Ephesians XXIII: Praying and Proclaiming - Ephesians 6:18-24

Paul began this epistle with grace and peace, and explained over the next six chapters how it’s possible for sinners to receive grace and peace from a holy God, and how we should live as members of God’s household in response. Now he brings the letter to an end with grace and peace once more. This is the message of Ephesians: you are united with Christ by faith to receive grace and peace from God.In 6:17, Paul reminds us that while we have peace with God and with one another in Christ, we don’t yet have peace in this world.…

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XXII: The Whole Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-17

Although Ephesians 5 got us excited for the wedding between Christ and His Bride, Ephesians 6 comes and reminds us that warfare comes before the wedding. Because this is true, the Church needs something in addition to the beauty of holiness and the splendor of submission. We need the power to be strong, and verse 11 tells us how and why. We stand strong by putting on the armor of God, so that we can stand against the schemes of the Devil. We stand in the strength of God’s might by fortifying ourselves through God’s gifts, pictured here in one ofBut…

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XXI: The Splendor of Submission III - Ephesians 6:1-9

The basic thrust of each of the four instructions for submission that God gives in these verses is simple, but we need God’s help to joyfully embrace His commands. Children, the first command is for you: obey your parents. This is what God wants you to do, and He gives you three good reasons: obey in the Lord, because Jesus wants you to; obey because it’s right, because this is the way God meant it to be; and obey because God has a special promise of blessing for those who honor their parents with obedience. You need to obey your parentsNext,…

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by CJ Bowen