Ephesians and commentary, chapter 5

TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Sivan 23, 5,780; 6/15/2020.

  Almighty God, our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus, Thank You for being at one and making each called out family member at one with You and one another. Thank You for your all knowing purpose and power to make such a thing possible through Your supernatural revelations. Thank You for giving us the spiritual mind to understand atonement, ‘at one ment’ with Yourself and thus worship in spirit and truth; In Jesus’ awesome gifted nature we pray.   

   When we read through this Ephesians section of scripture thoughtfully, surely we each find words of correction for ourselves. This practical letter to the Ephesians and each called out believer should be studied carefully by all who profess to be followers of Jesus.

     (Eph 5:1-5; “Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling Savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becoming Saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”) (The meaning is; ‘no spiritual or physical fornicator, unclean person, covetous nor idolatrous persons has inheritance in God’s kingdom.) 

     Christians should know they’re followers of Jesus and think of themselves as literal children of God the Father and a slave servant with God the Son. When the Israelites, ‘to whom God made Himself known’ promised to obey, “it was a marriage covenant to the Lord God.” (Promising to be His people and He promising to be their God.) When they turned away, God referred to them as adulterers who “prostituted themselves.”

     The parallel? In this New Covenant age, God calls individuals, reveals Himself to and grants His gift of repentant/turning, putting each in His family, “His church which is the bride of Christ.”God calls, gifts understanding, repentance and His spirit, “it’s His fathering” “being born again or begotten” to be at one with parent, “God the Father.” Through Jesus, God the Father ordained the gifting of His spirit, the believing IN process that makes Believers spiritual children of our spiritual Father; inheriting the Kingdom with Abraham under Christ.     REMEMBER Jesus’ words, “Many will come saying I am the Christ and deceive many!” How’s it possible, Satan has many deceiving doctrines, each designed to cause people to miss the mark. Remember, (Gal 3:28-29; “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you’re Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)    (Eph 5:6-10; “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be NOT you therefore partakers with them. For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”)    Unbelievers seem to enjoy debating these verses, some say, “everyone sins and therefore everyone is disobedient.” Jesus and each apostle’s principle teaching on this subject is; “don’t practice living disobediently.” True, even the holiest have a self serving thought come to mind from time to time. That isn’t sin in God‘s view, “until yielded to and practiced!” (When led by God’s spirit in us, “we’re led to repent when we slip” therefore God doesn’t consider us sinners.”)

  Jesus’ good news are ‘as parables to those who aren’t called in this age.’

  Jesus told parables to the populations at large, “so they would ponder but not understand their full meaning.” When ask why parables, Jesus quoted Isaiah saying; “Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand.” And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Matt 13:13-15)     Privately with His apostles, Jesus was more to the point. (Matt 19:27-30; “Then Peter said to Jesus, “Look, we ‘apostles have left everything to follow You! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”) Verse 30 is in parable form and Jesus’ apostles didn’t understand until later when Jesus opened their minds.   At Matthew 20:16, Jesus gives His parable about the workers in the vineyard hired at various hours in the day and at the end of the work day, the last received the same pay as the first. Again Jesus concluded saying, “So the last will be first, and the first last.”

   We now understand that many called in these last days who overcome to the end, will be first. Last days being, “since Jesus’ ascension.”     To Believe IN God as He manifest Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures is to know and totally trust in His Way. (People desiring to be religious for popularly and goodness sake, “those whom Jesus isn’t revealed to” yield to fleshly imaginations, attempting to rationalize, they make God fit their fleshly intellect: “their idea of what God should be like.” These to whom Jesus isn’t revealed, trust their fleshly intellect rather than God’s original printed word for revealed knowledge. Jesus’ Apostle John introduces Him as He revealed Himself to His apostles.

    (1John 3:3-8; “And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as HE is pure. Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the LAW: for SIN IS the transgression of the law. And you know that He was manifested “made known” to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abides in Him sins NOT: whosoever sins has not SEEN “understood” Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as Jesus is righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, “revealed - made known” that He might destroy the works of the devil.”)

   Who sins has not seen Him, neither knows Him? Meaning: Once God the Father and God the Son’s love is revealed, our outlook regarding lawlessness to His Way is miraculously changed: we know our old self serving nature was evil in His View. Then we understand, “the many religions are yielded to manmade doctrines.” Obeying the spiritual intent of His commandments becomes a primary concern, “including the fourth.” (Study 1 John.)     (Eph 5:11-16; “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the Light: for whatsoever does make manifest “make known” is light. Wherefore He said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”)    Followers of Jesus aren’t comfortable among worldly religions, the politically correct, because their life practices are from darkness. Jesus is the Light of the world, He reproves. His revealing spirit makes light known! His Light gives people the desire to redeem the time. How do we go about redeeming the time? Remember who the holy scriptures teach the god of this age is? Times people traditionally set aside, have no substance pertaining to or foreshadowing God’s Way. Religions designed by people fit their fleshly intellect and leads to a second death if not turned from. See Revelations 21;7-8)

    A few studies back we shared two absolutes, God doesn’t change. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” As God planned; so it will be and no one can frustrate His plans.” (See Isaiah 14:24-27) We’ve shared God telling Abraham about certain people groups’ lands being reserved for his heirs because of their sins. Those lands were given to the Israelites after their deliverance from Egypt. We shared God’s destroying Sodom and Gomorrah because of their fleshly sins, and God allowing Israelites to be dispersed back among cruel gentile nations because of their disobedience. Now in a short time, “less than fifty years” we’ve witnessed western nations, ‘USA particularly’ turn to the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah. A supreme court twisting the USA’S constitution far beyond what original writers intended. The question all should be thinking, “when will God say, enough is enough and punish for sinful behavior?”

    The above demonstrates the flourishing paganism in the USA. Many recently watched the christening of the USS Gerald Ford and was struck by the Navy Chaplain’s prayer that purposely “named no deity.” His prayer was apparently to whoever might be listening. A reminder of words Jesus’ apostle Paul noted to have seen in Ephesus, “to the unknown God.” Paul responded by preaching Jesus.       

     (Eph 5:17-21; “Wherefore be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”)

      Who is led to seek and find in our inner being, a belief in the God of Abraham? Can one conjure up a belief IN God at a time of their choosing? NO, but people can choose practices condoned by God rather than practices designed to honor imaginary gods. People can choose to be good citizens, change habits and not worship a god of their imagination. To Believers at Thessalonica Paul explained.

    (1Thessalonians 5:17-24; “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesying. PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is HE that CALLED you, who also will do it.”)

     Once gifted to believe IN and turn to God’s Way, we depend on Him to lead. Know that God’s truth is consistent throughout, He calls, chooses, opens minds and He does it all through our Savior, “Jesus.” God is about order He’s the master Architect and Builder. His plan is to save people, add to His family, “His church.” All based on His view of love, “righteousness, holiness and hatred of all that’s evil.” His family order and covenant with His church is likened to His expectation of Godly families.

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