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EPHESIANS

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EPHESIANS 1:1-2 – PRIVILEGED!

EPHESIANS – KNOWING AND GROWING #1

The Book of Ephesians shows us the riches we have in Christ and how to use them.

This Book shows us “What to Know!” and “How to Grow!” It is a book about “Knowing and Growing”. The first three chapters are mostly about knowing. The last three chapters are mostly about growing, or maturing in our Christian faith. In all six chapters of Ephesians, what we know will help us grow!

As Paul gives his introduction to Ephesians in the first two verses of the book, we find three privileges we should know that we might grow.

THE WILL OF GOD – Vs. 1a

  • Originally, his name was Saul (same name as a former King of Israel).  He was zealous for the Hebrew faith in every way. Philippians 3:4-6
  • When he came to Christ, Saul started using the name Paul, which means small. His new name indicated the change that took place. Philippians 3:7-9
  • The change in Paul was so dramatic, he became a preacher of the Gospel instead of being a persecutor of the Gospel. Ephesians 3:8, 1 Timothy 1:11-14 
  • Paul was named an apostle of Jesus Christ – An apostle is “one sent”. The Apostles of the Lord Jesus were witnesses of the resurrection. Acts 2:14, 32
  • Of course, the 12 Apostles were called. Judas was replaced by Matthias.
  • Paul was called to be an Apostle by the will of God on the Road to Damascus. Acts 26:16-18
  • God had a plan for Paul’s life. Acts 22:12-15
  • God has a plan for your life. Discover God’s will for you, and strive to do it. Romans 12:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 3:17, 23
  • It is a privilege to be saved! Ephesians 2:8-9
  • It is a privilege to serve according to the will of God! 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

THE WORK OF GOD – Vs. 1b

  • This letter was written to saints. A saint is one who is holy or “set apart”.
  • Every believer in Jesus Christ is a saint. John 1:12-13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,                      1 Peter 1:15-16
  • It is very possible that the Book of Ephesians was a circular letter, sent to the churches in Asia.
  • Saints are faithful. John 3:16, Hebrews 11:6, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Revelation 2:10
  • Saints are faithful because they are “in Christ Jesus”. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • The making of a saint is the work of God. Titus 3:4-6
  • If you are a saint, you are privileged because the work of God has been performed in you.

 THE WONDERS OF GOD – Vs. 2

  • Grace was the traditional Roman greeting, or salutation.
  • Peace was the traditional Jewish greeting or salutation.
  • True grace and peace come from God, the Trinity. The Father and the Son are mentioned here. Part of the Fruit of the Spirit is peace. Galatians 5:22
  • Grace – Titus 3:5, 7, John 1:16-17, 2 Peter 3:18 
  • Peace – Romans 5:1, Isaiah 26:3-4, Philippians 4:6-7
  • If you are a saint, you are privileged to receive the wonders of God’s grace and peace.

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EPHESIANS 1:3 - GRATEFUL

EPHESIANS – KNOWING AND GROWING #2

Ephesians 1:3 (KJV) - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

 

Paul begins his letter with gratitude to God. We should be grateful for the same things!

FOR FATHERLY BLESSINGS - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

  • From the word “blessed” we get the word “eulogy”. A eulogy is a speech that gives praise! We think of them as part of funerals or memorial services.
  • Psalm 103:1-2 reminds us just how important praise is!
  • The Father is first in rank in the Trinity. Each member of the Trinity is God.
  • The Father is the one who has bestowed all Spiritual blessings in Christ.
  • Jesus called God, “Father”. His whole desire was to please Him. John 4:34
  • Based on our relationship with Christ, we Christians call God, “Father” John 1:12-13
  • We are to be like Jesus; we are to desire to please our Father! 1 John 2:6, 1 John 3:2-3
  • Romans 8:14-17, Romans 8:28-39 – Be comforted! Be full of praise!

