Ephesians 2:4 Inexhaustible Mercy

Ephesians 2:4 (KJV)
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

It happens that I read today both Ephesians 3 and Psalms 136. The literary style of the Psalm is poetic as it drives home, in 26 verses, that, “His mercy endureth forever.” Now this verse in Ephesians gives us the reason for His mercy; “His great love wherewithal He loves us.

As enduring as is His mercy, His love for us is that great. It is unending, inexhaustible and eternal. God’s love extends to:

  • The Jew and the Gentile
  • The saved and the lost
  • The child and the adult
  • The male and the female
  • The faithful and the unfaithful
  • The obedient and the disobedient

No doubt, the desire of God, and the purpose for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the saving of souls and the sanctification of the saved. But God’s love is greater than our relationship with Him and therefore His mercy endures our sin to give us, over and again, opportunities to make right our walk with Him.

 

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Ephesians 5:3-5 Giving Of Thanks

Ephesians 5:3-5 (KJV)
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

It is remarkable that, in the midst of all this sin, in the midst of all this that should not be named among the members of God’s churches, there is this one good thing, this one thing we ought to be known for, the giving of thanks.

I notice that thanksgiving; gratitude as the secular world calls it, is a common theme these days. Life coaches teach gratitude. We are told that successful businesspeople practice gratitude. Even military operators proclaim the power of gratitude in the hardest conflicts. But the gratitude they speak of is not the thanksgiving of God’s Word. Perhaps the reason why Christian thanksgiving is less influential than it ought to be is that Christians are mimicking worldly gratitude and calling it thanksgiving.

The thanks giving of the Bible is unique because:

  • It is focused on God
  • It is not moved by circumstances and
  • It is constant among varying believers

None of us have the same life experiences. That makes no difference in Christian thanksgiving. Our focus is God, not “everything” (in everything give thanks)

Therefore:

  • Our circumstances don’t move us either to or from thanksgiving and
  • It is the same for believers of all walks because God is the same.

This giving of thanks ought to be the most well known thing about us.

 

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Ephesians 2:1-6 Past, Present and Future

Ephesians 2:1-6 (KJV)
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
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.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

I love the past, present and future tenses in this portion of the Bible.

Past:

  • Quickened, it’s done
  • Were dead, not now
  • Ye walked, but that was in times past
  • We all had our conversation, no more
  • Were by nature, we have a new nature
  • He loved us, and His love acted
  • Raised us up together, it’s already happened

Present:

  • That now worketh, Satan isn’t finished
  • God is rich in mercy, praise the Lord
  • Ye are saved, not future, right now
  • Made us sit, God sees us as already seated in heavenly places

Future:

  • It is implied, if God sees us raised and seated in heavenly places, we can be assured it will come to pass.

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Ephesians 6:14 The Original Minute Men

Ephesians 6:14 (KJV)
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Especially was it true in Ancient Greece that the threat of an advancing army was ever present. For an Ancient Greek community the question of an attack was not if but when. Most often that attack would be by another Greek community. Land was how they survived and prospered and the way to get land was to take it.

Every Greek male was expected to stand when the time came to stand and march when the plans was to advance themselves. He was the original “Minute man” ready to leave his fields and do battle when called for. In exchange, this male was given the privilege of voice. He had a vote in his community’s civil matters

Christians too know that their enemy is ever present. It isn’t if he will attack the house of God, which is the church, it is when.

  • Every Christian within the church is the glue that holds that church together.
  • Every Christian has input into the direction the church will take.
  • Every Christian therefore has a responsibility to stand when the enemy advances and to march when his or her church advances on the enemy.

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Ephesians 1:23 The Fulness of Christ

Ephesians 1:23 (KJV)
Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Too little focus is placed these days on the church. It is considered secondary to what is supposed to be the invisible, universal church/body. It is thought to be imperfect and therefore not necessary. It is considered by some to be corrupt and in that case to be rejected.

As to the invisible universal concept
I contend that so such thing exists in the Bible. It is a relic derived from Catholicism. It is conjured up in Bible studies bent on Protestant presupposition.

