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Ephesians

  • The Nature of Our Ancient Foe

    In Ephesians 6:11-12, Paul prepares the saints for battle with the devil. While Satan is no match for God, in our own strength we are no match for...

  • Finally, Be Strong in the Lord

    In Ephesians 6:10, Paul begins his last set of admonitions. By introducing this section with the word “finally,” Paul draws forward all of...

  • Godly Masters in the Workplace

    After instructing laborers on godly service, Paul addresses those who have authority over them. He reminds them that they will answer to God for how they treat those in their charge. A godly master will recognize that...

  • Serving Christ in the Workplace

    Underlying Paul’s instruction to slaves and masters in Ephesians 6:5-9 are broader principles of Christian conduct for earthly enterprise. The same temptations that slaves and masters faced can...

  • Bondservants and Masters

    In Ephesians 5:5-9, the Apostle Paul addresses the ubiquitous labor/authority relationship that existed in that day in the institution of slavery. While the status of slaves was...

  • Raising Children in the Lord

    In Ephesians 6:4, Paul commands parents to tenderly and affectionately nurture their children toward maturity in the discipline and...

  • Do Not Provoke Your Children

    In Ephesians 6:4, Paul limits parental authority and explains the purpose of that authority, which is to raise them in a godly way. While the...

  • Children, Obey Your Parents

    In Ephesians 6:1-3, Paul addresses children as responsible members of the covenant community and gives them a command as children...

  • Children in the Lord

    Throughout Scripture, God has worked covenantally with families. This is carried over in the New Testament in...

  • Marriage for the Glory of God

    In Ephesians 5, Paul’s extensive instruction to married couples contains no specific examples. Instead he provides the universal standard by which...

  • Marriage and the Mystery

    Throughout the book of Ephesians, Paul develops the theme of the mystery of God’s will. The mystery, hidden in times past but...

  • Love Your Wife as Yourself

    The Apostle Paul takes the “one flesh” union very seriously. He instructs the husband to love his wife, not "as he loves his own body," but to love her...

  • As Christ Loved the Church

    The primary goal of Christian marriage is to reflect something of the relationship between Christ and His church. Christ demonstrated His...

  • Husbands, Love Your Wives

    Though Paul tells the wife to submit to her husband who is her head, he never commands the husband to rule over her. While the...

  • Submit in Everything?

    Many people today find the word “submission” offensive when applied to marriage. However, it is...

  • Submission to the Lord

    The wife is called to submit to her husband “as to the Lord.” Her submission is not a punishment but a privilege; an opportunity to...

  • Headship and Marriage

    When Paul commands wives to submit to their husbands, the only reason given is that the husband is head of the wife as Christ is the head of...

  • God's Design for Marriage

    Jesus and the New Testament authors’ understanding of marriage is not rooted in the corrupted forms of marriages in the Old Testament nor the...

  • The Spirit Directed Marriage

    As Paul continues to describe the lifestyle of those “filled with the Spirit,” in Ephesians 5:22, he turns to the “household tables,” laying out the proper order for the most...

  • The Singing People of God

    In Ephesians 5, one of the results of being filled with the Spirit is addressing one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in...

  • The Spirit and the Word

    Paul uses several phrases for the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit. We are to be “filled with the Spirit,” “walk in the Spirit” and “led by the Spirit.” In Scripture...

  • Be Filled with the Spirit

    In Ephesians 5:18, Paul contrasts the degrading lifestyle of intoxication with a lifestyle filled by the Spirit. The Apostle commands us not to...

  • Light's Transforming Power

    We who were once darkness have been transformed by the light of Christ into light (Eph 5:8). As light in a world of darkness, we are...

  • Let Your Light Shine

    In Ephesians 4:11, Paul admonishes us to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but by bearing the fruit of light, expose them. This is what...

  • Exposed by the Light

    As Children of light we are to bear the fruit of light. In Ephesians 5:10-11, we find that bearing the fruit of light is pleasing the Lord. We grow in...

