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Thoughts From Ephesians- Number 21 – Strength and Riches Through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 3:14-16)

December 2nd, 2017

We serve an Awesome God and Lord Jesus Christ!  All three parts of the Godhead are  present in our walk of faith. When we  are in the presence of Deity, we “bow our knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,”  (Ephesians 3:14). Throughout the Old and New Testaments when godly people came int the presence of God, adoration was the  order of the day.

Even when we are not physically bending our knees in praise of our Heavenly Father, we are  to be in a spirit of adoration. Just like  it says to “pray without ceasing,” which  does not mean that we are constantly  praying; rather it means that we are  to be in a spirit of prayer, ready to pray when the need arrises. I thin  think it is the same here. Our hearts and minds must be bended in adoration to the Lord.

Christians are a part of “family of faith” mentioned  in Ephesians 3:15. We share a common faith with every Christian in the whole world. We share a common salvation (Jude 3).

As has been  stressed many times in the Epistle of Ephesians, God has  great things in place for His children. His riches are  endless and He wants us to have all the blessings a  loving Father has for His children,

He wants us to live our life with the might of God present through the  work of the Holy Spirit who indwells  us. Like I said in the very first article of this series, God is not  a stingy God , not wanting to bless us; rather, He rejoices in blessing us.

We have the Holy Spirit of God indwelling us (Acts 2:38). We must take advantage  of that blessed  truth and live daily in the Spirit. We must want all God has for us. All the blessings  of God must be received  so that we can grow in the Lord Jesus and help others  find and enjoy the marvelous light of the Gospel.

-November 6, 2017, at Graymere Church of Christ, Columbia, TN (CBI)

Larry Miles, lives in Louisville, KY, and is Co-Editor of Word and Work On-Line

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Thoughts from Ephesians – # 19 The Mystery of the Ages (Eph. 3:9-10)

November 30th, 2017

The Church of Christ has been in the mind and plan of God before the foundation of the world.  Here in Eph. 3:9, Paul calls it a  mystery. The word “mystery” does not mean in  Scripture what  it means in today.  Today it means something that we try to figure out what it is or what is happening.

Paul says that it was his privilege  to “bring to light” this mystery. In the fullness of time God had sent forth His Son to redeem mankind. He came to  this sin cursed word to  accomplish that.  After He arose from the dead and went back to Heaven in the  Ascension, the Church of Christ was established on the first Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection.

The mystery here is that both Jews and Gentiles alike can and do share in the Church. This verse reminds us of the fact that the Son of God was involved in creation.

In eph. 3:10 we’re told that God has the wisdom to devise the great salvation plan through Christ. God could have chosen any medium to accomplish this but He chose  to reveal it through the Church. The Church is God’s instrument  to reveal this plan where both Jew and Gentile can obtain salvation.

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Thought #18- Christ-Centered Missionary Proclaims the Incalculable Riches of Christ Eph. 3:8b-9

November 29th, 2017

In verse 8 and 9, Paul uses 2 purpose clauses to help explain how precious the grace of God was and is for the Christian.  The   first purpose was to proclaim the incalculable riches of Christ.  This particular word appears nowhere outside of Biblical Greek.  Other biblical writers convey the incalculable nature of God’s attributes. Job speaks of the “unsearchable” ways of God (Job. 5:9; 9:10). Paul elsewhere describes the wisdom of God and His “untraceable” ways (Rom. 11:33).

Paul’s all-consuming subject of proclamation was a person: Christ. Is Christ the all-consuming focus of your teaching and preaching?   We should proclaim the riches of Christ to our own soul daily, and out of the overflow with Him, declare   His glory to others.

Our goal in preaching and teaching and evangelizing is to bring praise for the Savior.  We sing the song, “O, What a Savior!” Jesus changes lives. Keep the life-changer at the heart of your message.

Paul also received grace in order to explain the global nature of God’s plan of salvation.  It is Jew and Gentile together in Christ.  Paul always emphasizes the sovereignty of God; this plan was in the mind of God before the foundation of the world. There is a passion for mission that permeates the whole Bible.   Jesus is the center of the plan of salvation. We remember the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch.  From the passage he was reading, which we today know as Isaiah 53, Phillip started there and preached to him Jesus. We all know the results. The man to a decision for Jesus   and was baptized into Christ and went away rejoicing.

-Larry Miles, August 17, 2015

Camp Cilca, IL

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