Resources from Ephesians

The Exceeding Riches of Grace

Jun 18 FROM this verse it is clear that Paul fully expected the gospel of the grace of God to be preached in the ages to come. He had no notion of a temporary gospel to develop into a better, but he was assured that the same gospel would be preached to the end of the dispensation. Nor this alone; for as I take it, he looked to the perpetuity of the...

Ephesians 2:7

Faith: What is it? How Can It Be Obtained?

Jul 17 I MEAN to dwell mainly upon that expression, “Through faith.” I call attention, however, first of all, to the fountain head of our salvation, which is the grace of God. “By grace are ye saved.” Because God is gracious, therefore sinful men are forgiven, converted, purified, and saved. It is not because of anything in them, or that ever can be in them, that they are saved; but because of...

Ephesians 2:8

The Glories of Forgiving Grace

Aug 29 LAST Sunday morning the subject was redemption, “Ye are not your own: ye are bought with a price.” The sequel to redemption is pardon: the text gives us that doctrine, for it tells us that redemption through the blood of Jesus involves the forgiveness of sins. Our subject at this time shall be the forgiveness of sin, the measure, mode, medium, and manifestation of it as set forth in the...

Ephesians 1:7

Our Motto

Jul 20 THIS sentence was expressly addressed, in the first place, to “servants,” which term includes, and first of all intends, those who unhappily were slaves. There were many slaves in the Roman Empire, and the form of bondage which then existed was of the bitterest kind. I can imagine a slave becoming a Christian and so finding peace as to his former guilt, and obtaining renewal of heart; and then, although...

Ephesians 6:7

Jesus Christ Himself

Dec 9 “JESUS CHRIST himself” is to occupy all our thoughts this morning. What an ocean opens up before me! Here is sea-room for the largest barque! In which direction shall I turn your thoughts? I am embarrassed with riches. I know not where to begin: and when I once begin where shall I end? Assuredly we need not go abroad for joys this morning, for we have a feast at home....

Ephesians 2:20

The Sealing of the Spirit

Mar 19 I HAVE taken the whole passage for the sake of completing the sense, but I have no intention whatever of preaching upon all of it. Practically I only need for the topic of this morning the following words: — “In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” The sealing of the Holy Spirit will be the subject of our meditation. There are...

Ephesians 1:13,14

Paul's Doxology

Nov 7 THIS chapter has a whole service of worship within itself. It certainly contains a sermon, for Paul gives a very earnest address upon the unveiling of the hidden mystery, so that the Gentiles are made partakers of the promise in Christ by the gospel: it contains a prayer, for one of the verses begins, “For this cause I bow my knees”; and in the verses before us it closes with...

Ephesians 3:20-21

Saints in Heaven and Earth One Family

Aug 8 BEREAVEMENTS are among the sorest griefs of this mortal life. We are permitted by God to love those whom he gives to us, and our heart eagerly casts its tendrils around them, and therefore when suddenly the beloved objects are withdrawn by death, our tenderest feelings are wounded. It is not sinful for us to lament the departure of friends, for Jesus wept; it would be unnatural and inhuman if...

Ephesians 3:15

A Grateful Summary of Twenty Volumes

Dec 27 THIS is a very remarkable day to me, for, if I am spared to preach this present sermon, I shall have completed twenty years of printed discourses issued week by week. This will be the last sermon of my twentieth volume, making 1,209 in all. This is by no means a common occurrence; indeed, I have not heard of another case in which for so long a time published discourses...

Ephesians 3:8

The Matchless Mystery

Jan 1 I DO not hesitate to say that this is one of the most wonderful texts in the whole compass of revelation. It sets forth the mystery of mysteries, the very pith and marrow of the loftiest divinity. It is fitted rather to be the theme for a hundred elaborate discourses than for one brief homily. Most assuredly it is a deep that knows no sounding, an abyss where thought plunges...

Ephesians 5:30