How A Christian Should Live In Society

Ephesians 5:22-33

. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, so that he might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” because we are members of his body. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

1 Peter3;1-7 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honour to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

While this passage stir up animosity among the breathers within in churches, some churches, separated over this issues and much bad blood or bad feeling among the believers where brothers and sisters would not talk to each others, they would sometimes would walk over on, the other side of the street avoid them.

What does the scriptures, says how should a husbands treat his wife? And what wives roll Tao her husband ?

Verses Ephesians 5 22,24 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. The word submit does not mean takes a baseball bat with word submit on bash over her head . Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

The Greek word for submit is hypotassō a verb meaning “1) to arrange under, to subordinate2) to subject, put in subjection 3) to subject one’ s self, obey 4) to submit to one’ s control5) to yield to one’ s admonition or advice 6) to obey, be subject

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:21 (KJV)

This verse is sometimes used to teach a mutual submission that cancels out the roles of authority and submission in marriage. I think it is more likely that “submitting” is used here as it is throughout the rest of the New Testament. The verses on this page show that it consistently appears as a response to authority. If we take it that way here, does that mean that we are to take turns submitting to each other’s authority? I don’t think so. That would be confusing. Instead, I believe this verse is a segue to the following section which is about three relationships that involve authority. There is the submission of wives to husbands in verses Eph. 22-24, the obedience of children to parents in Eph. 6:1-3, and the obedience of slaves to masters in Eph. 6:5-8. These three relationships follow the pattern that we have seen elsewhere regarding the word hupotassō – there is one party that submits to the authority of another..

Calvin wrote,Ephesians 5:22 (CC Ga/Eph): The community at large is divided, as it were, into so many yokes, out of which arises mutual obligation. There is, first, the yoke of marriage between husband and wife;—secondly, the yoke which binds parents and children;—and, thirdly, the yoke which connects masters and servants. By this arrangement there are six different classes, for each of whom Paul lays down peculiar duties. He begins with wives, whom he enjoins to be subject to their husbands, in the same manner as to Christ,—as to the Lord. Not that the authority is equal, but wives cannot obey Christ without yielding obedience to their husbands.

The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:22-24 NASB

Ephesians 5:22 (BBC): The same is true in the home. There must be a head, and there must be obedience to that head. God ordained that the place of headship be given to the man. He indicated this by creating man first, then creating woman for the man. Thus, both in the order and purpose of creation, He put man in the place of authority and woman in the place of submission.

Submission never implies inferiority. The Lord Jesus is submissive to God the Father, but in no way is He inferior to Him. Neither is the woman inferior to the man. In many ways she may be superior—in devotedness, in sympathy, in diligence, and in heroic endurance. But wives are commanded to submit to their own husbands, as to the Lord. In submitting to the authority of her husband, a wife is submitting to the Lord’s authority. This in itself should remove any attitude of reluctance or rebellion.

History abounds with illustrations of the chaos resulting from disobedience to God’s pattern. By usurping the place of leadership, and acting for her husband, Eve introduced sin into the human race, with all its catastrophic results. In more recent times many of the false cults were started by women who usurped a place of authority which God never intended them to have. Women who leave their God-appointed sphere can wreck a local church, break up a marriage, and destroy a home.Ephesians

: On the other hand, there is nothing more attractive than a woman fulfilling the role which God has assigned to her. A full-length portrait of such a woman is given in Proverbs 31—an enduring memorial to the wife and mother who pleases the Lord.

John Gil wrote not to any other man, nor to her children, nor to her servants, or any brought into her house ,and this consideration should render the subjection more easy, voluntary, and cheerful: and which is but reasonable that it should be; as may but reasonable. For example, if the husband show respect and honour her she would willy submit to him , if he is unreasonable than submit to him as unto the Lord.

To me the greatest gifts have is women Intuition The Females has a strong ability to understand and predict the needs of their offspring and mates needs. To often romance get in the way get the way her intentional AifShe a attracted man and he charming if she sense he a creep RUN!.

She should be under an older and wisdom woman so she can choose a suitable husband to help meet his needs As Scripture declares4 That the older and wise women may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands

verse 22As to the Lord 24 Now as the church submits to Christ,

JohnGils wrote, the credit of religion requires it, that so the word of God be not blasphemed: wherefore it follows, as unto the Lord; that is, either as the Lord has commanded, that so it should be, shewing a regard to his precepts; or as in the sight of the Lord, and so yielding it sincerely and heartily; or in things pertaining to the Lord, which are consistent with the law of the Lord, and the Gospel of Christ; and in like manner as the church is subject to Christ, her Lord and husband, as follows. If the husband ask the wife violate God’s law she obligate to obey God’s moral law

Concerning Husband’s role to his wife

In 1 Peter 3;7 Likewise , husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honour to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Or Ephesians 5 25, 28: 29.and 30; Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

Meaning he needs put hers needs above his needs. Most commons phase that wife would say that their husbands that do not understand her .For example men are problem solvers while women prefer relationships and want talk about thier her day John Gray who men are fromMars and Women are from Venus when they travel to earth they had amnesia yet kept their personality and they met fell in love married and discovered they were different.Furthermor he wrote when a man can listen to a woman’s feelings without getting angry and frustrated, he gives her a wonderful gift.He makes it safe for her to express herself.The more she is able to express herself, the more she feels heard and understood, and the more she can give a man the loving trust, acceptance, appreciation, admiration, approval, and encouragement that he needs.” T Where cat do not remember what they an hour ago

Believer Bible Commentary wrote In this day of the women’s liberation movement, the Bible might seem out of step with the times in speaking of women as the weaker vessels. But it is a simple fact of life that the average woman is weaker than the man physically. Also, generally speaking, she does not have the same power to control her emotions and is more frequently guided by emotional reactions than by rational, logical thought. The handling of deep theological problems is not characteristically her forte. And, in general, she is more dependent than the man.

But the fact that a woman is weaker in some ways does not mean that she is inferior to man; the Bible never suggests this. Neither does it mean that she might not actually be stronger, or more competent in some areas. As a matter of fact, women are generally more devoted to Christ than men. And they usually are better able to bear prolonged pain and adversity.

A man’s attitude toward his wife should recognize the fact that she is a fellow heir of the grace of life. This refers to a marriage in which both are believers. Though weaker than the man in some ways, the woman enjoys equal standing before God and shares equally the gift of everlasting life. Also she is more than her husbands equal in bringing new physical life into the world.

When there is discord, prayers are hindered. Bigg says: “The sighs of the injured wife come between the husband’s prayers and God’s hearing.”23 Also it is very difficult for a couple to pray together when something is disrupting their fellowship. For the peace and welfare of the home the husband and wife need to observe a few basic rules: Furthermore, he Overlook minor faults and idiosyncrasies. Love covers a multitude of sins. Don’t demand perfection in others when you are unable to produce it in yo.

1. Remember that love is a commandment, not an uncontrollable emotion. Love means all that is included in 1 Corinthians 13. Love is courteous, for instance; it will keep you from criticizing or contradicting your partner in front of others. Love will keep you from quarreling in front of your children, which could undermine their security.

2. In these and a hundred other ways, love creates a happy atmosphere in the home and rules out strife and separations.Keep lines of communication open. There must be a constant readiness to talk things out. When steam is allowed to build up in the boiler, an explosion is inevitable. Talking things out includes the willingness for each to say, “I am sorry,” and to forgive—perhaps indefinitely.

3. Overlook minor faults and idiosyncrasies. Love covers a multitude of sins. Don’t demand perfection in others when you are unable to produce it in yourself.

1 Thessalonians 4:4 (ENTVIIII): The commentators on the passage add, in the vessel which he has chosen; that is to say, “whether he will or no, he must marry her;” see Prov. 5:15. And again, they sometimes call a man’s wife his tent: hence that saying, “אין אהלו אלא אשתו. “there’s no tent but his wife, as it is said, Deut. 5:30 go, say to them, get you into your tents again,” And certain it is, that the woman is called the weaker vessel in 1 Pet. 3:7 between which passage and this there seems to be some agreement. The same metaphor of a vessel is made use of in both; and as there, honour is to be given to the weaker vessel, so here, a man’s vessel is to be possessed in honour; and as there, husbands are to dwell with their wives according to knowledge, so here, knowledge is required to a man’s possessing his vessel aright. Now for a man to possess his vessel in this sense, is to enjoy his wife, and to use that power he has over her in a becoming manner; see 1 Cor. 7:4 and which is here directed to in sanctification and honour;

For example, women are like China cups if you dropped the cup it would shatter, however, if pour boiling water in the cup it withstands the heat.

In Genesis 2; 20, 22-23 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,“This at last is bone of my bonesand flesh of my flesh;she shall be called Woman,because she was taken out of Man.”

Meaning Adam was missing something a suitable help meet his needs

Genesis 2:22 (EOTVIVI): And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he woman, &c.] It is commonly observed, and pertinently enough, that the woman was not made from the superior part of man, that she might not be thought to be above him, and have power over him; nor from any inferior part, as being below him, and to be trampled on by him; but out of his side, and from one of his ribs, that she might appear to be equal to him; and from a part near his heart, and under his arms, to shew that she should be affectionately loved by him, and be always under his care and protection:

The women came from the man ribs meaning not to be behind him or front of him but to beside him

Genesis 2:15–23 (BBC): This prepared Adam for a helper who would be comparable to himself. His bride was formed from one of his ribs, taken from his side as he slept. So from Christ’s side, His Bride was secured as He shed His life’s blood in untold agony. The woman was taken not from Adam’s head to dominate him, nor from his feet to be trodden down, but from under his arm to be protected, and from near his heart to be loved.

In Ehesians 5; 25, 28-30 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the Church, because we are members of his body.

Wow those men that use a submission club on their wives need to consider their role to their wives It is worth noting 5 verses in regards to the husband’s role to their wives along.

Ephesians 5:25 (BBC): Husbands are not told to keep their wives in subjection; they are told to love their wives just as Christ also loved the church. It has been well said that no wife would mind being submissive to a husband who loves her as much as Christ loves the church. Someone wrote of a man who feared he was displeasing God by loving his wife too much. A Christian worker asked him if he loved her more than Christ loved the church. He said no. “Only when you go beyond that,” said the worker, “are you loving your wife too much.” Christ’s love for the church is presented here in three majestic movements extending from the past to the present to the future. In the past, He demonstrated His love for the church by giving Himself for her. This refers to His sacrificial death on the cross. There He paid the greatest price in order to purchase a Bride for Himself. Just as Eve was brought forth from the side of Adam, so, in a sense, the church was created from the wounded side of the Savior.

I know a man who is married he prepared a meal for wife tend his children wife when she tired take his daughter for walks, and does the laundry, and has a good paying job. He said that luckily have her as a wife believe me she luckily him as a husband.

