The book of Ephesians which stresses the Church places tremendous importance on the matter of Oneness. The oneness of the Spirit and the oneness of the faith are both highlighted in this book. But notably it does not speak about the oneness of teaching or of doctrine, in fact both teaching and doctrine are the subject of Paul’s warning in Chapter 4:13-14, “Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, …That we may be no longer little children tossed by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching in the sleight of men, in craftiness with a view to a system of error.“ Obviously the oneness of the faith is something other than that of doctrine or teaching.
Ephesians (Program #39) – Arriving at Three Things
Oneness is a critical matter in the book of Ephesians. This book which has the Church as the Body of Christ as its’ subject stressed oneness in a number of places. In Chapter 4 we’re told in verse 3, to be diligently to keep the oneness of the Spirit then in verse 13, we have a marvelous expression concerning oneness. “Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
Yes, our oneness surely is the oneness of the Spirit but we must not overlook the destination of our oneness, a three fold destination.
Genesis (Program #48) – The Motive and Strength of Being Called
Today we are going to look at the God of glory appearing to Abraham. When you consider Abraham’s entire life, when you look at him in his entire history. You’re looking at a person just like us. He is called the father of faith. There seems to be quite an impression from the Word that he is really a person of faith. But when you look at the details of his living, he was a person just like us and actually very unbelieving. If it weren’t for the appearing of God, he would just be in his unbelief. But the very appearing of God infused him to the uttermost. In principle, I would say, what kind of person was he? He was really like a kind of unbeliever; the Lord would say something, he would say yes but then actually he just live out the opposite. Really what was required, what was needed for God, the God of glory to appear to him over and over and over again and it’s just like us. I am so grateful that the Lord came to me again and again and again so that we can be infused with Him as the unique faith in this universe. Abraham is called the father of faith but actually he did not have one drop of faith. All of his faith came from the appearing of the God of glory, infusing him with Himself as the very believing element. This is the kind of person he was, apart from the God of glory, he had no faith. He was not a believing person. But Hallelujah, the God of glory appear to him over and over and over again, so he has been infused with this dear person as the very believing element.
Galatians (Program #44) – Walking by the Spirit as Sons of God (1)
Galatians, much like the book of Romans, reveals God’s salvation to us in a most dynamic and marvelous way. We are saved by faith, through grace and fully according to the operation of the Spirit and not by the works of law. But the revelation of the New Testament and of these books especially does not stop here. There is a goal to this salvation, a wonderful goal, that should become our goal as well. This was the deep burden of the apostle Paul in Galatians.
Galatians (Program #42) – Walk by the Spirit in the Enjoyment of Christ in our Spirit
To many people, the main item of the book of Romans is justification by faith and the main item in Galatians is to be free from the bondage of the law. Although both of these truths are present in these two books, the real goal and focus of both books is something else. For both Romans and Galatians reveal that God’s purpose or economy in justifying us and freeing us is for one thing – to make forgiven sinners into genuine sons of God in life.
Galatians (Program #42) – Walking by the Spirit According to to the Elementary Rule to Live
Galatians 3:26 identifies us as the very sons of God through faith in Christ. That means that we have become members of God’s household or His folks we could say. We could also say this is tremendous. But by chapter 6, these sons have now become God’s prince, the Israel of God. This goes beyond tremendous, and this is also the focus of today’s life study of the Bible.
Galatians (Program #32) – Born of the Spirit to Receive the Spirit (1)
He therefore who bountifully supplies to you the Spirit and does works of power among you, does He do it out of the works of law or out of the hearing of faith? Have you ever considered this word from the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3 in light of your own Christian experience? What is it to receive the bountiful supply of the Spirit? Many Christians today are even reluctant to talk about the Spirit, yet it’s clear from God’s Word that He desires to supply us with the Spirit, even bountifully. Receiving the supply of the Spirit is the focus of today’s life study of the Bible.
Galatians (Program #31) – The Brands of Jesus and the Grace of Christ
The marvelous book of Galatians contains some of the most encouraging and positive utterances in the New Testament. “When it pleased God to reveal His Son in me. “And, if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Yet, there’s an unmistakable imprint of the cross of Christ running through Galatians as well. It’s a book of grace and faith, and the Spirit of life, all the while not to be missed is the putting to death of the flesh and bearing the brands of Christ. Does this reveal a contradiction or a secret to experiencing Christ in the Christian life? Stay with us for today’s life study of the Bible.
The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ brought in a complete change in the way God dealt with men. His desire today is to bring a rich and bountiful supply of His Spirit to all His children. But, how do we receive this supply? Galatians 3:5 says, “He therefore who bountifully supplies to you the Spirit and does works of power among you, does He do it out of the works of law or out of the hearing of faith?” Are we still struggling under the law or are we receiving the Spirit through faith? Stay tuned for today’s life study of the Bible.
Galatians (Program #17) – The Gospel Preached to Abraham
In the Gospel of John chapter 1 verse 17 says, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and reality came through Jesus Christ.” How we as New Testament believers treasure the coming of grace and the Gospel of grace that appeared in Christ? But, did you know that this same Gospel of faith and grace was preached to Abraham 100′s of years before Moses even received the commandments from God. Don’t miss this riveting message of faith and the promise of the Gospel on today’s life study of the Bible.