This text is a part of the Why Examine the E-book? sequence.
The Church Is God’s
In my first pastorate, I began preaching the e-book of Ephesians in my second yr. After I used to be within the fifth or sixth week of the sequence, a kindly, older church member got here to me and mentioned, “Pastor, might I ask you a query? When you’re preaching via Ephesians, you aren’t attempting to inform us what this church ought to do. As a substitute, you are attempting to inform us what God needs his church to do—what God needs his church to be. Is that proper?” That senior saint was so proper, and I used to be grateful that the message of the e-book of Ephesians was coming via!
God’s Plan for the Church
The e-book of Ephesians issues what God is doing in redemptive historical past by making the church: God is forming the physique of Christ, that he would possibly fill them to stroll in works of affection and to face agency in Christ’s victory. The church, subsequently, is just not a easy social assemble within the palms of sinners expert with organizational savvy and sturdy visions for remodeling communities. As a substitute, from all eternity, God has a plan for the ages that he’ll accomplish in Christ via the church. In grace, Ephesians reveals how God locations us into this nice plan.
God is forming the physique of Christ, that he would possibly fill them to stroll in works of affection and to face agency in Christ’s victory.
The Company and Particular person
For the person believer, it’s simple to emphasise private piety and particular person discipleship. In Ephesians, Paul reveals the importance of God’s workings in each the company and particular person Christian life. For instance, the company physique of Christ has acquired the non secular blessings of redemption in Christ (Eph. 1:3-14), has been rescued from wrath in Christ in response to the decree of God (Eph. 2:1-10), and should pursue the peace Christ supplies between Jewish and Gentile believers (Eph. 2:11-22). But it’s the particular person believer who receives the Spirit by a faith-response to the gospel (Eph. 1:13-14), who’s saved in a fashion that nobody individual can boast about saving oneself (Eph. 2:9), and who should placed on the brand new self, pushing aside the outdated self of thievery, unrighteous anger, and malice (Eph. 4:17-32).
The Glory of the Grace God in Christ
In the end the e-book of Ephesians is concerning the glory of God and his grace. God is glorifying himself via the church so that we’ll be holy earlier than him with certainty when he consummates all issues within the universe in Christ (Eph. 1:12). God glorifies himself by alone guaranteeing our inheritance via Christ (Eph. 1:14). God features all the glory for altering these useless in sins right into a workmanship he created in Christ Jesus in eternity previous—doing so by taking all of the credit score for salvation and leaving no room for us to boast (Eph. 2:7-10). God’s grace supplies the non secular items we use to construct every native physique of believers into maturing members, households, and staff (Eph. 4:7). For Paul, rugged individualism doesn’t save or sanctify; God alone saves and sanctifies at the same time as he makes use of our works to take action.
Ephesians invitations us to contemplate what God has made us to be, do, and have in Christ for a show of the gospel to the world. It’s price reviewing continuously in order that we don’t learn the press experiences of our personal successes and power, however learn the revelation of the accomplishment of Christ on the cross for his bride.