Resources from Ephesians

The Agreement of Salvation By Grace With Walking in Good Works

I SHALL call your attention to the near neighbourhood of these two phrases, “Not of works,” and “Created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” The text reads with a singular sound; for it seems strange to the ear that good works should be negatived as the cause of salvation, and then should be spoken of as the great end of it. You may put it down among what the Puritans...

Ephesians 2:9-10

Forgiveness Made Easy

THE heathen moralists, when they wished to teach virtue, could not point to the example of their gods, for, according to their mythologists, the gods were a compound of every imaginable, and, I had almost said, unimaginable vice. Many of the classic deities surpassed the worst of men in their crimes: they were as much greater in iniquity as they were supposed to be superior in power. It is an...

Ephesians 4:32

The Three Whats

You see the text begins with a personal experience within the mind and judgment— “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” Everything depends upon the opened eye: the scene may be fair, and the light may be bright, but if the sight be gone all is in vain. Zedekiah had his eyes put out by the king of Babylon, and then he was taken down to the imperial city, but...

Ephesians 1:18-20

Adoption

IT is at once a doctrine of Scripture and of common sense, that whatever God does in time he predestined to do in eternity. Some men find fault with divine predestination, and challenge the justice of eternal decrees. Now, if they will please to remember that predestination is the counterfoil of history, as an architectural plan, the carrying out of which we read in the facts that happen, they may...

Ephesians 1:5

Redemption through Blood, the Gracious Forgiveness of Sins

Jun 7 READ the chapter, and carefully note how the apostle goes to the back of everything, and commences with those primeval blessings which were ours before time began. He dwells on the divine love of old, and the predestination which came out of it; and all that blessed purpose of making us holy and without blame before him in love, which, was comprehended in the covenant of grace. It does us...

Ephesians 1:7

The Sword of the Spirit

Apr 19 To be a Christian is to be a warrior. The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world: it is a battle-field. Neither must he reckon upon the friendship of the world; for that would be enmity against God. His occupation is war. As he puts on piece by piece of the panoply provided for him, he may wisely say to himself, “This warns...

Ephesians 6:17

Blessing for Blessing

Oct 26 GOD blesses us; let us bless him. I pray that every heart here may take its own part in this service of praise. “O thou, my soul, bless God the Lord, And all that in me is, Be stirred up his holy name  To magnify and bless!” Sit in your seats, and keep on blessing God from the first word of the sermon to the...

Ephesians 1:3-4

Members of Christ

Oct 23 YESTERDAY, when I had the painful task of speaking at the funeral of our dear friend, Mr. William Olney, I took the text which I am going to take again now. I am using it again because I did not then really preach from it at all, but simply reminded you of a favourite expression of his, which I heard from his lips many times in prayer. He very frequently...

Ephesians 5:30

Living, Loving, Lasting Union

Oct 22 Before the funeral, at Norwood Cemetery, of the late Mr. William Olney, senior deacon of the church at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, a service was held in the Tabernacle. The building was crowded with sympathizing friends, who came to testify the affection they bore to the beloved deacon who had been so suddenly called from their midst. The senior Pastor presided.      The hymn, “They are gathering homeward one by one,”...

Ephesians 5:30

Life from the Dead

Mar 13 OUR translators, as you observe, have put in the words “hath he quickened”, because Paul had thrown the sense a little farther on, and it was possible for the reader not to catch it. They have but anticipated the statement of the fourth and fifth verses: “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us...

Ephesians 2:1