As to the charge that not church is perfect
I agree. Churches are composed of sinful human beings. Though we are saved we are not without sin. But the church itself is a perfect answer for imperfect saints. It is a place, given to us of the Lord, to aide us in God’s plan to conform us into Christ’s image.

As to the charge that churches are corrupt
That is not a fair assessment. Of course there are corrupt churches. There are entire denominations that are corrupt. Satan has created Christian denominations for the very purpose of corrupting Christianity. That does not mean that every church is corrupt. Find one that is not.

God puts so much emphasis on the church that He calls it “the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Christ is the fullness of God and the church is the fullness of Christ.

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Ephesians 5:15 The Foolish and The Wise

Ephesians 5:15 (KJV)
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

We have here a definition of the wise walk and the foolish walk, all wrapped up in one word, circumspectly.

The word means “carefully, diligently and with an eye all around; on guard for temptations wherever they may appear.”

  • The foolish are not careful
  • The wise are

John Gill writes of this passage,

“such walk like fools,

  • whose eyes are not upon their ways;
  • who walk in their own ways, which are crooked, and ways of darkness, and lead to destruction;
  • who walk after the flesh, and naked, without the garments of a holy life and conversation; and with lamps, but no oil in them:

and such walk as wise men, who

  • walk according to the rule of God’s word,
  • make Christ their pattern,
  • have the Spirit for their guide, and

walk as becomes the Gospel of Christ; inoffensively to all men,

  • in wisdom towards them that are without, and
  • in love to them that are within; and
  • as pilgrims and strangers in this world, looking for a better country; and
  • so as to promote the glory of God, and the good of souls.

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Ephesians 4:16 Every Member is Important

Ephesians 4:16 (KJV)
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Unity in the church is the effect of every member’s participation. This verse phrases it, “that which every joint supplieth.”

The importance of every member of the church just can’t be overstated. It is true that some members will be:

  • more active
  • more visible and
  • more acknowledged

It is not true that any one member is more important than another.

That’s why one of the tasks of those in the ministry is to perfect and mature every member. The preacher must make himself aware of each and every one that he might:

  • Pray for them
  • Encourage them and
  • Build them up in the Lord.

It is easy to focus on those who insist on more attention or to focus on those who are the busiest and most reliable. That’s a mistake. The most reliable servers probably should get the lion’s share of the preacher’s attention but they should certainly not get all of it.

And those who demand attention? They are a drain on the unity, not a part of it.

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Ephesians 2:15 Make More of the Church

Ephesians 2:15 (KJV)
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

This appears to me to hearken back to Genesis 2:24 and ties this passage to Ephesians chapter five. Just as marriage takes two people with:

  • Different family blood
  • Different cultural backgrounds and interests
  • Different traditions
  • Different tastes and dislikes

and makes the two, one flesh, so does the church with Jews and Gentiles.

  • The one was nigh unto God, the other far off
  • The one was steeped in godly traditions, the other in worldly one
  • The one the family of the Messiah, the other was ignorant of His promise

The years of difference had driven such a wedge between the two that the enmity was thick and impenetrable.

Christ reconciled the two, not by compromising the one with the other, but by making from the two one new man.

That new man resides within the church. We must never make light of it. We must always draw more to it.

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Ephesians 6:24 Do You Love the Lord?

Ephesians 6:24 (KJV)
Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.

What an interesting way to close this letter to the Ephesians. Albert Barnes says there could not have been a more appropriate way to close it.

The Word of God wishes grace upon those who not only claim to love Jesus but who love our Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity.

Two thousand years ago, just as today, there were those whose claim to love Christ was not

  • Sincere
  • Genuine and
  • From the heart

For whatever reason there has always been those who have another motive for their professed faith in Christ. They have a love that is

  • Feigned
  • Unreal and
  • Insincere

The importance of this is that the promise of grace from God only extends to those with sincere love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

It therefore behooves us to examine ourselves to be sure of that sincerity.

 

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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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