FOR SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS - who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing

  • All Blessings come from Father - James 1:17
  • Spiritual Blessings come through the Holy Spirit.
  1. Salvation – Regeneration (John 3:3-8), Indwelling (John 14:15-18), Baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13), Sealing (Ephesians 1:13-14) (This is not original!)
  2. Witnessing – Acts 1:8
  3. Instruction – John 16:13-16
  4. Intercession by the Spirit – Romans 8:26-27
  5. Victory over Sin – Romans 8:1-4
  6. Fruit – Galatians 5:22-25
  7. Prayer Effectiveness – Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20-21
  • We have all we need. We just need to use what we have. 2 Peter 1:3-11, Colossians 2:9-10

FOR HEAVENLY BLESSINGS - in the heavenly places

Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:6

FOR CHRISTIAN BLESSINGS - in Christ

It’s all in Christ! 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

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EPHESIANS 1:3-6 – RICHES FROM FATHER

EPHESIANS – KNOWING AND GROWING #3

Ephesians 1:3-14 is one sentence in Greek.  In it we see the riches we have from the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Here are the riches from the hand of God the Father.

THE FATHER'S PRESENT TO US - Vs. 3

  • We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
  • It is important to note that this is a happy verse, and that the verses to follow are happy verses!  These verses are written to encourage and assure us. They are not written to confuse, frustrate, or depress us!
  • It is important to note that whatever we need Spiritually, we have it in Christ!

THE FATHER'S PLANS FOR US - Vss. 4-5

  • This is the doctrine of election. God chose us before the foundation of the world. Every believer is chosen in Christ in eternity past.
  • H.A. Ironside – “Mr. Spurgeon said, ‘God certainly must have chosen me before I came into this world or He never would have done so afterward.’”
  • Because of our totally depraved nature, we have no acceptable righteousness in ourselves. Romans 3:10-18, Isaiah 64:6
  • Christ paid the price of redemption for our sins. Isaiah 53:4-6, Romans 5:6-9
  • One must believe in Christ to be saved. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Only those whom the Spirit convicts and draws will come to Christ.  John 6:44, John 16:8-11
  • Both election and man’s free will to choose exist in the Scriptures. Romans 9:6-16, 30-32
  • H.A. Ironside – “Every one who is saved will be in heaven because he was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, and yet every man who is saved will be there because as a poor guilty sinner he put his personal trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. You may say, ‘I can’t harmonize this.’ You do not need to do so; just believe it and go on your way rejoicing.”

Both quotes H.A. Ironside, In the Heavenlies, (Neptune N.J., Loizeaux Brothers, 1937) pp. 25, 31-32

  • Consider Lydia as an example. Acts 16:14-15
  • We are chosen to be holy and without blame. God has “set us apart” for all eternity. He expects us to strive to live holy lives now. 1 Peter 1:15-16
  • Because God proclaims us as blameless in Christ, we need not fear condemnation.                 Romans 8:1, 31-34
  • Vs. 5 – In love, God predestinated us, or “planned ahead” for our adoption.                   Galatians 4:4-6

THE FATHER'S POSITION TOWARDS US - Vs. 6

  • We are accepted in the beloved, who is Christ!
  • To be accepted in the beloved is to be blessed in the beloved.

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EPHESIANS 1:7-12 – RICHES IN THE SON  

 KNOWING AND GROWING #4

When we place our faith in Christ, God gives us several “riches” or benefits. These verses share some of them.

WE ARE SAVED Vs. 7

  • If you know Christ as Savior, you are one of the "saved." Those who are saved have redemption!
  • According to scholars, there are 3 Greek words used in the Scriptures which are translated as our English word, "Redemption."
  • We are redeemed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ! Hebrews 9:22, 1 Peter 1:18-19                                        
  • Our sins are forgiven through the riches of His grace. Hebrews 9:28
  • According to H.A. Ironside, there are two types of forgiveness.
  1. There is eternal forgiveness as described here. Psalm 103:3
  2. There is restorative forgiveness. When Christians sin, they are not kicked out of God’s family, but their fellowship with God is hindered. Confession of sin restores fellowship! Psalm 66:18, 1 John 1:8-10
  • We are the recipients of the riches of His grace. God’s grace is poured out to those who believe. God is no piker!

