God's Great Purpose in Christ

Studies in Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

The Wrath of God, Part 2

Ephesians 5:6 • September 20, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

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The Wrath of God

Ephesians 5:6 • September 20, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

We must not confuse the wrath of God with the wrath of humans. God's wrath is his settled hatred against sin. It is never "triggered" or spontaneous. It is never uncontrolled. How, then, is the wrath of God revealed? For the answer, we turn to Romans 1.

Kingdom Heirs Cultivating Cultural Change

Ephesians 5:5 • September 13, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The culture is going to hell, and it should. It is has been found guilty of all manner of evil against God, and God is right and just to condemn it. Yet God has devised a rescue plan to move people from the kingdom of darkness, the the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom controls all earthly kingdoms, yet its power is veiled. Unbelievers are ambivalent to the power of the Kingdom. How is the Kingdom revealed? As believers carry their holiness with humility. This is the only hope for cultural change.

Christ the Mediator: "He Gave a People to Be His"

1 Peter 2:4-10 • September 13, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Do you know who you are? The trouble with the church is that we fail to fully comprehend who we are as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation.

The Kingdom of Christ and of God: Heirs of the Kingdom

Ephesians 5:5 • September 6, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Believers are not subjects of the Kingdom of Christ, we are heirs of the kingdom of Christ. God demand holiness as the decorum of those who have been separated unto Him as uniquely His. And the environment in which these Kingdom Heirs live is one of response to the grace they have received which produces a language of thanksgiving..

Christ the Mediator: "His Only Begotten Son"

Hebrews 2:14-18 • September 6, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Why was it necessary for God to come in human flesh? Central to our understanding of the substitutionary atonement is what it means that Jesus is "the only begotten Son of God," which has nothing to do with his birth in Bethlehem and everything to do with His eternal generation.

The New Man's New Realm

Ephesians 5:3-5 • August 30, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Christian is a person whom the Apostle Paul describes as "a new man" (Ephesians 4:24) who has been transferred from "the course of this world" to "the kingdom of Christ and of God." The decorum of the heirs of this kingdom is holiness, and in Ephesians 5:3-5 Paul delineates behaviors that among Christians are unmentionable, unbecoming, and unfitting and points to God's grace in Christ as the identifying marker of the behavior and speech of believers.

Failed Miracles: The Shunamite Woman's Son

2 Kings 4:8-37 • August 23, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

What are the causes of our ineffectiveness in ministry, both in our personal Christian lives and as the church? We find the answer in an analysis of what went wrong and what went right in Elisha's raising of the Shunamite's son from the dead.

Longing for Zion, At Home in Babylon

Psalm 137 • August 23, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Are you feeling like a stranger in your own country? Psalm 137 is a lament by the people of God who have been taken captive and carried away from their true home in Zion and displaced in Babylon. What lessons can we learn from the exiled Israelites in this Psalm which might help us with our own angst and anxiety in 2020 America?

Christ For Us, To God: An Offering and A Sacrifice

Ephesians 5:2 • August 16, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Love in the context of Paul's letter to the Ephesians is defined by what he has already said about love in the first four chapters; but here in 5:2 Paul gives us the most sublimely concise definition of the love of God in Christ as the standard by which we are to live lives of love not only on our relationship to one another, but more importantly in our relationship with the Holy Trinity.

Bitterness: Its Source and Destructive Consequences

Ephesians 4:31-32 • August 9, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Bitterness is a grief or a grievance that has been nurtured into a destructive pattern of wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking that has as its ultimate goal the destruction of those who have created the grievance. How do we deal with bitterness before it poisons everyone around us and destroys everything in its path?

So You Want to Be Like God, You Say?

Ephesians 4:31-32 • August 9, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Kindness, Tenderheartedness, and Forgiveness are all essential to our life together as members of the body of Christ. But these three virtues are not the natural virtues which even unbelievers are capable of expressing. These virtues are the unique possession of those of have been created after God in righteousness and true holiness.

Say What? The New Man's Language

Ephesians 4:29-30 • August 2, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

What is to characterize the way in which God's people speak to one another? Our communication is to have the primary objective of building each other up through admonition, exhortation, reproof, and rebuke with the ultimate result of ministering grace to those who hear.

Say What? Grieving the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:29-30 • August 2, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

While there are indeed multiple ways in which it is possible for the believer to grieve the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:30 is narrowly focused on grieving the Holy Spirit in relation to the way in which we communicate with one another as members of the Body of Christ. To understand the seriousness of grieving the Spirit, we must understand who the Holy Spirit is and be aware of the biblical indications that we have grieved Him.

The New Man's Economics

Ephesians 4:28 • July 26, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards

On the surface, Paul's imperative that we no longer steal appears to be no different than the moral philosophy of the pagan unbeliever. But Paul has much more in view than merely not taking that which does not belong to us. In this one verse Paul instructs the believer on what is to be our attitude toward work and welfare from a uniquely Christian point of view.