Paul’s Final Greetings

It’s been a long road, but we’ve come to the end of a verse-by-verse exposition of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  Throughout this astonishing letter we’ve been challenged, tested, exhorted, convicted, and encouraged.  We’ve seen the beloved apostle affirm and confirm many core doctrines of the Christian faith, just a few being God’s will and […]

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Children & Fathers

Turning the page to the last chapter of Ephesians, we find ourselves in the middle of the Apostle Paul’s instructions to believers on how to act among each other.  Starting with the husband and wife in Eph 5:22-33, he now looks deeper into the inner family unit. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for […]

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A Heavenly Mystery

Closing out what we know as Ephesians 5, the Apostle Paul is in the midst of instructing believers on how to behave among other Christians, and he starts with the top of the family: husbands and wives.  In the previous verses we saw how he reaffirmed the family headship and structure, relating it to how […]

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Making Melody With Your Heart
Ephesians 5:8-12

For the better part of one and a half chapters in Ephesians, Paul schooled us on how believers must live differently from the unsaved if we are to consider ourselves true Christ-followers.  But now at the mid-point of chapter 5, Paul begins to shift more toward a positive exhortation, transitioning from how we behave in […]

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Exposed By The Light

We recently learned how, as true and obedient believers, we reflect God’s light into the world, and in doing so are called children of Light (Eph 5:8).  Today we see Paul foster this thought more deeply as he continues to urge the Church to live our lives in a godly manner. But all things become […]

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Imitators of God

Heading into Ephesians chapter 5, we find ourselves in the middle of a lengthy discourse from the Apostle Paul on the Christian’s obligation to live rightly.  In fact, this theme continues through the end of his epistle, so we should prepare ourselves for quite a bit more godly advice from Paul as we continue unpacking […]

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Speak Truth

Telling the truth seems to be one of the most important characteristics a Christian can exhibit.  It may be one of the hardest ones at times, and from the time we’re toddlers to the time we die it is a constant battle to always be truthful.  The desire to lie or tell half-truths is deeply […]

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Unified in the Body of Christ

The Bible is intriguing in that it often explains the most mysterious heavenly truths in such simple ways they can be easy to miss.  From the way Jesus told of the workings of the Kingdom of God through parables, to the way Paul draws us a mental picture of the Church as a human body, […]

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Love

We are called to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves.  So, in that spirit, let’s allow God’s Word alone to tell us a little more about love. 1 Corinthians 13: If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, […]

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A Manner Worthy

The call of Christ changes a person.  That change begins when we are saved – being justified once and forever – but refined continuously as we go through this life, walking with the Lord and maturing in the faith.  This change should not only be evident to us, it should also be evident to others […]

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