting." Ephesians. 5:4 (RSV)     Excessive levity should be avoided because it inevitably results in a leakage of spiritual power.     The preacher deals with serious issues, with life and death, with time and eternity. He may deliver a masterpiece of a message, and yet if there is undue humor in it, people are apt to remember the jokes and forget the rest.     Oftentimes the power of...
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