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 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 Heart of Christianity

Ephesians-3.1.pngWhat is Christianity? In our day and age, if a random group of people on the street were asked what they believe Christianity is, to be honest, I am afraid of the answers I would hear. There are many people who think Christianity is a set of rules to follow and that all the rules stink. Or that being a Christian means going to church on Sundays, but they don’t want to go to church so they say they will never become a Christian. Tim Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in N.Y. city has said before that most of the people who reject Christianity actually reject a false view of Christianity. He goes on to say that if you’re going to reject something, wouldn’t you want to reject something for what it actually is? Now, there’s a host of reasons as to why false views of Christianity exist, but one way to help in this dilemma is to play a part somehow in promoting the true view of Christianity, but what really is the true view? Continue reading “The Heart of Christianity”

The Love of God

EphesiansIf I were to tell you that I was about to travel back in time before anything existed and go pay a visit to God, would you come with me? Seems like a silly question, who wouldn’t? And when we got there, what do you think God would be thinking about? Just imagine for a second that at one point there was nothing… except God. No planets, no stars, no earth, just God. Now, what if I told you Ephesians 1:4-6 is a passage that allows us to see into what God was pondering. The Apostle Paul invites us to a state of wonder to imagine this and see what was in God’s heart and mind before he created anything. And what do we find there in the very heart and mind of God according to the Apostle Paul before anything existed? The love of God, but not in the way we would have thought. Continue reading “The Love of God”

Spiritual Blessings

EphesiansThe book of Ephesians is perhaps the most lofty book in the Bible. In a grand sweep, it tells us that the purpose of everything is somehow found in Christ from eternity to eternity (1:10). The purpose of all things throughout all of time explained in one book (Ephesians) and in one word (Christ). Lofty to say the least. After a read of the first chapter it almost seems impossible to comprehend. Peter O’Brien in his commentary on it wrote that Samuel T. Coleridge called it, “the divinest composition of man.” So, I want to move through it in a number of posts and just highlight some things that have really gripped me, and I pray anyone who reads it is helped and comes to understand this book of the Bible just a little more. The first thing that strikes me is that one of God’s promises is that through Christ he has given his children “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Continue reading “Spiritual Blessings”