God's Great Purpose in Christ

Studies in Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

Counsel to Children and Their Parents

Ephesians 6:1-4 • May 9, 2021 • Rev. Eric Alexander

Due to a technical issue Pastor Paul's message on Ephesians 6:1 -4 was not recorded. In its place we invite you to listen to the exposition of Ephesians 6:1-4 by Rev. Eric Alexander, minister in the Church of Scotland and retired from the pastorate of St. George's Tron in Glasgow. Pastor Paul noted during his sermon on this text that he drew heavily from Eric Alexander's sermon which you may listen to here. This sermon is used by permission of tapesfromscotland.org. Original Source File: http://www.tapesfromscotland.org/Audio5/5107.mp3.

The Mysterious Union of Christ and His Church

Ephesians 5:25-33 • May 2, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

"For we are members of his body, and of his flesh, and of his bones," is the amazing claim that the Apostle Paul makes in Ephesians 5:30 when he describes the relationship between Christ and His church. But what exactly does it mean? And who is included in the "we"?

Spiritual Beauty in Marriage

Ephesians 5:25-33 • April 25, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The role of the husband as head of the wife is not to rule over her for to satisfy his own desires but rather to love her with a view toward God's objective of spiritual beauty in the marriage.

Submission in Christian Marriage

Ephesians 5:22-24 • April 18, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Submission in Christian marriage is not subjugation to the tyrannical whims or rules of the husband. It is a humble reception of the grace, mercy, and peace being served by the husband through love.

The Grace of Life Flowing Through the Husband's Tender Headship

Ephesians 5:22-24 • April 18, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The relationship of husband and wife in Ephesians 5 is viewed by Paul in the context of the relationship between Christ and the church. To properly understand what Paul means by "subjection" in the case of the wife in verse 22, we must first understand what he means by "the head" in verse 23.

God's Creation Order for Marriage, Part 2

Ephesians 5:22-33 • April 11, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Marriage is not an anthropological or social construct. It is a divine ordinance instituted by God in creation. Only as we see marriage in this way can we understand the proper relationship of submission and headship within marriage.

God's Creation Order for Marriage

Ephesians 5:22-33 • April 11, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

What the Apostle Paul is describing in Ephesians 5:22-33 is Spirit-controlled marriage and such a concept is completely foreign to the culture-at-large AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN. What does it mean for a wife to submit to her own husband and that the husband is the head of the wife?

Submitting Yourselves One to Another, Part 2

Ephesians 5:21 • March 14, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Apostle's call for believers to submit themselves to one another within the body of Christ does not come out of the blue clear sky. The preceding chapters tell us precisely what it looks like for us to submit to one another, and it has nothing to do with some being superior to others. It has everything to do with all seeing themselves as equally in need of the riches of God's grace.

Spirit-Filled Worship: Submitting Yourselves One to Another

Ephesians 5:21 • March 14, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Spirit-filled worship is 1) speaking the word of God to each other; 2) singing the word of God to the Lord; 3) a "eucharistic" life of thanksgiving to God and the Father; and 4) submitting to one another in the context of the church. What does it look like for me to submit myself to others in the body of Christ?

Our Father Says, "Be Like Me!"

Matthew 5:43-45a • March 7, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In adopting us as His children, God is not making us into better versions of ourselves. He is conforming us to the image of His own Son. Only as we are like Jesus can we be like our Father in heaven.

God, Who is Also Father

Ephesians 5:20 • March 7, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

It is right for us to view God as God - which is to say, as wholly other than us, separate from sinners, high above us in holiness. But our holy God has condescended to us in His Son, and we have been adopted through His Son so that we ourselves are called the sons of God. What does it mean that this holy God is our Father?

Giving Thanks Always for All Things

Ephesians 5:20 • February 28, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

"Giving Thanks" is not a periodic utterance of thanks, but a life of gratitude to God lived in stark contrast to the life of pagan unbelievers who are not grateful to God. The pagan unbeliever's lack of gratitude to God results in a depraved and darkened mind (Romans 1:21). This is the attitude that prevails in our culture, where elected representatives in the Congress now boldly say, "God's will is of no concern to this Congress."

Cleaning Up a Dog's Breakfast

Ephesians 5:20 • February 21, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

This morning's message - which was a dog's breakfast on the subject of the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:18 ("and be not drunk with wine wherein is excess") - may have left some with the impression that followers of Jesus can be ambivalent toward the use of alcohol. If the Bible has no clear prohibitions against the use of alcohol, how then are we to think about and respond to the reality that alcohol consumption has been the cause of broken relationships, psychological and emotional trauma, and even death?

Giving Thanks: An Unbridled Expression of Praise

Ephesians 5:20 • February 21, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

"Giving thanks always for all things" in Ephesians 5:20 is the antithesis of "Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess" in 5:18. In the same way pagan unbelievers are unrestrained in their public displays of fleshly lusts, so the believer who is filled with the Spirit is to be unrestrained in their public displays of gratitude to God "always," as a manner of life.

Spirit-Filled Worship: "Giving Thanks," Part Two

Ephesians 5:20 • February 14, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Giving thanks according to Hebrews 13:12-15 is "the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." In what sense is our praise of God a sacrifice?