Ephesians 3- Strength Through God

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, Ephesians 3:12-15

Being a Christian is not an easy walk, there will be many times when you are discriminated against possibly even persecuted. We have the daily struggle of “walking in the Spirit and not of the flesh” It’s a daily struggle to carry our crosses and follow Christ with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. So how can we accomplish this? It’s only through Christ!

As the Apostle Paul said famously “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) I know this scripture has become cliche for sports athletes and others, but this scripture should be a way of life for us. Because without Christ we can’t please or serve God. Without Christ we are not capable of being saved or fulfilling our higher calling. It’s only through Christ that we are saved and we are capable of doing anything for Gods will. This should be our starting point every day when we wake up in the morning, because of Christ we have boldness and confidence by faith!

There will be tribulations, there will be times of trouble, as the Apostle Paul said “don’t faint” at these, don’t become tired and weary of the journey. Those who wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31)

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21

The Apostle Paul goes on to pray for the Christians of Ephesus, “that they might be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in the inner man” The Holy Spirit will equip us to become sanctified as Born Again believers in Christ. The Holy Spirit will empower us to produce fruit for the Kingdom of God. Our inner strength comes from God, Father , Son, and Holy Spirit. 

According to the power that worketh in us, what power is this? This is the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. This is why Jesus said “You must be Born Again” (John 3:3) You can’t become Alive in Christ until the Holy Ghost breathes upon your Dry Bones! Amen!

Ephesians 3- Servant of Christ

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Ephesians 3:7-9

The Apostle Paul wrote over half of the New Testament, he planted many Churches throughout Asia Minor, he performed miracles through God and preached the gospel to countless people. Yet look at Paul’s attitude, he says “I am least of all the saints” Even though many Christians would elevate Paul, he sees himself as not even worthy to be called an Apostle.

This is the humble attitude we all should have, the understanding that we are all servants of Christ, and we are only worthy because of God’s grace. It’s an honor and privilege, to be able to serve God and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no higher calling than to be a minister of Christ, that includes all Christians. If you are a Born Again Christian (John 3:3) then you are a minister of Christ and you should share the gospel of Christ with honor and privilege

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: Ephesians 3:10-11

God is to be made known by the Church, the body of Christ, the Salt and Light. If the Church strays away from the Word of God, then the Church becomes useless, like used salt. We as Christians, are the hands and feet of Christ, this again is a higher calling, an honor and privilege. You don’t just “join a Church” to have your name written down or a social club. The Church is the Body of Christ, if you stray away from your Lord and Master, you have become worse than a non-believer

Thank you Jesus for saving a wretch like me! It’s an honor and privilege to be a servant of Christ and help build Gods eternal Kingdom, Amen!

Ephesians 3- Prisoner of Christ

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Ephesians 3:1-3

Charles Spurgeon has a quote “While others are congratulating themselves, I have to sit humbly at the foot of the cross and marvel that I’m saved at all.”

Notice how the Apostle Paul addresses himself here, “I , Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ” Alot of people today in ministry love to puff themselves up and brag about all the things they accomplished, and I’m sure the Apostle Paul could overshadow their accomplishments, but Paul kept a humble mindset. He calls himself a Prisoner of Christ! How many people would gladly take this title? 

The original Greek word is “desmios” meaning captive or bound. Does this describe you and your ministry? Are you a prisoner of Christ? Are you bound to The Lord? I can predict many people would be offended by this, however as Jesus said “Anyone who wants to be my disciple, must deny themselves, carry their cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)

Paul, a prisoner of Christ, to share the gospel to the Gentiles, about the dispensation of Gods grace. Through Christ we can now be reconciled back to God and become his children. We become “Spiritual Jews” through Christ, this is the mystery Paul revealed, that we are saved because of Jesus Christ and not our nationality, race or creed

Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Ephesians 3:4-6

People often ask “How can I trust the Bible”? Or “How do I know the Bible is the Word of God”? Paul reveals here “as it is now revealed unto his Holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit” The Word of God was revealed to men by the Holy Spirit. You can trust the Bible because its source is God Almighty!

The Gentiles should be fellow heirs and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel. This is a summary of the New Covenant, Jew and Gentile are all one in Christ our Lord Amen!

Ephesians 2- Through Christ

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Ephesians 2:17-18

People who deny the Trinity of God, I want to you read this scripture carefully, “Through Him (Christ) we both have access by One Spirit (Holy Spirit) unto the Father (God) We see the Father, Son , and Holy Spirit all mentioned in this scripture, all working together in the Triunity of the Godhead. 

