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Paul to the FeSi leads a group of believers in Jesus Christ enormously rich, richer than can be measured, but continued to live as beggars. Why were mired in spiritual pove rty? Because remained ignorant of their true wealth. No Christian has to live li ke a spiritual beggar when God gives us spiritual blessings beyond belief. Howev er, to move from poverty to prosperity, believers must first read and meditate o n what God's Word says about their true position. We are children of God, "seale d with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance" (Eph 1.13, 14). Second, we must begin to live this truth by faith. There is no other way to live as a believer. The traditional title of this epistle is Efésious Pros ' To the Ephesians. " However, many ancient manuscripts omit "in Ephesus" in 1.1 . This has led some scholars to question the traditional view that Paul had spec ifically addressed this message to the Ephesians. The theory proposes that Ephes ians encyclical was a circular letter sent by Paul to the churches in Asia. This view holds that the letter is actually a Christian treatise designed for genera l use, since it does not mention disputes or problems specific to a particular c hurch. However, if Ephesians really started as a circular, eventually became ass ociated with Ephesus, the largest among the churches in As you read Ephesians, A sia. look at the principles of Another plausible option is that this letter has life been playing a role forwarded directly to the Ephesians, but was important in this book written in such a way that would also be useful for 24. Living the Christian life is all the churches in Asia. Finally, some scholars allow the Lor d Jesus to live his welcome address the ancient tradition of Ephesians as life i n and through us. Paul's letter to the Laodicean (Col 4.16), but not See Ephesia ns 2:10, page 1333. no way to prove it. 28. No believer has been Topic: Christia n's spiritual reward and the unit called to walk alone in the church in Jesus Ch rist. his pilgrimage of faith. See Ephesians 4.16; 18.06, pages 1335, 1342. Auth or: The apostle Paul. Date: It was probably written from prison to 25. God bless es us to Rome, about AD 60-62 we can bless others. See Ephesians 4.28; Page Stru cture: The first half of the book (1.1-3.21) 1336. describes the content of the heavenly riches of the Christian adoption, acceptance, redemption, its 22. Walk in the Spirit is to obey the initial indications forgiveness, wisdom, your inher itance, the seal of the Holy Spirit, life, grace and citizenship. That is, all o f the Spirit. See Ephesians 5:18, page 1341. spiritual blessing. The second half (4.1-6.24) 26. Adversity is a bridge describes a style rooted in the spiritual life that leads to a relationship great spiritual heritage. Ephesians 2:10 gives us a good synopsis of the book: "We are making deeper relationship with God. Se e Ephesians 6.10; page 1341. you, created in Christ Jesus [1-3] for good works . .. that we should walk in them [4-6]. E EPHESIANS STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1331 9/22/2009 9:34:12 Ephesians 1.1 1332 13 In him you also, having heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation and having believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 which i s the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possessio n , to the praise of his glory. The spirit of wisdom and revelation 15 Wherefore I also, having heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, my own spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 eyes shining your mind, that

ye might know the hope to which He has called, and what the riches of his glorio us inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His powe r toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which H e worked in Christ when he raised the the dead and seated Him at His diestrac in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion , and every name that is named, not only in this century, but also in the future ; 22 and put all things under his feet, gave dy head over all things to the chur ch, 23 which is his body, and the fullness of Him who fills all in all. a. 1.1 Acts 18.19-21, 19.1. Col 1.7 b. 1.14. C. 20.1 110.1 Sal. D. Sal 22.1 8.6. E. Col 1.22-23 1.18. Greetings Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, the saints and fa ithful in Christ Jesus who are in Ephesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Spiritual blessing in Christ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus C hrist, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ , 4 chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love 5 he predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which hath made us accepted in the beloved, in whom seven we have redemp tion through His blood, the forgiveness of pecadosb according to the riches of h is grace 8 which He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding, 9 known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which He purposed in itself, 10 to gather all things in Christ, in the dispensation of the fulness o f times, both which are in heaven, like the ones on earth. 11 It also had an inh eritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who worketh all thin gs after the counsel of his will, 12 so that be to the praise of his glory, we w ho first trusted in Christ. LIFE LESSONS ¾ 1.3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us wit h every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. 6.5-7). On the contrary , due to the riches of his grace on the cross, we have true freedom and lasting forever. ¾ 1.13 - were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. l Holy Spirit is wi th us temporarily, he lives within us from the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, and never leaves us. This is the reason why we can live confident an d with absolute certainty of our eternal security. Neither sin nor anything else can do that the Lord will leave, because his Spirit has sealed in Him for ever, ensuring our relationship with Him for eternity. ¾ 1.18 - to know what is the hop e of His calling, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. ay a big difference between having the blessings of God and really enjoy them. We experience the riches of God's grace to learn first what blessings He has pro vided for us, and then appropriating them for the faith. D ios is very generous when it comes to bestow his blessings to us, His beloved ch ildren. In fact, He has given us every spiritual blessing. God has secured for u s in heaven, where neither party can be stolen, damaged, or detained. Tragically we, like the Ephesians, we live sometimes as spiritual paupers because we focus on the mechanical aspects of Christianity, not in our relationship with the Lor d. If we enjoy everything we have been given, we delight in our Savior. ¾ 1.7 - in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace. E

