The Foundations of All Spiritual Blessings, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #146)
A series of homilies on Ephesians
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 1:3-6:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
John MacArthur said, “The supreme purpose in life for any man or woman—for anyone who has ever been born into this world—is to glorify God. That is what living is all about. Glorifying God is the end result of the Christian life. Spiritual maturity is simply concentrating and focusing on the person of God until we are caught up in His majesty and His glory.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we’re poor materially, mostly it’s because we have to be. If we’re poor spiritually, it’s because we want to be.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Korean revival of 1907 had an almost immediate impact in the nation’s Christian colleges. Ninety percent of the students at Union Christian College in Pyongyang professed conversion in February 1907. Many also sensed God’s call upon their lives as evangelists. They carried the revival beyond the city and into village churches throughout Korea.”
As we continue looking at the foundations of our spiritual blessings, let’s consider another of the purposes for which God has adopted us into His family. Verse 6 of our passage tells us that He did it “to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
This verse tells us that one of our main purposes as Christians is to cause others to praise God and give glory to God because of His grace. Yes, we exist not for our own glory, but for God’s glory. Each of us are creatures of grace. If we are saved, we have been touched by God’s grace and our present life is (or should be) a reflection of His grace. People who knew us in our “before Christ” years should be able to see the difference in our “after Christ” days. We also should be willing to tell people who don’t know us the difference that Christ has made in our lives. That is our testament or testimony of God’s grace, and that brings glory to Him.
We are accepted in the family of the redeemed only by the grace of God As Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes, “We cannot make ourselves acceptable to God; but He, by His grace, makes us accepted in Christ. This is our eternal position which will never change. Some translations read ‘which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.’ Or, ‘He has be-graced us in the Beloved.’ The idea is the same. Because of God’s grace in Christ, we are accepted before Him.”
As members of God’s family — accepted not because we deserve it, but because of grace — we ought to seek to bring glory to God in everything that we do and say.