Through Jesus Christ, we are reconciled back to our Heavenly Father and baptized and filled by the Holy Spirit. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all essential to your salvation, to deny one of them is to deny all of them. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, the blessed Trinity

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22

Before we became Born Again in Christ, we were strangers to God, why? Because even though we are made in the image of God, we were separated from God due to our sin. It’s a false teaching to tell everyone they are automatically a Child of God. You can only be reconciled back to God if you become Born Again through Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit

Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone, as prophesied throughout the Old Testament. Christ is the Rock, we build the foundation of our faith on. Christ is the foundation of our entire life, without Christ there is no foundation and we will crumble from building on the sand. 

Notice again the Triune language used by Paul, “Unto a Holy Temple in The Lord (Jesus), in whom you also are builded together for an habitation of God (Father) through the Spirit (Holy Spirit)” We see the Triune Godhead working together for our salvation

How do we become saved? It’s only through Jesus Christ the Son of God. How do we become reconciled back to God our Father? It’s only through Jesus Christ the Son of God. How do we get baptized by the Holy Spirit? It’s only through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Amen!

Ephesians 2- Peace With God

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13

We need to remember that we are all saints with a past, we need to remember that we were all unsaved sinners just like the world. When you’re Born Again and filled with the Holy Spirit, its easy to get disgusted with this world. It’s easy to feel remorse , even anger towards unsaved people, however we must remember we were once just like them! And we can use our past and our testimonies, to share people the good news of Jesus Christ!

We must remember that at one time we were without Christ! Hopefully this seems impossible to comprehend, but at one time we were prodigal children. We were the lost sheep without a Shepherd. When your reconciled back to God through Christ, it makes you realize how great our God is. Because there is no hope without Christ! There is no possibility of eternal life without Jesus, all our hope is in our great Lord and Savior!

We were once far away from God, we were dead in our sins, unable to stand in the presence of our Holy Father. However because of the price Christ paid on the cross, The Lord has reconciled us back to God. This is why its called Amazing Grace!

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: Ephesians 2:14-16

Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and we can’t have peace without Christ, why? Because without Christ, you are at war with God, you are at war with the Holy Spirit, living in the flesh , dead in your sins. But Christ paid the ransom for your sins on the cross, and made you a new man by the Holy Spirit. You are at peace with God through Jesus Christ, because The Lord paid it all!

There is no other way to peace and reconciliation without Jesus Christ! If your looking for peace today, look for Jesus Christ, and look at the cross and what Christ accomplished for you there! We are Born Again through Jesus Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Ephesians 2- Saved By Grace

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

What is the true gospel? Well Ephesians 2, is a great description of the true gospel, By grace we are saved through faith and not of ourselves. The common denominator for all false religions and groups, is a work based salvation. If you want to know if you belong to a true Christian group, ask your leaders , “what must I do to become saved”? This sounds like a simple question, as it should be, however most false religions and groups, will have you jumping through hoops trying to earn your salvation

It’s only by Gods grace that we are saved, period. None of us deserve to be saved, in fact all of us deserve the punishment of eternal Hell. If you don’t understand that, then you probably don’t understand your sinful nature. We are all sinners and have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) the penalty or wages of our sins is death (Romans 6:23) , but the gift (grace) of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23) Its only by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ, that we are saved!

There are no works that we can achieve or obtain to save ourselves, its the gift of God not of our works! It’s the works on the cross, by our Lord Jesus Christ, that paid the wages for our sins. Why did Jesus die on the cross? To pay the penalty or wages for your sins, so that we might be justified before God. Nobody can boast about them getting saved, they should boast about our Lord Jesus Christ, who willingly paid the ultimate price for our sins, because God loves us

So does that mean we stay the same? Absolutely not, we are God’s workmanship or masterpiece, we were made in the image of God, and now through Christ, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us! We have become Born Again through Jesus Christ (John 3:3) we are a new creation, our old sinful selves has died and we have been risen with Christ to walk in the newness of our lives (Romans 6)  This part is called sanctification, as the Holy Spirit continues to work on us to be more conformed to the image of Christ 

So you want some good news today, You are saved by the Grace of God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ! The Lord already paid the penalty for your sins, and you can be reconciled back to God and sanctified through the Holy Spirit, Amen!