Rom 8:28-29; Col 3:5-18; 2Co 3:17-18; Joh 3:34; Joh 1:16; Eph 1:22-23; 3:14-21
HSCH-51-130825 - length: 77:49 - taught on Aug, 25 2013
When we look at the big picture of Ephesians, that with which all is being filled, and the fullness, is CHRIST!!!
And that fullness is manifested by our loving one another as Christ has loved us.
What is that one great final purpose toward which God’s entire activity and plan for us is proceeding?
Did you know that the book of Colossians has a passage which bears striking similarity to Ephesians 4 and 5 ?
I hope you can see the parallels between Col 3 and Ephesians 4 and 5, because they are many.
We have the same…
putting on humility, gentleness and patience (EPH 4:2)
We have the same teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God (EPH 5:19)
We have the same giving thanks through Christ to God the Father (EPH 5:20)
We then have the series of commands beginning with wives being subject to their husbands (EPH 5:22) and going on to husbands, children and slaves.
The things which - but for the similar pictures - might seem to be different are really related in a wonderful way that sheds new light on both of them.
In both passages, right before the psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, we are given a COMMAND.
The Spirit and the Word are a team.
The Spirit speaks Bible. The Word comes alive when the Spirit gets a hold of it in our hearts.
Both are working together to conform us to the image of Christ, 2CO 3:17-18.
The members of His body are here to be His fullness corporately in this world, and so we are the beneficiaries of the same gift of the Spirit without measure.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
The fellowship of the Holy Spirit being with us all is a matter of the relationship of believers in the Holy Spirit.
One of the great objects of the devil is to destroy the life of the Lord’s people by getting them separated, isolated.
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”