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For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:10 Lest any man should boast! God alone is God. And as such He must be acknowledged by every creature. Of Him, and through Him, and unto Him are all things. Never is anything of us and through us. Nor is anything partly of us and through us. Hence, His alone is the glory for ever and ever. And this glory must be attributed to Him. He will give it to no other. And therefore, salvation...

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Wherefore remember that ye being in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph. 2:11-18 Wherefore remember! Because ye are saved by pure grace …. Because it is not of works, lest any man...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2018, p. 233. “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15 The footwear itself Like the girdle and breastplate we have previously examined, footwear is also important for battle. To have “your feet shod” is to have sandals fastened to your feet. The Roman soldier of Paul’s day did not wear rugged, all-terrain combat boots, but simple sandals with straps and sometimes spikes. Footwear helped the soldier maintain or alter his position on the field of battle. Footwear was not for defense like other parts of the...

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But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:3-4 We live in a time of great prosperity. The standard of living in the U.S. far exceeds any other nation, past or present. With this great prosperity has come an alarming increase in wickedness in our land. The principle here is that the more the Lord gives a wicked nation, the more they have with which to sin, so that they abound more and...

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“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which arte at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph. 1:1-2 The time and place of the writing of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians is approximately the same as of the epistles to the Colossians, Philippians, and’ Philemon— this is generally accepted. These epistles were written during Paul’s imprisonment at Rome. Of interest is a comparison between the epistle to the Ephesians and that to the Colossians. A...

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Eph. 1:3 Verse 3 of Ephesians 1 may well be called the keynote of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. Having introduced himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and having proclaimed upon the Church of God grace and peace from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostle now directs us to the fulness of that salvation which we possess in Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Church must...

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“According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Eph. 1:4 The connection between this verse and the preceding is expressed by the words “according as”. The apostle purposes to develop the keynote of verse 3. He will describe that glorious salvation, our spiritual blessings in heavenly places, which is ours in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Unto that end he, in verses 4 and 5, refers us to the quiet of eternity, the eternal beginning of our salvation, at the same time revealing...

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A few remarks of an introductory nature may not be considered out of order. Remarks pertaining to the general setup of this rubric. Our editor of the Standard Bearer has requested, that those contributing to this department could write exegetical studies. These should be of a consecutive nature. In attempting to meet with this requirement the undersigned has agreed with the Rev. H. Veldman to also write on the first section of the Epistle to the Ephesians. The Rev. Veldman would write on the first 6 verses, and I would continue from thereon. Naturally, each would then be free to...

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We should remember, that, in our discussion, we are still occupied by the verses 6-10. Up to this point we have called attention to the 7th verse. More particularly, we would point out, that we have called attention to the following elements: We have called attention to the phrases, “the redemption in His blood” and “the forgiveness of sins.” In doing so, we attempted, not only to show the implication of each phrase taken by itself, but also to show how these two ideas are related mutually as a benefit of Gold’s grace. Attention was also directed to the fact,...

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