Ephesians A Case Study In God's Eternal Kingdom

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Ephesians A Case Study In God's ETERNAL KINGDOM

Ephesians is a marvelous, awe-inspiring Epistle written by Paul to the saints in Ephesus! There is a wealth of wonderful wisdom continually disbursed throughout the Book of Ephesians. Paul writes to strengthen, enlighten and encourage the Church to give them Hope! Rather than depicting the Church as just a mere organization it brings to view God’s Church as a vital imperative ever growing organism! Jesus Christ being the Head of His Church, His Body and His Bride! We as believers are God’s children and become a part of His Eternal Kingdom! The key scripture: “There is one body and one Spirit just as you were called to one Hope when you were called to one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism; one God and Father of ALL, who is over ALL and through ALL and in ALL.”

Ephesians is one of my favorites! It is a marvelous wellspring flowing with many invaluable life sustaining principles! I highly recommend it to new believers as well as anyone else who wants to know just how wonderful it is to know Jesus! It is a book that one can eagerly indulge in spiritual enlightenment! Here you discover about predestination! In God’s time we are adopted as His children. God knows before we are born who belongs to Him! “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestinated according to the plan of Him who works everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, Who were the first to HOPE in Christ, might be the Praise for His GLORY.”

We must not get sidetracked from God’s intended purpose for His Church! Paul starts out with a warm wonderful hearty reassuring salutation; “Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the Father our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every SPIRITUAL BLESSING in Christ. For He CHOSE US in HIM BEFORE the creation of the world to be Holy and blameless in His sight…” Before going any further one needs to “Camp here,” meditate, pray and absorb the invaluable significance of this magnificent TRUTH!

Through Jesus Christ we have immeasurable benefits! These are not necessarily benefits that one can see. There is nothing to compare with them, especially since they are of a heavenly source. God is totally aware of everything! God alone is Sovereign! Now that’s deep! Once we sincerely accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior we are adopted into the family of God! We then represent Him in the world. As we develop our personal intimate ongoing relationship through His Holy Spirit we are able to grow spiritually! We also become more aware of who He is and what our life purpose is! We are not “Saved” because we deserve it! It is a precious invitation that is extended to “whosoever will let him come...” We have been redeemed, chosen for His plan of Salvation and Eternal Life which is a precious gift that Jesus paid for with His life! As believers; “Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the PRAISE of HIS GLORY!”

It is by the work of the Holy Spirit within us our minds and hearts are opened and He begins to reveal to us the TRUTH of His Word! “For it is by GRACE we are SAVED, through FAITH, and this is not of yourselves, but it is the gift of God, not by works so NO ONE can boast…” This is what is so wonderful about God! Our true identity is in Him not in any institution nor legalism! No matter how much one learns there is always so much more to know! It really is about how we live before the Lord! It is important to know who you are in Jesus Christ, we can freely approach God humbly yet with confidence! I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in the inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts by Faith…”

In Ephesians Paul expounds on God’s GRACE! The fullness of God is Awesome! In Him we are complete~! Although we are saved we must continually ask to be filled with His Holy Spirit, this keeps us forever dependent on Him! God has made us all uniquely different with various strengths and weaknesses. We are called to be children of the Light and our actions should reflect our faith and trust in Him! Whenever you are persecuted, mistreated, slandered, maligned, falsely accused and misunderstood rest knowing that God knows! It is so much more important what God knows rather than what others think! This really becomes a good time to cling closer to Him and remember “The TRUTH sets you free!” Man quite often judges by outside appearances.

You may, or should I say will eventually at some point get angry. But when you do, handling it God’s WAY means exercising self control! The enemy will strategically put many obstacles, situations as well as people in your path attempting to get you off course! One must really become prayerful and discerning and seek God’s direction! Patience truly is an understated virtue as well as part of the FRUIT of His Spirit! As you practice being patient it becomes easier to do! One cannot achieve spiritual disciplines without the Holy Spirit! It is possible, Paul tells us “to be angry and sin not. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath…” One must focus on the Lord in order to remain calm in the midst of mistreatment and when attempting to handle anger properly. It really is not all about us! Paul tells us to put away corrupt communication, bitterness and anger. He encourages us to instead minister to one another… It is important to begin to learn how to bridle your tongue and not just say what you feel without thinking. Sometimes it’s better to just say nothing at all… Think; is it your intent to hurt, control or bring healing? There are healthier ways to release anger rather than allow it to “stew and fester,” this only leads to bitterness that is self destructive. In many cases this is why so many become depressed. Depression is anger turned inwardly!

Having God in your life and resolving issues and problems His way yields much Peace! It is important that one becomes increasingly aware of God’s Omnipresence! He is everywhere we go therefore it is far better to live to please Him! Through His Holy Spirit we are given spiritual strength to endure life’s many challenges… “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that works in us, to Him be GLORY in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever…”

Ephesians was written to the Church at large and not to just a person. Many strive for popularity, prestige and recognition rather than seek for God’s approval. These things within themselves are not bad, but we must know that man is fickle and inconsistently changes so very easily. Therefore it is important to know that through the Lord we really have everything we will ever need. He really does know everything we think, say do or do not do and why!

