423 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 3 - Book 36 - Ephesians 1:13-23

423: Ephesians 1:13-23 – Lesson 1 Part 3 Book 36

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 3 * BOOK 36

EPHESIANS 1:13-23

Now let’s look at the next verse in Ephesians chapter 1. Here the apostle Paul is going to utter a prayer on behalf of the believers. He is praying for them, and as such he is praying for us today. I think it’s also a lesson on how we can pray for ourselves as well as for others. Now when we think of the Lord’s prayer back in Matthew 6, which the Lord Jesus gave as an example to the twelve, so this prayer is an example for us today, and is so appropriate. The prayer starts out with “Wherefore…” Now what have I told you over the years aboutwherefore? When the apostle Paul says “Wherefore” what is he reflecting on? Well what he’s just said in the previous few verses, and here he’s just proven that here we are positioned in Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who leads us and reproves in all the things that we need. And we’re waiting for the day of redemption when this old body will disappear, and we’ll have a new body, but until that day of redemption-

Ephesians 1:15a

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith…”

I want to make people aware, when you read Paul’s letters, how he’s always referring to believing and faith. Not what we can do, but rather that we trust in what God has already done. And then on that basis we can move into what he’s now asking for on our behalf.

Ephesians 1:15

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints.” Now that reminds me of a verse in I John chapter 3. Let’s just start at verse 11, because I don’t like to just jump on one verse. I think most of you realize that by now.

I John 3:11-12

“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” Boy now that’s plain language isn’t it? And it’s never changed. The unbelieving world hates the believer. He might not always show it, but he would if he had a chance, and so Cain had his chance, and sure enough he showed it. Verse 13.

I John 3:13

“Marvel not my brethren, if the world hate you.”

A lot of people have the idea that since Christianity is such a tremendous experience, and lifestyle, because there isn’t another lifestyle on earth that can come close to it. You look at a good Bible based Christian home, and you couldn’t ask for anything better. But you see, the world can’t see it that way. The world thinks we’re a bunch of kooks, and we’ve got our heads in the sand, and all these other things. So don’t be amazed if they don’t like your lifestyle, and that’s what John is saying here.

I John 3:13-14a

“Marvel not my brethren, if the world hate you. 14. We know that we have passed from death unto life, (from an unsaved state to a saved state) because we love the brethren.”

John is speaking of fellow believers. The world won’t necessarily, but we have that affinity to other believers that no matter where we go we can have a love for them, and it’s an immediate love. I’ve shared this with you before, wherever Iris and I travel, and spend the night with believers, you’re not strangers for 5 minutes, why is that? Because there’s that affinity, you can’t see it or put your finger on it, but it’s there. And the moment we sit down at their table and have a cup of coffee, we don’t talk about sports or the weather or politics, but rather we talk about the BOOK! And that’s the way it should be, because “we know we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren.” Now back to Ephesians chapter 1.

Ephesians 1:15-17

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints. 16. Cease not (I never stop) to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;” (now here’s his real prayer) 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit (the Pneuma) of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”

Now what’s the purpose? Well you see the more we love Him, the more capable we are of serving Him. And it’s the same way in a marriage relationship. The more that husband and wife love each other, the better influence they’re going to have on family, relatives and everybody else, it spreads. And it’s the same way here. Paul prays that we might have such a God given wisdom and knowledge. Now I’ve learned from my class people here in Oklahoma that they were always afraid to share the Gospel with people because they just didn’t have enough knowledge of the Scriptures to be able to answer questions, or confront, rebuke, and so forth. But after they’ve been in our class for a while and get skilled in the Scriptures, they love to witness, they love to talk about the Scriptures. And that’s the way it should be, as we grow in Grace and knowledge it becomes easier to share with people.

You can talk to people in any kind of an occupation, and I like to use an auto mechanic as an example. You talk to one about engines, and cars, is he bashful? Is he shy to talk about his trade? Is he going to put his head down, and act like he doesn’t want to talk about what he does best? Heavens no, because you’re in his bailiwick now, and he’s ready to tell you everything he knows, and that’s as it should be. Now that’s the way we should be with the Book. We have to be so skilled in our knowledge of it that we don’t have to back away when someone comes up with a question or rebuke. We can say, “look this is what the Book says.” This is always my best argument. It’s not what I think, or what my denomination says, but rather it’s, “But what does the Word of God say.” Now this is what Paul is praying even for these early believers, that their wisdom and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ might be so great. Verse 18.

