READ: “But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head” Eph 4.15.
THINK: The neologism above expresses the Greek verb alētheuō, for which English has no corresponding term. It means speaking the truth, Gal 4.16, and “remaining attached to the truth (of the gospel), holding fast to it, … being of the truth, loving it, professing it, carrying it out; in other words, conforming one’s conduct to it” (Spicq). Continue reading
From John W. Smith’s book on Ephesians: Continue reading
The apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians highlights the power of God, not only as a potential power but the actual “exercise of his power” 3.7. His is a “power that is working” 3.20.
His power has parameters, in Christ, and works for the good and for the strength of those in him. Continue reading
Listen to the edited sermon I preached at Somer’s Avenue congregation in N. Little Rock March 10, “God Through All,” based upon the text of Eph. 4.6. Edited time is 24 min. The theme of the day was “Evangelism for the Rest of Us.” Continue reading
Religion turned into market, appealing to the lowest passions. People look for churches that allow them to continue in sin or that feed their greed. These churches are not of God and do not lead to salvation.
And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) — when you believed in Christ — you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1.13 NET Continue reading
We use the phrase “body and soul” to refer to a complete dedication to some activity or cause. Similarly, Paul uses the terms flesh and mind to indicate the life totally consumed by the devil’s will.
We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and by nature we were children under wrath, as the others were also.
Ephesians 2:3 HCSB
“Flesh” (some translations say “body”) is the human decision to give oneself over to the desires and carnal passions. The term “thoughts” or mind, indicates perception, here in the participation in evil, or a “mental orientation” (Richards 605).
Here’s how one version translates it. “All of you used to do whatever felt good and whatever you thought you wanted” (CEB).
Em contrast to the total domination by the devil, Paul celebrates God’s intervention, beginning in verse 4.
Thanks to him and his salvation, the “walk” in sin (verse 2) becomes the “walk” in good works (verse 10).