Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2003

Ephesians #35

Ephesians #35

We are to be a living exhibit of the mercies we have received (1Pe 2:9-17). The more sensitive you are about your spiritual life the more you are aware about how far you fall short (Eph 5:8).Good pursued apart from God is evil. We have Eternal Life (1Jo 5:12), but rebel against that truth. As children we are to "walk in love" (Eph 5:1-2). Unrighteousness doesn't inherit the kingdom of God -- "sinners" don't have a chance (1Co 6:9-11). The saved or saints or children -- "you" -- and unsaved sinners -- "them" are contrasts (Eph 5:3-4). Sinners don't have an "inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God" (Eph 5:5). Wrath is coming upon the sons of disobedience (Eph 5:6). Our walk effects us now -- "the kingdom of God is righteous, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14:17). The operational "death" of fellowship and abundant life (Rom 8:12-17). Our inheritance by birth is in heaven in safe keeping (1Pe 1:4 ). "Child of God" = "heir of God". "Co-sufferer with Christ" = "heir with Christ" (Rom 8:17, 2Ti 2:11-12)

Scripture References: Ephesians 5:8, Romans 14:17, Ephesians 5:6, Ephesians 5:5, Ephesians 5:3-4, Ephesians 5:1-2, Romans 8:17, John 5:12, Romans 8:12-17

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More than any book Ephesians reveals the blessings from God based on our relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith. Eph 1:3 is the a key verse. Other key verses by chapter include Eph 2:8 Eph 3:19 Eph 4:1 Eph 5:18 and Eph 6:10-11.

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