Ephesians 1:18a

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;…”

Now listen that takes time to accomplish. I mean the moment we’re saved we don’t have a full knowledge of all these things, but rather it’s a growth process. In fact that’s the whole idea of the early chapters of Romans, and we call it those 3 chapters on sanctification. Now you want to remember that at salvation, yes we’re sanctified, we’re set apart, but in our everyday experience it’s a process of sanctification. It’s a continuous growth in our Christian experience, and in our knowledge of the Scripture. Now that comes with continuous effort on our part. We have to put something into it. Now that doesn’t add to our salvation, because that’s complete. But if we want to really gain the knowledge and wisdom of God, now we’ve got to put some feet to it. We’ve also got to put some time into the Word of God. Another thing that just thrills Iris and I is when we get letter after letter from people saying that for the first time in their lives they are studying their Bible. Some of these people have been Christians for over 50 years. Well, listen nothing could thrill us more, because this is what we want people to do. You don’t go by what I say, but rather get into the Word of God.

And once you understand this graphic difference between Law and Grace, between Peter’s preaching and Paul’s preaching. when you’re able to separate those two, then studying this Book gets so exciting. When you’re able to see that, then you’ll see how it all fits. There won’t be anymore contradiction, there’s no more gobbledy gook to it, and I say that reverently. It’s not confusing, it’s all laid out so perfectly, but you have to learn to discern these things. So that’s all part of what Paul is talking about.

Ephesians 1:18

“The eyes of your understanding, being enlightened; (or opened up) that ye may know (you don’t go through this life groping and wondering and hoping, but rather) what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

Now again I dare say if we ask the average believer, “What’s in store for you after this life?” And they’ll reply, “I’m going to go to heaven after I die.” Well that’s great and that’s nice to know, but is that all you can tell me? Well for most of them they will say, “Is there more than that?” Yeah there’s a lot more than that. It’s not enough to know that we’re going to go to heaven when we die, which will be great, but God wants us to get at least as much as He has revealed of what’s out there. I mean, it’s not just an empty darkness. God is getting something fantastic ready for us, and there’s a lot the Scripture doesn’t tell us, but on the other hand He’s already revealed some of what’s in store for us. We’re going to have a glorified body, like Christ’s glorified, resurrected body. Never again an ache or pain, never again an injury, illness, or disease. In the next life we’re going to have power to go from one place to another in that split second of time as He did. We’re going to be able to go through walls like He did, in fact it says so in I Corinthians.

I Corinthians 2:9

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Eye has not see nor ear heard. Now what does that tell you? There is nothing in our earthly experiences that can even come close to that which God is preparing for us. And again I’ve had men who just love to fish? They just think that’s the epitome of living, and they’ll say, “Well what greater thing can there be than fishing?” And I say, now look when you get to eternity, I don’t know exactly how it’s going to be, but God has something in store for you that will make your fishing experience pale in comparison. And it will be the same way with anything else that we may think is great in this life. Once we get into the realm of glory, what God has prepared for us is going to be so much greater that it’s beyond human comprehension, and this is what we have to get excited about.

We’re not just going to die and go to heaven, and what will be will be. No, God wants us to get a glimpse of glory, and a glimpse of what it’s going to like to be in His presence forever and ever. You know I never set dates but I believe that we’re getting so close to the time we will find ourselves in heaven with Him. Now coming back to Ephesians chapter 1, and now verse 19 as Paul continues his prayer. Not only does he want us to understand the inheritances that waiting for us, but also that we’re to understand.

Ephesians 1:19a

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,…”

Salvation always come down to believing doesn’t it? It’s not what our denomination demands. Oh you ought to hear some of the things that we hear on our telephone from people who have been told wrong. We hear, “Well someone says I must do this, and someone else tells me I’ve got to do that. I just say to all that, “Forget it!” There’s only one requirement and that is faith, and believing, but it must be genuine, and not just a mental accent. Oh I could show you over and over how many verses that it’s all faith on our believing the Gospel + NOTHING! And remember the only way you can do that in Scripture is rightly divide the Word. Keep Peter’s teaching and the Law separate from Paul’s teaching and Grace. If you don’t separate the two then you will wind up with a mixture of Law and Grace, and God won’t have any part of it.

You know we’ve got some pins or buttons that say, “Faith + Nothing = Salvation!” And while we were in Israel we had just enough buttons for the number of people who were with us, so everyone received one to wear. While coming out of Jordan, I’ll never forget my own experience, as we were waiting in the passport line, and a gentlemen in another line probably 15 or 20 feet over from us was looking at the message on the buttons and finally he couldn’t take it any longer. So he comes up to me and read the button, “Faith + Nothing = Salvation? “ he said. Now this man was a middle easterner I’m sure, but he talked perfect English. So he said, “You mean it’s not work, work, work like my religion teaches?” I told him no, and he said, “What?!” He then went back and got in line.