Lastly, I am single and have no plans to get married, I am single and satisfied, being single has some advantages, however, there are many drawbacks as well, for example I am missing an important piece in my life I am missing a good wife, as scriptures declare, A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from the LORD.

However, it was ever tired the knot

Everyvday as a husband would fail her as a wife and confess my sins to every day. She would have to live withmy BS. To me women are more forbearing than men we can learn a thing or two from them.As Scriptures However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians 6; 1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Ephesians 6;5-9 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Cavin wrote: The community at large is divided, as it were, into so many yokes, out of which arises mutual obligation. There is, first, the yoke of marriage between husband and wife;—secondly, the yoke which binds parents and children;—and, thirdly, the yoke which connects masters and servants. By this arrangement there are six different classes, for each of whom Paul lays down peculiar duties.

A strong community starts waitin the home without structures within the family the society would not funtion basic and essential building blocks of societies, families have a crucial role in social development. They bear the primary responsibility for the education and socialization of children as well as instilling values of citizenship and belonging in society.

Dr. Laura Markham Structure offers children a sense of security and control in a world full of uncertainty – and helps create healthy habits that last into adulthood. Plus, you’re building overall healthy family relationships.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

Through the Bible wrote,Disobedience to parents is the last and lowest form of lawlessness to occur on this earth. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy” (2 Tim. 3:1–2). Disobedience to parents is one of the characteristics of the last days. Today we hear of many cases of children rejecting parental authority and even killing their parents! This is indicative of the times in which we live

Of course there will come a time in a boy’s life when he begins to rebel against his parents because it is time for him to move out and get married and start a home of his own. God has given him a nature that rebels against being a mama’s boy, tied to his mama’s apron strings for the rest of his life. God wants him to stand on his own two feet. This kind of rebellion, this struggle for independence, is different from disobedience.

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Ephesians 6:1 (ENTVIIII): Children, obey your parents in the Lord, &c.] The persons whose duty this is, children, are such of every sex, male and female, and of every age, and of every state and condition; and though the true, legitimate, and immediate offspring of men may be chiefly respected, yet not exclusive of spurious children, and adopted ones, Furermore he wrote, Ephesians 6:2 (ENTVIIII): Honour thy father and mother, &c.] This explains who parents are, and points at some branches of obedience due unto them; for they are not only to be loved, and to be feared, and reverenced, their corrections to be submitted to, offences against them to be acknowledged, their tempers to be bore with, and their infirmities covered; but they are to be honoured in thought, word, and gesture; they are to be highly though.

Ephesians 6:3 (ENTVIIII): That it may be well with thee, &c.] In this world, and that which is to come; see Deut. 5:16. The Jews say, “there are four things, which if a man does, he eats the fruit of them in this world, and the capital part remains for him in the world to come; and they are these, כיבוד אב ואם, honouring father and mother, doing acts of beneficence, making peace between a man and his neighbour, and learning of the law, which answers to them all.” And thou mayest live long on the earth: length of days is in itself a blessing; and though men’s days can’t be lengthened beyond God’s purpose and decree; and though obedient children don’t always live long; yet disobedience to parents often brings the judgments of God on children, so that they die not a common death, 2 Sam. 18:14; Prov. 30:17. On those words in Deut. 32:47 the Jews have this paraphrase; “because it is your life,

In.Ephians .6.4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.Colossians 3:21Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become discouraged Proverbs 22;6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 19:18 – Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.  

Ephesians 6:4 (BBC): The instructions to children are now balanced with advice to fathers. They should not provoke their children to anger with unreasonable demands, with undue harshness, with constant nagging. Rather children should be nurtured in the training and admonition of the Lord. Training means discipline and correction, and may be verbal or corporal. Admonition means warning, rebuke, reproof. Child-qqqtraining should be “in the Lord,” that is, carried out in accordance with His will as revealed in the Bible by one who acts as His representative.

Susannah Wesley, the mother of seventeen children, including John and

Charles, once wrote: The parent who studies to subdue self-will in his child, works together with God in the renewing and saving of a soul. The parent who indulges it, does the Devil’s work, makes religion impractical, salvation unattainable, and does all that in him lies to damn his child, soul and body forever

Ephesians 6:4 (ENTVIIII): And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, &c.] Neither by words; by unjust and unreasonable commands; by contumelious and reproachful language; by frequent and public chidings, and by indiscreet and passionate expressions: nor by deeds; preferring one to another; by denying them the necessaries of life; by not allowing them proper recreation; by severe and cruel blows, and inhuman usage; by not giving them suitable education; by an improper disposal of them in marriage; and by profusely spending their estates, and leaving nothing to them: not but that parents may, and ought to correct and rebuke their children; nor are they accountable to them for their conduct; yet they should take care not to provoke them to wrath, because this alienates their minds from them, and renders their instructions and corrections useless, and puts them upon sinful practices; wrath lets in Satan, and leads to sin against God; and indeed it is difficult in the best of men to be angry and not sin; or Fathers are particularly mentioned, they being the heads of families, and are apt to be too severe, as mothers too indulgent. But bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; instructing them in the knowledge of divine things, setting them good examples, taking care to prevent their falling into bad company, praying with them, and for them, bringing them into the house of God, under the means of grace, to attend publio worship; all which, under a divine blessing, may be very useful to them: the example of Abraham is worthy of imitation, Gen. 18:19 and the the advice of the wise man deserves attention, Prov. 22:6.

In short when the father display unjust anger to thier child they would tend to rebel against their father and God. Note the father not mother because he is the spiritual leader of the home. Here are 5 important but easily overlooked roles of a father.

1.Enforcer. Fatherlessness is a great concern in our society today. …

2.Encourager. Every child loves positive fatherly encouragement. …

3.Trainer. …

4.Counsellor.

5.The Jewish father must ensure the viability of his children’s future. He is obligated to teach his child Torah, teach him/her a trade, facilitate marriage, and even provide his child with swimming lessons. The father therefore guarantees the Jewishness of his son while equipping him with the tools he needs to cope with the world as a human being. Every step the father takes in rearing the child also empowers the child to take a step away from home. As Emmanuel Levinas states, “The father discovers himself not only in the gestures of his son, but in his substance and his unicity [uniqueness].”

The role the father with daughter, recent research has shown that a father’s influence in his daughter’s life shapes her self-esteem, self-image, confidence and opinions of men. A girl’s relationship with her dad can determine her ability to trust, her need for approval and her self-belief. It can even affect her love life

“The daughter who has a fulfilling relationship with her father is usually more trusting, more secure and more satisfied in her romantic relationships than the daughter with a troubled or distant relationship with her dad,” she said, adding that this is the case regardless of whether her parents are married or divorced

• “Women who grow up with meaningful, comfortable, conversational relationships with their dads make better choices in who they date, sleep with, and marry.” She adds, sadly, the converse is also true. When women don’t grow up affirmed and acknowledged by their fathers, they can suffer from low self-esteem and make bad choices in their lives. They can become needy, clingy, preoccupied with the relationship and always looking for reassurance from their partner

• Fathers shape their daughters’ self-esteem.

• Fathers influence their daughters’ body image.

• Father-daughter bonds are correlated with academic abilities.

• Fathers influence their daughters’ behavior.

• Fathers impact their daughters’ social traits.

• Fathers show their daughters how women deserve to be treated.

• Fathers can help determine their daughters’ persistence.

• Fathers help define future romantic relationships for their daughters.

• Fathers help define their daughters’ non-romantic relationships.

• Fathers are role models for their daughters whether they like it or not.

Fathers should also be role models for their daughters, teaching them how to live godly lives. In Proverbs 31:29, the Bible says, “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” A father can help his daughter become an excellent woman by teaching her what God’s Word says about womanhood.

It worth noting that the son rebels against God and society or daughter sleep around with different men both parties are respondsbities for their own actions. The father is responsible being the spiritual leader to thier children Remember we all are sinner in need of a savour, remember Jesus took our sins and replace with His righteousness. We are responsible for confessing our sins and believe He is the Son of God who sacrifice Himself on the cross for our sins.

I am not a father since I am unmarried and have no children but, if had children, I would take my responsibility as a spiritual leader seriously, however, I would take ownership of my failure as father particularly in the area being overbearing to your children and extremely hard a bad day is no excuse for your behaviour or ill manner. Going to your children confessing your failure is your your children is not sign of weakness is one the signs of being a spiritual leader of the home

Ephesians.6.5- 8, Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

Note Twice Christ mention once God mention twice Lord mention

Ephesians 6:5 (BBC): The third and final sphere of submission in the Christian household is that of servants to masters. The word Paul uses is bondservants or slaves, but the principles apply to servants or employees of all types.

The first duty of employees is to those who are their masters according to the flesh. The expression, masters according to the flesh, reminds us that the employer has jurisdiction as far as physical or mental work is concerned, but he cannot dictate in spiritual matters or command the conscience.

Second, servants should be respectful. Fear and trembling do not mean cowering servility and abject terror; they mean a dutiful respect and a fear of offending the Lord and the employer..

:, Services should be conscientious, or in sincerity of heart. We should endeavor to deliver sixty minutes of work for every hour of pay

Ephesians 6:6 (BBC): We should always be diligent, not only when the boss is looking, but conscious that our Master is always looking. It is a natural tendency to slack off when the employer is away, but it is a form of dishonesty. The Christian’s standards of performance should not vary according to the geographical location of the foreman.

A great incentive to do all as if to Christ is the assurance that He will reward every such good work.

Ephesians.6;:9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. .

(CC Ga/Eph): In the treatment of their slaves, the laws granted to masters a vast amount of power over the slaves

All slaves and their families were the property of their owners, who could sell or rent them out at any time. Their lives were harsh. Slaves were often whipped, branded or cruelly mistreated. Their owners could also kill them for any reason, and would face no punishment..Slaves played an important role in society and the economy. Besides manual labour, slaves performed many domestic services and might be employed at highly skilled jobs and professions. Accountants and physicians were often slaves. Slaves of Greek origin in particular might be highly educated. Unskilled slaves, or those sentenced to slavery as punishment, worked on farms, in mines, and at mills.Most slaves were people captured in times of war. As the Roman Empire expanded, they often captured slaves from new lands they conquered. Other slaves were bought from slave traders and pirates who captured people from foreign lands and brought them to Rome. Legal rights meant nothing in the life of a Roman slave.

In the Jewish culture in tho Old Testament or in the Torah, they were treated with the respect they were part of the household. For example. If a fellow Hebrew, man or woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year, you shall set him free. When you set him free, do not let him go empty-handed: Furnish him out of the flock, threshing floor, and vat, with which the Lord your God has blessed you. Bear in mind that you were slaves in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I enjoin this commandment upon you today.

