One’s point of view makes all the difference in the world. There is a famous story of the days when Sir Christopher Wren was building St. Paul’s Cathedral. On one occasion he was making a tour of the work in progress. He came upon a man at work and asked him: “What are y … More
Paul starts out this chapter by saying “I am a prisoner of the Lord so that I can help you Gentiles” (vv. 1-3). It is striking that nowhere does he ever refer to himself as a prisoner of Caesar. Would that we had the faith of this mighty apostle who understood so clearly (while in chains) that Caesar was not in control but that Jesus is. He goes on to say that when you read this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ (vv. 4-6).
This mystery was never disclosed to human beings in past generations as it was now being revealed to His messengers and prophets by the Holy Spirit. In order to understand this part of Paul’s letter we must remember that Paul, a Jew was an apostle primarily to the Gentiles. For many years there had been hostility between the Jews and Gentiles. Paul was God’s chosen instrument to publish the fact that Gentiles were not second-class citizens of heaven.
When I am undergoing hardship, unpopularity, or material loss for the sake of Christian principles I may either regard myself as the victim of men or as a champion for Christ.
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Ephesians 1:1-6Our Riches in Christ
Ephesians 1:7-14Redemption For The Believer in Christ
Ephesians 1:15-23Prayer For Knowledge And Power
Ephesians 2:1-3How we Were ’Before’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:4-10How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:11-13My Position in Christ As a Gentile
Ephesians 2:14-18We Are One Body in Christ
Ephesians 2:19-22Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority
Ephesians 3:1-6Missionary to The Gentiles
Ephesians 3:7-13Mystery of God’s Grace
Ephesians 3:14-21Prayer For God’s Power And Love
Ephesians 4:1-6Spiritual Unity
Ephesians 4:7-16Gifts From The Risen Messiah
Ephesians 4:17-22Walk As a New Person in Christ
Ephesians 4:23-29Be Holy And Not Sinful
Ephesians 4:30-32Grieving God’s Spirit by The Way we Live
Ephesians 5:1-7Who do You Try to Imitate?
Ephesians 5:8-14Walk as Children of Light
Ephesians 5:15-21Evidences Of a Spirit-filled Life
Ephesians 5:22-24Instructions to Wives
Ephesians 5:25-33Instructions to Husbands
Ephesians 6:1-4Training Children to Obey
Ephesians 6:5-9Living Under Authority
Ephesians 6:10-13Armor of God
Ephesians 6:14-17Stand Protected During Our Daily Battle
Ephesians 6:18-24The Warrior’s Resource