Well we had several experiences like that all over Israel, those people have never heard of such a thing. But we’ve got millions right here in our own country who have heard it and read it, but refuse to believe it. Well those buttons are a good conversational piece anyway. But you see that’s where it’s at – “Faith + NOTHING!” But that faith has to be in that finished work of the cross as Paul describes in I Corinthians 15:1-4. When Christ said while on the cross that, “It is finished” how in the world can people then say, that you have to do this and that? If that’s the case then our Lord lied! If He said it was finished, and it wasn’t, then Christ lied. But we all know that our Lord did not lie, because He did finish it! And all He’s asking us to do is to believe it with all our heart, and then let these other work things follow. That’s all well and good, but don’t try to tie them to salvation. So looking at the verse again.

Ephesians 1:19-20

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20. Which he wrought in Christ, (not only when He died on that Roman cross, but it was epitomized, it was crescendo) when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,”

You don’t hear about Him being raised from the dead much any more do you? You don’t hear much about resurrection power, but listen that where it’s at. Had Christ, as Paul says in I Corinthians 15, not been raised from the dead, we’d be as lost as dogs. I mean we wouldn’t have any hope at all, but He was raised from the dead. In fact let’s look at a verse in Romans chapter 1.

Romans 1:1-4

“Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2. (Which (Gospel) he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh. 4. And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by (what event?) the resurrection from the dead.”

Had He not been resurrected there would have been no power. Had He not been resurrected we would yet be in our sins. Satan would yet be in total control, and death would still be an absolute. But on the flip side, since He did resurrect, since He was raised from the dead, now we know Satan is defeated, we know death is defeated, and we know that we have an eternity where He is alive forever more. And it was because of the power that was manifested in His resurrection. Now then, what does Paul also teach? That as Christ was resurrected from His earthly tomb, we have been resurrected from our deadness in transposes and sins. We’ll be coming to that real soon in Ephesians chapter 2. And what has happened? Well let’s just take a quick look see right there in verse 1.

Ephesians 2:1

“And you hath he quickened, (made alive) who were (past tense) dead in trespasses and sins:” Well what kind of power did it take to make us alive from being dead? Resurrection power. The same power that raised Christ from the dead. Look at Romans 8 for moment to compare. Now this is Bible study. We’re not here to preach at you, but rather just show you what the Bible says. These verses all fit so beautifully together.

Romans 8:10-11

“And if Christ be in you, (by the person of the Holy Spirit) the body is dead because of sin; (we were born in sins, and we’re sons of Adam) but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (or make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Is it all ringing true? Oh I hope so. The indwelling Holy Spirit is the mark, the ownership of God. It’s also that power that raises us out of our lost condition, and gave us life. It’s that same power that’s literally going to propel us on up until we meet the Lord in the air. And it’s that power of the Holy Spirit that guides us and directs us every moment of our existence. That’s why I don’t have to have, “Thou shalt not, and Thou shalt.” I have never ran across a true believer who says, “Oh I can go ahead and steal from my neighbor, it doesn’t bother me a bit.” Can you imagine a believer saying something like that? No. If that happened, then I’d have to say, Well I don’t think you’re a believer, because the Holy Spirit would never give you that kind of freedom. The Holy Spirit absolutely forbids those kinds of activities, and when we’re under His control, it’s going to effect us. Now back to Ephesians chapter 1.

Ephesians 1:20a

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,…”

In order for God to raise Christ from the dead, what powers did God have to over come? Satanic, didn’t He? He had to defeat Satan on his own ground, and all the powers of Satan, and hell itself had to be overcome in order for Christ to be raise from the dead. Remember that’s the last thing that Satan wanted to happen. If Satan could have kept Christ in the grave, then he would have finally gotten what he wanted, and that is to be God. But Satan couldn’t hold a candle to God, because all the power of heaven was released for you and I when God raised Him from the dead. Let’s look at the second part of that verse.

Ephesians 1:20b

“…and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”

For us Christ is not the King sitting on the throne of David on Mount Zion. He will be for Israel yet someday, but for us He ascended back to glory, sat down figuratively speaking, at the right hand of the Father to become now the Head of the Body, which is you and I, the Church here on earth. We have that union with Him that Israel knew nothing of, we have a union that no one in antiquity knew nothing of, but it’s only unique to the Church Age believer that as we live and move on this earth we are connected to our Head who is in heaven.

