Ephesians XV: Old Self, New Self - Ephesians 4:17-24

Here’s the question that Paul is addressing in Ephesians 4:17-24, a question that comes up because of his teaching in chapter 2: since we are saved by grace through faith and not by works, does it matter how we walk? Do we need to live differently, or is it enough just to believe in Jesus?This is Paul’s answer: “I solemnly declare in Jesus’ name that you must not walk in sin!” In Christ, you’ve learned a new way to live, because you’ve put off your old self, and put on the new self. Since you’ve put on this new Christlike…

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XIII: Sevenfold Unity - Ephesians 4:4-6

The main theme of Ephesians is how God is uniting all things in Christ, and so the very first thing Paul tells the Ephesians to do is to walk in unity. But unless the source and scope of that unity is spelled out, we run the risk of pursuing the wrong sort of unity, being united by the wrong things or in the wrong ways. The Bible doesn’t teach that any and all unity is good. So in order to walk in unity, the question we need to ask is this: What unity are we talking about? And that’s exactly whatFirst,…

Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XII: Walking in Unity - Ephesians 4:1-3

The Psalmist says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” And for the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1-3, walking in unity is the heart of what it means to follow Jesus in a manner worthy of the Lord’s calling. When Christians love each other by walking in unity, that’s how God demonstrates to the heavenly powers that He is uniting all things in Christ, which is what Paul has been explaining in Ephesians 1-3. Everything has led up to the Church, and all eyes are fixed on her to see the gospel inThis…

Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2019 by CJ Bowen