I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.

Ephesians 1:18a -- I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you

Ephesians 2 Commentary of the Bible

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The Human Dilemma  ( Ephesians 2:1-3 )  Conference Session

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The Human Dilemma  ( Ephesians 2:1-3 )  Daily Devotion

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins... (Ephesians 2:1).

The Human Dilemma  ( Ephesians 2:1-3 )  Sunday Message

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I hope that you have already noted, in your reading of the book of Ephesians, this tremendous letter which so helpfully unfolds to us what life is all about, that its great theme is the unifying work of Jesus Christ, the restoring work of Jesus, how he has come to smash every barrier among men, to span every chasm, to break down every obstacle which divides and fragments humanity, and to unite all things together in him. (And he has already begun. This is not something he is going to do in one blinding flash at the end of time.

But God...  ( Ephesians 2:4-7 )  Conference Session

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Alive In Christ  ( Ephesians 2:4-6 )  Daily Devotion

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus... (Ephesians 2:4-6).

Alive to Live  ( Ephesians 2:4-7 )  Sunday Message

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In the second chapter of Ephesians, we are examining the great facts the Apostle Paul sets forth for us which explain who we are in Jesus Christ. Any psychologist will tell you that the basic solution to any mental problem is one of identity. The basic crisis of our day is an identity crisis. If we are going to solve the problems of our lives, we must know who we are. So the apostle is very careful to set forth exactly who we are in Christ.

But God...  ( Ephesians 2:4-6 )  Sunday Message

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The title of our study this morning consists of two little words:But God... These open the fourth verse of Ephesians 2, the chapter in which the Apostle Paul is setting forth the greatness of our salvation and is helping us to understand what has happened to us in Jesus Christ. Nothing is more important than that we grasp these great words:

On Display  ( Ephesians 2:7-10 )  Daily Devotion

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

Notice how carefully he puts works in the right place. You don't obtain anything from God by working for it. You never deserve anything but judgment at His hand. If He gave us what we deserve, we would all end up in hell. No, we receive His grace, His mercy, His love. But these result in good works. That is the point. They are designed to produce good works. It is a marvelous manifestation of God's ability.

On Display  ( Ephesians 2:7-10 )  Sunday Message

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In Paul's great letter to the Ephesians, we are attempting to understand the underlying realities of life and of faith. In the opening words of the second chapter we looked at the condition which lies behind all the difficulties and problems we have in life the state into which mankind has fallen, and how desperately hopeless it is apart from the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.

We Are His Workmanship  ( Ephesians 2:8-10 )  Conference Session

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Out Of The Darkness  ( Ephesians 2:11-13 )  Daily Devotion

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13)

Strangers in Darkness  ( Ephesians 2:11-13 )  Sunday Message

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In the second chapter of Ephesians, we are looking together with the Apostle Paul at mighty truths, fantastic statements, which make us aware of what it means to be a Christian. If we ever really grasp what it means to be a Christian, we will never again be envious of anyone who is not a Christian, will never wish we were back in the world, nor in any way be drawn toward its outlook or its pattern of life.

The Prince of Peace  ( Ephesians 2:13-18 )  Sunday Message

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In Ephesians 2, we come now to a section in which the Apostle Paul deals with Christ's role as the great peacemaker among men. Here we will see him in fulfillment of that prophecy in Isaiah 9:

  ...his name shall be called
  "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6b RSV)

He Is Our Peace  ( Ephesians 2:14-18 )  Daily Devotion

For he himself is our peace... (Ephesians 2:14a).

The Third Race  ( Ephesians 2:19-22 )  Sunday Message

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In Chapter 2 of Ephesians, we have been working through the great revelation of the Apostle Paul concerning the nature of the church. The title of this study, The Third Race, is not a reference to an event at Bay Meadows race track, but is an actual description of early Christians by a pagan contemporary in the 1st century. He called them "the third race." Every nationality tends to divide the world into two parts -- "them" and "us." The Jews always have looked upon the world of their day as made up of Jews and Gentiles.

Concerning the Church  ( Ephesians 2:19-22 )  Class

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We pray, Lord, that we may be taught of the Spirit, our minds illuminated and instructed by that anointing which we have received. We pray we may be receptive and responsive to it, obedient to the truth. In the name of Jesus. Amen

Next week I will be at Dallas Theological Seminary speaking to the student body there, and in my place, teaching Articles VIII and IX in the Doctrinal Statement, will be Brian Morgan (Rabbi Brianovitch). We’re grateful for the rain tonight. Perhaps we should have opened with a passage from Isaiah where the Lord says his Word is like the rain and the snow which come down from heaven and water the thirsty ground.

Article VII of the doctrinal statement concerning the Church:

Concerning the Church

“We believe that the Church consists of all who have been regenerated by the Spirit, and finds expression as local churches, operating under the direction of Jesus as Lord and Head of His body, through elders, pastor-teachers, and evangelists, who equip the saints to fulfill the work of the ministry as described in the Scriptures given by the prophets and the apostles.”

No Longer Strangers  ( Ephesians 2:19-22 )  Daily Devotion

...you are...fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19b-20).