  • Walk as Children of Light

    What is a Christian? The book of Ephesians offers a great resource for outlining an answer to that important question. The first half of...

  • The Fruit of Light

    Though we were spiritually dead children of wrath, God made us alive and adopted us as His children. The commands in the last three chapters of Ephesians are...

  • Children of Light

    In Ephesians 5:8, Paul tells us that before coming to Christ we “were darkness.” This means that we were not only in the realm of darkness but the darkness was in us. However...

  • Covetous Idolaters

    In Ephesians 5, Paul characterizes sexual immorality, all impurity, filthy speech, foolish talk and crude joking as the product of a...

  • Love and Sexuality

    Immediately after admonishing the Ephesians to emulate God and walk in love, Paul warns against sexual immortality. While the world...

  • Walk in Love

    In Ephesians 5:1-2, Paul defines "imitating God" as walking in love as Christ loves us. This command sums up...

  • Imitating God as Dear Children

    Paul summarizes the commands of Ephesians 4:25-32 as imitating God as beloved children. Parents are the greatest influence in...

  • Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving

    In contrast to the sins of resentment listed in Ephesians 4:31, Paul explains that Christians are to grow more and more in kindness, tenderheartedness...

  • Put Away Sins of Resentment

    After warning Christians not to grieve the Holy Spirit, the Apostle deals with sins of resentment that undermine the work of the Spirit. Resentment is...

  • Be Angry and Do Not Sin

    The commands Paul gives in Ephesians 4 preserve the unity of the saints. When we are provoked to anger, we must not sin. We are to...

  • A New Life of Truth

    In Ephesians 4:25, Paul transitions from general exhortation (put off the old, be renewed in mind and put on the new) to specific exhortation. We must put off...

  • Living Out our Salvation

    The first three chapters of Ephesians clearly proclaims that redemption is of the Lord; we contribute nothing to our salvation. But this does not mean that we...

  • Putting on the New Man

    By the renewing work of the Holy Spirit we learn to put on the new self. God does the work of transformation but we are...

  • From Delusion To Renewal

    "Learning Christ" teaches us to "put off" the old man and “put on” the new. In essence, Paul is saying that, as the recipients of redemption, we should...

  • Put Off The Old, Don the New

    In Ephesians 4:22-24, the Apostle Paul uses the imagery of clothing to admonish us to live according to the reality of God’s redemption. The Scripture contains a...

  • Learning Christ Transforms You

    In Ephesians 4:17-21, Paul admonishes Christians to forsake their former way of living, reminding them that such a way of life is not the result of...

  • Leaving the Past Behind

    In Ephesians 4, we find that God’s redemptive blessings compel us to leave our past way of life behind and pursue the way of life consistent with...

  • Growing in True Unity

    In Ephesians 4, Paul admonishes the church to mature together in unity. Our unity is in the objective truth of God’s Word. He warns against...

  • Christian Maturity and Stability

    Christians enjoy an objective unity because of the redeeming work of the Triune God. However, the Apostle Paul urges...

  • Equipping for Ministry

    In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul lists gifts of proclaiming the word and then explains the reason why Christ gives these gifts to the church. The preaching and...

  • Trophies of Our Lord

    In Ephesians 4:7-10, Paul describes how our unity in Christ is dependent upon the diversity of gifts that Christ gives to each member of the body of Christ. Not only are our...

  • Our Diverse Unity

    The world often confuses often pits unity against diversity because they confuse unity with unanimity and individuality with individualism. However...

  • Maintaining True Unity

    In Ephesians 4, Paul tells us that walking worthy of our calling includes giving due diligence to maintaining the unity of the Spirit. In the context, we find that this unity originates with...

  • One People in the Triune God

    As recipients of the grace of God, Paul says we should be eager the maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. However, Paul is not calling for...

  • The Unity of the Spirit

    While God’s people are called to walk in humility, meekness, gentleness and forbearance toward everyone, Paul addresses where this is most important...

