Sunday, July 25, 2010

Last night God blessed me with the opportunity of teaching through Ephesians 1-6 in one sermon. The major thrust of the book is simply this: God saved you, so now you walk in holiness. I think that the order of the book and the way Paul builds his argument is absolutely crucial in this letter to the church in Ephesus.

Ephesians 1-3 — God's Salvation Offered to You
Ephesians 4-6 — Your Sanctification for Christ's Glory

You can't have Eph 1-3 without Eph 4-6. And you certainly can't have Eph 4-6 (the 'works') result in Eph 1-3 (salvation). The beginning theme of God's sovereignty and sufficiency in saving dead sinners is the thrust of the first portion of the epistle. The subsequent chapters (4-6) merely show the high calling that true believers should then live to show that they are walking worthily of that salvation that God has sovereignly wrought about in them.

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