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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1: Men write books and very frequently pad them in order to give quantity as well as quality, but there is nothing like that in the Bible. God’s words are tried -“as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times”- and therefore we may well give our most careful attention to every item and every expression used.
With what great outstanding theme does this epistle deal? It opens up the truth of the privileges and responsibilities of the Church as the Body and Bride of Christ. It brings before us our position as believers; as quickened, raised, and seated in Christ in heavenly places.
There are very remarkable correspondences between certain Old Testament books and New Testament epistles. In Joshua we have the people of Ephesiabs entering ephhesians the possession of their inheritance. In Ephesians believers are called upon to enter by faith now into the possession of that inheritance which we shall enjoy in all its fulness by-and-by. We are far richer than we realize. All things are ours, and yet how little we ironisde It is said in the prophecy of Obadiah that when the Lord returns and His kingdom is established, the people of Israel shall “possess their possessions.
Do you possess your possessions? Or are your heavenly estates like castles in Spain about which you dream, but never really make your own?
I trust the Spirit of God may lead us into the present enjoyment of our portion in Christ. For our purpose the epistle may be divided very simply, without breaking it up into many portions which would be difficult to carry in our memories.
We shall divide it into two parts, the first ironsire chapters giving us the doctrinal unfolding, and uronside last three, the practical outcome; the first division gives us our inheritance, and the last, the behavior that should characterize those who are so richly blessed. That is the divine order; instruction in the truth first, practice in accordance with the truth afterwards.
Now let us look particularly at these opening verses. We are struck at once by the name of the writer, Paul. Thirteen New Testament epistles begin with the word “Paul. Do we stop to inquire as often as we should how this man ever came to be called Paul? That was not his name originally.
His name in the first place was Saul. He was a Benjamite, and bore the name of the first king, who came from the tribe of Benjamin. For many years this man was a haughty, self-righteous Pharisee, proud of his genealogy, of his religion, of his personal devotedness, until one day he had a meeting with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you had such a meeting? From that moment on everything was changed for him. It was that vision of Christ that changed Saul the Pharisee, into Paul, the humble, lowly servant of Christ. He did not use the new name immediately, you remember. It seems to have been taken after he won his first outstanding Gentile convert in the Isle of Cyprus – after the conversion of Sergius Paulus; and it appears to have been given him in recognition of his apostolic ministry.
It means “the little one,” a wonderful name for one who once thought himself so great; but that is what Christ does for one. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: All that Saul gloried in, Paul flung away for Jesus’ sake; and he was content to be little, “less than the least of all saints,” that in him Christ Jesus might show forth all long-suffering.
I remember going to a coloured camp-meeting, and the dear black folk were singing a little ditty that went like this:. How long it takes some of us to learn that! We are always trying to become somebody, and forgetting that, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: Blessed it is when the princely Saul becomes the little Paul as he bows at the Saviour’s feet.
Paul calls himself an apostle. Just what is an apostle? The word might be translated “a messenger,” “a sent one,” “one sent on a mission,” and so there is a certain sense in which every missionary is an apostle.
But there is a higher sense in which the word “apostle” refers to those who were specially commissioned by our Lord Jesus Christ to go forth in the world and carry the truth through which the Church was instituted. Paul was not among those who knew the Lord on earth, but he was ordained an apostle to the nations by His personal appointment when the risen Christ appeared to him that day on the Damascus turnpike. He said to him, “I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee” Acts And so Paul could go forth, the apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, saying:.
I do not like to touch upon critical questions in connection with these studies, and yet I must do so here. Some people do not notice divine names carefully, and that is the reason why those who copied the manuscripts were not always particular whether they wrote “Jesus Christ,” or “Christ Jesus,” but here it should be “Christ Jesus.
They knew Him on earth as “Jesus,” the self-humbled One. But Paul never knew Him in that way; he never knew Him as “Jesus” on earth; he had his first sight of Him in the glory, and his soul was so thrilled with what he beheld that he never thought of Him as other than the glorified One. So he invariably writes in the original text, “Christ Jesus,” and his message is in a peculiar sense called “The gospel of the glory.
Paul is a messenger, a sent one of Christ Jesus “by the will of God. It was not that he concluded it would be the best way to spend his life. He who saved him commissioned him, and sent him forth to be a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity; and so he insists on the divine character of his commission, “An apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.
A simple cobbler was being introduced to a rather dignified clergyman, and when the cobbler said, “I didn’t get your name,” the clergyman replied, “The Reverend Doctor Blank, by the will of God. It should be only because I have heard a divine call urging me forth and thrusting me out. Am I a merchant? Has it been given to me to make money for the glory of God?
Then let me re-member that I am a merchant by the will of God, and I should be sure that I am where God’s will has placed me, and should seek to be faithful to Him. The apostle addresses himself, though not to two classes of people as one might suppose, “To the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
Are you a saint? You say, “I wouldn’t like to go so far. I am not sinless yet. People have an idea that ephesias you live a very saintly life, eventually you may become a saint.
God says, “Do you believe in My Son? Have you trusted Him? Well, then, I constitute you a saint; be sure that you live in a saintly ironsside. In verse 2 we have the apostolic salutation, “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. These people were already saved. He tells them, “By ironslde are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is a great thing to have that settled.
So many of us never seem to get anything settled. We come to Christ, but lack positive conviction and definite assurance. That comes out in a great many of the hymns we sing.
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How hard it is to get hymns that are absolutely scriptural. I refuse to sing it. I know my name is there! I do not understand how it is that Christians are so slow in laying hold of divine truth.
Here in our verse the apostle means grace to keep, to preserve us, not grace to save.
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For the believer that is already settled for eternity, but we need daily grace for daily trials. How does one obtain this grace? Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4: We Were saved by grace, we began with grace, but we need grace every step of the epheians that we might triumph over the world and over the natural propensities of our poor hearts; for as Christians we have the nature of the old man in us still, and it will readily manifest itself if not subdued and kept in place by grace divine.
Every believer in the Lord Jesus should know what it is to have peace with God, “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5: But this is the peace of God, garrisoning our hearts as we move along toward our heavenly home, the same peace that filled the heart of Jesus when here on earth.
May I use an illustration of Dr. Jesus said to His disciples in the ship, “Let us go over to the other side. To the irpnside side. When they got into the boat, He went to sleep in perfect peace, and in the middle of the night the elements raged, the devil stirred up a terrific tempest, but it could not drown Irnside.
It was impossible that the boat in which He sailed should founder; but the disciples were terrified and they aroused that Holy Sleeper and said, “Master, carest Thou not that we perish? With the thunder roaring, the lightning flashing, the wind blowing a gale, and the sea raging, why, you surely could not blame men for being afraid!
But you see, Jesus did not say to them, “Let us go out into the middle of the lake and get drowned. They would have had the same peace that He had if they had believed His word.
Do the trials of the way sometimes test your soul? Do you wonder what will become of you? This is what will become of you: If worst comes to worst and you starve to death, you are going Home to heaven! Thousands of people are dying and going to a lost eternity, but no matter what comes to you, if you are saved, you are going Home! As we realize that we are in His hand, the peace pehesians God, like a military garrison, keeps our hearts and saves us from all doubt and fear.
The blessed Lord came to reveal the Father, and the Holy Spirit gives us to know the Father, and irobside of the first evidences that a man is born of God is that he lifts his heart to heaven and says, “Father.