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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. One must pray for discernment and daily adorn the Armor of the Lord. Know God and His Word for yourself. As believers we are to seek the will and way of the Lord above all else. 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! "THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!"~
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. Denominations & non denominations are the results of division and the splitting of congregations. Always remember that in the eyes of God there is only one Universal Church that belongs to Him.
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!”