Ephesians 3:7 – 13
In this passage we are given two compelling reasons to love the local church – because Christ does, and because we display the multi-coloured wisdom of God as we love the local church.
Marriage was designed by God to be a beautiful picture of the relationship between Christ and the church. In this passage we look at how to glorify God in our marriages.
Three aspects of God’s redemption plan such that God’s grace is put on display.
Does God’s grace astonish you and surprise you? It should! This sermon reminds us of the stupendous grace of God, which he lavishes upon all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.
God wants us to know our weakness apart from Him, so that we will be dependent upon Him, thus giving Him all the glory when we achieve anything – including standing against the schemes of the evil one.
The Holy Spirit enables us to pray by showing us our desperate need, by giving us access to our Father in Heaven, through Christ, and by showing us through the Scriptures how we should pray. So how foolish and how proud we are if we neglect what we so desperately need — the privilege and the joy of communion with God in prayer!
Almighty God has given us His inerrant and precious word, the “sword of the Spirit”. Believers are commanded to take it, and use it, to combat the lies and deceit of the devil. How? Christians can wield God’s trustworthy word against temptation, against unbelief, and against the false doctrine which has gone unchecked in the church.
The Christian life is a violent war – as believers we are assaulted by the devil and his spiritual forces. The devil is against you and will do all that he can to stop you living God’s way. It was well said by the English pastor, Charles Simeon, “A man armed with a helmet, feels himself ready for battle: he fears not to meet his adversary, because he has defense which, he trusts, will prove sufficient for his preservation. Thus a man with a hope of salvation enters into the combat with holy confidence. He is not intimidated by the frowns of an ungodly world because he knows in whom ‘he has believed, and that God is able to keep that which is committed to Him.’”
Simeon said that such a hope of salvation prepares a saint for the fight, sustains him when the battle is fierce, and brings him victorious through his conflicts.
All unbelievers are dead in their trespasses and sins, blind to the glory of Christ, and unwittingly follow the ‘prince of the power of the air,’ the devil. The devil spreads lies and deceit throughout the world. The devil seeks, by means of a society opposed to the rule of God, to lead believers into sin. Believers are charged to stand against such schemes of the devil, by means of the armor which He has provided. At conversion we take up this armour and enter into a struggle against the evil one — this sermon looks at four pieces of armor you must keep on and make us of, if you are to stand.
Believers, being loyal to Christ, are constantly under attack from God’s enemy, the devil, and have to endure the onslaughts of his hostile schemes. Here are three warnings to Christians that are essential if we are to be kept from being defeated. We are not to try to discover all the ins and outs of Satan’s spiritual forces, not to fear the devil, nor go on the offensive against the devil. But we are to flee to the One in whom there is protection and victory, and avail ourselves of the means of withstanding, which He supplies.
All our work, not only paid employment, should be done wholeheartedly as unto the Lord Jesus Christ. Our heavenly Master is concerned about how we work, such that our heart motives and attitudes are vital, and He gives us a great motivation; there will be a day when Christ Himself will judge His people and recompense each one of them for whatever good they have done — such a truth should encourage us to do our best in all that we do, with a humble heart, in the power of the Spirit, to the glory of God and the honor of Christ.