WE ARE SUPPLIED Vs. 8

  • One of the great gifts which we are given as Christians is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He comes to live inside us the moment we trust Christ as Savior. John 16:13-14
  • The Holy Spirit is present to give illumination to those of us who know Christ as Savior.
  • In Vs. 8 we are told that we have been given wisdom and prudence.
  • The word wisdom would mean that we can grasp the things of God as laid out for us in the Word of God.                                                                                                                                                         
  1. We can grasp the identity and work of Christ.
  2. We can grasp the nature and power of God.
  3. We can grasp the identity and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  4. We can grasp what God is going to do in the future.
  • Not only do we have wisdom but we have "prudence". The word prudence has also been translated "insight".
  • When we have insight, or understanding, we take the wisdom we have and apply it to our everyday experiences!

WE ARE SETTLED Vss. 9-10

  • Vs. 9 - We see specifically in these verses some of the things about which we will have wisdom and understanding.
  • A mystery is a "sacred secret", hidden in the Old Testament, and revealed in the New Testament.
  • Vs. 10 - There is a dispensation coming. That is an administration, a way in which God will work. It is called "the fullness of times". It is a time when every issue that needs to be settled will be settled.
  • Everything will be gathered together and resolved in Christ. This settling will begin with the establishment of Christ’s Kingdom on earth for a thousand years. Isaiah 11
  • This time will be followed by a brief rebellion of Satan and the final judgment known as the Great White Throne. Revelation 20

WE ARE SATISFIED Vss. 11-12

  • Vs. 11 – God planned ahead that each of us who know Christ have an inheritance in Christ.
  • We are His inheritance. He gets us. Ephesians 1:19
  • And He is our inheritance. We get Him!
  • We will be satisfied with our inheritance 1 John 3:2, Revelation 21:1-7
  • Vs. 12 – When we get our inheritance, we will be the “praise of His glory”!

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EPHESIANS 1:13-14 – RICHES IN THE SPIRIT

 KNOWING AND GROWING #5

In Ephesians 1 we have already discussed the riches we have through God the Father and God the Son. In Ephesians 1:13-14 we see some riches that we have in God, the Holy Spirit, pertaining to salvation.    

THE SECOND BIRTH - Vs. 13

  • There is a blessing from the Spirit alluded to here without being specifically mentioned.
  • The Ephesians heard the "Word of Truth."
  • The “Word of Truth” is the Gospel. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
  • One must believe the Gospel in order to be saved. Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8-9
  • One cannot be saved without the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. John 16:8-11
  • One cannot be saved without being “born again” by the Spirit of God. John 3:5-8

SEALING - Vs. 13

  • Vs. 13 – We are sealed with "that Holy Spirit of promise."
  • Sealing can refer to various things in Scripture.
  1. Security – Ephesians 4:30
  2. Authenticity – Romans 8:16
  3. Ownership – Ephesians 1:13 – The Holy Spirit brands, or marks us. Romans 8:9

SECURITY DEPOSIT OR DOWN-PAYMENT - Vs. 14

  • The word guarantee or earnest meant "the down-payment to guarantee the final purchase of some commodity or piece of property".
  • Today we might put earnest money down on such things as a house or a car.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:22 tells us that this down-payment was made in our hearts.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:5 tells us that this down-payment is a gift.
  • The down-payment has been paid on our inheritance when our redemption is fully complete.  We are redeemed by the blood of Christ, bought off the market and set free.
  • Redemption will be complete when we see Jesus face to face in our new resurrection bodies.  1 John 2:2-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-55

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EPHESIANS 1:15-23 – GREAT EXPECTATIONS  

KNOWING AND GROWING #6

  • God has expectations for each Christian. What are some of them?
  • God has ordained that we can help each other meet God’s expectations by praying for each other.  Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:12-13, John 14:13-14

Throughout his letters, Paul models how to pray for the Spiritual wellbeing of the Saints. In this prayer for the saints, Paul has great expectations for the saints, especially for their knowledge of God and their own blessings. Here, Paul is showing us how to pray with great expectations!

