Monthly Archives: September 2022

Ephesians 4- Don’t Let The Sun Go Down

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.  Ephesians 4:25-27

Jesus taught “That anyone is angry with a brother or sister, has committed murder in their heart and in danger of Hell Fire” (Matthew 5:21-22) Christianity is about a heart issue, because sin begins in the heart (James 1:15) It’s not just about the actions you commit, it’s also about what thoughts you hold and evolve in your mind. This is why , you need to become Born Again (John 3:3), God will give you a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) 

Alot of us probably have enemies, especially if your a Christian you have become an enemy of the world (James 4:4) I know it’s difficult to always stay at peace with everyone, but instead of harboring ill thoughts and feelings towards people, we need to pray for them and give it up to God . As Jesus said “Pray for your enemies” (Matthew 5:22)

Yes being a Christian is not easy, it’s not an easy walk, however we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11) Through sanctification we can grow and develop to be more like Christ, to strive to live in peace with everyone, including our enemies (Romans 12:18)

From a personal note, verse 26 “Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath or anger” This scripture probably saved my marriage and myself. About 10 years ago, when I hit rock bottom in my life,  me and my wife had a big argument, which was my fault. My wifes step-father read this scripture to her and it convicted her to call me, at the moment my wife didn’t realize I was on my knees , asking The Lord to save me and I became Born Again

I came home that night and our marriage has never been better. We both dedicated our lives to Jesus and have never been the same. I’m still amazed at the power of one scripture can change the course of people’s lives. But the principle is true “Don’t let the day end until you resolve your conflicts or arguments”.

We often hear the phrase “Don’t go to bed angry” well that was derived from this Biblical teaching. A practical Biblical teaching that we can and should apply to all of our relationships, especially marriages. Amen!

Ephesians 4- Born Again

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. Ephesians 4:17-19

When you become Born Again in Christ, you are transformed, you are a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17) the old man is dead and you are a new creation (Romans 6:6) This is what the Apostle Paul is talking about here “Testify in The Lord, that you don’t walk as other Gentiles walk” You shouldn’t be the same person you were before you were saved. There should be an evidence of change, you should be producing spiritual fruit by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 7, Galatians 5)

Why doesn’t everyone understand the gospel of Jesus Christ? As Paul says here “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through ignorance” Some people can’t understand the gospel because they are spiritually dead, they are dead in their sins, dead in their relationship with God, dead in their soul. They have no understanding of the spiritual world, this is why Jesus said “Unless you become Born Again, you can’t see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3)

A spiritual dead person can’t enter the Kingdom of God, it doesn’t matter how religious they are , how many books they read, they need to get baptized by the Holy Spirit. (John 3) They need to be transformed into a new creation. They are like the Dry Bones in the valley of Ezekiel, and they need the Breath of God to revive them back to life (Ezekiel 37)

But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:20-24

As the Apostle Paul says “You put off the old man, the former way of life” You are no longer the same person you were before you came to Christ. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. As a Born Again believer, you will be filled and sealed by the Holy Spirit. There will be a transformation, and you will produce fruits of righteousness

Put on the New Self, no longer are we dead in our sins, no longer are we separated from God, we are Born Again through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen!

Ephesians 4- Growing in Christ

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:14-16

Christianity is a walk, it’s a long journey, and as a Born Again Christian the Holy Spirit will continue to work in you and grow you , a process called sanctification. (1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:23) As a new Christian, you are a “babe in Christ”, you are a spiritual newborn , and there will be alot of things you learn and develop, as you grow into being a mature Christian. 

One of the first issues new Christians usually have , is they fall for every new doctrine they hear on YouTube. You will see alot of “new” Christians online arguing for doctrines they really are not qualified to defend. This is what the Apostle Paul told the Church of Ephesus “That we will no longer be children or infants, tossed to and fro, carried about with every wind of doctrine”

Paul helped Shepherd the Church of Ephesus so they no longer were falling for every new doctrine that came by. The Church of Ephesus is now grounded in solid doctrine, not falling away from the truth of Gods Word. How do we avoid being swept away by false teachers and false doctrine?

