Ephesians 3:4 Read it and Re-read It

Ephesians 3:4 (KJV)
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

The way to understand the mysteries of God is through reading God’s Word.

Paul had spoken already in this letter of the marvelous truths that are impossible to comprehend without the help of the Holy Spirit

  • How those who are dead in sin are quickened by the Spirit
  • How we are not saved by good works but to good works
  • How the prince of the power of the air induces disobedience but Christ creates newness of life
  • How through salvation a new body is formed made of Jews and Gentiles and called a church

The way to get hold of the truths of God is through reading, re-reading and consistent instruction in God’s Word. It is this Word we must have. When we read it, we understand.

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Ephesians 2:2-3 Not To Be Trusted

Ephesians 2:2-3 (KJV)
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Paul, Jew by birth, writing to a church made up of both Jews and Gentiles, said we all had our conversation among the children of disobedience and under the influence of the spirit of the prince of the power of the air.

It is foolish of any of us to believe that an unsaved person is influenced by anything but that spirit.

  • People we love
  • Politicians we vote for
  • Personalities who are popular

Every one of them, if they are not washed through the blood of Christ, are children of disobedience and behave the way the prince of the power of the air leads them. They are not to be trusted.

Even believers wrestle with their old nature and sometimes fall in defeat. For the children of disobedience, there is no choice but to fall. Their character is always subject to that spirit of the devil.

 

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Ephesians 2:2-3 Not To Be Trusted

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Ephesians 1:3 Not All Appreciate Them

Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

The Word of God says our blessings are:

  • Spiritual and
  • In heavenly places

We err to our hurt when we think, expect or seek from God blessings that are temporal and earthly. The blessings God gives are rich and administered to us through the wisdom and prudence of God. They are blessings such as:

  • Holiness before Him
  • Adoption as His children
  • Forgiveness of sins
  • An expectation of heaven
  • An inheritance awaiting us

The blessings that belong to the Christian are abundant and sweet. They are greater than we could have ever hoped. But they are spiritual and heavenly so only the spiritually minded Christian can appreciate them.

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Galatians 6:16 True Israel

Galatians 6:16 (KJV)
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

The Book of Galatians not only speaks of the flesh and the Spirit but also of an Israel after the flesh and an Israel of God. Gill says of the Israel of God, “Israel his elect; who are redeemed by him, out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation; who are called by his grace, and are styled Israel his called”

There is an Israel who is not Israel at all. They have

  • the blood of the Jews and
  • the traditions of the Jews but not
  • the heart of the Jews

because their heart is not after God.

Then there is an Israel who is true though not Israel after the flesh.

  • They do not possess the blood of the Jews.
  • They do not keep the traditions of the Jews

but they are Israel indeed because they possess a heart after God’s own heart.

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Galatians 5:5 Eternal Failure

Galatians 5:5 (KJV)
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

The thrust of the whole book of Galatians is to contrast the flesh and the Spirit and to once and for all decimate any notion of earning true righteousness through fleshly obedience to the law.

The flesh attempts to work out righteousness. Those involved come to see themselves as righteous based upon their success in that obedience. The more they obey, the more righteous they see themselves. Thus they are prone to self-righteous pride and a judgmental heart towards those who have not attained their level of obedience. They see themselves as righteous and refuse to see their own unrighteousness.

Believers on the other hand have a hope. They know they are not righteous therefore they have no reason to judge others. By faith they wait for that hope for righteousness to be finally fulfilled by God.

Believers obey but they do so for different reasons than those who walk in the flesh. They obey from the position of hope. The flesh obeys from the position of work.

  • The one obeys because of the promise of God the other obeys because of the power of the flesh.
  • The one has a Biblical expectation of fulfillment; the other faces the shattered reality of eternal failure.

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Galatians 5:5 Eternal Failure

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Galatians 4:30 Cast It Away

Galatians 4:30 (KJV)
Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

What picture the wives of Abraham serve there can be no doubt. The word of God clearly teaches the women are the two covenants and that Hagar (Agar) answers to Mount Sinai, The Mosaic Law.

