Resources from Ephesians

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

Apr 14 THE apostle Paul felt it to be a great privilege to be allowed to preach the gospel. He did not look upon his calling as a drudgery, or a servitude, but he entered upon it with intense delight. All God’s truly sent servants have experienced much delight in the declaration of the gospel of Jesus; and it is natural that they should, for their message is one of mercy and...

Ephesians 3:8

Grieve not the Holy Spirit

Mar 3 IT is a very clear proof of the personality of the Holy Spirit that he can be grieved. Now, it would be very difficult to imagine an influence, or a mere spiritual emanation, being grieved. We can only grieve a person, and, inasmuch as the Holy Ghost may be grieved, we see that he is a distinct subsistence in the sacred Trinity. Rob him not of the glory which is...

Ephesians 4:30

The Church Aroused

Oct 7 WE have not time this evening to enter into the question as to where this quotation came from. There does not appear to be one exactly like it in the compass of the Old Testament; but we must remember that the apostle very frequently quotes the spirit of texts rather than the words of them. In the eighth and in the tenth chapters of the Epistle to the Hebrews we...

Ephesians 5:14

Heavenly Geometry

Aug 19 THIS divine mensuration is an art of the most desirable kind, as appears from its being the object of most earnest apostolic prayers. Paul was not content to travail in birth for souls, and to become their spiritual parent, but he afterwards exercised the functions of a nursing father, tenderly caring for the souls to whom he had been blessed, and desiring to see them growing up in the faith...

Ephesians 3:16-19

A Glorious Church

May 7 WHAT a golden example Christ gives to his disciples! There are few masters who could venture to say, “If you would practise my teaching, imitate my life.” But the life of Jesus is the exact transcript of perfect virtue, and therefore he can point to himself as the paragon of holiness, as well as the teacher of it. The Christian should take nothing short of Christ for his model. Under...

Ephesians 5:25-27

"For Christ's Sake"

Feb 12 THIS is the great argument of awakened sinners, when they seek mercy at God’s hands. Aforetime they could boast of their own righteousness, they could rest upon their feelings, their resolutions, their goodness of heart, or their prayers; but now that God the Holy Spirit has shewn them what they are, and revealed to them the desperate evil of their hearts, they dare not offer any other plea than this—...

Ephesians 4:32

True Unity Promoted

Jan 1 You will remember that for several years I have received my morning's text for the first Sabbath in the year from an esteemed brother, a clergyman of the Church of England. This year he very kindly sends me this verse, which I hope will be useful to us all, reminding us of our former faults, and of our present duty in the matter of “endeavouring to keep the unity of...

Ephesians 4:3

The True Position of Assurance

Oct 2 MANY sincerely-seeking souls are in great trouble because they have not yet attained to an assurance of their interest in Christ Jesus: they dare not take any comfort from their faith because they suppose that' it has not attained to a sufficient strength. They have believed in the Lord Jesus, and they have his promise that they shall be saved, but they are not content with this—they want to get...

Ephesians 1:13

The Mighty Power Which Creates and Sustains Faith

Oct 11 To believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart is one of the simplest things imaginable. To trust Christ, to depend upon his power and faithfulness, is such a childlike act that one sees no extraordinary difficulty in it. Yet, to bring the human mind to exercise simple faith in Jesus us is a work of the most astounding power. To bring down the pride of man, to...

Ephesians 1:19-23

Accepted in the Beloved

Sep 21      “THE beloved!” This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either bird or turtle, as she sung, “My beloved is mine and I am his: he...

Ephesians 1:6