Phillips is the reminder of a tragedy, but the focus of the biggest victory of t he believer. This is because Calvary is the place where the Lord Jesus Christ to ok upon Him our sin debt and canceled their blood, redeeming us forever. We do n ot have to pay or bear the terrible punishment of our sins (Ro 6:23). We no long er live enslaved by our sins (Ro L H STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1332 9/22/2009 9:34:13 1333 Saved by grace And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, according to the pri nce of the power of the air, the spirit who now works the children of disobedien ce, 3 among whom also we all once in the desires of our flesh, indulging the des ires of the flesh and thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath, even as ot hers. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Cristoa (by grace ye are saved), 6 and raised us up together, and also made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 to display in the coming ages the exceedin g riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2.15 2 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Reconciliation through the cro ss 11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, called Un circumcision by the call made by hands circumcision in the flesh. 12 At that tim e you were without Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strange rs from the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who made both one, breaking down the di viding wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, the law of commandments c ontained in ordinances, b to create in himself the two into one new man, making peace; Col 2.1-5 a. 2.13. b. Col 2.15 2.14. LIFE LESSONS ¾ 1.19, 20 - the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe ... which worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead. I continually amazed disciples saw the wonderful things that the Lord was amazin g (Mt 9.33, 21.20; Mr 4.41). However, the greatness of the Lord's power was demo nstrated in his resurrection, when He forever won over sin and death. Need today the power of the resurrection of Christ in your life? Is available to you throu gh faith. Therefore, trust that He can and wants to help in all aspects of your life. ¾ 2.4, 5 - God, being rich in mercy ... even when we were dead in trespasses , made us alive with Christ (by grace ye are saved). rior to believe in Jesus, w e are dead to God in our spirit, blind to his ways, unable to communicate with H im, and eternally separated from Him because of our sinful nature. We can not ch ange any of this with our own works. The only thing that can change our conditio n is a new spirit and a new life, all of which is a gift of Christ for us when w

e believe in Him as our Savior. ¾ 2.8, 9 - by grace are ye saved through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man sho uld boast. L N ¾ 2.10 - we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. o one understands him better than God. He knows even more deeply than you can kn ow himself (a). In fact, the Lord knows what you were created to be, and knew in advance all the great things that could be done through you if you were to surr ender to Him God has designed for a specific purpose and fully satisfactory, but you can not find or achieve on their own. Only if we abide in Him, all this wil l bear fruit in your life. ¾ 2.13 - now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. A n Paul's time there was a temptation to regard the Jewish Christians as better a nd more righteous Gentile believers (or non-Jews) because the Lord's promises to Israel and their adherence to the laws and rituals of Judaism . However, Paul r eminds the believers before the Lord all human beings have the stain of sin, and that all are equally saved by grace only. Now, in Christ, both Jews and Gentile s have been approached and enjoy fellowship with God. ¾ 2.14 - he is our peace, wh o made both groups into one and broke down the dividing wall. risto is both our peace with God and with our fellowmen. The law divided the Jews and Gentiles, an d sin separated mankind from God. However, Jesus is the fulfillment of the law a nd our sins are forgiven. Therefore, those who believe in Him have been reconcil ed with the Father and have been grafted into the covenants that He made with Hi s people Israel (Ro 4.9-25, 11.13-21). E S i our salvation depended on our actions if we could be redeemed by good works, k eeping the commandments and abstaining from sin, provided we are in danger of lo sing it every time you stumble. However, because our salvation is a gift given t o us free, not to change anything we can do, is completely safe. Therefore, our salvation only magnifies the love amazing and admirable grace of God, then He bl esses us, not because of our merits but by virtue of his goodness. C STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1333 9/22/2009 9:34:13 Ephesians 2.16 1334 6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of one body,€and partakers of his pr omise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister by th e gift of the grace of God I was given according to the operation of their power . 8 to me, I am less than the smallest of all the saints, this grace was given m e preach among the Gentiles the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 A nd to make all see what is the dispensation of the mystery hidden ages in God wh

