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

God’s Great Love

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,” (Ephesians 2:4) Many of the great truths of the Christian faith are found in these verses that are before us — truths about grace, love, and sin. Yet, this is a verse that is often misconstrued as model… Read More

The Mind’s Desires

“With whom we all also once conducted ourselves in the cravings of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and the mind, and we were children by nature of wrath even as the rest.” (Ephesians 2:3) Sometimes there are little nuances in a text that can almost go unnoticed as we read through them… Read More

Children of Wrath in the Church

“With whom we all also once conducted ourselves in the cravings of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and the mind, and we were children by nature of wrath even as the rest.” (Ephesians 2:3) Paul has made his point already, yet continues to drive home its significance. How do you live? Do… Read More

Saturday Wordstudy: What or Who Does God Hate?

A point of perpetual debate in the modern church really addresses the core of how people evangelize. Can I say, “God loves you,” to a group of people that I don’t know? Certainly, an approach like that is a staple of contemporary evangelistic techniques. You know, the John 3:16 approach. But if you believe in… Read More

Prince of the Power of the Air

“And you, having been dead in your the trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the fashion of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit which now works in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1-2) “The prince of the power of the air,” this is… Read More

Priorities and Life

“And you, having been dead in your the trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the fashion of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit which now works in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1-2) As we have noted several times already, this letter is… Read More

Dead Means Dead

“And you, having been dead in your the trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the fashion of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit which now works in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1-2) Shall we simply begin with the notion of being dead… Read More

All things under His Feet

“And he subordinated all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of whom is filling the all in all.” (Ephesians 1:22-23) Paul continues his doxology by citing Psalm 8:6 directly, speaking of the language of all things being subordinated to Christ.… Read More

Witness in John

In the Greek New Testament, the common word for “witness” or “testimony” is μαρτυρέω (martureo), which which we get the English word, martyr. There are variations of this word that can be used as a noun or communicate that there are more than one who is witnessing, but the root word remains the same. The… Read More

Jesus is King — Take Dominion in His Name!

“Which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and sitting him at the right hand in the heavenly places above every ruler and authority and power and dominion and every name which has been named — not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” (Ephesians 1:20-21) One of… Read More

His Power toward Us — Those who Believe

“giving light to the eyes of your heart to know the hope of his calling, which is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and  which is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us, those who believe, according to the outworking of his power and might.” (Ephesians 1:18-19) Okay, time… Read More

The Zacchaeus Principle

“Do not store up treasures for yourself on the earth where moth and rust can destroy and where thieves can break in and steal it. Store up treasure for yourself in heaven where neither moth nor rust can destroy and where thieves can not break in and steal it. For where your treasure is, there… Read More

The Riches of His Inheritance

“giving light to the eyes of your heart to know the hope of his calling, which is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and  which is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us, those who believe, according to the outworking of his power and might.” (Ephesians 1:18-19) Following the… Read More

Assurance of Salvation

“giving light to the eyes of your heart to know the hope of his calling, which is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and  which is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us, those who believe, according to the outworking of his power and might.” (Ephesians 1:18-19) And thus,… Read More

Saturday Word Study: The Fear of God (plus, the reason for and solution to America’s unrest)

We have a tendency to talk a great deal about the Fear of the Lord. It is the foundation of wisdom and knowledge and it is a way of life for the believer. We cannot even hope to claim to be part of God’s covenant if the fear of the Lord is not within us.… Read More

Light to the Eyes, not a Fat Heart, That must be Our Prayer

“giving light to the eyes of your heart to know the hope of his calling, which is the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and  which is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us, those who believe, according to the outworking of his power and might.” (Ephesians 1:18-19) As we… Read More

A Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

“Because of this, and hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and the love you have toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, making remembrance of you in my prayers in order that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, would give you a… Read More

To the Praise of His Glory…Amen!

“who is the downpayment of our inheritance, into the redemption of his possession, to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:14) We have seen this language already in Ephesians , but it is worth reiterating again and again. Why does God give us the Holy Spirit as a downpayment of our inheritance while also bringing… Read More

I am His Possession

“who is the downpayment of our inheritance, into the redemption of his possession, to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:14) Do you notice the language that is used here? Paul is writing that as Christians, because of the work of Christ, we have been redeemed into God’s possession. His possession? What exactly is that… Read More