422 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 36 - You Are Sealed With the Holy Spirit

422: You Are Sealed With the Holy Spirit of Promise – Part 2 – Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 36

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 2 * BOOK * 36

YOU ARE SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE – PART 2

Now let’s get ready for this next lesson, and let me say that we covet your prayers every day. We’ll start this lesson in verse 14, but to show you where we’re coming from we need to read verse 13 again.

Ephesians 1:13

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: (and remember that Gospel is that Christ died for your sins, was buried, and He rose from the dead.) in whom (Christ) also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with (or given that mark of ownership) that Holy Spirit of promise.”

The moment a person believes then God’s Spirit enters that individual, and then becomes the mark of ownership as well as the source of power for living. Now a lot of times when I make the point that we’re not under Law, but rather Grace, we’re under no demands to keep the commandments. When I say that, I get people saying then, “Well what are you, just sort of set loose, and set free?” No, here’s the difference. We now have the Holy Spirit that comes in, and he becomes our rudder He becomes what the Law was before. And so it doesn’t give us freedom to steal and covet, and all these other things that the Ten Commandants dealt with, because the Holy Spirit Himself takes care of that. I think that the moment we’re saved our want to is changed. Our whole design on life is changed, and this is what the world around us can not understand. Now coming into verse 14 the Holy Spirit of promise of verse 13 –

Ephesians 1:14a

“Which is the earnest…”

Or another good word for earnest is down payment. The word earnest here means exactly as we use it today in a transaction when we put down earnest money. In other words, we put enough down to guarantee that neither party is going to back out So that’s what the Lord has done here with the Holy Spirit, He has declared us as His, and to make sure that neither one of us backs out He has given us the mark and the power of the Holy Spirit –

Ephesians 1:14a

“Which is the earnest (or down payment) of our inheritance (which we looked at in the last lesson) until…”

There is going to come a point in time when the Holy Spirit’s indwelling us will no longer be necessary, and when will that be? When we come into His presence. In fact maybe we’d better look at it for a moment in II Thessalonians chapter 2. This is a long way from Ephesians I know, but we’re having so many questions at this time about this verse that it’s probably a good time to go ahead and explain it. The moment we’re saved as we saw in our last lesson, the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ, He indwells us, and becomes our mark of ownership. He will remain with us until we either leave this life or are taken out in the Rapture. This chapter in II Thessalonians is referring to that point in time when those who are alive and remain will be “Raptured” or caught up as the Scripture says in I Thessalonians chapter 4:17, to meet the Lord in the air. Now the question that keeps coming up all the time then is about verse 6.

II Thessalonians 2:6-7

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (hindereth) will let, (hinder)until he be taken out of the way.”

So the question is always, “Who is the he that hinders? Some think it’s the Church, and some think it’s the Holy Spirit, well it’s both. Now let’s look at it by breaking the verse down.

II Thessalonians 2:6-7

“And now ye know what withholdeth (or is a dam in the river of iniquity) that he might be revealed in his time. 7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (hindereth) will let, (or continue to hinder) until he be taken out of the way.”

The Holy Spirit has always been the Omnipresence of the Godhead. Way back in Genesis 1:1-2, and in creation the Spirit moved upon the face of the water. So the Holy Spirit was there all the way up through the Old Testament, even though there’s not a lot written about the Holy Spirit. Then of course in Christ’s earthly ministry nothing is said about Him until He breathes on the Twelve when it was said, “receive ye the Holy Spirit.” Then He promised the Holy Spirit in John 14, that when He ascended the Holy Spirit would descend.

But we don’t get that concept of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit until it’s revealed in Paul’s writings. Then Paul makes it so plain as we saw in Ephesians that at the moment of salvation the Holy Spirit literally comes in and dwells within us. Now listen, no lost person can ever come to a knowledge of salvation without the work of the Holy Spirit. You know there can’t always be a Christian every time that someone is ready to be saved. So the Holy Spirit, even though He is indwelling us, is still Omnipresence around the earth. So in verse 7, “the until” is when the Body of Christ, the Saints are taken up in the Rapture.

II Thessalonians 2:7b

“…until he be taken out of the way.”

At that time the role of the Holy Spirit indwelling us ends because it’s no longer necessary, because when the Rapture happens we’ll already be in the presence of the Son. So what happens to the Holy Spirit? He remains on the earth as the Omnipresence Spirit of God, because you want to remember during those 7 years of Tribulation the 144,000 young Jews are still going to be proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and that also will need the power of the Holy Spirit. So now look at this verse again, but now more carefully.

II Thessalonians 2:6.

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.”