PRAY THANKFULLY – Vss. 15-16

  • Paul did not know many of the saints to whom he was writing, but he had heard about them and gave thanks. We, too, can give thanks for saints whom we have never met.
  • Paul continually gave thanks for the saints. How will continually giving thanks for fellow Christians help our attitude towards them?
  • Paul had heard of their faith. Their faith would have been evident by their profession and by their actions. Romans 10:9-10, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 7:21-27
  • Paul had heard of their love for all the saints. John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7-8

PRAY FAITHFULLY – Vs. 16

  • As you read Paul’s epistles, notice how many times Paul refers to his prayers for others. He prayed continually.
  • In Matthew 7:7-11 the idea is that our prayers are a continuous action.
  • Paul encourages us to pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Colossians 4:2

PRAY SPECIFICALLY – Vss. 17-23

  1. THAT THEY WOULD KNOW GOD – Vs. 17
  • Notice to whom we should pray.
  • There is debate as to whether the word “spirit” means “attitude” or the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can give us the attitude that is mentioned here.
  • Paul was praying the Holy Spirit would reveal God to us and give us wisdom. Although the Holy Spirit is present in the lives of Christians we need Him to be at work if we are going to know God intimately. Isaiah 11:2
  • “Of course the Ephesians knew Christ, but Paul is praying that they might ‘know him better.’ The regular Greek word for personal knowledge is gnosis, but here the word is intensified with the preposition, epi. Paul is asking for epignosis – ‘a real, deep, full knowledge’ – a ‘thorough knowledge’. R. Kent Hughes, Ephesians – The Mystery of the Body of Christ, (Wheaton IL, 1990) pp 51-52
  • It should be our passion to intimately know God through Christ. Philippians 1:21
  • It should be our passion that fellow believers would intimately know Christ.
  1. THAT THEY WOULD KNOW HIS HOPE – Vs. 18a
  • We are called to one day be just like Jesus. Romans 8:29, 1 John 2:3
  • We are called to a new, resurrection body. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
  • Our “blessed hope” is the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. At this time, we will receive our new bodies and Christ-likeness. Titus 2:13
  • Those of us who know this hope should act accordingly. Titus 2:11-13, 1 John 3:2-3, 1 Peter 1:13-15
  1. THAT THEY WOULD KNOW HIS INHERITANCE – Vs. 18b
  • Jesus gets us.
  • He will grant us an inheritance because we are his inheritance. Galatians 4:4-7
  1. THAT THEY WOULD KNOW HIS POWER – Vss. 19-23
  • We need to realize the greatness of the power that is available to us to live the Christian life. Ephesians 5:18-21, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16
  • We need to realize the greatness of the power that is available to us to know God.
  • Vs. 19 – We need to realize the greatness of the power that will do all that God has promised us.
  • Vss. 20-21 – This is the same power that took Christ from the grave and placed Him above everything for all eternity. He is sovereign Lord of the Universe.
  • Vs. 22 - He is the head of the Church.
  • Vs. 23 – A head is not complete unless it has a body. The church is that body. We are the “fullness of him who fills all in all”.

Our prayer should be that we and all other believers would know all these things

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EPHESIANS 2:1-10 – BIOGRAPHY OF A CHRISTIAN  

KNOWING AND GROWING #7

In Ephesians 2:1-10 we are given the biography of every Christian.  Although some details vary, these basic things are true of every believer.

PERVERSION OF SIN - Vss. 1-3

· It has been said that you have to get people lost before you can get them saved. How and why is that true?

· According to Vs. 1 we were all “dead in trespasses and sins”. What does it mean to be dead here?  Why is that such a serious matter?

· To trespass is to deviate from the path.  What is a typical “trespass” that a person commits?

· To sin is to miss the mark. How do deviating from the path and missing the mark cause Spiritual death?

· Vs. 2 – We all walked according to “the course of this world”.  It is like being in a canoe on a stream.  If you don’t paddle, you will go the direction that the stream is going.  It is like exiting a full football stadium, you will generally go with the flow of the traffic.

· The “prince of the power of the air” is Satan.  What was his primary sin against God?  Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:12-17

· Every person who is unsaved is “a child of disobedience”, walking in the footsteps of Satan.

