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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- 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!

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- God Loves Us

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7

Why did Jesus die for us? The answer is simple, because Christ loves us. When you understand the price Jesus Christ paid for our souls, and the only reason this was performed was because God loves us, you understand how deep our relationship with God is and should be. 

You might ask “how do I know God loves me”? All you have to do is look at the cross, God demonstrated his love towards us, even though we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8) Imagine the Creator dying for his creation, even when his creation didn’t deserve it. That’s why God is “rich in mercy”, Gods grace and love, is so much deeper than our human minds can comprehend. 

How did we get saved? It’s very simple, by grace you are saved! We didn’t do anything to “earn” our salvation or “work” our way into Heaven. It’s impossible for us to be able to save ourselves, it’s only by the grace of God that we are saved. As the scripture says “even though we were dead in our sins” even though we were depraved godless sinners, Christ saved us. We became Born Again by the blood of Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It’s only by grace that any of us are saved, period

And one day, we will be raised up, meaning we will be resurrected, with an immortal perfect body, and we will reign with Christ in the Heavenly realm. Think about that, before you were dead in your sins, you were separated from God because of our transgressions, however not only were you forgiven, but you were made a new creature. You were reborn and reconciled back to God as his child, hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

Did we deserve this grace and mercy? Absolutely not, again it’s only because God loves us, that we received his grace and mercy. Can we comprehend this deep love of Gods grace? No, because human love will always fail us, humans will always let us down, but Christ has already redeemed your soul, Jesus will never leave or forsake you, because you were bought by the price of his own blood, Amen!