Weekly Rap-Up with Flame
Although Ephesus was a place of goddess worship, the Holy Spirit was faithful to sanctify the church by the truth of His revelation. Flame surveys Paul’s letter to Ephesus.
My City (Ephesians)
(Acts 19-20) Let me tell you about my city little homie – that’s if you haven’t read where they practice black magic and speak to the dead. Their minds fried like bleach to the head from the stuff being preached by the Greeks if you read. Our main attraction is our main distraction. Thanks for asking. Actually I can’t stand her. Who is she? She draws every man and every woman from every land to her temple of Diana. She’s regarded as a sacred goddess – one of the 7 wonders of the world. Its obvious that Christ-lessness in my city to worship a many-breasted mummy-looking girl. Under the Romans my city is free so you can only imagine that’s going on. That’s why us believers here in Ephesus have no choice but cling to the throne.
When we got the letter from Paul my dawg was locked in chains. This was the means by which the doctrine came. It was the teaching explaining the gospel from the Apostle Paul written to all the saints in Ephesus (Eph. 1:1). He started off with some definitions explicitly written for Christians. He made it plain it wasn’t a plan B. He predestined to a portion some of humanity through His own Son for His own glory through His Son’s blood (Eph 1:3-6). Said he was praying for us that our eyes will see the hope of the call, the riches of glory. His inheritance He has is us all (Eph. 1:16-19). Said we are saved by grace through faith. Faith’s a gift (Eph 2:8) so faith through grace. In light of that, we shouldn’t live like we used too. It’s crucial that we don’t do what we used to do (Eph 2:10).
It blessed our hearts to read how God revealed to Paul this mystery. How we were far from God with no peace (Eph 3:1-6). We can’t lie, ya’ll we’ve been foul cats – might even know us as Gentiles. In other words, we are not Jewish. We’d still be dead in our sin if God did not do this – tear down the wall between Jews and Gentiles. Praise God! Now I can be His child (Eph 2:11-13). Now we can walk in unity with no beef and keep the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace (Eph 4:1-3) and share our gifts as we edify one another. No harsh joking being corrupt lying on each other. Putting off the old man and putting on the new (Eph 4:17-32) in our marriages (Eph 5:22-33), families (Eph 6:1-4), even on our jobs (Eph 6:5-9). The new nature affectin every area of our lives. The whole armor is applied because we’re soldiers for God (Eph 6:10-20).