Least Significant of the Saints

“To me, the least significant of all the saints, this grace was given to declare to the nations the incomprehensible riches of Christ and to give light for all of the plan of the mystery hidden from the ages in God who created all things, in order that the manifold wisdom of God through the… Read More

The Mystery taking Effect

“For you are able to read this to recognize my understanding in the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to those of other generations of the sons of men as now it is revealed to his holy Apostles and Prophets in the Spirit, that the gentiles are co-heirs and part of the same… Read More

A Prisoner of Jesus Christ

“For the sake of this, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you gentiles, if indeed you heard of the stewardship of the grace of God that was given to me for you, that according to revelation the mystery was made known to me, just as I wrote formerly in brief.” (Ephesians 3:1-3) There… Read More

A Holy Temple

“in whom the whole building, being joined together, increases into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also have been built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22) The “in whom” found in each of these verses, of course, speaks of Christ of whom the previous verse spoke.… Read More

Saturday Word Study: To Teach Systematically

Teaching in the Church: κατηχέω It is never good to jump to conclusions, but after last weeks beginning word study on how the New Testament uses the idea of preaching, I think that it is fair to show my hand. In short, I think that the Scriptures tend to apply preaching more in the context… Read More

The Church’s One Foundation

“having been built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, having as the cornerstone, Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:20) The language of the church being like a great building and temple goes all of the way back to the prophesies of Haggai, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. They are also picked up by both Peter and Paul… Read More

Aliens and Outsiders

“Thus, we are no longer aliens and outsiders but we are fellow citizens with the saints and the family of God,” (Ephesians 2:19) Anyone who has traveled abroad and finds themselves alone in a country or land where the culture and customs are very different from his own understands how disconcerting it can be. My… Read More

The Gospel of Peace

“Also, having come, he preached the Gospel of peace to you who are far off and peace to you who are near, for through him we have access, both of us in one Spirit, to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:17-18) It strikes me as odd that people do not seem to notice that as America moves… Read More

Saturday Word Study: Preaching

In the New Testament, there are primarily two words that are typically translated as “preach.” The first of those terms is εὐαγγελίζω (euangelidzo), which means to evangelize or to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. The emphasis here is very clearly on that of pointing lost souls to Jesus Christ and to call them… Read More

The True Church and being Citizens of Israel

“Remember that you were formerly gentiles in the flesh — called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision in the flesh by hands — that you were at that time without Christ, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and a stranger to the covenant and the promise, being without hope and an atheist in the… Read More

Hopeless and an Atheist

“Remember that you were formerly gentiles in the flesh — called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision in the flesh by hands — that you were at that time without Christ, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and a stranger to the covenant and the promise, being without hope and an atheist in the… Read More

Covenant Signs

“Remember that you were formerly gentiles in the flesh — called the uncircumcision by those called the circumcision in the flesh by hands — that you were at that time without Christ, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and a stranger to the covenant and the promise, being without hope and an atheist in the… Read More

Saturday Word Study: Σοφια in the LXX Proverbs

The book of Proverbs is known for its integral place amongst the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. In the church, much is often spoken of as either “wise” or “foolish,” but often people use the terminology without thinking it through closely. Our aim today, is to look at sophia and her various derivatives as… Read More

Good Works

“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand in order that we might walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) To clarify, then, the believer is a redeemed creation of God — God’s handiwork — and is thus at God’s disposal in terms of what he or she will… Read More

Saturday Word Study: Seek and Study

“Great are the works of Yahweh; they are studied by all who delight in them.” (Psalm 111:2) Historically, the reason for science was that people loved and were in awe of God and thus sought to understand his character better by studying his creation. Just as people spend vast amounts of time studying the writings… Read More

Raised Us Up and Seated Us in Christ

“and he raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus in order that he might demonstrate in ages that are coming, the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6-7) Here we have one of those instances where the Biblical authors speak… Read More

By Grace You Have Been Saved

“even as we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved —“ (Ephesians 2:5) Paul will go on to further explain the final phrase in this verse…”by grace you have been saved. What ought to be said here is that this is one of the… Read More