As the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus it is very clear that he was writing about a variety of relationships. Yes, he was writing to the church, but who makes up the membership of churches?—People! As a church we are involved in a relationship with one another. The book of Ephesians speaks about how our relationship with one another should work within the church and within our families. Just look at the references to families within this letter…
- 3:14-15, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name…”
- 5:22-33 – The relationship between a Christian husband and wife
- 6:1-3 – A child’s relationship with their father
- 6:4 – A father’s relationship with his children
I believe that, just as every parent would want harmony and unity in the home, our Heavenly Father wants harmony and unity in His church. The book of Ephesians instructs us in how to live in harmony and unity with one another. For this reason this study has taken me much longer to preach through than I originally thought it would, but the instructions are so important, especially in a day when we see our enemy, the devil, trying so hard to steal, kill, and destroy everything that God has created and called good! By-the-way, Paul’s letter tells us how to combat our enemy as well in Chapter 6, verses 10-18.
As I pray for Scotsdale Baptist Church, my church family, through this study, I will continue to pray that our gracious God would grant us, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man so that Christ would dwell in our hearts through faith. To the degree that we are rooted and grounded in love, may we be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of His love. May we know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge so that we may be filled up to all the fullness of God. May the Lord do abundantly more than we could ask or think according to His power that works within us. May our Lord receive the glory in Scotsdale Baptist Church in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen!
In His Service,