o created all things, 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made kn own through the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places, 11 a ccording to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord , 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him, 13 so ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. The l ove that surpasses knowledge 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth, 16 to gran t you, according to the riches of his glory , to be strengthened with power in t he inner man by His Spirit; c. Col 2.16 1.20. d. Is 57.19 17.02. a. Col 1.26-27 3.4-6. 16 and through the cross to reconcile both unto God in one body, c slain the enm ity. 17 And came and preached peace to you who were far off and those who were n ear d 18 for through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 s o you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saint s and members of the family of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, being the chief cornerstone Jesus Christ himself, 21 in whom the whole building is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 i n whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. 3 Ministry of Paul to the gentiles For this cause I Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jes us for you Gentiles, 2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of the grace of God I was given to you; 3 that was declared to me by revelation mystery, as I have written briefly, four reading which you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 mystery than in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; LIFE LESSONS rior to know Christ, we are spiritually dead in our transgressions and we can no t have any fellowship with the Father. But when we receive Jesus as our Savior, we can talk to God anytime, anywhere and on any subject. His sacrifice on Calvar y was sufficient to make us spiritually alive and holy before their eyes, fully accepted and able to enjoy your wonderful presence forever (Eph 2.1-7). ¾ 3.8 - I, who am less than the smallest of all the saints, this grace was given me to pro claim the gospel among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. aul alway s remembered that even before he had tried to destroy the church in their ignora nce (Acts 9.1, 2, 22.4, 5), the Lord forgave him and granted him the privilege t o help build your church around the world, an example clear "the unsearchable ri ches of Christ." ¾ 3.10 - so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made kno wn through the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. ay ba ttles and situations that occur in the spiritual realm from which we may not rea lize, but the clear teaching that we have received is that our A ¾ 2.18 - through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. conduct has an effect on what happens in that area (Dn 10.10-21, 2 Cor 10.3-5, E ph 6.12). That's why we should never give up in prayer or fail to surrender to t he Lord in obedience. What happens in our life of faith has an impact far greate r than we can see. So we must stand firm and trust in the Lord, even though we c an not see what he is doing (2 Cor 4.18). ¾ 3.14 - I bow my knees before the Fathe r. S P

e are sons and heirs of God and know Him personally as our Heavenly Father shoul d have a profound impact on our hearts. Although our own earthly fathers and mot hers may have been imperfect, we have hurt, failed or been absent when we need t hem, the Lord God is always with us to love us and help us through every situati on. Why we should go to him often in prayer, praise and worship. ¾ 3.16 - grant yo u, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might in the in ner man by His Spirit. i we feel weak, not because we suffer from a lack of powe r available. The power of God who created the universe and raised Jesus from the dead, is available to us at every moment, through the prayer of faith, and fait hful obedience. H S STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1334 9/22/2009 9:34:13 1335 17 that Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts, so that, being rooted and grou nded in love, 18 you may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the width , length, depth and height, 19 and know the love of Christ which surpasses knowl edge, that ye may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 And to him who is a ble to do all things more abundantly than we ask or imagine, according to the po wer that worketh in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus through out all ages, for ever ever. Amen. The unity of the Spirit I therefore, the pris oner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye a re called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience forbearing one anot her in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, 4 the body and one Spirit, as ye are called in one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4.15 4 7 But each of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gift s to hombres.b September and that he ascended, what is, but he had also descende d into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is the same also that a scended far above all heavens to fill all things. 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 in order to perfect the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of th e Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullnes s of Christ, 14 to no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried by every wind of doctrine, by men who used to trick the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in every way into him w ho is the head, namely Christ, A. 4.2 Col 3.12-13. b. 68.18 08.04 Sal. LIFE LESSONS ¾ 3.20 - to Him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we ask or imagin e, according to the power that worketh in us. ¾ 4.16 - whole body, being fitted an d held together by every supporting ligament ... depending on the activity of ea ch member, maketh increase edifying of itself in love. Inguna believer is called to "travel alone" in her pilgrimage of faith. God has harmonized to live togeth er as his church so that we can encourage one another (1 Cor 12.7). Therefore, i

t is important that we all live in submission to Him, so that other members of t he body of Christ can grow and be what you need to do their part in the ministry . ¾ 4.17 - no longer live as the Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind. God loves to surprise his faithful with answers to your prayers that greatly exc eed anything they could have hoped or imagined (Ex 14.10-14; 2 Cr 20.5-27, Acts 12.5-17). The Lord has wonderful plans for your life, so do not be discouraged b y disappointments or setbacks along the road. Be sure to follow closely and cont inue to believe that he will give a better answer to their prayers than anything you've dreamed of or expected. ¾ 4.1 - I ... beseech you to walk worthy of the vo cation wherewith ye are called. standard worthy of Christ means that we are livi ng in a way that honors and pleases. We were "created in Christ Jesus for good w orks" (Eph 2.10), and we should fulfill each task He assigned us with love and d evotion for others to see our example and glorify him. ¾ 4.4 - one body and one Sp irit. Drive should be a feature of the church, but there is only one way to be t ruly unified, and that is that every believer in the body is obedient to the Lor d wholeheartedly. God never contradicts itself, so when we are all subject faith ful to his will, we will be working together toward the same goal. A N A L people created all kinds of religions, doctrines and philosophies in their limit ed human understanding. However,€this is a futile effort because God's ways are be yond our understanding and blessings He has for us better than we can imagine (I s 55.8, 9). However, as believers we must walk by faith, trusting God to show us his will and how to serve. For He has promised to reveal himself to us when we seek (Jeremiah 29.11-13). ¾ 4.18 - alienated from the life of God ... because of t he hardness of his heart. L N or is the will of God rom salvation because re hard and stubborn, ord (Jn 3.17, 18, 2 P that someone is sentenced, but people exclude themselves f they so choose. And their choice is because their hearts a and have more trust in his own mind in the wisdom of the L 3.9).

STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1335 9/22/2009 9:34:13 1336 Life Principle 25 God blesses us FOR that we can bless others. " 1. God saved me because ___________________________. 2. God's purpose for me is ___________________________. 3. I'm more like Jesus when _______________________ ____. This brief exercise is not to pressure you, but to establish a framework f or this principle of life. 1. God saved me because He loves me. The only reason why God sent His Son to this earth to die for our sins is that he loved us. When

we recognize our sin and our need for a Savior, He forgives us, gives us eterna l life and presents us the gift of the Holy Spirit by virtue of his immeasurable love and grace. No other reason. many people seem to believe that God saves a m an or a woman because of the good works or services of that person. Nothing coul d be further from the truth. No amount or quality of service can make us worthy of salvation. The Apostle Paul left C Eph 4.28 ow you complete the following sentences? this point very clear when he wrote: "For by grace are ye saved through faith an d this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest anyone sho uld boast" (Eph 2.8, 9). So faith by which we believe God forgives us and saves us is a divine gift that flows from his love! This point is crucial and must be fully understood: whatever good we do is in response to the gifts that God gives us, salvation and eternal life and the Holy Spirit. Never used to earn, deserve or pay for salvation. 2. God's purpose for me is to give glory. God saved you a nd me to serve them as examples to others, how his love and mercy operate in and through human life. many people seem to think that the sole reason for salvatio n is that a person goes to heaven when they die. Eternal life is part of the pla n of God's forgiveness, but is not the only reason for our salvation. God saved us so that each one of us to reflect its nature for us to be his people on this earth, making the kind of works that Jesus himself would do if He walked in our shoes and STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1336 9/22/2009 9:34:13 1337 Any good we do is in response to the gifts that God gives us. our place in the social realities of our time during our lifetime in this world. He wishes to express his character through our personalities and our abilities. When we allow the Holy Spirit work in us and through us, we become useful vesse ls of the expression of God's love in action. We began to reflect his compassion , his love and mercy to others. In so doing, we become his witnesses and well br ing you pleasure, honor and glory to the Lord. 3. I am more like Jesus when I se rve others. The most outstanding feature of the life of Jesus Christ was and rem ains the service. We are more like Him when we serve as He served. many seem to think that a person is more like Jesus when he preaches as Jesus preached, taugh t as Jesus taught, healed and healthy as Jesus performs miracles like Jesus did. They simply view the external manifestation of the witness and ministry of a pe rson. They need to look beyond the outward manifestation, motivation in the life of Je sus. That motivation has always been love. Jesus preached, taught, healed and pe rformed miracles in order to help others, never to be the center of attention. H e poured his very life so that others might be saved. Paul wrote: "For ye know t he grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who for your sakes he became poor, being rich , that ye through his poverty might become rich" (2 Cor 8.9). God calls us to se rve one another as Jesus did. He did not save him or called him to serve so you could be exalted, praised,€exalted or placed on a pedestal. He saved so you could serve Him and others. When we do this, we honor him with our lives. The most imp ortant thing you can do but accept Christ as their Savior, is to give your life and be guided by Him every day. Some mistakenly think that what we do is importa nt to God, but this is not true. He has a plan for each of us, and when we decid

ed to walk by faith, He reveals. In addition, the plan always includes service a nd dedication to Him and the people he brings to our lives. God loved us so that we can love others. He blesses us so we can bless others. That's what the Chris tian life. Jesus poured his very life so that others might be saved. For further study see Principles of life index. STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1337 9/22/2009 9:34:14 1338 WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT Grieve the Holy Spirit id you know that we can produce a short circuit in the effective work of the Hol y Spirit in our lives, if you grieve? Paul wrote: "Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God" (Eph 4.30). How do you grieve the Holy Spirit? Every time you disobey the commandments of Go d, and every situation in which we choose to act unfairly. In other words, unple asant to the Lord when we know what we do and we decided to do something differe nt. The Ephesians knew very well that there was a godly life lying, stealing, st ay angry with someone, or say hurtful words or builders not to each other. They knew that such actions gave bad "place to the devil" (Eph 4.27). However, it had become entangled in all this and were suffering the consequences in their inter personal relationships. Paul lived and ministered among them for two years, and his ministry had great impact on the entire city of Ephesus. The Apostle admonis hed them not to compromise their faith by the same things that were common among non-believers. It started with the basics of Christian faith and taught them ho w to godly lives. When the Ephesians violated one of God's commandments most obv ious of all, " S Eph 4.30 caused him grief the Holy Spirit. In fact, Paul said, "His conduct impious hand him the heart to God." The Holy Spirit is not only sad because our behavior disg races the good name of God, but because He loves us and his deep desire is to re ward us for our obedience. He longs to see the fruit of the Spirit living and gr owing in our lives. He knows that sin damages our relationship with God and with those we love. Sin puts us above burdens that God never intended to take her. I n addition, he is saddened every time we make concessions and stop living up to its principles to our lives. How do we avoid grieving the Spirit of God? We can choose to keep His commandments and lead a disciplined life, for which we must d epend on the power of the Spirit. Every time we sin, we must immediately confess sin and repent, change our thinking and our behavior to conform to the Word of God. As we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us every day, get their assi stance to enjoy success in our Christian walk. He is who they say our steps. His ungodly behavior he breaks your heart to God. For further study, see Principles of Life Index: 21. Obedience always brings ble ssing him. 22. Walking in the Spirit is to obey the initial indications of the S pirit.

STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1338 9/22/2009 9:34:14 1339 Ephesians 4.17 P U R E S S E S TA A G P R E S U N D E TA LA VI DA Why is it so important to forgive others? Eph 4.31, 32 ll of us at some point we had to deal with the lack of forgiveness. When we let a spirit of bitterness in our souls hostel where you can grow and f ester, it becomes both painful and destructive. Lack of forgiveness is the root of many physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual observed today. The Apo stle Paul wrote, "put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamo r and slander, with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God forgave you in Christ "(Eph 4.31, 32). When Paul spoke of b itterness, anger, wrath, clamor and evil speaking, was describing the harmful an d ugly manifestations of an "unforgiving spirit." an unforgiving spirit goes bey ond a reluctance to forgive or pardon a lack of temporary, referring to the time elapsed since a person is offended so forgiving their offender.€an unforgiving sp irit occurs when the injured person chooses to stay in a constant state of unfor giveness. who adopt this unforgiving spirit often say: "But I do not believe tha t one day I can forgive that." Make such statements when they feel they have bee n treated in a manner so as unjust and harmful, which simply can not overcome th e pain. At some point, each of us has been hurt. Some who are reading these word s, now suffering for that reason, or maybe soon will be hurt by someone close. T he question is, what will you do when someone offends with his words or do somet hing deliberate to T hurt him? Do you know how to extend forgiveness to a person, just as Christ hand ed it to you? Injuries are inevitable, but we can learn to deal with them. No pa in is too deep or too big to not be hit by the power of God's forgiveness, when acting in and through us. forgiving and not forgiving both are decisions we will . Refusing to forgive the other person, no matter how serious the crime is alway s a devastating decision because it binds us and puts us in the yoke with the of fender. Someone might say, "But you do not know what happened to me." God knows, and He admonishes us to let any revenge for the wrongs done against us. Our for giveness does not imply that the person who hurt us have been right or 'is free of blame. " Forgiveness means we are willing to trust that God will take care of the problems and those who hurt us, in his time and way. We should not forget t hat was our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, who concluded by saying a story about t he absolute necessity of forgiveness: "Then his master was angry, delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all he owed. So also my heavenly Father wil l do to you if not wholeheartedly forgive each one his brother their trespasses "(Mt 18.34, 35). For further study, see Principles of Life Index: 2. Obey God an d leave the consequences in their hands. 5. God will not demand that we understa nd his will, but obey that though it may seem unreasonable. 16 whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by every joint that help each other, depending on the activity of each member, maketh increase in amor.c edifying New Life in Christ 17 This, then, I say and testify in the Lord, that y e henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, c. Col 4.16 2.19. STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1339 9/22/2009 9:34:14

Ephesians 4.18 1340 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God forg ave you in Cristo.i walk as children of light ye therefore imitators of God as d ear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us an offering and sacrifice to God for a sweet fragante.a 3 But fornication and all u ncleanness or covetousness, nor even be named among you, as befits saints, 4 nei ther filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting, but ra ther giving of thanks. 5 For know this, that no fornicator or unclean or covetou s man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with empty words, because of these things cometh t he wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partake rs with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord: w alk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righ teousness and truth), 10 finding out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 And have n o fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them 12 For it is shameful even to speak of what they do in secret. 18 having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God throu gh the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of his heart, 19 who, after being past feeling, gave themselves up to lasciviousness to eagerly every kind of impurity . 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard, and have been taught by Him, according to the truth is in Jesus. 22 As to the former manner of life, put off the old man, d which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on t he new man, and set up according Diosf on justice and true holiness. 25 Wherefor e putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor, g we are members one of another. 26 Be angry but sin not; h did not let the sun go down on your w rath, 27 nor give place to the devil.€28 Let him that stole steal no more, but wor king, working with his hands what is good to have something to share with those in need. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouths, but only wh at is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 3 0 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of r edemption. 31 Take off from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor an d slander, with all malice. 5 d. Col 04.22 3.9. e. Col 4.24 3.10. f. 4.24 Gn 1.26. Zac 25.4 g. 8.16. h. 26.04 Sal 4.4. i. Col 4.32 3.13. A. 5.2 29.18 Ex. LIFE LESSONS hen Paul says that we put on the new man, means that we must make a conscious de cision, moment by moment, of relying on the power of the Spirit to transform us into the likeness of Christ. ¾ 4.26, 27 - do not let the sun go down on your wrath , neither give place to the devil. C ¾ 4.24 - put on the new self, created according to God in righteousness and true h oliness. inside until the day when we go to be with Him in our heavenly home. ¾ 5.1 - Be ye therefore imitators of God as dear children. S O

bellow against the Holy Spirit and give an advantage to the enemy when we allow unbridled anger and bitterness dominate us. Lack of forgiveness not only keeps u s tied, but eats like an acid, and consumes us to reach deep in our hearts. The longer harbor feelings against each other, the more devastating because the situ ation becomes hinders the work of the Spirit in us. ¾ 4.30 - do not grieve the Hol y Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. i are the sons of God, it makes sense that our duty is to we refuse to walk in the ways of our Heavenly Father, no who we serve and having a father (1 Jn 3.10). ¾ 5.6 - no ty words, because of these things cometh the wrath of God isobedience. imitate our Father. If biblical reason to ask one deceive you with emp upon the children of d

ye sons of disobedience are people who rebel against God and refuse to trust Jes us Christ as their Savior. Paul says that those who reject Christ have been dece ived. It no longer diverted by empty philosophies and religions vacuous, and exp erience the wrath of the Lord. ¾ 5.8 - you were once darkness, but now you are lig ht in the Lord: walk as children of light. L uimos sealed with the Holy Spirit. That means that God has put his special brand of redemption in us. The Spirit is our permanent identification, which means th at we have been separated for the Lord. And carry the evidence of our salvation by his presence F D ios want your children to act as lights in this dark world, showing the path of spiritual security to those who are lost (Mt 5.14-16). STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1340 9/22/2009 9:34:14 1341 13 But all things that are highlighted by light, are made manifest, because ligh t is what makes manifest. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake, O sleeper, and arise fro m the dead, and Christ will shine. 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, b because the days are evil. 17 The refore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit 19 Spea king to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and praising the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God Father in the name of our Lord Jesucristo.c Submit to one another 21 Submit to one ano ther in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord d: 23 For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is head of the church, which is his body, and he is the Savior. 24 so that, as the church subm its to Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, and just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it; 2 6 sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He migh t present to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such t hing but holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands should love their wives as the ir own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, Ephesians 6.11

30 For we are members of His body, His flesh and bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother€and cleaves to his wife, and the two shall becom e one carne.f 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Moreover, each of you love his wife as himself and the woman must res pect her husband. Children, obey the Lord your parents, because this is justo.a 2 Honour thy father and thy mother, who is the first commandment with promise: 3 for you to do well, and thou mayest live long on the tierra.b 4 And, ye fathers , provoke not your children to wrath, c but bring them up in the nurture and adm onition of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling , in singleness of your heart, as Christ, 6 not serving the eye, as those who wa nt to please men, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of heart God: 7 serv e as good will as the Lord and not men, 8 knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, that receive the Lord, whether slave or libre.d 9 And, ye masters, d o with them as , forbearing threatening, knowing that the Lord and yours is in h eaven, hey that he is no respecter of personas.f 6 The Armor of God 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in his might y power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may stand against the wiles o f the devil. b. Col 16.05 4.5. c. 5.19-20 Col 3:16-17. d. Col 5.22 3.18; 1 P 3.1. e. Col 5.25 3.19; 1 P 3.7. f. 5.31 Gn 2.24. a. 6.1 Col 3.20. b. Ex 6.2-3 20.12, Dt 5.16. C. 6.4 Col 3.21. d. Col 3.22-25 6.5-8. e. Col 09.06 4.1. f. Dt 06.09 10.17; Col 3. 25. LIFE LESSONS hen we talk about being filled with the Spirit of God, this does not refer to so mething we are waiting for more of God as indwelling Spirit that we are so full from the moment of our salvation. Rather, be filled with the Spirit means to liv e in submission to God, under his control. As He leads us and gives us direction s, we respond immediately to their mandates, in obedience. ¾ 6.8 - good thing any man doeth, that receive the Lord, whether slave or free. Throughout the Bible, t he Lord promises a rich reward their children for the good things we do in obedi ence to Him, no matter how C 5.18 ¾ - be filled with the Spirit. small or insignificant they may seem. The faithful service produces wonderful bl essings. ¾ 6.10 - strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. a Spirit-filled life is not a life of ease, comfort and pleasure. In fact, it is often full of adver sity, hardship and persecution. However, we do not feel hopeless because we know we can depend on the unlimited power and wisdom of God. Get his strength in fai th, asking him to give us the resources we need for us to remain constant and fa ithful to Him And thanks to your help never fails, lifelong experience joy and r ejoice because our difficulties bring us closer to God as obey him. L A STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1341 9/22/2009 9:34:14 1342

