Ephesians 4:20 The Obvious Lesson

Ephesians 4:20 (KJV)
But ye have not so learned Christ;

The passage clearly sets Christ to be our example.

Negatively
We never see in Jesus:

  • A vain walk
  • A darkened understanding
  • An alienation from God
  • A blind heart
  • An unfeeling nature
  • A lascivious lifestyle

Positively
We do see in Jesus:

  • Righteousness
  • Holiness
  • Truthfulness
  • Charity
  • Honesty
  • Graciousness
  • Kindness
  • Forgiveness

The obvious lesson is what we have learned of Christ ought to be the practice of the Christian.

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Ephesians 4:20 The Obvious Lesson

Ephesians 2:5-7 The Scope of Salvation

Ephesians 2:5-7 (KJV)
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:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians chapter two is one of the most powerful chapters of the New Testament.

Consider the scope of just these three verses.

Salvation as it relates to our past
We were dead in sins” In other words, we needed to be saved. No one has ever been fit for heaven before salvation.

Salvation as it relates to our present
By grace ye are saved.” 

Look at this list of present-day benefits:

  • Hath quickened is together
  • Raised us up together
  • Made us sit together in heavy places

Salvation as it relates to our future
In the ages to come” Then God shows us the riches of His grace and kindness.

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Ephesians 2:12 But By Grace

Ephesians 2:12 (KJV)
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

This chapter ends on an incredibly high note, but it begins with desperation. Before a person can ever appreciate where he is, he must appreciate from where he has come. 

This verse bluntly says:

  • You were without Christ
  • You were without promise
  • You were without hope
  • You were without God

But by grace and through faith they had been saved. Because of that, they had been made part of the new man in Christ and had been included in the household of GOD and had been made to fit and to grow there. 

The same is true of all who know Christ as Saviour.

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Ephesians 5:6 Why God’s Wrath?

Ephesians 5:6 (KJV)
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

I see this as a New Testament companion to Psalms One. The thing that stirs up the wrath of God against the children of disobedience is that they are deceived with vain words. They have listened to the sinners, the scornful, and the ungodly. They have been deceived with the vain and lying words. 

They wouldn’t be children of disobedience if they were not so deceived. If they listened to the Word of God, to those called and faithful to preach it; if they trusted the words of the man of God more than they did the vain and deceitful words of the ungodly, sinners and scornful, they would be children of God. They would trust Christ for salvation, and they would be born again. 

But this passage is not directly written to the unsaved that they would get saved. It is written to those who are the children of God. The admonition is simple. As children of God we must carefully avoid these same vain words and the men who speak them. 

As every ear today hangs on the words of medical professionals, government leaders and statisticians, let us, who are the children of God, hang onto another source of authority, God and His Word, and those who preach it with integrity. 

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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.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4300 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

Ephesians 2:4 Inexhaustible Mercy

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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 6:14 The Original Minute Men

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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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