Ephesians 6

Children, fathers, servants, masters… each group is addressed in order. For the children, they’re encouraged to honor their father and mother knowing that there is a promise attached to it, “so you will live well and have a long life.” Simple enough, right? “Fathers, don’t frustrate your children with no-win scenarios.” An interesting command, isn’tContinue reading “Ephesians 6”

Ephesians 5b

The second half of Ephesians 5 is such a popular passage. It’s often read at weddings because Paul outlines the relationship of husbands and wives, which is really supposed to be an image of Christ and the Church. I don’t know about you, but a lot of the marriages I see don’t represent Christ andContinue reading “Ephesians 5b”

Ephesians 5

The last two chapters of Ephesians are packed full of goodies. I might make a 5a and 5b like I did for chapter 4. Might even do it for chapter 6. We’ll see. For now, let’s look at the theme of this section. The theme of chapter 5 is clearly healthy relationships: God’s relationship toContinue reading “Ephesians 5”

Ephesians 4b

At the end of chapter 4, there’s something important that I just can’t pass by. As he’s writing to the Ephesians, Paul says the old way has to go. What is the old way? Well, it’s a myriad of things. I’ll list the things Paul mentions here, then I’ll explain a bit of my “oldContinue reading “Ephesians 4b”

Ephesians 4

There’s an underlying theme in Ephesians 4, and I believe it is this: Oneness vs. Manyness Writing to the church in Ephesus, Paul says, “You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, oneContinue reading “Ephesians 4”

Ephesians 3

In Ephesians 3, Paul is writing about the mystery, the secret, the plan of God that was just now being revealed after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Essentially, the Gospel. He says: This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, aContinue reading “Ephesians 3”

1 John (part 8)

As John brings his letter to a close, he says, “My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion.” He doesn’t want you living in an illusion, thinking you have eternalContinue reading “1 John (part 8)”