Ephesians XIII: Sevenfold Unity - Ephesians 4:4-6

The main theme of Ephesians is how God is uniting all things in Christ, and so the very first thing Paul tells the Ephesians to do is to walk in unity. But unless the source and scope of that unity is spelled out, we run the risk of pursuing the wrong sort of unity, being united by the wrong things or in the wrong ways. The Bible doesn’t teach that any and all unity is good. So in order to walk in unity, the question we need to ask is this: What unity are we talking about? And that’s exactly whatFirst,…

Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XII: Walking in Unity - Ephesians 4:1-3

The Psalmist says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” And for the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1-3, walking in unity is the heart of what it means to follow Jesus in a manner worthy of the Lord’s calling. When Christians love each other by walking in unity, that’s how God demonstrates to the heavenly powers that He is uniting all things in Christ, which is what Paul has been explaining in Ephesians 1-3. Everything has led up to the Church, and all eyes are fixed on her to see the gospel inThis…

Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XI: Filled with All the Fullness of God - Ephesians 3:14-21

What happens after God’s house is established? We see the answer at the tabernacle in Exodus 40, and the temple in 1 Kings 8: after the house is built, then God comes and fills it with His glory. What Paul is praying about as Ephesians 3 comes to an end is exactly this: God has built a new house out of Jew and Gentile, with Jesus as the cornerstone, and now it’s time for the glory of God to fill the Church.As he contemplates this new stage of God’s eternal plan to reconcile all things to Himself through the Church,…

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by CJ Bowen