It is been said that the Church of Ephesus was started by the ministry team of Priscilla & Aquila they were a great example of a husband and wife team who labored together and the Church met in their home. One is never mentioned without the other in the Scriptures! Paul later came to Ephesus and helped to further establish and encourage them. Today we have a wide assortment of congregations throughout the world both large and small. Mega to storefront in size, the congregations range from the thousands to a few hundred and sometimes much less, the growing, numerous denominations vary just as much. What is most important is the quality sound Bible teaching and preaching one receives! It is also important one must keep in mind that we the people are God's Church, not the building of “brick, mortar and stucco” here is where we come together and congregate to worship, fellowship and Praise HIM! Jesus is not coming back for a Church built by hands. “Know your body is the temple of the Living GOD!”

Ephesians talks about fornication, covetousness, idolatry, adultery, drinking, marriage as well as submission. Instructions as to how children, and parents should relate to one another to name a few and so much more. It becomes increasingly clearer that we who claim to be believers need to know God’s Word, embrace and apply His principles within our lives daily! Yes, “We are “in the world but not of world!” We are a part of God’s ETERNAL KINGDOM! As children of God we face an opponent that wants to defeat us anyway he can…. To divide and conquer is also one of his tactics, notice just how many families and marriages are being torn apart in this 21st century... Paul prolifically concludes Ephesians by encouraging us “To be strong in the Lord and His MIGHTY POWER. Put on the full armor of GOD so that you can take your stand against the devils’ schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms. Therefore put on the whole armor of God, and after you have done everything to stand, Stand firm….” One must always continue in prayer, praying unceasingly and keep in mind; On Christ the SOLID ROCK I stand all other ground is sinking sand…… “To GOD Be The GLORY!”

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

the book of Ephesians is also one of my favorite books in the Bible. thanks for sharing the truths of God's Word.

coffeesnob 6 years ago

You know what I like best about being adopted into God's family? He chose me. gotta love it! thanks for a great hub

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Hi DeBorrah.

I think what I appreciate most about Paul's letter to the Ephesians is that he presents God's eternal purpose to save men through faith in Christ emphasizing that the "the dividing wall of hostility" between Jews and Gentiles has been broken down through the cross of Christ. May we continually strive as Paul extols us to live as worthy, true Christians.

Blessings, Thank you!

Forever His,

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

In many ways, RevLady, we who write within this category are much like Paul. We write to encourage, worship, praise and teach others. Our little "epistles" (Hubs) serve to help others. Who knows if the Hub we write today won't be seen by one who needs to see what God says about something we're struggling with right now!

DeBorrah, I've always seen Ephesians as both a book of encouragement and instruction. Guidance in developing our relationship with Jesus. The point you made through Paul's writing concerning anger and depression needs to be really understood by those who lean on expensive pharmaceutical options in an effort to rid themselves of depression. the alleged "professionals" they seek out provide only that which "masks" the symptoms while never locating, identifying and neutralizing the core issue. Because it makes them feel "better" temporarily, neither the "professional nor the substance never seeks to resolve the problem(s) which are the foundation of the depression.

Hence, the patient is now more dependant on Dr. Doughnut and his mixed dozen of "creamy delights" as opposed to God.

Dependancy then becomes idolatory. We have now become "of the world."

Deborrah, I thank you for this. Many will find it a blessing. Many more will see it as something they needed to read. God will see it as your forever obedience in Him.

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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Another great one. Thanks for reminding us the teachings of Apostle Paul to the Ephesians.

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Great Hub, thanks sister.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I always learn so much from your hubs!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Putz Ballard, Indeed it is a Wonderful book! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share, Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Coffeesnob, It is wonderful when you KNOW you are chosen! Praise God! You are so welcome! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share, do come again, Blessings

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Rev Lady, Hello to you as well! It is wonderful and quite comforting, knowing that we can be one through Jesus Christ! Thank you for bringing out that great point about "the dividing wall of hostility” being broken down… There are so many "precious nuggets" in Ephesians! One must take the time to taste, savor and digest its many nutritious spiritually nourishing benefits! Thank you for shining more light here! Be encouraged as you encourage others!

Yes! Let’s us continue to “live to please the Lord” He truly is worthy! Thank you for sharing as always, Blessings!

It is well with my soul!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Unchained Grace, Ephesians truly is a book of encouragement and instruction. It contains marvelous principles for life and living God’s WAY!

