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 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”

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”

Good Friday Reflections

BibleIsaiah 53:5

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Good Friday is a time for the Christian to lay gaze upon the cross of Jesus Christ with utmost focus and simply reflect upon the greatest event of history aside from the resurrection. But what happens after reflection? Is this just something to think about with our minds, or is it something that ought to have a deep affect on our hearts in crushing and yet joyful ways. I think the latter is the case, as we must all seek to understand that it was my sin that nailed my Savior to the cross. Continue reading “Good Friday Reflections”