The Gifts God has Given to His Church, Part 14 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #238)

spiritual-warfare

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 4:12-13:

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

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Oswald J. Smith said, “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Do you know what’s wrong with modern preaching? It’s missing three things: one, it has no intensity; two, it has no majesty; three, it has no eternity.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Several from Sister Hutchins’ church attended the meeting along with others in the shabby neighborhood north of Temple Street. Most of the congregation was composed of domestic servants and women who took in laundry. As word of the home meetings spread, the crowds grew. People came to hear a preacher who had never spoken in tongues tell how the blessing of God would come soon when all would have this unique gift.”

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Today, we continue looking at the end result of every believer using their spiritual gifts “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Paul says that we do this “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God…” As we look at what the ‘knowledge of the Son of God’ means, it is important to remember that knowledge in the Bible is not just knowing something mentally. Rather, it is knowing connected with meaningful action. Jesus does not allow us to become more familiar with Him just so that we can say that we know Him better. The more we get to know Jesus, the more we should be becoming like Him.

Some might ask, How long will it take for a local church to attain fully to the knowledge of Christ? If we look around today, it seems as though we are far from that goal. Alexander MacLaren said, “Paul gives no clear definition of the time when one body of Christian believers should have attained to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, and the question may not have presented itself to him. It may appear that in view of the immediate context he regards the goal as one to be reached in our present life, or it may be that he is thinking rather of the Future, when the Master ‘should bring together every joint and member and mold them into an immortal feature of loveliness and perfection.’ But the time at which this great ideal should be attained is altogether apart from the obligation pressing upon us all, at all times, to work towards it. Whensoever it is reached it will only be by our drawing ‘nearer, day by day, each to his brethren, all to God,’ or rather, each to God and so all to his brethren.”

Our goal must be to learn to live like Christ and to love like Christ. In so doing, we will be moved to obey Christ and to exercise our spiritual gifts in His service. As we draw near to Him, He will reveal more and more of Himself to us, and we will be able to live in the knowledge of the Son of God both here and in the hereafter.

Fanny J. Crosby wrote:

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.

There are depths of love that I yet may know
Before Thee face to face I see;
There are heights of joy that I yet may reach
Before I rest in peace with Thee.

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