His Glorious Inheritance

Inheritance.jpgReading the book of Ephesians is sort of like climbing Mount Everest. It’s a tough climb, and it’s the highest climb. There’s a lot of work that goes into the preparation before and after. Then comes the climb itself, and it is brutal, but once you’re at the top, it’s so beautiful that you are speechless. Every hardship you just experienced turns to wonder, every trial to triumph, and every pain to pleasure. The below Scripture is tough to climb through, but once you do, once you climb to the top and see the wonder that exists in the Everest of Scripture that is Ephesians, you will be speechless. Continue reading “His Glorious Inheritance”

The Glory of Christ

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Every Christian should meditate and dwell on Scripture. But the below passage especially should be one of the keystones of our Scripture memorization. It’s definitely one of the steaks of Scripture so to speak. To summarize the previous posts in Ephesians, I would say this: We see the inheritance of God given, the predestination of God explained, the gospel of God proclaimed, the sealing of the Spirit applied, and all for this purpose: to the praise of the glory of God’s grace in Christ. Let’s dig further…

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The Seal of the Spirit

Ephesians-2The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is a teaching throughout Scripture that is very cloudy in our modern day. There’s a lot of teaching today that attributes work to the Spirit that He doesn’t do and a lot of teaching that lacks in informing us of what He does do. It’s so unfortunate because He has a great ministry in this world and in the life of a believer. There is an extensive description given in John 14-16 of who He is and what He does. To summarize it, Jesus teaches us that the Spirit is our Helper, who will be with us forever (John. 14:16), that He is our guide who will lead us into all the truth (John. 16:13), and that His ministry is one of conviction (John. 16:8), showing people they are sinners in need of God’s grace. To summarize a summary, the Spirit’s primary ministry is the glorify Jesus (John. 16:14). That description alone narrows down how we can know when we see Him working. To give one example then, if the truth of the gospel is being heralded in a church, we can know the Spirit is at work! And it is in this proclamation of the gospel that something else amazing happens… the sealing of the Spirit! In Ephesians 1:13-14, the Spirit is revealed as the one who has sealed the believer, but what does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit? Continue reading “The Seal of the Spirit”

The Christian’s Inheritance

Have you ever seen something so amazing that all you can do is stop, stand, and stare? The mountains of Georgia have done that to me. I’ll never forget the reaction I had when I first saw them. My wife and I parked our car on the side of some road and looked over a canyon and saw a huge waterfall flowing into massive rock formations, and all kinds of trees everywhere. Words fail to do justice to that sight. I remember the greatness of those mountains and how they revealed the reality of how small I am. Now, think about that reaction to the Georgia mountains I had and you will have a taste of the glory that is in Ephesians 1:11-14. Continue reading “The Christian’s Inheritance”

The Purpose of Everything

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The universe in all it’s breadth is incomprehensible, but what if the purpose of the universe was an entirely different matter. What if the purpose of the universe was something that could be known and understood? I believe it is, and that it’s hidden in just a few words in the Bible. See, the Bible is like a treasure map that leads to the treasure trove of Christ himself and everything else needed to satisfy the human soul. The book of Ephesians is overflowing with such treasures. It’s not in vain that the book is considered by many to be the most majestic theological exposition of all the Scriptures. And why is it considered this? Because in two verses the point of the entire Bible as well as the purpose of the entire universe is revealed. Don’t believe it? Keep reading. Continue reading “The Purpose of Everything”

The Riches of His Grace

EphesiansWhen you think about the grace of God in your life as a believer, how far do you think it goes? I had a conversation recently with someone who has a Christian friend who they believed had possibly gone to far, and wasn’t sure if God’s grace could extend past this sin. Now, my question is if this person who has gone to far is truly a believer, then is God’s grace limited in their life? Does it stretch past all this persons sins, or does it stop at a certain point? Continue reading “The Riches of His Grace”

Happy Reformation Day!

Reformation Day   500 years ago, a man named Martin Luther dug up the truth of the gospel in the Scriptures, and with it, changed the world. His purpose was not to initiate a mass rebellion against the Roman Catholic Church, but he did. Nor did he desire to distribute his 95 theses to the common people, but it happened. Luther was not thinking so grandiose as leading a revolt, but there was no stopping it. The God of the Scriptures cares about his gospel too much, and the representatives of the time were butchering the truth of the Scriptures and promoting their own agenda, so God stepped in and did it through a small man named Martin Luther. Now, I’m a big fan of summaries, so how would we summarize what happened through this movement called the Reformation? Continue reading “Happy Reformation Day!”