For This Purpose

Scripture:  Eph. Chapters 1-4

Key Verse:  Eph. 1:12

The Book of Ephesians is the pinnacle of New Testament truth.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with

all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.”  Eph. 1:3 

Throughout the book is the concept of the church as the Body of Christ.  It carries with it the teaching of the inward  relationship we have with Him (the Vine and Branch/abiding as we saw in John 15).

>In Ephesians we are in the realm of personality.

>The body gives expression to the inner life in action.

>The body responds to the mind and will of the head (Christ is the Head)

THINK ABOUT THIS:  (From Eph. chapter 1:3-14)

Note WHO chose us and WHY: (I hope you can take time to read these verses this week)

Vs. 3-6  The Father chose us—to the praise of the glory of His grace.

Vs. 7, 12 The Son purchased us unto Himself—that we should be to the praise of His glory.

Vs. 13, 14 The Holy Spirit sealed us—unto the praise of His glory.

The entire Godhead is entrusting their reputation to us.

Let’s compare John 17:4 to what we just read:

>What was Jesus’ life’s work on earth?—To glorify the Father.

>Let’s see a progression starting in Ex. 40:33-35

What happened when the tabernacle was completed?—The glory of the Lord filled it.

The same thing happened when Solomon completed the temple.  (II Chron. 7:1-2)

Then Jesus came and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory.

When He finished His work He turned His glory over to us:

“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them; that they may

be one even as we are one.”  Jn. 17:22

“What, know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which you have of God and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s,”  I Cor. 6:19, 20.

REMEMBER THIS:

We are to portray the beauty and loveliness of our God through our human personalities.  When we allow ill-will, self-will, impatience, and anything of that sort in our lives, what do we do?  We obscure the glory of His presence within.  Instead of representing Him in a glorious way we miserably misrepresent Him.

It is a high calling to represent the One who lives within us. 

How can we attain to this high standard?  What’s involved? 

(Next week I’ll have more on this.) 

My encouragement for you this week:  Read the Book of Ephesians, chapters 1-6.

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