Ephesians 2:1-10 God Don’t Make No Junk!

“I knew you before you were even born and, YES, I loved you even then” Your Heavenly Father

We heard Paul’s “pep rally” last time we were together. He spoke of how GREAT our God is. Now he is going to share with his readers how special they are to God. Precious and worth every moment of His attention.

Paul begins by reminding us where we came from. EVERY one of us came from a sinful place. Some were deeper into the muck and mud than others but we were all there. Doing as we pleased for our own pleasures. We deserved nothing from God but His anger and judgement.

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience- among whom we all once lived” (verses 1-3a). Notice the “we all” in this passage. There are no exceptions to this statement. Read more »

Ephesians 1:15-23 Go Deeper

Can I Get An AMEN!

Paul tells his readers that he is praying for them. It is not just any prayer but one of deeper revelation than they previously had. Paul is praying that this faithful group keep growing in Christ.

The Ephesian church has already proven that they have faith in Jesus. They are caring for one another. I’m sure they have some issues that they struggle with but they are not so significant that Paul feels compelled to address them with correction. What Paul is doing instead is winding them up to watch them go!

His prayer to me feels like a “pep rally” speech. He is so excited about Jesus and what more He has to offer that he can hardly contain himself. He starts with the first request he wants to make for them; “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (verse 17). Read more »

Ephesians 1:3-14 The Original Planner

He knows all the obstacles and the special attractions.

Paul continues his prayer and greeting for the Ephesian believers. He prays for this people whom God knew before He even said, “Let there be…” God only has a Plan A. He doesn’t need Plan B.

Paul painstakingly brings his reader from creation until (their) now to communicate how deeply and personally God cares for each one of them; us too. God “chose us in Him before the foundation of the world” (verse 4). He didn’t just pick us to be special but to be adopted through Jesus. He chose us to be His children. Read more »

Ephesians 1:1-2 Greetings Ephesian Believers

This is a happier letter to a faithful group of believers.

We have come to another beginning. Paul is beginning his words of encouragement to the Ephesian church. This book is much more positive than the last few we have read. I don’t want to do a spoiler but I read the rest of the book and it is a happy book. No huge issues to address with this group. Paul is able to get to the “meat” of Christian living instead of addressing the basics again. I, for one, am very glad to move on to more. Read more »

Galatians 6:11-18 Boast In The Cross

I will boast; not because of who I am but because of what HE did.

Paul concludes his letter to the Galatian believers by summing up his point. Circumcision is NOT the way to Jesus! He puts that in capital letters so they don’t miss it.

This whole letter has been explaining to the Gentile believers in Galatia why they do not need circumcision. In fact, if they accept circumcision they will be required to follow the whole law. Paul now points to why the false teachers were trying to get the believers to adopt the practice in the first place.

We already discovered it was out of jealousy. Paul tells us that it was so “that they may boast in your flesh” (verse 13b). If the Gentile believers bought into this doctrine the false teachers could claim they brought the gospel to them. They wanted to “pad their numbers.” To make themselves look good to the other groups. Read more »