Ephesians

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 2

Ephesians 6:23-24, “Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.”   In the last devotional I mentioned that while we often blow past the opening...

The Glory of Closing Words: Part 1

Ephesians 6:21-22, “So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage...

Preaching Boldly, As We Ought

At the end of his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul makes one request for himself from the church: “make supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I...

Serving from the Heart

Ephesians 6:5–8, “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere...

It Takes Faith to Submit

John Piper,“If our marriages are going to tell the truth about Christ and his church, we cannot be...

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:18-19, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,  addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,”  “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18)....

Using Time Well

Using Time Well

Ephesians 5:15-16, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." Paul begins Ephesians 4 with an appeal to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called." He spends...

Children of Light

Children of Light

Throughout Scripture, divine activity, and human response are carefully balanced. The two are never opposed to one another but are always presented as working in conjunction with one another. A classic verse that demonstrates this reality is Philippians 2:12: “work...

Imitation and Love

Imitation and Love

Ephesians 5:1–2: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” One unavoidable pattern we see in life is children adopting the habits of their parents....

Blessed as a Blessing to Others

Blessed as a Blessing to Others

Ephesians 4:28, ESV, “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” One of the great misconceptions about humanity is the belief that all people are basically...

Be Angry and Do No Sin

Be Angry and Do No Sin

Ephesians 4:26-27, ESV, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” - We live in troubled times. . In a culture that is experiencing division and outrage on issues regarding politics, race, gender, and...