Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians is possibly best known for its description of the ‘Christian’s Armor.’ The letter is a reminder to the churches in Asia to live out their faith in the light of the redemption unveiled by God. It is a section of scripture that has lastingly influenced many believers throughout church history.
R. C. Sproul looks at the main issues raised in Ephesians. These include how to overcome idolatry, God’s sovereignty in ALL things and the importance of fellowship and commitment to the church for healthy spiritual growth.
There are many areas in the epistle which have occasioned real dispute in the Christian Church and these are dealt with in Sproul’s customary style–deep profundity allied to a sure touch in communicating illuminating truth. You will be surprised at how freshly Paul’s understanding of the Christian faith leaps off the page.
Paul says that God has done this in accordance with his pleasure and will. This is the only reason to be found in Scripture that explains why God elects people for salvation. The reason for election is not my foreseen righteousness; or my foreseen obedience; or my foreseen response to the gospel.33 people highlighted this
Textual criticism is the attempt to reconstruct, as accurately as possible, the original Greek text of the New Testament.26 people highlighted this
The key work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration is not giving new knowledge to the brain but changing the disposition of the heart.21 people highlighted this
What does redemption mean? Its primary usage in the Bible is to buy back from slavery. In the agricultural marketplace there were those who were sold as slaves. To redeem such persons meant to pay the purchase-price in order to release them from their bondage.16 people highlighted this
We are living in a time when there has been a wholesale attempt to reconstruct Christianity apart from its central focus on personal salvation. That is to say, it seems as if people today want a Christianity without redemption. But we cannot avoid the fact that at the heart of the teaching of Jesus and of the apostolic message is a God who redeems his people.15 people highlighted this