Jesus is a Peacemaker – Literally. He took Jew and Gentile into Himself when He hung upon the cross and made One New Man from the two. There is a war that has raged in the earth since the fall of mankind between Law and Grace. The two trees in the Garden typified these two life principles. Continue Reading
It is quite laughable to me that we could think that Paul is referring here to the old testament commandments producing these things in verse five. But so many in the church of Jesus Christ teach exactly that. They take this one verse out of it’s context because they see the word “commandment” and link it back to old testament law.
In this passage Paul lays out many things against those who are going astray and he uses the words like: charge, commandment, law, lawfully, command. We are normally told that Paul is exhorting us to keep with the old testament commandments but it is the opposite that Paul is teaching to believers. Let’s look into this chapter to see what is going on…
Heb 7:18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, Heb 7:19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (NKJV) Heb 7:18 The old rule, then, is set aside, because Continue Reading
We can make the simple choice to believe His word right here at this point. IN the midst of raging emotions and contrary circumstances you can simply stand on His promise stated clearly right here in Ephesians 2 and DECLARE OUT LOUD that I am brought near to God right now despite what my eyes, ears and emotions are telling me.
God is full of paradoxes, don’t you love Him? The first shall be last and the Last shall be first is one such paradox that He seems to love.
That missing ingredient I want to share is faith. And as I say to my wife faith is never divorced from words. If we believe we shall speak! In fact whatever we believe we shall speak of it. That may be good or bad for us.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Continuing on looking at Ephesians 2 we see Paul repeating what he mentioned in verse 5- ‘we are saved by grace.’ Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Eph 2:9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. NKJV
Are you one who has been plagued by despair and hopelessness, by self loathing and wanting to die? Know that you are not alone. No one understands what you are going through do they? That’s not true.
In the last post on this topic I looked at the change of ownership that has happened inside of the believer so that we are turned right way up no longer serving the lusts of the flesh. I looked at Eph 2:1-6. I want to look at the next verses in this post starting with verse 7 Continue Reading
Rejoice for He is risen and you are risen in Him. Together you are seated in Victory having had your heart turned away from the flesh and now beholding the Lord Who is the Spirit dwelling with your spirit.
Jesus is the Door to a new life- a life lived in Him.