When you do set him free, do not feel aggrieved; for in the six years he has given you double the service of a hired man. Moreover, the LORD and your God will bless you in all you do.” (Deuteronomy 15:12-18)

To the texts concerning slavery in Exodus and Deuteronomy, I will now add the laws of manumission in Leviticus 25:39-55. If your kinsman under you continues in straits (lit. if your brother becomes poor) and must give himself over to you, do not subject him to the treatment of a slave. He shall remain with you as a hired or bound laborer; he shall serve with you only until the jubilee year. Then he and his children with him shall be free of your authority; he shall go back to his family and return to his ancestral holding. For they are My servants, whom I freed from the land of Egypt; they may not give themselves over into servitude. You shall not rule over him ruthlessly; you shall fear your God

In Psalms 124; 2 -3 My help comes from the Lord,who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved;he who keeps you will not slumber.

RSo, too, you should denigrate a servant, neither physically nor verbally. The Torah made him your servant to do work, not to be disgraced. Do not treat him with constant screaming and anger, rather speak with him pleasantly and listen to his complaints.

The follower of Christ who are masters or employers, especially in the Gentle cultures In Ephesians 6;4, Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Or in. Phlm.1.10-11, 15-16I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

Philemon 10 (BBC): Philemon’s slave had run away and made his way to Rome. Somehow or other he had met Paul and had been converted. If was caught, they could be punished by being whipped, burnt with iron, or killed. Those who lived were branded on the forehead with the letters FUG, for fugitivus. Sometimes slaves had a metal collar riveted around the neck..

Philemon 11 (BBC): The slave who was returning to Philemon was a better slave than the one who had run away. It has been said that in NT times Christian slaves commanded a higher price on the market than others. It should be true today that Christian employees are more valuable as workers than unbelievers.

Philemon 16 (BBC): Philemon was not only getting Onesimus back—he was receiving him under better conditions than he had ever known him before. It would no longer be the customary master-slave relationship. Onesimus was now more than a slave; he was a beloved brother,

If the mastery mistreated the slave and they are Christians

Eph.6. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

In 1Timotht 6:1 Christian slaves should work hard for their owners and respect them; never let it be said that Christ’s people are poor workers. Don’t let the name of God or his teaching be laughed at because of this.

ESV Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.

John Gil: Let as many servants as are under the yoke, &c.] Not under the yoke of the law of God, or under the yoke of Christ; though the servants here spoken of were under both; but under the yoke of government, as the Arabic version renders it; that is, under the yoke of men, in a state of servitude, under the government of masters, and in their service; being either apprentices to them, or bought with their money, or hired by them: count their own masters worthy of all honour; and give it to them; which includes subjection to them; obedience to a

ll their lawful commands

(BBC): The conduct of slaves is now brought before us. They are spoken of as bondservants who are under the yoke, that is, the yoke of slavery. The apostle, first of all, speaks to slaves who have unsaved masters. Should slaves in such a case act insolently toward their masters? Should they rebel or run away? Should they do as little work as possible? On the contrary, they should count their own masters worthy of all honor. This means that they should give them due respect, work obediently and faithfully, and in general seek to be a help rather than a hindrance. The great motive for such diligent service is that the testimony for Christ is involved. If a Christian slave were to act rudely or rebelliously, then the master would blaspheme the name of God and the Christian faith. He would conclude that believers were a worthless lot.

The history of the early church reveals that Christian slaves generally commanded a higher price on the slave market than unbelievers. If a master knew that a certain slave on the auction block was a Christian, he would generally be willing to pay more for that slave, since he knew that the slave would serve him faithfully and well. This is high tribute to the Christian faith.

This verse reminds us that no matter how low a person’s position may be on the social scale, yet he has every opportunity for witnessing for Christ and bringing glory to His name.

It has often been pointed out that the institution of slavery is not openly condemned in the NT. However, as the teachings of Christianity have spread, the abuses of slavery have been abolished.

Every true believer should realize that he is a bondslave of Jesus Christ. He has been bought with a price; he no longer belongs to himself. Jesus Christ owns him—spirit, soul, and body, and deserves the very best he has.

While I was employed I work under some unreasonable bosses I did not handle this well eventually I was discharged in some circumstances they were right in firing me. I simply did not like working there not easy person to work forduring that period. My dad told you best even if the circumstances sucks

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His (LORD)dw might.

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3 1-2 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

Believer Bible Commentay wrote,is generally believed that this Letter was written during Paul’s first Roman imprisonment. But he does not speak of himself as a prisoner of Rome. That might have indicated a sense of defeat, a feeling of self-pity, or a craving for sympathy. Paul calls himself the prisoner of Christ Jesus; this speaks of acceptance and dignity and triumph. Ruth Paxson puts it well:There is no smell of prison in Ephesians, for Paul is not bound in spirit. He is there as the prisoner of Rome, but this he will not admit, and claims to be the prisoner of Jesus Christ. What is the secret of such victorious other-worldliness? Paul’s spirit is with Christ in the heavenlies, though his body languishes in prison.16

His imprisonment was definitely on behalf of the Gentiles. Throughout his ministry he ran into bitter opposition for teaching that believing Gentiles now enjoyed equal rights and privileges with believing Jews in the Christian church. What finally triggered his arrest and trial before Caesar was a false charge that he had taken Trophimus, an Ephesian, into the temple area that was out of bounds for Gentiles (Acts 21:29). But behind the charge was the already fierce hostility of the religious leaders

To understand the apostle Paul background.

To understand the Apostle Paul, you need to understand the cultures and upbringing. The Bible declares these words, circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal,

Note Hebrew of HebrewsPaul was raised by his parents as a Hebrew of the Hebrews.Paul has all the reasons why he might have confidence in the flesh. He says that among an elite people which were the Jews, he was of an elite sect, the Pharisees, who were known for their scrupulous devotion to God’s laws. Paul was raised by his parents as a Hebrew of the Hebrews.
Philippians 3:4-8Paul has all the reasons why he might have confidence in the flesh. He says that among an elite people which were the Jews, he was of an elite sect, the Pharisees, who were known for their scrupulous devotion to God’s laws.One mentors wasGamaliel as a Pharisee and celebrated doctor of the Mosaic Law in Acts 5:34–40 a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a law teacher held in honour by all the people.Saul had a bright future ahead of him and likely would be being a candidate for 70 elders.The seventy elders of Israel were granted extraordinary privileges, but they also put a weighty responsibility on the Jewish people.they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others.

The Damascus Road was a turning point for the Apostle Paul, a committed follower of Christ. He never forgot this. For example, in Acts 22;6, “As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. Or in , At midday. And when he had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. The last voice he wanted to hear say that terrified would be an understatement, since he was persecuting the church. Trying to eradicate the church in its infant stage.he thought he was working for God he thought the Way was a heretic and needed to eradicate from society.“I was convinced that needed to be eradicated the church.

Instead condemn Saul He forgave him He said But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do. Jesus said Ananias

But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending youActs.26.16,Acts.26.18, Acts.26.17. Paul has Instantly transformed from a Pharisee to a follower of Christ.He later penned these words; indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have suffered the failure of all things and count them as rubbish, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on dedication.Philippians 3:8-10

Who better preached forgiveness

Tarus it known the hometown of the apostle Paul (Acts 9:11), a city of great importance (21:39) as a learning center of the ancient world, alongside Alexandria and Athens. Notably, Jewish citizens of Tarsus were granted Roman citizenship. In Acts 22;3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day. we can see, Tarsus was a very important city in the ancient world and was very well-known for its intellectual citizens. It is also said that the people of this city craved learning even more than those from Athens or Alexandria.

The Apostle Paul spoke and wrote Hebrew and Greek. Likely Latin as well, the GrecianJews who lived Tarsus spoke Greek. Yet follow the Mosaic Law.

The Apostle Paul was devoted Pharisee yet his birthplace wasTarsus and the Greek Culture had an impact on him.

Again the mandate given by Christ Another passage states, But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Eph.4.1- 2, Jesus declares these words to. Ananias..For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” He also stated to him. But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.

For example in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and being exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

In 2Tim.4.6-7 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

As Scriptures declares This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

The Apostle Paul was a prayer warrior from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and everAmen.=Eph.3.15,Eph.3.14,Eph.3.17,Eph.3.16,Eph.3.18,Eph.3.19,Eph.3.20,E

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Remembrance Day

Rememdrance Day

On November 11, is a day of remembrance for those brave men and women who fought courageous, sacrificing their lives, and many sacrifice their lives, for the sake of our freedom. The Poppy is a reminder of those brave men and women who love their country and willing to sacrifice their lives, so we can live in freedom . This quote came from The Poppy Campaign, “Every year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, The Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign. Canadians have donated money to support the services we provide and to clearly show their recognition of the debt owed to so many Canadians who gave their lives for our freedom.” 

Below is several pictures of our uncles who risk their lives, to rescue those who were oppressed by Nazi regime and were a threat to the world. Here’s a brief summary from novelette, Wherever You Go written by Martha Turkstra- Tigchelaar on  page 41, “These were days of great anxiety on the home front, for our parents and our church. Our concern was for boys as dad and mom lovingly called them. Needless to say, many prayers went up for each one of them.” Further on page 43,  “on May 4th and 5th, 1945 the Germans finally withdrew the troops. Uncle Wilfred travel throughout Holland. That was time of great rejoicing for our family in Holland, to actually hear, to touch and see a Turkstra clan in a Canadian uniform. Many Canadians have fallen in the battle to free Holland, and thousands lay buried there. This was truly amazing. Hedser Turkstra, a cousin, told Wilford that Dad’s debt to his family – incurred years earlier to make the move to Canada – was now settled because three of his sons had joined in the fight to free Holland.” When see see poppy remember the vets!! 

On my desk top is a Picture of several medics recusing wounded solders out of harm way. One of them is my uncle.

Hebrew 12; 1; a; 12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,





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Two Symbol Of The Cross and Its Meaning

Ever notice that church and the fallen comrades or soldiers use the cross as symbol, and they use the symbol of the cross for different reasons; however, they’re are remarkably similarity. One died to set us free from the tyranny of our sin. While the other sacrifice themselves to set us free from the tyranny of the oppressor who trying to overtake the world. Both willingly went to serve, and obeyed their commanding officer. Both eventualities liberated the people from their dictators and sins Both were not responsible for the cause and effect of what happened. The first is the fallen soldiers; the second is Jesus Christ.

First, the solider or militaries who were men or women that enlisted in the army, navy, or air force, and were trained for combat. In the event of a threat these, men and women were willing go into harm way to protect the laws of land because they value their freedom.

While Canada and United States is known for the land of the free. They both have laws that give the citizens the right to express their religious beliefs, and worship we’re protect them from being persecuted. The laws that the government enacted laws are designed to protect the people not harm them. When we openly disagree with the laws, and politicians we able to voices are concerns. When justice is not melded properly, we’re able appeal the decision without being concern mistreated. Both countries can vote for the politicians in or out the office without any blood shed.

Many countries are governed by dictators, and they the law,they decide what is best for the people. Some dictators hate the American way, and want to destroy it, and level the to ground, and impose their oppressive law upon on our freedom. There’re times when wars is to a called, where you need to eradicate the evil by sending men and women into harm way like removing the tumour from society regrettably these brave men and women are casualties of war, and their blood is shed and they sacrifice themselves, and they should be honor and remembered for their bravery. Corporal Nathan Cirillo is great example honoring the fallen solider. He was shot by terrorist while on duty at a ceremonial sentry duty.

In her novelette Where ever Go Martha Tigchelaar – Turkstra wrote these words, “These were days of great anxiety on the home front, for our parents and our church. Our concern was for boys as dad and mom lovingly called them. Needless to say, many prayers went up for each one of them. On May 4th, and 5th, 1945 the Germans finally withdrew the troops. Uncle Wilfred travel throughout Holland. That was time of great rejoicing our family in Holland, to actually hear, to touch, and see a Turkstra clan in a Canadian uniform. Many Canadians have fallen in the battle to free Holland, and thousands lay buried there. This was truly amazing. Hedser Turkstra, a cousin, told Wilford that Dad’s debt to his family –incurred years earlier to make the move to Canada –was now settled because three of his sons had joined in the fight to free Holland.”

Throughout North America and Europe there’re many grave sites with crosses on them, in remembrance of the fallen soldiers who fought so bravely and were willing to sacrifice their lives for sake of our freedom! Never forget these brave men and women who fought and sacrifice themselves for our freedom!

Jesus Christ And The Cross S Symbol Of Forgiveness The God Man That Knew No Sin For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5; 21,

The cross to the Christian is a symbol where ours sins are, taken by Christ, when confess, repent, and believe than we’re and declared righteous before Jesus Father. And God grants and credits to us, the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor were a sinner,

For Jesus, it was the ultimate sacrifice a place of extreme suffering and agony. Where every sin that man committed fell upon Him, and His beloved Father who loves him dearly forsook Him, and the wrath of God fell upon Him because of our sins.

The similarity between the fallen solider and Jesus is that they were both innocent, and dies because someone else lack of judgement. In Jesus case He committed no sin, yet he was sacrifice for our sins as Caiaphas stated, that one man should die for the people instead of the whole nation perish.” He was willing die to take our place, He obeyed His Father, and went to the cross, to suffered a shameful death. He went to the cross to shed His blood for our sins. He went to the cross to set us free from our sins.

In both cases, the cross symbolizes the sacrifice they willing to make for mankind sake.

Reflection On Where Ever Go

On page 44, these were great days on the home front and the church. Our concern was Uncle Jack, Uncle Wilfred and Uncle Harold, who enlisted in the army and the navy. Uncle Wilfred serves in the Canadian Army forces in Northern Europe, where he eventuality up in Holland.

Many prayers were offered up to God to protect the man and women who were willing to go in harm’s way to liberated the European from Nazi oppression.

On page 44, Uncle Wilfred was serving in Holland when Germany withdrew from Holland. Many Canadian were buried trying free liberate the people who live in Holland during the Nazi occupation

Uncle Wilfred went to debt off so Opa so their family could immigrate into Canada. Heiser told him the debt is now settled because his three boys had joined in the fight to liberate them from Nazi oppression.

It reminds me of another story where a child was born in Bethlehem, whose name was Jesus, who came into the world to redeemed humanity from the curse of sin. In which I am chief of sinners.

Remember the Vets!!!!!

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2 was preached at my mother funeral she plan her own funeral and my brother Bob preached I read the chapter 2 before reading the chapter I read several times it theApostle Paul making four points.in this chapter verses 1-3 dead trespasses and sins following the world under influences of the dark forces 4-7 But God in rich mercy made us alive together in Christ so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8-10 it is by grace you save not by work for we were created for His works God prepared beforehand in Christ and lastly 11- 22 The Gospel is for all believe the Jews and theGentiles, t the rich and the poor and to a the greatest to the least

On personal when read this chapter there mixture of grief and joy at the same time I was sadden by her lost she me love at my worst and believe in me and believe God given me the gifts to understand the scriptures, and said I had theological mind I had no idea what she talking about. She was mentors and I. Still miss her. The reason I am joyful she no longer bearing the scars of sins and breathing problem causes byEmphysema causes by from second-hand smoke and no longer needs to take anymore medication because of health issues.Because she believe in Jesus Christ who took her sins and replace with his righteousness.One the scriptures comfort me is, But now he she is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him her back again? I shall go to him,her but he her will not return to me.

Ephesians 2: 1-3 you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been save

Note dead in the trespasses and sins For instance your if your friend died and laying in a coffin, and if you spoke to him they would not respond because they are dead, another example if you dangle a carrot and put it string it in front rabbit of dead rabbit it would not chase it the rabbit is dead or cast a stone into a lake it would sink to the bottom of the lake.

It not talking about physical death but spiritual death In Genesis 3; 6-7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. On the account they are but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate . Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. In Genesis 2; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

In Genesis 5;5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. Fulfilling Genesis 2:17 Lastly if preached the gospel and they not have the Holy Spirit the would not respond to the gospel because they spiritually dead.They were spiritually dead as a result of their trespasses and sins. This means they were lifeless toward God. They had no vital contact with Him. They lived as if He did not exist. The cause of death was trespasses and sins. Sins are any form of wrongdoing, whether consciously committed or not, and thoughts, words, or deeds which fall short of God’s perfection. Trespasses are sins which are committed in open violation of a known law

Verses 1-2 Believer. wrote the chapter break should not obscure the vital connection between the latter part of chapter 1 and the verses that follow. There we watched the mighty power of God as it raised Christ from the grave and crowned Him with glory and honor. Now we see how that same power has worked in our own lives, raising us from spiritual death and seating us in Christ in the heavenlies.This passage resembles the first chapter of Genesis. In each we have: (1) a scene of desolation, chaos, and ruin (Gen. 1:2a; Eph. 2:1–3); (2) the introduction of divine power (Gen. 1:2b; Eph. 2:4); (3) the creation of new life (Gen. 1:3–31; Eph. 2:5–22).When Ephesians 2 opens, we are spiritual corpses in death valley. When it closes, we are not only seated in Christ in the heavenlies; we form a habitation of God through the Spirit. In between we have the mighty miracle that brought about this remarkable transformation.The first ten verses describe God’s power in the salvation of Gentiles and Jews. No Cinderella ever advanced from such rags to such riches!In verses 1 and 2 Paul reminds his Gentile readers that before their conversion they were dead, depraved, diabolical, and disobedient.

They were spiritually dead as a result of their trespasses and sins. This means they were lifeless toward God. They had no vital contact with Him. They lived as if He did not exist. The cause of death was trespasses and sins. Sins are any form of wrongdoing, whether consciously committed or not, and thoughts, words, or deeds which fall short of God’s perfection. Trespasses are sins which are committed in open violation of a known law. In a wider sense they may also include any form of false steps or blunders.

InVerse 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

https:www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Eph.2.3,Eph.2.4&version=ESV

Verse 4- 5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. Believer Bible Commentary wrote, 2:4 The words But God form one of the most significant, eloquent, and inspiring transitions in all literature. They indicate that a stupendous change has taken place. It is a change from the doom and despair of the valley of death to the unspeakable delights of the kingdom of the Son of God’s love.The Author of the change is God Himself. No one else could have done it, and no one else would have done it.

Furthermore, The reason for His intervention is given in the words because of His great love with which He loved us. His love is great because He is its source. Just as the greatness of a giver casts an aura of greatness on his gift, so the surpassing excellence of God adds superlative luster to His love. It is greater to be loved by the mighty Sovereign of the universe, for instance, than by a fellow human being. God’s love is great because of the price He paid. Love sent the Lord Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, to die for us in agony at Calvary. God’s love is great because of the unsearchable riches it showers on its objects

Scriptures States, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Furthermore it states,, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”https://www.biblegateway.com/passagesearch=Rom.10.9,Rom.10.10,Rom.10.11,Rom.10.12,Rom.10.13&version=ESV

Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Eph.2.5&version=ESV

Note dead in our trespasses it mention twice in chapter 2 verse 1 and 5 butmade us alive together with Christ but in verse. in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air. It worth noting the Ephesians they were under the influence the prince of air meaning demons because the Holy Spirit intervene they became alive in Christ.

Believer Bible Commentary wrote.2:5 And God’s love is great because of the extreme unworthiness and unloveliness of the persons loved. We were dead in trespasses. We were enemies of God. We were destitute and degraded. He loved us in spite of it all.As a result of God’s love for us, and as a result of the redeeming work of Christ, we have been: made alive together with Christ; raised up with Him; seated Him.These expressions describe our spiritual position as a result of our union with Him. He acted as our Representative—not only for us, but as us. Therefore when He died, we died. When He was buried, we were buried.

In Ephesians 2;10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Verse 2:8 Believer Bible Commentary wrote,The next three verses present as clear a statement of the simple plan of salvation as we can find in the Bible.It all originates with the grace of God: He takes the initiative in providing it. Salvation is given to those who are utterly unworthy of it, on the basis of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.It is given as a present possession. Those who are saved can know it. Writing to the Ephesians, Paul said, You have been saved. He knew it, and they knew it.The way we receive the gift of eternal life is through faith. Faith means that man takes his place as a lost, guilty sinner, and receives the Lord Jesus as his only hope of salvation. True saving faith is the commitment of a person to a Person.Any idea that man can earn or deserve salvation is forever exploded by the words and that not of yourselves. Dead people can do nothing, and sinners deserve nothing but punishment.It is the gift of God. A gift, of course, is a free and unconditional present. That is the only basis on which God offers salvation. The gift of God is salvation by grace and through faith. It is offered to all people everywhere.

Expositor Bible Commentar wrote,8 Paul again reminds his readers (cf. v.5) that they owe their salvation entirely to the undeserved favor of God. “Grace” is the objective, operative, and instrumental cause of salvation. Paul expands v.5 by adding that the medium that apprehends salvationis “faith”, which is also its necessary condition. Faith, however, is not something a person can produce; it is simply a trustful response that is itself evoked by the Holy Spirit.Lest faith should be in any way misinterpreted as our contributing in any way to our own salvation, Paul immediately adds a rider to explain that nothing is of our own doing; rather, everything is the “gift of God.” The entire process of salvation comes from nothing that we have done (cf. Ro 10:17).

The late Dr John Vernon McGee wrote, These are the great verses that consummate this section on the believer’s past, present, and future. Sins and God saved us by His grace,the grace.” The article points out that it is something special. The great emphasis is upon the grace of God. It is favor bestowed on the unworthy and undeserving.Now don’t come along and say, “I hope to be saved.” If you have put your trust in Christ, you can say, “I am saved.” Someone may say, “Oh, I wouldn’t dare make a statement like that because I don’t know what the future holds.” Friend, your salvation rests upon the grace of God—not upon your faithfulness. You can be confident of this very thing, “… that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). If you are a child of God, you may wander from Him, but He will always make a way back for you because it is by His grace and that alone that you are saved. You have a finished salvation. On the basis of what Christ has done for you and on the fact that the Holy Spirit has inclined you toward Christ and you have believed the Word of God and have trusted Him, you can say, “I am saved” It’s not an “I hope so” salvation or an “I’ll try” salvation. It is a salvation that is by the grace of God, by means of faith, and it is not of yourself. It is a gift of God.

Verse10NIV commentary wrote, God’s new creation (2:10). Note the switch back to “we.” One obvious reason why no room exists for human boasting is that Paul views salvation as God’s new creation. People do not contribute to their rebirth any more than they did to their natural birth. The emphasis on the activity of God, which began in 1:1, comes to a crescendo here. “We are God’s workmanship” can well be translated, “We are the result of his activity.” Salvation and new life are God’s work, and human beings are recipients, not causative agents. That creation language is used should not be taken lightly (see also 2:15; 4:24). The New Testament assumes that God’s act in Christ is parallel to creation itself. This new creation—like everything else in Ephesians—takes place “in Christ Jesus.” The new creation is based in Christ’s resurrection, the creation of life in the midst of death.Good works prepared beforehand. The purpose of God’s creative activity is not merely to have a people, as if he were constructing a work of art. Rather, this new creation is to be active and productive like the Creator. Christians are “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (contrast to 2:2). Salvation is not from works, but it surely is for works, that is, living obediently and productively. In keeping with 1:3–14 on God’s planning, choosing, and acting, this verse shows God planned and acted not only to save, but also to mark out the way we should live. John Stott’s words are not too strong: “Good works are indispensable to salvation—not as its ground or means … but as its consequence and evidence.”Paul does not normally speak of “good works.” “Works” has such a negative connotation for him from his debates about works of the law that he rarely uses the plural of this word in a positive sense (elsewhere only in Rom. 2:6, an Old Testament quotation, and in the Pastorals). When he does use “works” positively, he adds the adjective “good” to prevent misunderstanding. No focus on self for reasons of pride is permitted; attention to self to ensure ethical responsibility is required.

Expositor Commentary wrote 10 This verse is the outcome of the whole process. It shows what salvation is intended for: to produce the good works that attest its reality. While works play no part at all in securing salvation, Christians will prove their faith by works. Here Paul shows himself at one with James (see Jas 2:14-26). What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Faith and works working together

When we do good work it does means uses this earn our why into heaven we already have access into heaven’s gates on the account of Jesus Christ purchasing ours sins As scripture declares, Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and sins Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. and Romans 4; 2- 8 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness.”[a] 4 Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited according to grace, but according to his due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but who believes in the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks about the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:7“Blessed are they whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins are covered over.8 Blessed is the person against whom the Lord will never count sin.”

In Psalm 32; 2,5Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,and in whose spirit there is no deceit. I acknowledged my sin to you,and I did not cover my iniquity;I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

John Calvin wrote,Ephesians 2:10 (CC Ga/Eph): that by grace we are saved,—that we have no remaining works by which we can merit salvation; for all the good works which we possess are the fruit of regeneration. Hence it follows, that works themselves are a part of grace. Furthermore he wrote,Ephesians 2:10 (CC Ga/Eph): We are declared to be new creatures, because, not by our own power, but by the Spirit of Christ, we have been formed to righteousness. This applies to none but believers. As the descendants of Adam, they were wicked and depraved; but by the grace of Christ, they are spiritually renewed, and become new menWhen he says, that “we are the work of God. Ephesians 2:10 (CC Ga/Eph): because we have been created,—not in Adam, but in Christ Jesus,—not to every kind of life, but to good works.As scripture declares, But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.We must look to Paul’s design. He intends to shew that we have brought nothing to God, by which he might be laid under obligations to us; and he shews that even the good works which we perform have come from God. Hence it follows, that we are nothing, except through the pure exercise of his kindness.

But now in Christ is mentioned twice in verse 4 and verse 13 4

verse 13 Verse4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,( by sending His Son to purchase humanity’s sins)..But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Eph.2.13,Eph.2.12,Eph.2.16,Eph.2.17,Eph.2.18,Eph.2.19&version=ESVIn verse 13 Note But now in Christ Jesus you (the Ephesian or Gentiles,)

Believer Bible wrote, But now, signal another abrupt transition (cf. 2:4) furthermore,Ephesians 2:13 (BBC): He also created a new society in which the ancient enmity between Jew and Gentile was forever abolished. Up to NT times, all the world was divided into two classes—Jew and Gentile. Our Savior has introduced a third—the church of God (1 Cor. 10:32). In the verses that follow, we see how believing Jews and believing Gentiles are now made one in Christ, and are introduced into this new society, where there is neither Jew nor Gentile.

Calvin wrote., Ephesians 2:13 (CC Ga/Eph): 13. But now in Christ Jesus. We must either supply the verb, now that ye have been received in Christ Jesus, or connect the word now with the conclusion of the verse, now through the blood of Christ,—which will be a still clearer exposition. In either case, the meaning is, that the Ephesians, who were far off from God and from salvation, had been reconciled to God through Christ, and made nigh by his blood; for the blood of Christ has taken away the enmity which existed between them and God, and from being enemies hath made them sons.

Dr John Gils wrote,Ephesians 2:13 (ENTVIIII): become believers in him; as they were before secretly in him, as chosen and blessed in him before the foundation of the world; ye who sometimes were far off: who in their state of unregeneracy were afar off from God, and from his law, and from any spiritual knowledge of him and fellowship with him; and from Jesus Christ, and from the knowledge of his righteousness, and the way of salvation by him; and from the spirit, and any acquaintance with the things of the spirit, and from minding them, and from walking after him; and from the saints and people of God, and from any love to them, and communion with them; and from any solid hopes of happiness, or real peace and comfort; which distance was owing both to Adam’s sin and to their own transgressions: it is an observation of a Jewish writer on Gen. 3:9 where art thou? he (God) knew where he was, but he said so to show him that he was מרוחק, afar off from God by his sin: see Isa. 59:2 and yet are made nigh by the blood of Christ: so as to have nearness of access to and communion with God, Father, Son, and Spirit, and the saints, in virtue of the blood of Christ; As scripture declares but your iniquities have made a separationbetween you and your God,and your sins have hidden his face from youso that he does not hear As Scriptures declares. God in the world. and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near in verse 17, to you who were far off and peace to those who were near

Verse 14 -15, 17 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.

BelieverBible commentary, 2:17 In verse 14 Christ is our peace. In verse 15 He made peace. Now we find that He came and preached peace. When and how did He come? First, He came personally in resurrection. Second, He came representatively by the Holy Spirit. He preached peace in resurrection; in fact, peace was one of the first words He spoke after rising from the dead (Luke 24:36; John 20:19, 21, 26). Then He sent out the apostles in the power of the Holy Spirit and preached peace through them (Acts 10:36). The good news of peace was presented to you who were afar off (Gentiles) and to those who were near (Jews), a gracious fulfillment of God’s promise in Isaiah 57:19.

Dr John Gil wrote, and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, &c.] Which is to be understood not of Christ’s coming in the flesh; for when he came in the flesh, he came only to the Jews that were nigh, and preached the Gospel in his own personal ministry to them, and not to the Gentiles, who are the persons afar off

Believer Bible Commentary wrote,The NT church is not a continuation of the Believer Bible commentaryIsrael of the OT. It is something entirely distinct from anything that has preceded it or that will ever follow it. This should be apparent from the following:

1. It is new that a Gentile should have equal rights and privileges with a Jew.

2. It is new that both Jews and Gentiles should lose their national identities by becoming Christians.

3. It is new that Jews and Gentiles should be fellow members of the Body of Christ.

4. It is new that a Jew should have the hope of reigning with Christ instead of being a subject in His kingdom.

5. It is new that a Jew should no longer be under the law

Ephesians 2:14 (CC Ga/Eph): For he is our peace. He now includes Jews in the privilege of reconciliation, and shews that, through one Messiah, all are united to God. This consideration was fitted to repress the false confidence of the Jews, who, despising the grace of Christ, boasted that they were the holy people, and chosen inheritance, of God. If Christ is our peace, all who are out of him must be at variance with God.

The Jewish tradition would not associate themselves with the Samarians or Gentiles. For example in John 4;9The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. the Apostle Peter said Corneeus And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.Acts.10.28

John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.John 4:27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? John 4:27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? Acts 10:14-15 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

In John 4:27And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? Lastly In Acts 11; 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”These claims were not supported by the scriptures For example Abraham was Gentile for 99 years before he was circumcised Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.Gen.17.3,Gen.17.5,Gen.17.4,Gen.17.6,Gen.17.7,Gen.17.8,Gen.17.10,Gen.17.11&version=

Consider Jesus Line Judah mother was Leah daughter of Laban little known his family tree accept Uncle of Abraham likely Gentiles back ground Tamar slept with his father-in-law Judah and was a Canaanite Rahab was a prostitute and a Canaanite. Ruth was a Moabite. Moses wrote,You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.Deuteronomy 27:19 – Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.   (Verses like Deuteronomy 27:19)

Exodus 21:21 – Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.   (Verses like Exodus 21:21)

Deuteronomy 10:19 – Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.   (Verses like Deuteronomy 10:19)

Deuteronomy 24:14-18 – Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, meon. The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the Exod.6.15

thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

Another example David Mighty many of them were Gentiles, Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armour-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.

Ithmah the Moabite, 47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite. 2Sam.23.36,2Sam.23.38,2Sam.23.37, 2Sam.23.39

1 Kings 8:41-43

“Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name’s sake (for they will hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name.

Isaiah 56:6-8

Also the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,

To minister to Him, and to love the name of the Lord,

To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath

And holds fast My covenant;

Even those I will bring to My holy mountainAnd make them joyful in My house of prayer.

Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar;

For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”

The Lord God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares,

“Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.”

Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Gentiles,-In-Ot

In Joel 2:28 – 32The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit28 “And it shall come to pass afterward,that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Isaiah 56:6-8

“Also the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,

To minister to Him, and to love the name of the Lord,

This isMy covenant;

Even those I will bring to My holy mountain

Can the Gentiles be part of the Passover? The Torah does warn, “A sojourner or a hired servant shall not eat of it” (Exodus 12:45), and it also says, “No uncircumcised person may eat of it” (Exodus 12:48).

He shall not eat of it” (Exodus 12:45), but he may eat unleavened bread and the bitter herbs But if a stranger sojourns with you, and celebrates the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near to celebrate it; and he shall be like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat of it. (Exodus 12:48)

When declares Jesus these words it finished And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. Through the Bible wrote,Notice that the veil was torn, not from the bottom to the top but from top to bottom. It was rent by God, not by man. The veil symbolizes the body of Jesus. When His body was rent upon the cross—when He had paid the penalty for your sin and my sin in His own body—then the way was opened into the presence of God. Therefore, you and I don’t have to have a priest or a preacher go into the presence of God for us; we can go directly to the throne of God through Christ. Let’s emphasize that the only way to the Father is through His Son. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).

Matthew 27:51 (ENTVIIII): the ceremonial law, which had its end in the death of Christ; and likewise the more clear discoveries of the mysteries of grace under the Gospel, in which they are laid to open view, and are beheld with open face: to which may be added, that this pointed out, that the way to the holiest of all, to heaven, of which this was a figure, was now made manifest; and was plain and accessible, as it was, first to Christ, who entered by his own blood, as the forerunner; and also to his people, who likewise have boldness to enter by the same.

Matthew 27:51 (CC Mt-Lk): Nor was it proper that the vail should be rent, until the sacrifice of expiation had been completed; for then Christ, the true and everlasting Priest, having abolished the figures of the law, opened up for us by his blood the way to the heavenly sanctuary, that we may no longer stand at a distance within the porch, but may freely advance into the presence of God. For so long as the shadowy worship lasted, a vail was hung up before the earthly sanctuary, in order to keep the people not only from entering but from seeing it, (Exod. 26:33; 2 Chron. 3:14.) Now Christ, by blotting out the handwriting which was opposed to us, (Col. 2:14,) removed every obstruction, that, relying on him as Mediator, we may all be a royal priesthood, (1 Pet. 2:9.) Thus the rending of the vail was not only an abrogation of the ceremonies which existed under the law, but was, in some respects, an opening of heaven, that God may now invite the members of his Son to approach him with familiarity.

The Apostle Paul wrote, , That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”=Rom.4.16,Rom.4.17,Rom.4.1 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”=Rom.4.16,Rom.4.17,Matthew 27:51 (BBC): Heb. 10:19, 20). Now the humblest believer can enter God’s presence in prayer and praise at any time. But let us never forget that the privilege was purchased for us at tremendous cost—the blood of Jesus.

Furthermore scripture declares, And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Or For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”=Rom.10.12, Rom.10.13 Lastly, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:Rom.3.22.

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.=Eph.2.18,Eph.2.19,Eph.2.21,Eph.2.22

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.=Eph.3.6

Ephesians One

Ephesians One

the New Testament is concerned, the first on the Second Missionary Journey they described in Acts chapter 18. Apollos followed him to the city, you’ll remember, and the description of Apollos as minister there is given in Acts chapter 18.24–28. We’re he spend three years preaching there. And finally, he had a third contact with Ephesus, set forth, specifically in the New Testament, when he was making his way down to Jerusalem in the story of Acts chapter 20, 17-38 he called the Ephesian elders to come and meet himWhere he warn them wolves wearing sheep clothing. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

Where faithful declares the Gospel with tears, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;https://www.biblegateway.com/passagesearch=Acts.20.21,Acts.20.20,Acts.20.35, Acts.20.19&version=ESV

Where the Elders and the Apostle Paul prayed And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Ephesians is, of course, a church that looms in the New Testament, simply because of the exalted nature of its message. It was a church that had, therefore, a tremendous ministry given to it: ministry from the Apostle Paul, ministry from the Apostle John. It’s rather sad to read of the last mention of the church in the New Testament when our Lord wrote a letter to the church and reminded them that they had left their first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage search=Rev.2.5,Rev.2.4&version=ESV

Where the church Godly Leader declares the gospel with out compromise and the important of Godly leaders. As Apostle wrote wolves disguise as sheep I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;

It’sa a very solemn thing: that a church that could have the ministry of the Apostles, the Apostle Paul, and the Apostle John for, forty years later should leave its first love.and those who follow their teachings such Titus Apollos joined the leadership team as the main teacher of the local churches in Ephesus. Seven of the New Testament letters were either written to or about the church in Ephesus, including Ephesians, first and second Timothy, first, second, and third John, and Revelation. Ephesus Letter was legendarily deep. Paul, Apollos, Timothy, and John all pastored the church in different seasons. Since the Apostle Paul called to be Apostle to Gentiles in Acts 26; 17, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending youe. Dr Jahn Gils Paul, is apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, &c.] See the notes on Rom. 1:1. 1 Cor. 1:1. 2 Cor. 1:1. and Gal. 1:1. The Teacher is to equipped the saint’s Found in Ephesians 4: 12, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

It noting such noting biblically scholar such The Late John Calvin,andDr John Stott, spoke highly and preached Bibical Pastor of a large church in the past and future preacher from this letter For example Dr John MacArthur and Dr Tim Kellar currently preaching from it “

The letter to the Ephesians is a marvelously concise, yet comprehensive summary of the Christian good news and its implications. Nobody can read it without being moved to wonder and worship, and challenged to consistency of life

. The Late Dr Martian preached 232 sermons. andcDr A Leiwis Johnson had Over 19 messages.

It is worth noting in Christ or Him or Whom is mention27 times in letters Ephesians one it 6 times first chapter

For example in Eph.1.4,Eph.1.5,Eph.1.7,Eph.1.10,Eph.1.11,Eph.1.12, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

Jesus states, the gospel of John Jesus states,. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

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Dr Lewis Johson wrote,when you think about it, that the Apostle should write so much about being in Christ ? What is meant by being “in Christ?” Men don’t speak of being “in Plato,” or “in Moses.” But we don’t use terminology like that. The Bible says that we are “in Christ.” So, we don’t read “in Plato,” “in Moses.” It’s so strange that one of the great grammarians of the New Testament has spoken of this expression as containing a “mystical dative.” That is, the preposition “in” followed by the dative case, and the thought being of a mystical kind of union, a spiritual union, and being so strange that he wanted to give a different grammatical category for it, to speak of the “mystical dative.” But while that may not be real justifiable, the thought of union with Christ is the preeminent thought. To be “in Christ” is to be in union with him. And that of course means a spiritual union with Christ We cannot really describe this other than to look at the New Testament references to “in Christ,” “in Him,” “in Whom.” That kind of expression occurs over 130 times in the Apostle’s writings, looms large in the writings of the Apostle Paul. He speaks about this union that Believers enjoy with the Lord Jesus Christ. I think of all the things that Paul writes it’s probably the most important thing

Lastly Jesus said in John .14.1,.14.12,.14.19,.15.4,.15.5,.15.6.15“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater than these he will do, because I go to My Father. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in meMe, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Note Jesus abide in the believer Dr A. Lewis Johnson said, He is the one upon whom the love of God has been fully shed forth, and we, the believers in God, are placed in Him, and accepted in Him. For when God looks down upon us, he sees us in Christ, possessed in the righteousness of God. That is our magnificent position if the we were not in Christ all the Father would see is our sins. As scripture declares Every evil of theirs is in Gilgal; there I began to hate them. Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of my house. I will love them no more; all their princes are rebels.

Another example, is found in.Zech.3.3,Zech.3.4,Zech.3.5Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord was standing by.

Since humanity is Under Adam’s curse as scripture declares,Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

In Eph.1.even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love Note he chose us in him before the foundation of the worl.

John Calvin wrote,They are penetrating into the recesses of the divine wisdom, where he who rushes forward securely and confidently, instead of satisfying his curiosity will enter in inextricable labyrinth. For it is not right that man should with impunity pry into things which the Lord has been pleased to conceal within himself, and scan that sublime eternal wisdom which it is his pleasure that we should not apprehend but adore, that therein also his perfections may appear. Those secrets of his will, which he has seen it meet to manifest, are revealed in his word—revealed in so far as he knew to be conducive to our interest and welfare.

R.C Sroul wrote,Predestination is a dangerous subject because the more we study it, the more it has a tendency to raise more questions than it answers. I’m convinced that of all the doctrines we struggle with in Christendom, there are none more shrouded in misunderstanding and confusion than the doctrine of predestination. So that in itself calls for a certain kind of sober caution as we approach this subject.I would add to the theologians’ warning of caution that it’s also a doctrine which requires an extra measure of charity as we struggle with it. We need to be patient with each other and with those who differ from us on our views of this particular question because there is a lot at stake here. Feelings can run very high when we discuss the matter of predestination, and we ought to be careful to manifest the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit among ourselves as we try to deal with it.Now I’ve said all of that knowing it won’t work because, once we plunge into this doctrine, who knows what’s going to happen.Let me say by way of introduction that we are going to spend six periods of lecture on the subject. That may seem like an awful lot of time devoted to one doctrine like predestination, but let me assure you at the outset that six lectures of approximately half an hour each can’t possibly do anything but skate over the surface. There are so many related questions provoked by any study of predestination that this, I’m convinced, requires in-depth study that will take years and years and years before we can ever hope to get to the bottom of it. So I’m looking at this course as an introduction to the doctrine of predestination. As scripture declares, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

John Calvin wrote,the secret things of God are not to be scrutinized, and that those which he has revealed are not to be overlooked. that we can safely follow.

Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks how someone should respond. First, they should be thankful that the apostle Paul never skirts around the issue. Just because something is difficult to grasp does not give permission to dismiss it from Scripture. One should always be careful of the inner spirit when dealing with this issue. One should never approach it with a bipartisan attitude or by debating it. Finally, one should always acknowledge that the Scripture is the word of God and the Christian must submit themselves to the whole of it even when they do not understand. Election is how God carries out his perfect plan and they should know that not all things are meant for human understanding.

RC Sproul wrote, Still, to be inconsistently biblical is far better than it is to be consistently unbiblical and deny the biblical truths that God knows the future and that he is sovereign over all things, even the human will.

God not only foreordains the end of salvation for the elect, he also foreordained the means to that end. God has chosen the foolishness of preaching as the means to accomplish redemption.

Some would say God had us in mind before the foundation of the world, however, it does indicate who they are it simply states us Some would say God gave us a choice to chose. While others ignore it. SinceSin separates us from God in Genesis 3; 7 -11 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. Also And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord Reemember God said among the trees of the garden.and they ate the forbinnden fruit And Adam said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

Note God approach not Adam and Eve prior to eating the forbidden fruits they fellowship with God. When sin enter the pictures Adam blame his wife and Eve was deceived by Satan. they did not take ownership of sin all us violet God’s law tend shift the blame

Scripture states,Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.While ignoring it or they insult you perhaps they learn to read instead of insulting you simply states, that it.

John Calvin wrote, There are others who, when they would cure this disease, recommend that the subject of predestination should scarcely if ever be mentioned, and tell us to shun every question concerning it as we would a rock. Although their moderation is justly commendable in thinking that such mysteries should be treated with moderation, yet because they keep too far within the proper measure, they have little influence over the human mind, which does not readily allow itself to be curbed. Therefore, in order to keep the legitimate course in this matter, we must return to the word of God, in which we are furnished with the right rule of understanding

Furthermore he wrote, we must return to the word of God, in which we are furnished with the right rule of understanding. For Scripture is the school of the Holy Spirit?, in which as nothing useful and necessary to be known has been omitted, so nothing is taught but what it is of importance to know. Every thing, therefore delivered in Scripture on the subject of predestination, we must beware of keeping from the faithful, lest we seem either maliciously to deprive them of the blessing of God, or to accuse and scoff at the Spirit, as having divulged what ought on any account to be suppressed. Let us, I say, allow the Christian to unlock his mind and ears to all the words of God which are addressed to him, provided he do it with this,

As scriptures states, It is the glory of God to conceal things,but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Believer Commentary wrote,On the other hand, the Bible never teaches that God chooses men to be lost. The fact that He chooses some to be saved does not imply that He arbitrarily condemns all the rest. He never condemns men who deserve to be saved (there are none), but He does save some who ought to be condemned. When Paul describes the elect, he speaks of them as “vessels of mercy which He had prepared beforehand for glory” (Rom. 9:23); but when he turns to the lost, he simply says, “vessels of wrath prepared for destruction” (Rom. 9:22). God prepares vessels of mercy to glory, but He does not prepare men for destruction: they do this for themselves by their own unbelief.The doctrine of election lets God be God. He is sovereign, that is, He can do as He pleases, although He never pleases to do anything unjust. If left alone, all men would be lost. Does God have the right to show mercy to some?But there is another side to the story.

The same Bible that teaches sovereign election also teaches human responsibility. No one can use the doctrine of election as an excuse for not being saved. God makes a bona fide offer of salvation to all people everywhere (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; Rom. 10:9, 13).and 1John 2;2 Anyone can be saved by repenting of his sins and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, if a person is lost, it is because he chooses to be lost, not because God desires it. The fact is that the same Bible teaches election and free salvation to all who will receive it.

Both doctrines are found in a single verse: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). The first half of the verse speaks of God’s sovereign choice; the last half extends the offer of mercy to all..This poses a difficulty for the human mind. How can God choose some and yet offer salvation freely to all men? Frankly, this is a mystery. But the mystery is on our side, not on God’s. The best policy for us is to believe both doctrines because the Bible teaches both. The truth is not found somewhere between election and man’s free will, but in both extremes.

While it true believer needs to the preached the gospel to all humanity it only God who knows who the elect are let God be God we are responsible for preach the gospel to all

John Calvin wrote, The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people: for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the Lord loved you,” (Deut. 7:7, 8). He repeatedly makes the same intimations, “Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them,” (Deut. 10:14, 15).

Furthermore he wrote, And the more completely to crush all pride, he upbraids them with having merited nothing of the kind, seeing they were a rebellious and stiff-necked people (Deut. 9:6)

Toplady wrote, Not the labor of my hands Can fulfill Thy law’s demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring

W. G. Blaikie summarizes:Divine sovereignty, human responsibility and the free and universal offer of mercy are all found in Scripture, and though we are unable to harmonize them by our logic, they all ought to have a place in our minds. he giving balance view who God has chosen and exclude others and God is sovereign it preview chose some reject.

Jermery Myers states, foreordination” or “predetermination” instead of foreknowledge, as these words better describes the view that God did not just know what was going to happen before it happened, but actually ordained, decided, or determined what would happen.

In eternity past, as part of God’s divine decree, He determined or decided the eternal destiny of every individual person, whether they will spend eternity in heaven or in hell..Foreordination means God’s sovereign plan, whereby He decides all that is to happen in the entire universe. Nothing in this world happens by chance. God is in back of everything. He decides and causes all things to happen that do happen. … Predestination is part of foreordination. While foreordination refers to God’s plan for everything that ever happens, predestination is that part of foreordination that refers to man’s eternal destiny: heaven or hell. Predestination is composed of two parts: election and reprobation. Election concerns those who go to heaven, and reprobation concerns those who go to hell. … Divine election means that God chooses some to go to heaven. Others are passed by and they will go to hell (Palmer, Five Points of Calvinism

The doctrine of election declares that God, before the foundation of the world, chose certain individuals from among the fallen members of Adam’s race to be the objects of His undeserved favor. These, and these only, He purposed to save. God could have chosen to save all men (for He had the power and authority to do so) or He could have chosen to save none (for He was under no obligation to show mercy to any)—but He did neither. Instead, He chose to save some and to exclude others. His eternal choice of particular sinners for salvation was not based upon any forseen act or response on the part of those selected, but was based solely on His own good pleasure and sovereign will. Thus, election was not determined by, or conditioned upon, anything that men would do, but resulted entirely from God’s self-determined purpose (Steele & Thomas, Five Points of Calvinism

Divine election may be defined as that loving and merciful decision by God the Father to bestow eternal life upon some, but not all, hell-deserving sinners. This decision was made before the foundation of the world and was based not upon any act of will or works of men and women, but solely upon God’s sovereign good pleasure. One does not enter the ranks of the elect by meeting a condition, be it faith or repentance. One enters the ranks of the elect by virtue of God’s free and altogether gracious choice, as a result of which he enables us to repent and believe. Thus, election is both sovereign and unconditional (Storms, Chosen for Life

Election is the unchangeable purpose of God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, he hath out of mere grace, according to the sovereign good pleasure of his own will, chosen, from the whole human race, which had fallen through their own fault, from their primitive state of rectitude, into sin and destruction, a certain number of persons to redemption in Christ, whom he from eternity appointed the Mediator and Head of the elect, and the foundation of Salvation (Canons of Dort Again does not who state who God or condemned to hell. God was within rights convicted us from our sins send us to hell. God chooses to save him. Man is dead in trespasses and sins. So there is no condition he can meet before God chooses to save him from his deand send us to hell.

The late Dr. RC Sproul did not like the doctrine Election and had biblical scholar such as the Dr John Gerstnerwho tried teach him he still did not like until he read Romans 9 since all of scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit Or Apostle Paul said Ephesian Eelder how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you. There are some of the Scriptures I do like or do not like or understand but obligate try my best.understand it.

As Scriptutes states,And not only so, but also when Rebekah not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

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 Note though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger. As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”furthermore, What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.

Calvin wrote,id not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people: for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the Lord loved you,” (Deut. 7:7, 8). He repeatedly makes the same intimations, “Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Only the Lord had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them,” (Deut. 10:14, 15). Again, in another passage, holiness is enjoined upon them, because they have been chosen to be a peculiar people; while in another, love is declared to be the cause of their protection (Deut. 23:5). This, too, believers with one voice proclaim, “He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob, whom he loved,” (Ps. 47:4).

Furthermore he wrote, And the more completely to crush all pride, he upbraids them with having merited nothing of the kind, seeing they were a rebellious and stiff-necked people (Deut. 9:6). Often, also, do the prophets remind the Jews of this election by way of disparagement and opprobrium, because they had shamefully revolted from it. Be this as it may, let those who would ascribe the election of God to human worth or merit come forward. When they see that one nation is preferred to all others, when they hear that it was no feeling of respect that induced God to show more favor to a small and ignoble body, nay, even to the wicked and rebellious, will they plead against him for having chosen to give such a manifestation of mercy?

RC Sproul wrote, Still, to be inconsistently biblical is far better than it is to be consistently unbiblical and deny the biblical truths that God knows the future and that he is sovereign over all things, even the human will.

God not only foreordains the end of salvation for the elect, he also foreordained the means to that end. God has chosen the foolishness of preaching as the means to accomplish redemption.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. By the grace of God I am what I am. Yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me.

As Scriptures declares, making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Or The Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it has pleased the Lord to make you his people,” (1 Sam. 12:22). Lastly I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away,” (Isa. 41:9),

Is those who reject the gospel or chose bypass the them or God elect some by pass by the non-elect a better question why did elect me or those who he elected them first place Believer Bible, On the other hand, the Bible never teaches that God chooses men to be lost. The fact that He chooses some to be saved does not imply that He arbitrarily condemns all the rest. He never condemns men who deserve to be saved (there are none), but He does save some who ought to be condemned.commentary, The doctrine of election lets God be God. He is sovereign, that is, He can do as He pleases, though He never pleases to do anything unjust. If left alone, all men would be lost. Does God have the right to show mercy to some?

But there is another side to the story. The same Bible that teaches sovereign election also teaches human responsibility. No one can use the doctrine of election as an excuse for not being saved. God makes a bona fide offer of salvation to all people everywhere (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; In short all humility would being condemned to hell.

How many did Gad elect scriptures declares, After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

Note Salvation belongs to God meaning the creator and Meditor is Jesus Christ Jesus states, 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it

Mathew Hendry wrote the account that is given of the bad way of sin, and the good way of holiness. There are but two ways, right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven, and the way to hell; in the one of which we are all of us walking: no middle place hereafter, no middle way now: the distinction of the children of men into saints and sinners, godly and ungodly, will swallow up all to eternity.First, That the gate is strait. Conversion and regeneration are the gate, by which we enter into this way, in which we begin a life of faith and serious godliness; out of a state of sin into a state of grace we must pass, by the new birth, Jn. 3:3, 5. This is a strait gate, hard to find, and hard to get through; like a passage between two rocks, 1 Sa. 14:4. There must be a new heart, and a new spirit, and old things must pass away. The bent of the soul must be changed, corrupt habits and customs broken off; what we have been doing all our days must be undone again.

The gate is strait; blessed be God, it is not shut up, nor locked against us, nor kept with a flaming sword, as it will be shortly, ch. 25:10.

Conversion is hard work, but it is needful, and, blessed be God, it is not impossible if we strive, Lu. 13:24.

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

In short the only the enter heaven gate is through Jesus As scripture declares a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languagesfurthermore, it states, Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined eaccording to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

The Holy plays an important role in the believer’s life

Scriptures states, In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

Jesus stated, Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.3.3,John.3.5,John.3.6&version=ESV

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John.16.7,John.16.8&version=ESV

On the day of Pentecost the birth of the church, it states, And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,and your young men shall see visions,and your old men shall dream Dr eams;https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts.2.2,Acts.2.1,Acts.2.4,Acts.2.17&version=ESV

It worth noting the triune operating in Hin verse Ehesian 1;4 the Father Ephesian 1; 7 Jesus Christ Ephesians 1;13 and verse 17: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

The Hour Is Approaching Part Two

InJohn.17.1,John.17.2,John.17.3,John.17.4,John.1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

InJohn.16.2,John.16.3,John.16.4,John.16.25,John.16.26,John.16.27,John.16.28,John.16.32,JAnd now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.The Work of the Holy Spirit“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Everyone individual may abandon you but not Jesus would not forsake He was forsken so I would be not be abandon

The Under Shepherd Part Two

To under shepherd In1 Peter 5:1-4 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. When Jesus restored the apostle Peter, He said, When Simon Peter, “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” He told him. A second time He asked him, “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” He told him. He asked him the third time, and Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time; he said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” Jesus said feed my sheep

Note feed my sheep twice once shepherd my shepherd. Just before Peter denied Jesus declare these words when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Despite Peter’s colossal failure, this was part of God’s plan to refine him in preparation for his role as the rock on which the church would be built. Matthew 16:8.

The. Dr. Adrain Rogers, in the sermon on Psalm 23, 4 your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ItAbout a stubborn sheep who tend to wander away from the flock, unaware of the danger lurking him. The shepherd broke his leg and picked him up and repaired the damage, and put him on his shoulder until the leg was healed. The shepherd put him the sheep down; he went next to the shepherd and Watched him tend; the sheep. He was put in charge of leading the sheep. The apostle Paul wrote, that the shepherds and teachers, is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

The apostle Peter and Paul understood failure, but they also understood forgiveness. In Act 9;15, But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. Also, in Acts 265=\18, to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins those who are sanctified by faith in me. Paul was Called by Jesus He wrote I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that I preached is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia. Or in Acts 9; 19, for some days, he was with the disciples at Damascus. “I went to Arabia.” Every servant of the Lord needs a time of seclusion and meditation. Moses had his forty years on the backside of the desert. David was alone with God while he tended sheep on the hillsides of Judea. In a sense he was unlearning his tradition

In Galatians 1;4 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. Acts 9:19–25 (BBC): When he returned to Damascus (v. 22), he was able to confound the Jews in the synagogues, proving that this Jesus is the Messiah of Israel. This so infuriated them

that they plotted against the life of this one who had once been their champion but who was now an “apostate,” a “renegade,” a “turncoat.” Peter preached the first gospel; he was with Jesus for three years. Paul was in the Arabia wilderness for three years. Jesus equipped them to be under-shepherds, leading the other sheep through greener pastures. The apostle Paul shares in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits since he aims to please the one who enlisted him.

Tex Charles Waston God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves but in God.

Or H A Ironsides, God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves but in God. As Scriptures, For we are God’s fellow lding.

Lastly Believer Bible Commentary cannot read this without being reminded of the enormous debt which we had contracted as sinners, and of how it was all charged to the account of the Lord Jesus at Calvary. He paid the debt in full when He died as our Substitute. We are also reminded here of Christ’s ministry as our Advocate. When Satan, the accuser of the brethren, brings charges against us for wrongs we have done, our blessed Lord says in effect, “Charge that to My account.” The doctrine of reconciliation is illustrated in this book. Onesimus had been estranged from Philemon because of wrongdoing. Through the ministry of Paul (we have every reason to believe) the distance and “enmity” were removed. The slave was reconciled to his master. So we were estranged from God because of our sin. But through the death and resurrection of Christ, the cause of enmity has been removed and believers are reconciled to God

Good Shepherd False Shepherd Under Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

John 1011_12 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. . 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own.

I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken. “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. Ezekiel 34:22-25 And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.” Ezekiel 34:31“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David, my servant, shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them and will set my sanctuary in their midst always. Ezekiel 37:24-26.

The False Shepherd

John 10;1, 12-13 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.. 12 He who is a hired hand, not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them

Note the similarities in John 10 and Ezekiel 34, for example, the good shepherd who is Jesus and the False Shepherd who was the scribes and Pharisees. The good shepherd feeds the sheep, whereas the false shepherd fleeces the sheep. In John John 10;1, 12-13, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.. 12 He who is a hired hand, not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. Dr. John Gill wrote, John 10:12 (ENTVIIII): wolf; or any false prophet, or teacher, who are ravenous wolves, though sometimes in sheep’s clothing; or any tyrant, oppressor, or persecutor of the saints: and leaveth the sheep; as the idol shepherd, against whom a woe is pronounced, Zech. 11:17. And fleeth; not being willing to bear any reproach or persecution, for the sake of Christ; not such a keeper of the flock as David, who went after the lion and the bear, and when they rose up against him, did not flee, but caught them by the beard and slew them; nor like the Apostle Paul, who fought with beasts at Ephesus, and would turn his back on none, nor give place, no, not for an hour, that truth might continue; and the wolf catcheth them; some of them: and scattereth the sheep; the rest; so are the sheep of Christ and his churches sometimes scattered, by persecution raised against them; see Acts 8:1, 4. The Jews have a rule concerning such a hireling shepherd, which is this; “a shepherd that feeds his flock, and leaves it, and goes to the city, and a wolf comes, and ravines and the lion comes and tears in pieces, he is free; but if he leaves by it his staff and his scrip, he is guilty.

John 10:13 (ENTVIIII): The hireling fleeth because he is a hireling, &c.] And has no propriety in the sheep; had he, he would abide by them, and defend them; but because he has not, he’ll not expose himself to any danger, but leaves them: and careth not for the sheep; what becomes of them, providing only for his own safety. Abarbanel has a note on Isa. 40:11, which may serve to illustrate this passage: “he shall feed his flock like a shepherd.

In Ezi 34:1-4. The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness, you have ruled them. “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture, and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? Ezekiel 34:18

In Ezekiel 34 11- 16, “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture, they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak. “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes Ezekiel 37:24.

In. Zechariah 11: 17 “Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded. Two thousand years ago, the Pharisees and Scribes died if they died in unbelief. Remember Jesus took your sin. They will face Jesus, not the Shepherd or lamb but a Judge. Consider what Jesus did as a savour Believer Bible wrote, Psalm 22:2 (BBC): You have come to Golgotha where the Good Shepherd is giving His life for the sheep. For three hours, the earth has been enveloped in thick darkness. Now “Immanuel’s orphaned cry” echoes through the universe: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Behind the poignant question lies an awful reality—the suffering Savior actually was, literally and completely, forsaken by God. The eternal Son who had always been the object of His Father’s delight was now abandoned. The Perfect Man who unfailingly did the will of God experienced the terrible desolation of being cut off from God.

The question is, “Why?” Why should the holy, sinless Son of God suffer the concentrated horror of eternal hell in those three long hours of darkness? Scripture gives us the answer. First of all, God is holy, righteous and just, and this means that He must punish sin wherever He finds it. To wink at sin or to overlook it is impossible for God. That brings us to the second point. Although the Lord Jesus had no sins of His own, He took our sins upon Himself. He voluntarily assumed responsibility to pay the penalty for all our iniquities. The debt we owed was charged to His account, and He willingly became surety for it all. But now, what can God do? All His righteous attributes demand that sin be punished. Yet here He looks down and sees His only begotten Son becoming the scapegoat for others. The Son of His love has become our sin-bearer. What will God do when He sees our sins on His beloved Son?

There was never any doubt as to what God would do! He deliberately unleashed all the fury of His righteous wrath on His own beloved Son. The fierce torrent of divine judgment broke upon the innocent Victim. For our sakes, Christ was forsaken by God so that we might never be forsaken.

Thus when we read of Christ’s deep, deep suffering, it should always be with the keen awareness that He bore it all for us. We should punctuate each statement with the words for me. He was forsaken—for me. When I hear Him cry, “Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?” I know that it was for me. And it was for my sake that the heavens were silent to Him by day and by night. This is what the Jewish Leader rejected that Jesus was the true Shepherd and also the Lamb of God who their sins and replace with His righteousness. The Pharisees were more concerned about their tradition than the gospel; for example, in John 9; 28, And they reviled the blind man , saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples. In John.12.42, John.12.43, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees, they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. Nevertheless, among the chief rulers also, many believed in him; but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

Concerning the Jewish leader, Jesus said in Matthew 23: 2-3,5- The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; Jesus express these woes said , “you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones. They understood they were as guilty as the Adulteress woman yet would not admit it.

The Under Shepherd

To under shepherd In1 Peter 5:1-4 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. When Jesus restored the apostle Peter, He said, When Simon Peter, “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” He told him. A second time He asked him, “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” He told him. He asked him the third time, and Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time; he said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” Jesus said feed my sheep

Note feed my sheep twice once shepherd my shepherd. Just before Peter denied Jesus declare these words when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Despite Peter’s colossal failure, this was part of God’s plan to refine him in preparation for his role as the rock on which the church would be built. Matthew 16:8.

The. Dr. Adrain Rogers, in the sermon on Psalm 23, 4 your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ItAbout a stubborn sheep who tend to wander away from the flock, unaware of the danger lurking him. The shepherd broke his leg and picked him up and repaired the damage, and put him on his shoulder until the leg was healed. The shepherd put him the sheep down; he went next to the shepherd and Watched him tend; the sheep. He was put in charge of leading the sheep. The apostle Paul wrote, that the shepherds and teachers, is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

The apostle Peter and Paul understood failure, but they also understood forgiveness. In Act 9;15, But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. Also, in Acts 265=\18, to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins those who are sanctified by faith in me. Paul was Called by Jesus He wrote I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that I preached is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia. Or in Acts 9; 19, for some days, he was with the disciples at Damascus. “I went to Arabia.” Every servant of the Lord needs a time of seclusion and meditation. Moses had his forty years on the backside of the desert. David was alone with God while he tended sheep on the hillsides of Judea. In a sense he was unlearning his tradition

In Galatians 1;4 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. Acts 9:19–25 (BBC): When he returned to Damascus (v. 22), he was able to confound the Jews in the synagogues, proving that this Jesus is the Messiah of Israel. This so infuriated them that they plotted against the life of this one who had once been their champion but who was now an “apostate,” a “renegade,” a “turncoat.” Peter preached the first gospel; he was with Jesus for three years. Paul was in the Arabia wilderness for three years. Jesus equipped them to be under-shepherds, leading the other sheep through greener pastures. The apostle Paul shares in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits since he aims to please the one who enlisted him.

Tex Charles Waston God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves but in God.

Or H A Ironsides, God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves but in God. As Scriptures, For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

Lastly Believer Bible Commentary cannot read this without being reminded of the enormous debt which we had contracted as sinners, and of how it was all charged to the account of the Lord Jesus at Calvary. He paid the debt in full when He died as our Substitute. We are also reminded here of Christ’s ministry as our Advocate. When Satan, the accuser of the brethren, brings charges against us for wrongs we have done, our blessed Lord says in effect, “Charge that to My account.” The doctrine of reconciliation is illustrated in this book. Onesimus had been estranged from Philemon because of wrongdoing. Through the ministry of Paul (we have every reason to believe) the distance and “enmity” were removed. The slave was reconciled to his master. So we were estranged from God because of our sin. But through the death and resurrection of Christ, the cause of enmity has been removed and believers are reconciled to God.

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