The first thing is to be Born Again , filled with the Holy Spirit (John 3:3) As the Apostle Paul said “the natural man doesn’t understand spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14)  We can’t understand the Word of God or discern false prophets without the Holy Spirit. With that said we need to read the Word of God (BIble) daily (2 Timothy 3:16) Most Christians fall for bad doctrine because they don’t know The Bible. Thirdly, we need to have a strong prayer life. As the Apostle Paul says “Pray without Ceasing”  (1 Thess. 5:16) We can’t expect to have a strong spiritual life in Christ without prayer. Lastly, we should become a student under a good Biblical teacher or pastor (Acts 20:28) These days we see alot of people leaving the Church because there simply is not alot of Biblical Pastors anymore. While Jesus Christ is our Lord and head of the Church, we should find a good Biblical Church to learn from and fellowship with other Christians

As the Apostle Paul says “Maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself” (v16) The scripture I referenced earlier (2 Timothy 3:16) the Word of God is used for edification among other things. To grow in Christ, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, study the Word of God, Pray without Ceasing, and learn from Biblical teachers, Amen!

Ephesians 4- Gifts Unto The Church

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Ephesians 4:7-10

The Ascension of Christ is the fulfillment of Jesus’s Earthly ministry. After The Lord rose from the dead, he remained on the Earth for 40 days until he went to sit at the right hand of God our Father. Now Jesus Christ reigns from Heaven, sitting on the throne as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

As Jesus said “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. “ (John 16:7) When Jesus ascended into Heaven, then the Holy Spirit was sent, the Comforter, the Advocate, the Counselor. This was fulfilled at Pentecost , when the Holy Spirit was poured down upon the Church (Acts 2)

As the Apostle Paul said “gave gifts unto men”, the Holy Spirit not only lives inside of us as Born Again believers, but the Comforter gives us gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12) God has given us these gifts to serve the Church, and build the Kingdom of God. Gifts such as healing, prophecy, preaching, teaching, serving, ect. Every Born Again believer is given a gift by the Holy Spirit, you may not even know what your gift is yet, but combined as the Church, the gifts working together complete the body of Christ

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  Ephesians 4:11-13

There are many different roles given to different Christians throughout the Church. Not everyone is going to be a Pastor or a Teacher, however everyone’s role is important. As the Apostle Paul taught “If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?” (1 Corinthians 12:15) The foot is not greater than the hand, everyone plays an important role in the Church. Without one of these parts, the body would not function properly, just as the Church wouldn’t function properly without one of its members

Jesus has Ascended to the right hand of the father, given all power and authority. The Holy Spirit has been sent to the Church to empower us, edify us, to perfect us in Jesus name Amen!

Ephesians 4- One True God

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:1-6

Modern day Christianity has over 40,000 different denominations, do you think this is Biblical? Absolutely not, the Apostle Paul says here “There is One Body, and One Spirit” The Body he is referring to the Church, the Body of Christ. There are no multiple bodies of Christ, there is only One Lord Jesus Christ and One Body of Christ. Now I know every denomination will claim to be the “true” Church, this shows the pride of the flesh, the worldliness, the man-made religion. The only people who are in the Body of Christ are those who are Born Again through Christ and the Holy Spirit (John 3), all of your man-made traditions are meaningless and filthy rags in the eyes of God

There is one God the Father, there is One Lord Jesus Christ, and there is One Holy Spirit. They are not the same, but three seperate. When we say God is Triune, we are not saying they are all the same personhood, Father,Son, and Holy Spirit are all separate yet share the same One essence of the Godhead. Often people who reject the Trinity, don’t even understand the Trinity, as Jesus Christ said “Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)

There is only One Hope and that’s through Jesus Christ (John 14:6) There is no other hope for salvation in this world except Christ. All other religions or ideologies are false and lead to the broad road to Hell. Why? Because we are all sinner (Romans 3:23) and there is no other solution for you sin except the blood of Christ (Romans 6:23) No other religion or leader can pay for the penalty of your sin, only the sinless Lamb of God, is worthy enough to do this. 

There is only One Lord, Jesus Christ. The Biblical word for Lord means Master, there is only one King of Kings Jesus Christ. Every Knee will bow and tongue will confess one day that Jesus is Lord! Every knee, that means everyone that ever existed including atheists, muslims, buddhists, ect everyone who denied Christ one day will have to bend their knee and look Jesus in the eye and give an account of their life! Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords!

There is only One Baptism? I believe Paul is talking about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus said “Unless you are Born Again you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3) You need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit to be saved, you can be dunked in water a million times, but if you never repent of your sins, if you never received Jesus Christ as Lord in your heart, you can’t be saved!

Finally there is only One True God, our Heavenly Father! While the world continually tries to create it’s own false gods, there is only One God, Creator of the Heavens and Earth, only One God you were made in the image of, only One God who holds the key to life and death, Only one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen!