God’s Good Word: Ephesians 6:1-9

God’s masterpiece of salvation for sinners through the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, changes everything for those who have been saved from death and eternal damnation through repentant faith in Jesus Christ.  Our relationship with God is transformed from being His hostile enemies to the wonder of knowing we are His beloved children, from being willing servants of Satan, to grateful recipients of God’s grace and Christ’s empowerment, giving us the ability to live for God’s glory.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.  (2)  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.  (3)  And every man that hath this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure.  1 John 3:1-3

Christ’s power in us, through His work for us upon the cross and His resurrection from the dead, gives us the ability to live in obedience to His Holy Word.  His Holy Spirit indwelling us gives us the new power to reject the works of the flesh in our lives, and to live Spirit empowered lives.  Our hope of seeing Him when He returns fuels our godly change from the works of the flesh to the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  We can live new lives and therefore all of our earthly relationships have become new and reflect the grace of God in our lives and our interactions with others.  Besides our loving relationship with God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then the mutuality of our togetherness with other believers, we also see the wonderful transformation of the relationship between husband and wife wonderfully characterized by sacrificial love and reverent respect.  All relationships benefit from the new life of the believer empowered by His Holy God.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  (2)  Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.  (4)  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  (5)  Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; (6) Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;  (7)  With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:  (8)  Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.  (9)  And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. Ephesians 6:1-9

God calls children to obey their parents, and fathers to nurture their children through godly instruction in the Lord Jesus Christ.  God calls servants to serve Jesus Christ as they work for their masters, gladly serving God to please Him by always being humbly respectful to their masters.   Servants faithfully serve God looking forward to His blessings.  God calls masters to treat their servants with respect reminding them they serve Jesus Christ their Master who calls all to give an account to Him.  Our loving heavenly Father commands His children to live new lives that reflect the work of Christ in their lives and show forth the Word of God written in their hearts by the Holy Spirit, lives that please Him and bless others.  Our transformed lives bear witness to the truth of the gospel written in our hearts and spread abroad through our verbal testimony to the truth of the gospel revealed through the written Word of God, the Holy Bible, the inspired, inerrant, infallible, preserved Word.

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  (18)  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  (20)  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  (21)  For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

So my beloved brethren, this is our calling to be ambassadors through our new lives transformed by the risen Christ and through our testimony to the truth by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with all who we can.  May Christ empower us for this blessed and privileged calling.  Amen!

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  (3)  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.  (4)  And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:  2 Corinthians 3:2-4 

Lord Jesus Christ may the reality of Your life for us and in us transform us and make us Your servants who are ministers of grace in us and through us for Your glory and the salvation of other sinners.  Amen!

 

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5 Responses to God’s Good Word: Ephesians 6:1-9

  1. Thank you for sharing God’s good Word. I am amazed at how greatly God’s grace transforms us in ways that living under law never could!

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    • Eliza says:

      Amen! For the law brings wrath because it incites the sinful nature but the righteousness comes by faith. produces fruit to God by the Holy Spirit. Amen!

      For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness…. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (14) For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: (15) Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (16) Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,…
      Romans 4:3-16

      Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. (5) For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. (6) But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Roman 7:4-6

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    • Eliza says:

      Thank you for reading, for commenting and for the encouragement. Amen!

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  2. Les Burch says:

    Interesting Blog – she seems to be doing many of the things needed to build a base.

    One is she writes frequently – that doesn’t seem to be me! I need to reform my ways!

    On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM, holdingforthhisword wrote:

    > Eliza posted: “God’s masterpiece of salvation for sinners through the > crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, > changes everything for those who have been saved from death and eternal > damnation through repentant faith in Jesus Christ. O” >

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    • Eliza says:

      Thank you for visiting, reading and commenting. Praise God He has sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us from our sins, has recorded the testimony about His Son in His Holy Word the Bible and gives us His Holy Spirit upon repentant faith in Jesus Christ so we can understand, believe and obey His glorious Word. Amen!

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