P U R E S S E S TA A PR E G U S D E N TA DA LA VI How do I prepare for spiritual battle? mpezamos every day dressed appropriately for the weather or occasion. However, m any believers out of their homes by surprise, because they are dressed appropria tely for the spiritual combat. Therefore, our first prayer before getting up app lication should include a gradual, step by step, on the whole armor of God. Firs t we stick with the belt of truth. And a leather apron protecting the abdomen of the Roman soldier, our protective belt is the truth of who we are in Christ, cl othed with supernatural power saints by the Spirit of God who dwells within us. On top of that, the breastplate of righteousness protects us from the deadly arr ows of the enemy. Increasingly difficult situations arise, we can repel the temp tation to sin or to live by emotions, whether anger, fear or dissatisfaction, an d instead we can react in a way that honors God. The preparation of the gospel o f peace helps us to stand firm. Sandals Battle of the Romans had thick soles and studded iron will E Eph 6.13-18 anchor allowed the soldier on the ground and remain fixed. No matter how violent ly the enemy attacks us, we remain firmly planted on the knowledge of who we are in Christ, redeemed saints and sons of the living God, with an important messag e to share with the lost. The shield of faith is not a small part of the armor o r optional, is a safeguard to whole body of Christ represents protection against everything that the enemy can throw.€With full trust in Christ, we face each batt le, knowing that He will give us victory. Faith in God's grace that was shown on the cross brought salvation to us, the point of exchange of our old sinful man by a new and eternal life in Jesus Christ. Consequently, the helmet of salvation we are putting the mind of Christ who gives us insight and wisdom. Finally, the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God so that we can combat the lies of the en emy with the truth and the promises of Scripture. Knowing exactly what we face e very day the Lord in His grace has provided the perfect team we need to face all our challenges. So, make sure have dressed appropriately for battle. For furthe r study, see Principles of Life Index: 8. We fought our battles on your knees an d always obtain victory. 17. On your knees are higher and stronger. LIFE LESSONS s extremely important for us to understand that we are involved in a real battle and that the goal of the enemy is our destruction. The devil does everything po ssible to undermine our faith and hinder our progress in God's will, placing bar riers harmful and hidden traps in our path. But we can resist their subtle tacti cs and stratagems triumph over their trust in God, to arm ourselves for protecti on and obedience to the Lord in every area of our lives. E ¾ 6.11 - Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may stand against the wiles of the devil. N ¾ 6.18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watchi ng thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Inguna believer is called to "travel alone" in her pilgrimage of faith. None of us can survive for long, much less thrive without the prayers, love, support and encouragement to other believers sincerely offer our behalf. God has designed t

he Christian life as a community experience, not an individual event. STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1342 9/22/2009 9:34:15 1343 Ephesians 6.24 T t q or Eph 6.21 i c or Beloved Messenger henever you Tychicus is mentioned in the Scriptures (Acts 4.20; Eph 6.21; 2 Tim 4.12; tit 3.12), is serving a request to the Apostle Paul, who was then a prison er in Rome. In a sense, he was the "emissary" of Paul. Paul himself wrote: "all that I am concerned, Tychicus it unto you, beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord, which I sent to you for this very thing, to kno w what relates to you, and comfort your hearts "(Col 4.7, 8). We might be inclin ed to describe as minor Tychicus ministry, especially when compared with that of Paul. But do you realize that Tychicus was he who personally delivered the mess age of Paul to various churches, and thus played a crucial role in the distribut ion of the Word of God? Does not this was of vital importance? Of course it was. Tychicus had an important ministry, and served faithfully. Are you willing (a) to be inspired by Tychicus to fulfill his own ministry of vital importance, what ever it is? C 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, again st powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual w ickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God so t hat you can withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand t herefore, having girded your loins with truth, g put on the breastplate of right eousness, h 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of p az.i 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, j, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance an d supplication for all saints; 19 and for me to open my mouth that is given me w ords to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, to boldly speak of it as I speak. Greetings end 21 that y ou also may know my affairs, and what I do, all you will know Tychicus, k belove d brother and faithful minister in the Lord, 22 which I sent to you for this ver y purpose, that ye may know us as regards , and comfort your corazones.l 23 Peac e be to the brethren, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. For further study,€see Principles of Life Index: 6. We reap what we sow, more than

what we sow, after planting. 22. Walking in the Spirit is to obey the initial i ndications of the Spirit. Is 6.14 g. 11.5. h. 59.17 6.14 Is. i. Is 15.6 52.7. j. Is 59.17 17.06. k. Acts 0 6.21 20.04, 2 Tim 4.12. l. Col 6.21-22 4.7-8. STANLEY.indd EPHESIANS-49-1343 9/22/2009 9:34:15