The free woman was first
Which is also the clear teaching of the Bible. Grace came first. The Law was second.

The free woman produces through promise
It is not by works but by faith in the promises of God that righteousness springs

Notice that we are to cast out the bond woman And her son.

  • We are not to embrace them as the original and truest way.
  • We are not to make a room for them so they are welcome to stay
  • We are not to defend them as members of the same faith
  • We are to utterly cast them away.

This all speaks of the Judaizers of Paul’s day, the modern Messianic movement. It is an offense to the gospel of Christ to present Messianic Judaism as anything less than a false doctrine. It is as reprehensible as any non-Christian cult. It is an error that condemns souls forever to hell. Cast it away! Call on believers of all nations to unite with the New Testament House of God, which is a local, visible Baptist Church.

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Esther 7:9 Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

Esther 7:9 (KJV)
And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

Haman had built the gallows:

  • For a man the king delighted to honor
  • Without proof of the man’s guilt
  • Without authority to do the deed for which it was designed.

Harbonah may have been the very messenger sent to fetch Haman to the banquet or else he was in close enough relationship to the messenger to have received word of the gallows. In the very room where Haman plotted against Esther’s family stood a man who knew Haman’s secret plan for Esther’s cousin.

Such evil as his may linger for a very long time but it does not escape the eye of God.

He is taken by the snare he created for another.

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Galatians 2:14 Peter Lived Like a Gentile

Galatians 2:14 (KJV)
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

Paul clearly affirmed that, though Peter was a Jew and the apostle to the circumcision, he lived after the manner of the Gentiles. The writers say this is in regards to eating with Gentiles and eating meat that Jews were commanded not to eat. I suggest that this would also include other burdens placed upon the Jews by the religious leaders.

Though Peter, Barnabas and some others had a “relapse” that Paul boldly confronted, the truth is still plain enough; these early believers, though Jews by blood, lived as do Gentiles and not Jews.

The modern Messianic Jews are wrong.

  • They are the new Judaizers and not the remnant of what real Christianity looks like.
  • They are the followers of the heretics Paul, Peter, John and Jude all preached against.

They are not the ones who can bring us back to first century Christianity. They are the ones who attempt to remove unsuspecting souls from the faith.

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Esther 6:2-3 Perfect Timing

Esther 6:2-3 (KJV)
And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

Mordecai did what was right without thought for compensation or reward. The circumstances with Esther had led him to be in the right place to hear of the conspiracy against the king.

They also put him in a prominent place to be spotted by hateful Haman. Haman’s plot against the Jews had been hatched and the date for its execution set. But neither Haman nor the devil knew what God was preparing for a rescue. Mordecai had exposed the conspiracy against the king because it was the right thing to do. No reward was offered and none was expected. But now, just when the Jews need some “inside help”, God reminded the King of Mordecai’s deed. Mordecai’s reward did not come immediately. He did not expect to receive a reward at all. But when the reward came it was:

  • Perfect timing
  • Perfectly executed and
  • Perfectly suited to the crisis the Jews faced

It would be best if we serve God because He is worthy. It would be best if we were content and sought no reward. But the Bible does promise us rewards that will be perfectly timed, perfectly fulfilled and perfectly suited according to our service for the Saviour.

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2 Corinthians 13:10 A Wiser Course of Preaching

2 Corinthians 13:10 (KJV)
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

There is a power that comes with the call to preach, a power of persuasion, rhetoric and influence. Not all preachers have this power to the same degree or over the same number of people but we all possess it.  A preacher is wise to recognize it and to handle the power carefully.

Paul classifies the power into just two groups:

  • The power to edification
  • The power to destruction

He does not say a preacher must always use the power to edification. There is an appropriate time to pull down and destroy. However he does indicate a desire to edify rather than destroy. I have met some preachers whose whole ministry is focused on destruction. Every message is meant to condemn intimidate cast down and tear up.

A wiser course would be to plow up only so you can plant, water, nurture and grow.

 

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