What in the world is “the world”?
After what we have witnessed in this year’s turbulent presidential campaign, it’s a good time to increase our understanding of what the Bible calls “the world”.
There are several ways in which the Bible speaks of “the world”.
The unbelievers; the entire...
This week we examine the commands in Ephesians 5:19-6:19. We will see how they contribute to summing up all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on earth.
God is summing up the things on earth by building up the church, which is the fullness of Christ.
God is summing up...
Growth – or Arthritis?
This week we are going to look at the specific exhortations we receive in the book of Ephesians.
When we are obedient to these exhortations, we participate in the Spirit’s great work of completing the body of Christ.
As we proceed, watch for places where Paul, after giving us a specific command, brings...
We grow as one congregation
Last week, we saw that we cannot grow as separate individuals. We grow together as a body.
The body of Christ, the church, is made up of all believers in Christ during the Church Age.
Each congregation is a particular local manifestation of the body of Christ.
So we grow together as...
Last week, we visited the mountaintop.
We saw God the Father summing up all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth (Eph 1:10).
He is doing this by reconciling all things to Himself through Christ, having made peace by the blood of His cross – things in heaven and things on earth. (Col...
In our last blog, we saw that the book of Ephesians is about the church as a whole: the one Body of Christ.
This has major implications for how we interpret Ephesians 5:18.
Here is the English translation of Ephesians 5:18 that we are working with:
And do not get drunk with wine, which is...
Picking up where we left off
Last week, we started to examine the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit to believers, to the church.
We began in the book of Ephesians, where we examined a word, a verse, and a concept.
The word is the Greek verb pleroo.
The verse is Ephesians 5:18.
And the concept is the concept of...
A word, a verse, and a concept
The next thing we are going to look at is the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit to believers.
We have seen the one-time ministries of the Holy Spirit, such as Regeneration and the Baptism by the Spirit into Christ.
Now it’s time to look at the work that the Spirit is doing for the church every...
Three key passages on the New Man
Our two most recent blogs have been on the subjects of Regeneration, and the Baptism by the Spirit.
Some of the key Bible passages on these two subjects also referred to the subject we are going to consider now.
That subject is the New Man.
When we were born again and placed into Christ, we were...