Humble Bible students must be respectful of God’s authority and understand each passage in its context. With adherence to these ironclad rules, we’ll be on solid ground as we study the Scriptures.
God’s plan for the church is presented in Ephesians with razor sharp precision. Paying close attention to every word, especially the small ones, we see how everything fits together.
Paul focuses on God’s provisions for salvation and the sustainability of the Lord’s body. We’re blessed with everything we need in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Spiritual blessings exist solely within the Church because that’s where it glorifies the Lord (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Before time began, God designed the church, its purpose, plan and methods of entry (Ephesians 1:4; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 2:38). If we’re willing to humbly comply (James 4:10), then we can be useful to the Lord’s work and be saved (Ephesians 1:5,11).
The Lord’s church is God’s gift to his son (1 Corinthians 15:24) and he allows us to be in it for a purpose. We utilize his tools (Ephesians 1:17), power (Ephesians 1:19), armament (Ephesians 6:10-17) and vision (Ephesians 3:10-11) to accomplish his priorities and goals.
In his kingdom, there is no us without Christ.
Carefully, Paul enumerates the supremacy of Jesus and the complete dependence of his servants. Disunity doesn’t exist in Christ’s realm. It’s only found in sin and darkness (John 13:30).
We’re only useful to Christ in unity with him and each other and he’s given us every tool to accomplish that goal.
We’re assisting Christ or we’re in the way. Christ’s body has a mission and we’re either an asset or a hindrance. Since none of us are more valuable than the plan, we’ll lose when we get in the way (Hebrews 6:4-6).
Unity crystallizes when we see it from his perspective. It’s impossible to change God’s plan. His way and standards were the rule before time and will continue to be after it ends. We comply or we lose.
Seen through selfish human eyes, unity morphs into something God doesn’t recognize and won’t accept no matter what we do or say.
If we all wish to leave the Lord, his kingdom will still exist (cf. Matthew 3:9; 16:18). We can all unite but if it’s not in Christ, we’ll all be lost (Ephesians 4:14-15).
Since God has provided everything we need, we have nothing but excuses if we resist the Lord’s call. It’s there, it’s vibrant and we take it or leave it.
His word and his way aren’t negotiable and we must be willing to pay the price if we choose self over Spirit.