· Vs. 3 - What is the “manner of life” or conversation of every unbeliever?

· A dog does what he does because he is a dog. It is his nature. A cat does what he does because it is his nature.  A man does what he does because he is a man, it is his nature.

PROVISION OF LIFE - Vss. 4-5

· What do the first two words of Vs. 4 say about our Christian Biography?

· How does Vs. 4 make you stand in awe?

· Vs. 5 - To quicken is to be made alive.  In what way are we quickened with Christ?

· What amazing thing from God saves us? 

· What does it mean to be saved?

POSITION IN GLORY - Vss. 6-7

· According to Vs. 6, can you be in two places at once?  How?

· How should being seated in heavenly places affect my behavior? My prayer life?

· Vs. 7 – I am seated in heavenly places now.  What will happen when I am literally in Christ’s presence?

PLACEMENT BY FAITH - Vss. 8-9

· What do well-meaning people not understand about grace?

· Why are works excluded from salvation?

· What is a gift?  Why did God choose to make salvation a gift?

PROOF OF CONVERSION - Vs. 10

· The person who is truly saved will experience a change in life that will produce good works.

· As his workmanship, we are the masterpiece of a quality craftsman.  We get the word “poem” from the word for workmanship.  We are His poem.

· What is the purpose of God’s Masterpiece?

· What are some of the things that we might be doing if we are truly God’s Masterpiece?

· What does it mean to walk in something?

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EPHESIANS 3:1-12 – MISSIONARY AT WORK

PAUL'S PRIVILEGE - Vss. 1-6 - To understand the mystery that the Gentiles are to be fellow heirs in Christ

PAUL'S POSITION - Vss. 7-8 - A preacher of the Gospel to the Gentiles

PAUL'S PURPOSE - Vss. 9-11 - That people understand God's mystery

PAUL'S POWER - Vs. 12 - By faith

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EPHESIANS 4:4-6 – NARROWING IT DOWN  

We as Christians talk about priorities.

We know that God is important.

We know that we have an obligation to the Lord Jesus because he died for us.

We know that we will answer to God someday.

And yet we conduct our lives as though our obligation to God were the least important thing in our lives.

We have a broad spectrum of responsibilities and interests, but it is time for us to get our priorities straight.  It is time to narrow down what we do, eliminating other things, so that we do what is important to God.

Ephesians 4:4-6 - There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; [5] One Lord, one faith, one baptism, [6] One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

These verses were actually written to encourage unity within the church.  They speak to me about what is important to God, and have challenged me to try narrowing down the details of my life so that I will concentrate on what’s important.  

The Trinity is very evident in these verses. You will see the emphasis on God the Holy Spirit in verse 4, God the Son in verse 5, and God the Father in verse 6.

THERE IS ONE BODY

That body is the body of Christ. The body of Christ is the church. 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 12:5

The church, which is the body of Christ, is made up of every person who has truly placed their faith and trust in Christ as Savior.   

You and I are members of one body.

We all have different functions, but we must work together, if the will of our Lord and Master, the Lord Jesus, is to be accomplished.

We have all been given at least one Spiritual gift to use in service to the Lord and to the rest of the body, the church.  If we fail to do what we can do for the body of Christ, the church is handicapped, just as you are handicapped if one of your body members, like the fingers, fail to do what they are supposed to.

We get so wrapped up in our little worlds, that we become independent of the church, and the other members of the body.  If your eye or another part of the body did that, you’d be in big trouble!1 Corinthians 12:14-21

Being a member of the body of Christ, the church, is more than showing up when I feel like it or putting money in the plate.  For you to do your part within the body, you must accept the fact that your contribution is important and that you are obligated to use whatever gifts and talents God has given you to help and encourage the other members of the body of Christ.   

THERE IS ONE SPIRIT

The one Spirit is the Holy Spirit.

The word “Spirit” is capitalized.

That shows that it refers to one “Holy Spirit”, God the Holy Spirit.

In a sense of the word, we have many “spirits” in our lives.

We might have a joyful spirit, or an angry spirit.

