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Ephesians   1 comment


Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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The Christ of Sovereign Authority   8 comments

Christ Pantocrator

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Matt. 28, 18

Jesus took our nature (sin excepted) with its weaknesses upon himself to reach and and save us.  He won his place by the suffering he endured.  Now the Father hath exalted him to the first place in all the universe!  All authority is his.

1.  Has authority over the Angels.  They cast their crowns at his feed and gladly do his bidding.  (1 Peter 3, 22)

2.  Hath authority over the church to direct all of its affairs forever.  “Is head over all things to the church which is his body”–see Rev. 1, 12-18; Eph. 5, 25-27; Acts 13, 2-5, Dan. 7, 13-14.

3.  Power or authority to forgive sin.  Such is His sovereign right (Mk 2, 10-12).  Without this He is a colossal failure.  If he is Divine of course He can.  Many are witnesses that He does.  He dominates devils, cast them out.

4.  Authority to execute judgment also (Jno. 5, 22).  Will decide the destiny of every soul at last.  His pierced hand shall open the gate of peal to admit his children; and shall close if against the finally impenitent (Matt. 25, 34, 41, 46).

5.  Have you yielded to Him or do you dare hold out against Him, whose blessing is offered now?


We Are Debtors   2 comments

Rom. 8, 12

Their religious experience imposed a great debt, or obligation.

1.  Once they were slaves to sin–a hard master.  Lived to the flesh.  Were dead to righteousness.

2.  But the Spirit, coming into their lives, broke the power of sin, adopted them into the family of God, whereby they cry:  “Abba, Father.”  (No chattel slave, when adopted could say:  “Abba”).  They bear the family name.  This is a wonderful change in their relations and experience.

3.  This grace and change impose a great debt–obligation  by His favors.

(1)  Not to live after the flesh.  Must not disgrace their new name.  Never were obligated to Satan:  certainly now, that He has adopted us, and made all things new.

(2)  To walk in the Spirit.  Obey, follow Him.  Be inspired to act by Him, not by self-will.  “Be filled with the Spirit.”  Eph. 5, 18


Buying Up the Opportunity   1 comment


Above:  Plains Methodist Church, Plains, Georgia

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Eph. 5, 16

1.  Paul writes to concerted Gentiles who had let much free time turn to waste, living in sin.  He would have them reflect on how serious life is and improve their every opportunity for good.

2.  Men are most prodigal of their time and opportunity.  Christians should improve every opportunity for good–prayer, Bible study, & all the services of the sanctuary.  All these mean so much to those who diligently improve them.  “Gather up the fragments that nothing be lost.”

3.  This is a marked sin of unbelievers.  How many opportunities do they have to make peace with God?  The gospel call constantly falls upon their ears.  Still they neglect Him.  They are prodigals indeed, wasting in [illegible word] living, gracious opportunities.

4.  No one can afford to lose one opportunity to improve himself.  “For the days are evil.”  Much opposition confronts us all.  The doom of the unrepentant is certain.  Dare anyone dream away his life in idleness?  Contrast those who “buy up the opportunity” and those who do not.

5.  Then be admonished.  Lose not one opportunity; yea, even this one.  Seek Him without delay.


Be Filled With the Spirit   3 comments


Above:  St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody, Georgia, May 27, 2012 (Pentecost)

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Eph. 5, 18

1.  The Spirit promised by Christ as in John 16, 7-14.   This is his administration.

2.  A person, conscious being.  We are conscious of personalities, hence we realize his presence–a reality.

3.   He convicts of sin.  Has appeared to bring salvation to all.

4.  Revealed God to the soul.  Whereby we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The only divine agent used in leading us to God.

5.  Dwells in the Christian heart.  We are his temple.  If any man hath not the Spirit dwelling in him he is none of his.

6.  Our Guide into all the truth.  Testifies to us of the truth.

7.  Our power for good.  The soul’s power is in him & from him.

8.  Is received through faith.  Galatians 3, 13-14

9.  Be filled with the Spirit.  Let the intoxication he produces be your inspiration.  Let him permeate the whole being, and dominate your whole life.


Christ’s Love for the Church   1 comment


Above:  The Young Bride, June 16, 1846

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Eph. 5, 25

Agapao-pan.  To love, to set one’s choice on.  To have a preference for, to wish well to, to regard the welfare of.  Love founded in admiration, esteem.  To regard above anything else.

1.  Christ loved the church.  He esteemed it and set his choice on it.  He valued it because of what it is to him and the world.

(a)  Is his bride, the Lamb’s wife.  He is incomplete without her.  “The fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

(b)  He is the Head of the church and it is his body to do his work here.

2.  “Gave himself for it.”  Proved his love by what he did.  He surrendered or submitted himself to death to redeem men.  The church is the priceless purchase of his own blood.  His whole life was a sacrifice, but his death is preeminently the offering.

3.  His love still is manifested towards her.  Walks among the candle sticks, holds the seven stars in his right hand and sends her messages.

4.  The end of it all is that he might redeem it from all iniquity and present her unto himself a lovely bride.

Let us love the church too.


Awake, Thou That Sleepest   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator


Eph. 5, 14

1.  Awake from thy sleep of indifference.

(a)  To God.  It he is God & will judge thee, art not thou hazardously indifferent?  You need him; seek his loving favor or die.

(b)  Of thyself.  Thou art lost, sinful, imperiled without his blessing:  thy soul must forever die without him.

(c)  Thou art trusting in a carnal security.  He alone is Saviour trust no other.

2.  “Arise from the dead.”  Thou art dead in sin, art dying daily.  Arise!  turn from sin, seek mercy and life.  “What meanest thou, O sleeper?”  Come to Jesus, who alone is thy life.  Make sure work for heaven.  God calls thee now.  O hear and heed him now.

3.  “Christ shall give thee light.”  Will bring thy soul from the dead, will quicken thy spirit, forgive thy sins and drive away all gloom and thou shalt life; know him & love him.  He will give liberty from the bondage of sin, from the guilt & power of sin.  Thou shalt be a new creature.  How wonderfully he can save!

4.  Then be thou admonished.  Arouse thyself and be saved today.  You need Him.  Come to Him while He calls.  Some call will be the last.  Heed him now.