Resources from Ephesians

Filling with the Spirit, and Drunkenness with Wine

May 26 WHILE I was reading to you just now, in the fourth and fifth chapters of Paul’s letter to the Ephesian believers, I could not help feeling that you could little understand the elevation and the purity of the precepts of the apostle, as they must have appeared to the inhabitants of such a wicked city as Ephesus. When first read, these precepts must have seemed like an unearthly light. We...

Ephesians 5:18

Once Dead, Now Alive

Sep 30 I PREACHED to you, this morning, the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, and its various bearings; but unless you have experienced spiritual resurrection, you do not understand that doctrine, and you cannot grasp its meaning. Spiritual resurrection may be understood in theory; but it cannot be really comprehended until we ourselves have been raised out of spiritual death. Ever remember that, in the things of God, knowledge is...

Ephesians 2:1

Trust

Aug 21 IT appears from the preceding verse that the predestinating purpose of God deals not only with salvation as a whole, but with the details of it: it includes faith as well as salvation, which comes of faith. “Being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in...

Ephesians 1:12-13

The Child of Light and the Works of Darkness

Feb 24 SINS, especially the grosser vices, are “works of darkness.” They delight in concealment, they are not fit to be soon, they flourish in the darkness of the unrenewed heart, they are most fully maintained in the ignorance of a soul that is without the knowledge of the ever-blessed God. They are also works of darkness, because those who follow them have a sad life of it, after all; they are...

Ephesians 5:11

Christ's Love to His Spouse

Sep 5 THE love of Jesus, — what a theme it is! The apostle said that it passeth knowledge; and if it passeth knowledge, much more doth it excel any description that can be given of it. The heart may feel it hotter than the tongue may speak it. If there is one subject more than another upon which I wish ever to speak, it is the love of Christ; but if...

Ephesians 5:25

The Singular Origin of a Christian Man

Mar 22 THIS text is written by the apostle as a reason why salvation cannot be a thing of human merit: “not of works, lest any man should boast, for we are his workmanship.” The for indicates an argument. It is a conclusive reason why salvation cannot be by our good works, because even when we have an abundance of the best of works, they are far more due to God than...

Ephesians 2:10

The Top of the Ladder

Oct 25 THIS is a part of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers. It is the closing clause and consummation of it. It mentions the grandest boon for which he prayed. His prayer was like that ladder which Jacob saw, the top whereof did reach to heaven and God, and the apostle at the foot of it was not asleep, but looking up with eager eyes, and marking each rising round of...

Ephesians 3:19

Glory Be Unto the Father

Sep 9 LAST Lord’s-day I finished the morning services at Exeter Hall with a sermon upon John’s choice doxology, “Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” I felt, therefore, that it would be most fitting to open this series of services with another doxology; and as the last was in praise of the...

Ephesians 1:3-4

Accepted of the Great Father

Jul 15 A FEW Sabbath mornings ago I spoke to you upon those memorable words of the great Father, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” We now go a step farther, and see how the love of God to his beloved Son overflows, and runs like a river of life to all those who are in Christ Jesus. To him he saith, “This is my beloved Son,”...

Ephesians 1:6

Imitators of God

Jun 10 WE shall read the text as it should more properly be translated: “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.” Upon the word imitate our discourse will hinge.      The division into chapters is often most unfortunate, and in this case it causes a break in a passage which in its sense is one and indivisible. The apostle had said, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one...

Ephesians 5:1