We might have a jealous spirit, or a spirit of cooperation.

We might have forgiving spirit, or a bitter spirit.

We might have a spirit of hunting, or a spirit of sports, or a spirit of pleasure, or a spirit of independence, or a spirit of pride.

All too often, people try to set apart one of these or one of many other “spirits” as “holy” or most important in the life.

The Holy Spirit indwells the Christian. Romans 8:9

If there is only one truly “holy” Spirit, it makes sense that this Spirit should be the only Spirit controlling my life. When He controls, all my attitudes and my priorities are going to be right. Ephesians 5:9

THERE IS ONE HOPE   

Ephesians. 4:4 - There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

God, through the work of His Holy Spirit, called you to salvation.  If you accepted the call, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have one hope.  

What is that one hope?

It is the hope of Heaven. It is the hope of eternal life.

This hope is not a “maybe”, but a certainty. Revelation 21:1-4, 1 John 3:2-3

We will be like Jesus when we are in His presence. Because we have this one hope which extends into all eternity, we are to live our lives in pure way.   

I am to live my life as a citizen of Heaven, because that’s exactly what I am!

THERE IS ONE LORD

We all give lip service to the fact that Jesus is Lord.

And we realize that Jesus, as God, rules in Heaven.

And we realize that Jesus will rule when He returns to earth.

We call Jesus, “Lord”, but here are some sobering verses.

John 13:13 - Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Matthew 7:21 - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Our biggest problem is saying that Jesus is Lord and not acting like it.

Our trouble is that we try to have more than one Lord in our lives.  That’s like having more than one boss telling us what to do. Matthew 6:24

THERE IS ONE FAITH   

There is “one faith” in the sense that there is one body of truth in which to believe.  There are the basics of salvation that must be the tenets of our faith.

There is also “one faith” in the sense of one person in which to place my faith.

There is only “one faith” that saves, which is in the Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:36

The concept of one faith is important because there are many teaching that there are many ways to Heaven. A typical comment is that “We all serve the same God.” Or “We’re all going to the same place.” This is not true! John 14:6, 1 John 5:12

WE DO NOT ALL SERVE THE SAME GOD!

WE ARE NOT ALL GOING TO THE SAME PLACE! John 14:6, 1 John 5:12

THERE IS ONE BAPTISM

The Holy Spirit has already been mentioned, so the baptism here is not the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism speaks of identification.

When a Christian is baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, he or she is identifying himself or herself with the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is only one baptism that is necessary.

That is the baptism that comes after belief in Jesus as Savior.

It is the one baptism that follows the one faith.

The pattern is simple enough. Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:48

First a person is to believe on Christ, becoming a disciple.

Next they are to identify with Christ by being baptized.

Then they are to grow in Christ through learning.

THERE IS ONE FATHER   

Ephesians 4:6 - One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Why should I make sure that I have no idols in my life? Because there is only one God!

Why should I worship only one God?  Because there is only one God!

Why should I bring all my problems to my Heavenly Father?  Because He is above all!

Notice the completeness of our God.  He is above. He is through. And He is in us!

Such a wonderful, all powerful Heavenly Father is to be worshipped and adored.

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EPHESIANS 6:5-9 – ON THE JOB

Most people to whom you will minister are involved in some sort of employment.  Ephesians 6:5-9 talks to masters and slaves.  The truths of this passage may easily be applied to employers and employees or bosses and employees.

THE SERVANT (EMPLOYEE) Vss. 5-8

The Honesty Of The Servant Vs. 5-6a

"...obedient..."

",,,fear and trembling..."

"...in singleness of you heart, as unto Christ..."

"...not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers...."

The Heart Of The Servant Vss. 6b-7 

"...servants of Christ..."

""...doing the will of God from the heart;"

""With good will doing service as to the Lord, and not to men;"

The Honor Of The Servant Vs. 8 

"Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall

he receive of the Lord..."

THE MASTER (EMPLOYER OR BOSS) Vs. 9

Reciprocate - "...do the same things unto them..."

Restrict - "...forbearing threatening:"

Remember - "...knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him."

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