Jan 01

Adoption   “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”— Ephesians 1:5.   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 …


Forgiveness Made Easy

Jan 01

Forgiveness Made Easy   “Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”—Ephesians iv. 32.   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 Three Whats

Jan 01

The Three Whats    “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which …


The Agreement of Salvation By Grace With Walking in Good Works

Jan 01

The Agreement of Salvation by Grace With Walking in Good Works   “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 ii. 9, 10.   I SHALL call your attention to the near neighbourhood of …


Redemption through Blood, the Gracious Forgiveness of Sins

Jun 07

Redemption through Blood, the Gracious Forgiveness of Sins   “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according, to the riches of his grace.”— Ephesians i. 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. …


The Sword of the Spirit

Apr 19

The Sword of the Spirit   “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”— Ephesians vi. 17.   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 …


Blessing for Blessing

Oct 26

Blessing for Blessing   “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” — Ephesians i. …


Members of Christ

Oct 23

Members of Christ   “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” — Ephesians v. 30.   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 …


Living, Loving, Lasting Union

Oct 22

Living, Loving, Lasting Union   “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”— Ephesians v. 30.        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, …


Life from the Dead

Mar 13

Life from the Dead   “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”— Ephesians ii. 1.   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 …