Ephesians 2:11-18 - Have you ever been on the outside looking in? Lonely and lost with no real hope of ever "belonging?" Such was the state of all Gentiles before Jesus Christ completed his earthly mission. "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace..." Listen in to rejoice in this new and amazing thing that God has done for us in Christ.
Ephesians 2:1-3 - After praying that Christians would see the power of Christ's resurrection and exaltation among them, Paul moves on to give an example. In point of fact, all of humanity is dead in sin, enslaved to the devil as well as their own desires, and "by nature" just recipients of God's righteous wrath (Eph. 2:1–3). This devastating news sets the stage for the supremely good news: "But God...made us alive" (Eph. 2:4–5). Let's learn to be humble and thankful, compassionate and joyful in light of this Good News, always remembering the depths from which God has brought us!
Ephesians 1:22–23. Seeing the church from God’s perspective is a game changer. From a merely human perspective, church is just one small part of our week—if that. We too easily stand in judgment over the church. But Paul’s prayer here reminds us of God’s perspective: the church is empowered by Resurrection power; the church is Christ Jesus’ Body; and the church is filled with God’s glory. May God grant us new eyes to see the beauty and power and purpose of the church!
Pastor Josh was invited to join Dan Demura for a two–hour live radio program. Scott Spears, station manager at WWGH 107.1 (http://www.wwgh1071.com/) led Josh and Dan through a discussion on the Bible, contemporary culture, the afterlife, and the Christian faith. The program was recorded on October 8, 2015.