The Christian’s Life in Christ

Introduction to Ephesians
I am including the skelton of my sermon Sunday to help with background As we read through Ephesians this month.  I suggest reading MacArthur’s Study Bible introduction also. 
The Introduction to the book requires some necessary background information for us to understand the book properly As we walk through it.   The AuthorPaul (1:1; 3:1) Paul was … Paul was an Apostle (1:1) Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,Paul was a Prisoner (Probably in Rome (3:1, 4:1, 6:20)  Ephesians 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles.  This was during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome Acts 28:30 About 60 ad.  This was probably during his first imprisonment in Rome.  Paul was a Planter - A Church Planter - Paul was a Gentile Church Planter in Asia Minor.  A minister of the blessings of Abraham to the Gentiles (Galatians 2:8)
The RecipientsEphesians 1: 1 … To the saints who are at Ephesu…
Bible Reading Plan Updated!!!!

Pmike's Bible reading plan for the year has been updated.  I want to get everybody reading the book  I will be preaching for the next 3 months.  I am looking forward to completely emerging myself in this book of the Bible. The reading of Ephesians starts today in the new plan!

I will attempt to post a final devotion on Galatians sometime this week.  I hope to summarize some major application points from the book for us to meditate on.

Arrogance in Opposition
The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, You who live in the clefts of the rock, In the loftiness of your dwelling place, Who say in your heart, Who will bring me down to earth? Obadiah 3
At Edom’s most arrogant, they believed they were indestructible. Their view of themselves was so large they boastfully claimed they couldn’t be defeated. In their riches and their strength, they were blind to their place in this world. They opposed God and his people, Israel. However, God has shown their foolishness. 
The Edomites do not exist anymore. In fact, there is no trace of them anywhere on this planet. Their judgment continues into eternity. The prophecies of Obadiah have come true and will continue forever
Our human condition tells us to elevate ourselves and think little of our Creator. This fallen condition is much worse than we think. We think we are good and strong. This is our problem. We are evil and weak. …
Death Through Christ
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14
As believers in Christ, one of our biggest temptations is allowing the world to become the lord of our hearts. The life of the believer must not be about the world. 
Does the world love me?  Does the world hate me?  Am I accepted in this world?  Am I an outcast
The tempting question is, “Am I significant?” The apostle Paul in Galatians 6:14 lays out how believers should operate in relation to the world.
Accomplishments of the Flesh
The Judaizers wanted the Gentiles to identify with Judaism to safeguard themselves from persecution from unbelieving Jews (6:12). If the Gentiles put themselves under the Mosaic Law and Jewish traditions, it would seem as if the Judaizers were just converting Gentiles to Judaism, instead of embracing the crucified Mes…
The Pain of Ministry
My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you—but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
Galatians 4:19–20
Pain in Rebuke
Here we get a glimpse into the pain of ministry for Paul. Every time I read Galatians, I get more of an understanding of how grieved Paul was over the Galatian churches. His tone was bold. He even sounds angry at times. 
The questions were direct and confrontational. He slammed the false teachers with very little constraint. At one point he even said, “I wish they would neuter themselves!” (5:12). His reasoning was logical. His reasoning was withoutthe typical fallacies many in our day use to argue. 
Paul was standing firm