Ephesians 4:17-32 Not Like Gentiles Either

Neither Jew nor Gentile, but Child of the King! Uniquely different.

Paul is calling his reader to come away from the practices of the ordinary Gentile. The new believer is not to follow the practices of Jews or Gentiles, but of Christ.

The main difference between Jew and Gentile was whom they served. Most people, even today, if asked if there is some kind of “higher power” will say there is. But the problem arises in what or who they attribute that position to. In the ancient world there were MANY gods being served. All but one were false gods. Those were the gods of the Gentiles. The One True God was the God of the Jews. Read more »

Ephesians 4:1-16 The Oil of Love

Love “lubricates” Christ’s body

Paul is encouraging his readers to be one in the Lord. It takes work but it is essential to the health of Christ’s body; the Church.

Paul is calling everyone to unity. We are to be one as He is one. “There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (verses 4-6).

There is not a separate Spirit for those from different denominations. There isn’t a different God for different colors of people. There isn’t a unique hope for those of other nations. There is ONE God who called us ALL to Himself. He calls us to be one in spirit and purpose. Read more »

Ephesians 3:14-21 Strengthened With Power

From huddle in prayer

to dancing in victory!

I feel like we are back in the “pep rally” with Paul again. He is reminding us of the amazing power of God that we can draw on in our walk with Him. From the “roots of love” on up to the “more than we could ask or think” experience through the Holy Spirit.

Paul is humbling himself to beseech God on our behalf. He is not asking some homemade god or some wimpy god but the God whom “every family and in Heaven and on earth is named” (verse 15). That amazing and powerful God. Read more »

Ephesians 3:1-13 Have You Heard?

The gait is open to all who would enter through it

“I know I’ve told you my testimony but do you REALLY understand what it means to you?” Paul is more than excited to share the deepest meaning with his Gentile audience. “It means that YOU TOO are HIS!”

God’s exclusive relationship with the Jewish people had excluded everyone else; Gentiles. Before Abraham there wasn’t a distinction between specific peoples. God worked with and through whomever He chose. But once He called a people apart for Himself, His focus was directed to them. He still worked His wonders in subtle ways but those works were usually still centered on the Jewish nation. Examples are His hand on the nations that Israel served in slavery. God gave them victory over His people, and then He punished them for how they mistreated them while in captivity.

But Paul is revealing to his readers how God really had ALL of mankind in mind when wanting a relationship. This was something that wasn’t shown to the prophets of old. It was hidden in plain sight. God didn’t let them understand everything that He was saying until just the right time. 20/20 hindsight. Read more »

Ephesians 2:11-22 Fellow Citizens

A new people with a new purpose

Paul shares with his readers how two peoples have become one new people, through Jesus. No longer Gentiles and Israelites but Children of the Father.

When God called Abraham and set him apart He knew that there was going to be a separation between the people. Actually, there had been separations since the time of the Tower of Babble. People separated themselves based on geographic regions and ruling bodies. God set His people apart by deity. No other nation or people believed in the One true God. So the world was divided into two camps; the Israelites who worshiped God, and the Gentiles who didn’t. Pretty simple dividing line. Read more »