Citizens of the Promise

Last week, in Ephesians 2:5-10, we saw how Paul defended that our salvation is by God’s grace, not by our own works, affirming a key doctrine of the Christian faith.  But he didn’t stop emphasizing this point, as we’ll see in today’s text. And to better appreciate this passage, we need to understand its audience. […]

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By Grace, For Works

One of the most stunning truths in Scripture is that we’re not in control.  This may cause us to pause or even raise our cackles, because humans typically like to be in control of things.  We like to set our own course in life, do the things we want, when we want, and be who […]

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But God…

There are times in our walk with God that we need to stop, sit back, and in great humility just meditate on the goodness of the Lord and how incredibly awesome His love for us really is.  Opening Ephesians 2, the Apostle Paul gives us such an opportunity.  I would encourage you to contemplate this […]

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Far Above All Others

It’s not hard these days to get discouraged by what we see happening around us.  Strife, division, hatred, murder, envy, lust, pain, suffering, and every kind of increasing evil and wickedness fill our screens as we scroll through social media or any news site.  It’s no wonder many people ask, “where’s God in all this?” […]

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Wisdom, Understanding, and Revelation

One of the greatest privileges we have as believers is the ability to petition the Lord God Almighty on behalf of ourselves and others (Heb 4:16).  Throughout Scripture we’re shown examples of God hearing the prayers of His people and changing circumstances.  Abraham petitioned God on behalf of his nephew Lot (Genesis 18:16-33), Moses pleaded […]

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To The Praise of His Glory

Did you ever wonder why God saved you?  Why He sent His son to die on the cross and bring salvation to those who believe?  Perhaps you’ve asked, “why did You save ME, God?” I think any honest Christian has asked these questions at some point in their walk, especially as we learn more about […]

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Hearing Is Believing

Last week we looked at the seal or mark put on us by God through the Holy Spirit, as told in Ephesians 1:13-14.  But there’s even more to explore in these two verses, so today’s let’s take a peek at another nugget of truth Paul reveals here about how the Holy Spirit speaks to us. […]

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Marked By God

Almost everyone has heard of the mark of the Beast, which is commonly understood as a physical marking offered by the future antichrist as a pledge of allegiance to Satan.  But did you know that as a believer in Christ you also have taken a mark?  In Him, you also, after listening to the message […]

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The Mystery of His Will

In the first few verses in his letter to the Ephesian church, Paul began outlining crucial Christian doctrines of grace, mercy, adoption, and God’s sovereign will.  By verse eight, Paul begins pulling these doctrines together and explaining his God-given mission and purpose in writing this letter. In all wisdom and insight He made known to […]

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Christ Our Redeemer

After looking last week at how we possess every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3-6) and learning that we fully possess our salvation in Christ even this very moment, today let’s look at another incredible blessing we have obtained through Christ: redemption. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the […]

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