I too have seen many fall prey to pharmaceutical dependency. In some extreme cases it becomes necessary to balance the depleted neurotransmitters in the brain…. However more often than not it serves to cover up and underlying problem. It is of late in this 21st century that there is a growing dependency of both legal and illegal drugs to pacify and control. Lord Help! GOD IS ABLE! As you so wisely stated: “the alleged "professionals" they seek out provide only that which "masks" the symptoms while never locating, identifying and neutralizing the core issue. Because it makes them feel "better" temporarily, neither the "professional nor the substance never seeks to resolve the problem(s) which are the foundation of the depression.

Yes, Rather than get to the root of the problem and source of true inner healing where Peace of mind resides. All too often many would rather give others a “piece of their mind”…. God has a remedy! He KNOWS everything that any and everyone has experienced! The key to true inner healing resides in Him! It is so important to seek him above all else….

Thank you for your visiting and sharing your insightful comments! I am sure others will be blessed by them as well, Blessings!

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Philipo, You are quite welcome! Ephesians truly is a spiritual treat! Thank You for stopping by and sharing your comments. As always, Blessings!

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Vladimir Uhri, Thank you and you are quite welcome, brother! I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and share, Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Habee, Thank You! I too, so enjoy your wonderful array of interesting & informative hubs as well! Always nice of you to stop by... Blessings!

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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


I have enjoyed and grown from reading this great hub. It was said that Ephesians is one of the most maturing books of the bible. Thanks for sharing with us.

God Bless

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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Thank you, Yes, the Apostle Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit really packed a powerful message into this letter to the church of that time. Super hub, DeBorrah K. the only way this could be improved is to increase the size of the lettering!

God Bless you, Jesus is loving you all the way!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

godPreacher, Thank you! I am truly touched by your humble comments, brother! May the Lord continue to use you mightily as you encourage others to draw closer to Him!

It is so wonderful knowing that the Lord always knows the intentions our hearts! May we as His children continue to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Praise God for the gift of His Precious Holy Spirit! In His Love, PEACE & BLESSINGS!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Artin2010, You are quite welcome! Ephesians is really quite interesting! You are right about Paul it is so amazing how very helpful it still is today... Thank you and I am Loving JESUS all the WAY as well! Thank you for visiting and sharing your kind words, Please do come again, In His Love & Blessings!

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Precious Pearl 6 years ago

DeBorrah ... what an awesome woman of God you are ... I love the way that you dig into the Word and find the choicest offerrings. Thank you. Blessings & Love!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Precious Pearl, What a precious pearl you are no wonder the beautiful smile! It truly is wonderful knowing who you are in Jesus Christ! Thank you my sister for allowing your light to shine here.... In His love & Blessings!

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for an encouraging Hub. I like Ephesians because it's such a short book to read. I am very encouraged by a scripture you wrote which I know so well, but haven't thought of it for a while. The verse that says, God is able to do exceeding abundantly than that which we ask or think. Thanks, this has encouraged my heart today.

Have a lovely weekend. :)

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Lady E, You are quite welcome! Ephesians is packed with a lot of "Spiritual Nuggets" I am so glad your heart was encouraged! As always its a pleasure when you stop by! Have a Wonderful Joyful weekend as well, much Love & Blessings!

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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

dear DeBorrah, all of apostle Paul's letters are not easy to understand and your hub have made me understand more, thank you for sharing this, God Bless You!

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stephensaldana 6 years ago from Chicago

Enlightening Hub!!!!!!

The book of Ephesians is my favorite book. The hub had touched the gravity of matter and done the necessary needful. The hub is immensely useful for the large junk of population who is desperately looking for such kind of books. A remarkable peace of text indeed.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Febriedethan, You are quite welcome! I am glad that this was helpful! The Apostle Paul's letters are wonderful! Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend as well! Blessings!

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Stephensaldana, Thank you for sharing your comments here! Ephesians really does have a wealth of information! It is indeed a powerful and exhilarating book I so enjoy it as well. Your visit is much appreciated! Please do come again, Blessings!

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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

YOU ALWAYS BLESSES ME WITH YOUR HUBS!!!!!!!!!!!! ALWAYS!!! Thank you! Much love to you.

DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

DrPastorCarlotta, Ephesians truly is a wonderful Book full of spiritual nourishment! I am so glad that you have been Blessed! Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments! Much Love & Blessings! To God Be The Glory!

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Ephesians is surely one of my favorite books in the Bible and one of the most meaningful. Your summary here on its teachings and intent is awesome. Thank you very much for this edifying work.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

James A Watkins, It indeed is a Wonderful book! Thank You for visiting and sharing your commments. You as always are quite welcome! In His love, Blessings to you and yours!

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shareitt 6 years ago

Very interesting hub and a good reminder that it should be "God's way".

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Shareitt, Thank you for visiting and sharing, yes "it should be God's Way." Blessings!

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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Thank you Deborrah for a great hub! Your hubs are quite well researched and I appreciate them.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Einron, You are quite welcome! Ephesians is a marevelous Book! I am so thankful to have been able to actually visit Ephesus as well! Thank you for visiting, In His love, Blessings!

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