  • Humble, Meek, Patient, Forbearing

    Those who are humble, meek, patient and forbearing are living in a manner that is worthy of their calling. Seeing ourselves as the dependent creatures we are makes us humble before others. Meekness is the...

  • Walk in Humility and Gentleness

    In Ephesians 4:2 the Apostle Paul expounds upon the overarching appeal for Christians to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. He names four specific....

  • Walking Worthy of Our Calling

    Ephesians is evenly divided into two parts. Chapters 1-3 deal with the indicatives of God’s plan and work of redemption while chapters 4-6 deal with our response to such wondrous truths. Chapter 4....

  • More Than We Can Ask or Imagine

    The Apostle Paul's wondrous prayer in Ephesians 3 finishes with great confidence. He has made extravagant requests of God but the Lord is able to do much more...

  • An Extravagant Prayer

    Our prayers are a window into our hearts, reflecting our priorities and desires. As we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, our...

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  • The Stewardship of Grace

    The Apostle Paul begins chapter 3 with the intention of offering prayer on behalf of the Ephesian Christians before breaking off into a 12 verse digression. The Apostle is...

  • Habitat for Divinity

    In Ephesians 2, Paul explains how Christ has destroyed the barriers in the Temple that kept God separated from man. When Jesus died, the veil...

  • Not Only Citizens but Family

    In Ephesians 2:19, the Apostle Paul speaks of Christians of a Gentile heritage that were once strangers and aliens. They were once...

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  • Christ Our Peace

    In Ephesians 2:13-18 we find that Christ provides true peace because it begins with reconciliation to God. There is no...

  • The Work of Peace

    In chapter 2:14-17, Paul picks up the theme from 1:9-10 where Christ is uniting all things under His Lordship. Christ has come to bring peace and...

  • From Two, One New Man

    In Ephesians 2:14-18 we find that, in Christ, God is creating one new race comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. Christ has...

  • Brought Near by Christ’s Blood

    After telling the Ephesians to remember their Gentile heritage, which had them “far off” from God, the Apostle Paul declares that, in Christ...

  • Remember from Whence We Came

    The first command in Ephesians occurs in 2:11. Up to that point, the Apostle Paul had been declaring the facts of our redemption. This first command is to “remember” what...

  • We are His Workmanship

    In Ephesians 2:8-9, the Apostle Paul guards the purity of the Gospel by declaring that salvation is by grace through faith and not of works. However, in verse 10...

  • By Grace through Faith

    The previous context is very important to a proper understanding of Eph 2:8-10. Salvation by grace is defined as being made alive with Christ when...

  • Immeasurable Riches of Grace

    In Eph 2:6-7, we find that God’s people are not only made alive with Christ, they are raised up with Christ and seated with Christ in the heavenly places in Christ. By virtue of...

  • Made Alive with Christ

    After describing our hopeless situation without Christ, the Apostle introduces the only remedy with the words, “but God.” This is a...

  • The Realm of the Walking Dead

    After providing a glorious account of Christ’s exalted reign and the resurrection power that He now wields on behalf of the church, Paul reminds us...

  • Christ Reigns for the Church

    Paul responds to the absolute sovereignty of God with thanksgiving and prayer, making it clear that a true understanding of predestination and election does not lead to apathy but engagement with God’s purpose. God’s sovereignty is...

  • Great Power for God's People

    In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that Christians realize the magnitude of the power of God resourced for their redemption and sanctification. Christ, as our...

  • An Increasing Knowledge of God

    After the initial greeting, Ephesians chapter 1 is comprised of two of the longest sentences in Scripture. Paul’s opening doxology is a...

  • Our Guaranteed Inheritance

    In Ephesians 1:14, the Apostle Paul underscores the Christian's assurance of his eternal inheritance by showing that the seal of the Holy Spirit, which marks...

  • Sealed with the Holy Spirit

    Paul uses the ancient practice of applying a “seal” to describe God’s ownership and preservation of His people. The various...