Unity Within The Body

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I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3 NKJV)


Ephesians is one of the epistles written by Paul during his incarceration in Rome. Paul wrote all in all four epistles from his first imprisonment in Rome (around AD 61-63), they are Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon known as the “Prison Epistles”. In this epistle, Paul reminds the Ephesians to maintain the unity within the body of Christ, in which he urges them to love one another. It is very easy to see the heart of this great Apostle, though he was incarcerated in Rome for the sake of the Gospel at that time, his thought went out to the Ephesians, whom his soul loved.

 

Searching The Scriptures

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11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11 NKJV)

 

Acts chapter seventeen talks about Paul second journey, which took place around A.D. 51-54. He stopped at Berea to minister to the believers "The Berean Jews". The Scripture says, they were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica,  in that they received the word with all readiness and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. It is clear from this verse that Paul did not spoon-feed his congregations. The Berean Jews were not only ready to receive the Word, they searched it daily to find out whether the Word they heard Paul teaching was indeed Scriptural.

 

Bearing The Weight Of Salvation

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1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises (Romans 9:1-4 NKJV).


In his opening statement in the epistle he wrote to his brethren, his countrymen according to the flesh, who were the Israelites, Paul used the name above all names "I tell the truth in Christ" to assure his brethren that he was not lying. Paul wanted his countrymen to know how much he loved them that he was willing to sacrifice his salvation for their sake. What went through Paul's mind that he was willing to give up his salvation for the sake of his countrymen the Israelites? What was the problem he saw among his countrymen leading him to make such a decision using the name above all names - "I tell the truth in Christ"? Where did he put the weight of his decision upon? Did he really mean it when he said that he was willing to be accursed from Christ (giving up his salvation) for his brethren?

 

The Importance Of Wisdom

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If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6 NKJV)


On a busy street one afternoon, two students were seen to have a heated argument. The smart student raised his voice and said "The planet earth is round and cannot be flat" but the less smart student stood on his opinion and screamed even louder "No, the planet earth is not round but flat". The less smart student challenged the smart one saying, "Let us go to the teacher and let him decide who is right". The less smart student said, "If the teacher says that the planet earth is flat then you need to run three miles" but "If the teacher says that the planet earth is indeed round, then I will voluntarily let myself fall from the eighteenth floor of this building while pointing his finger to the building where they are standing". They shook hands and went their way home.

That All Might Know God

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15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:1517 NKJV)


"...knowledge of Him". How do we get knowledge of Him? Unless we actively seek after Him, we are not going to have knowledge of Him. What does the Bible say about "seeking Him"? Let us read together what the Bible says in Romans 3:10-11, "As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God." The word "seek" in Greek means to investigate, crave, demand; seek after (carefully, diligently) - The New Strong's 1567.