Sermons on Ephesians

Sermons on Ephesians

Anger is not an Excuse for Sin (Ephesians 4:26-27)

We continue looking at what we must lay aside and what we must put on.Sinful AngerAs Christians we must discard all instances of sinful anger. We can be angry for sinful reasons like selfishness, jealousy, pride, etc. These instances of anger must be discarded. We must ask ourselves the question that God asked Cain, “Why are you angry?” (Genesis 4:6) God asks Jonah a similar question in Jonah 4:4. In other words, I must ask myself is my anger a…

Radical Honesty (Ephesians 4:25)

We now begin to look at what we must lay aside and what we must put on.Lay aside lyingThe Christian life is built entirely upon Jesus Who is the Truth (John 14:6.) Any lie is from the devil who is the father of lies (John 8:44.) As such lying has no place within the Christian’s life. It all must be completely discarded.Put on honestyIt is not enough to quit telling lies. We must go beyond that and put on honesty.…

The Regenerative Life (Ephesians 4:21-24)

Paul has just finished telling the Ephesians that they did not learn from Jesus to live like the rest of their culture. He now shows us what we learned from Jesus.The truthPerhaps the greatest tenant of the Christian faith is truth. Jesus declares Himself to be the truth. To know Jesus is to know the truth. The truth is in Jesus and everything He taught is true. This is why we are to speak the truth to each other (Ephesians…

Where Did You Get that Idea? (Ephesians 4:17-20)

As Paul urges the Jews and Gentiles in the church to reconcile he now addresses a common issue that keeps people from reconciling. We can make our cultural or ethnic upbringing what is right as opposed to what God has actually said. We can make our sins a “gray” area and demand that others view it as “diversity.”Christians are to be different from their culturePaul immediately addresses this and makes it clear that this is not opinion, it is what…

Who Do We Unify With? (Ephesians 4:4-6)

Paul has just finished telling us to “put up with” each other’s differences for the sake of Gospel unity. However, just who are we supposed to cooperate with? Where is the line drawn?One BodyThere is only One Church, the Body of Christ. Christ has never been divided into Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, etc. We are to forbear with and strive for unity among all true Christians.One SpiritAll Christians have the indwelling Holy Spirit. How can the Holy Spirit in me reject…

How to Have Unity (Ephesians 4:1-3)

Paul the prisonerPaul begins this section by reminding the Ephesians that he is in prison for the very things he is teaching them. He is not someone who is asking them to do something that he is unwilling to do. He knows what he is asking them to do. He knows what it will cost them; and he knows it is worth it.Walk worthy of the callingIn light of God calling us to new life, we need to live in…

Paul’s Prayer (Ephesians 1:17-18)

Wisdom Paul knows that God is a good Father Who gives good gifts to His children. Because of this He asks the Father to give the Ephesians wisdom. He wants them to understand the world around them and how God has ordered it. He wants them to know how to conduct themselves in this world and make wise decisions in light of what God has revealed. Revelation of Jesus He then prays that God might reveal to them knowledge of…

What Truly Matters (Ephesians 1:15-16)

Wherefore In light of the spiritual blessings that are in Christ Paul draws a conclusion: faith in Christ is what matters. If we truly believe in the spiritual blessings that are in Christ we will seek only one thing, genuine faith in Christ. Inheritances, the economy, popularity, family relationships, acceptance by our neighbors, financial success, business success, etc. does not really matter if there are spiritual blessings in Christ. What we value shows a lot about what we truly believe.…

Co-Heirs with Christ (Ephesians 1:11-14)

The Apostles have an inheritance Paul now turns his attention away from the Ephesians and speaks about himself and his co-laborers. By God’s grace he has been predestined for an inheritance. This was God’s plan for Paul and the Apostles. God purposed to give them a wonderful inheritance. God is glorified by the Apostles God has saved Paul and the Apostles as a display of His grace. This work He has done so that He would be glorified. This was…

God’s Eternal Plan (Ephesians 1:10)

God has purposed and administered all of timeAs we have seen, God purposed in Himself before the foundation of the world to save His people. Here we read that God’s purposes stretch farther than that. Not only did God plan our salvation before the foundation of the world, He is currently watching over all things and directing all of time to His desired end. The word translated “dispensation” comes from a Greek word meaning to administer or steward. God has…

The Infinite Wisdom of God (Ephesians 1:8-9)

God has poured out His grace upon us Paul here continues this thought of God’s extravagant grace poured out on us. It was not just poured out in forgiving us; it has also been poured out in God revealing His wisdom and prudence to us. God’s wisdom God has shown us how wise He is. The word for wisdom here is “sophia” from which we get the word “philosophy” (love of wisdom.) Who could conceive of such a glorious plan…

Rich in Grace (Ephesians 1:7-8)

In Him As Paul continues to tell the Ephesians about how blessed they are he keeps using the phrase “in Him” or some variation of it. He is trying to hammer into our heads that we are not blessed in who we are or what we have done; we are only blessed in Christ. All of our blessings flow from Him. Every blessing is only found in Jesus. Redemption The next blessing we have in Christ is redemption. Redemption simply…