Saturday, January 12, 2013

EPHESIANS: SALVATION IN THE ONE BODY OF CHRIST

Eph 1:22,23 He's head over the body, which is the one church. Anyone that is not in the one body, does not have the salvation that is in the one body. 

Eph 2:13ff Jesus brought Jews and Greeks together in the one body, that is built upon Jesus Christ, and is the dwelling place of God: which is God's household, 2:19.

Eph 3:1-21 Paul is the preacher of God's salvation that is in the church and says, "to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and every. Amen."  God's manifold wisdom is made known through the church of Christ. How amazing is the church of Christ, Eph 3:10.

Eph. 4:1-7 The church is to strive for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, for there is one Lord and Father and one baptism and one faith and one body. Those who justify the disunity of denominations, does not understand the graveness of dividing the "unity of the Spirit" or that God's salvation is in the one church. They have been fooled "by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming." Paul was not afraid to call such division for what it is. Neither should we be.

Eph 4:17ff Paul speaks of the Christ-like example the Christian is to be in this godless world. The church, the one body of Jesus, is not merely united in doctrine, but also in holy living.

Eph 5:22 The church is the bride of Christ which was purified by the blood of Christ in baptism, v26, or as he said in ch 2, "even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." This text in ch. 2 is what Paul was speaking more explicitly of in Colossians 2:12,13 and 3:1 that at Baptism we were raised by our faith in the working of God and because we are raised up, we keep seeking the things above where Christ is seated. This salvation which was first effectually realized by the sinner at baptism has placed him into the body of Christ, which is the church and bride of Christ. And Jesus is the savior of the bride, the body of Christ, 5:23.

Eph. 6:10ff, The church, the body of Christ, wherein is salvation, is locked in Spiritual battle with satan and his workers. God has given gifts to the church to build up the church and to fully equip it to fight the spiritual warfare in this world.


JESUS LOVES HIS CHURCH, EPH 5:25. JESUS GAVE HIMSELF FOR THE CHURCH. JESUS IS HEAD OF THE CHURCH, EPH 1:22,23. JESUS GAVE US SALVATION AND PEACE IN THE CHURCH, EPH. 2:14-16

God bless you in the church of Christ.

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