It’s the power of the Holy Spirit that is holding back the forces of iniquity through the presence of believers. Now just stop and think, “What if all of a sudden the Christians were totally removed from the scene?” There would be nobody to oppose the wickedness. Nobody to oppose the breakdown in society, now can you imagine what it would be like? So it’s the Christian influence that still keeps the semblance of sanity on the world. So we are a withholding power because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. Now verse 7:

II Thessalonians 2:7

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth (or hinders) will let, (or hinder) until he be taken out of the way.”

In other words, when we go up in the Rapture, then the restraining power of the Holy Spirit ends, and we go on into the presence of the Lord, no longer needing the indwelling Spirit, and He remains as the Omnipresence Spirit on God on the earth even during the Tribulation. It has to be that way, or the 144,000 would never be able to win the multitudes that we know that they’re going to. So remember that you and I as believers are the restrainers with the Spirit’s power. But when we’re taken out, the Holy Spirit can withdraw from us, because we’ll be then in the Son’s presence, but the Holy Spirit will remain on the earth to fulfill the work of the Spirit during those 7 years. Now that was all free for nothing. Now coming back to Ephesians chapter 1, looking at verse 14 again.

Ephesians 1:14

“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until (that moment in time when) the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Now what’s going to happen the moment Christ returns in the Rapture to meets us in the air, and we suddenly have a new body? Well all of a sudden we’re going to have a redeemed body, because this old body we now have is the one that Christ paid the price for, but it will be changed and it will become a glorified body like His resurrected body. Now on ahead with me to the Book of Philippians chapter 3, and let’s look at this new body, because it’s all part of the redemption process. Now at salvation this body of flesh was not redeemed.Now that may shock a few people, but this old body of flesh as a believer is just as prone to sickness and disease as it ever was. Christians get sick, Christians die, I mean a lot of people think that you should be able to heal them and they’d live forever. But you see that would fly in the face of everything in this Book. Everybody except those in the Rapture is going to have to die! But we are redeemed in the area of the soul and spirit the moment we’re saved. That has been purchased and it belongs to God, and of course the Holy Spirit is the down payment of that, but the body will not be redeemed until we get the new one. Now come back to Philippians chapter 3, and dropping down to verse 20 and 21. These are verses that we’ve looked at several times in the past.

Philippians 3:20-21

“For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21. Who (Christ will) shall change our vile body, (this body of corruption and flesh) that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, (isn’t that plain?) according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

It’s not going to be a problem for God to suddenly gives us a brand new resurrected glorified body like His was after His resurrection. Now let’s go even further and see what John says about this new body back in his little letter of I John, chapter 3. Now this reference is also so plainly put.

I John 3:1-2

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons (or children. I personally like born ones) of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2. Beloved, now (that is in this like now on the this earth) are we the sons of God, (John is writing to believers also) and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: (in other words there’s a lot of things out there that we don’t understand.) but we know that when he shall appear, (in other words when we meet Him in the clouds of the air)we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Now what does that say? We’re going to have the same kind of body that He left from the Mount of Olives with, the same kind of a resurrected, glorified body. Now let’s come all the way back to Romans chapter 8, and this backs up what I’ve just said. At salvation we were redeemed in the soul and spirit, that’s all settled. In the realm of the invisible, yes we are redeemed we’ve already been bought, we already belong to Him, we’re already settled in the heavenlies, but only in the realm of the invisible. This old body is still here. We’re still putting up against all the things of this life. But at the final redemption when the body the redeemed then of course we’re fit for eternity. Now let’s begin at verse 18.

Romans 8:18

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Now of course the apostle Paul knew what it was to suffer. Probably like no other human being except Christ Himself. Paul suffered, and suffered, and suffered some more all for the sake of the Gospel. So Paul could say with a clear conscience, “That it was nothing compared to the glory that’s coming.” Now verse 19.

Romans 8:19-20

“For the earnest (sincere, down right) expectation of the creature (creation) waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, (that is the curse) not willingly (in other words, creation didn’t cause the fall, but rather Adam did. So when that happened creation fell with him.) but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,” (by virtue of the Redeemer)

Now always remember when you read a verse like this, just flash back and realize how soon after the fall did God already announce the remedy of the curse? Well the next verse almost. In Genesis chapter 3 we have the fall, but in Genesis 3:15 we have the promise of the redeemer immediately. Just as soon as Adam fell the curse fell, and God came right back with the promise of a remedy, “The Redeemer!” the seed of the woman that would come. Now that’s what Paul is talking about here. Now verse 21.

Romans 8:21a

“Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (the curse.)

Yes one day the planet is going to be free of the curse, it’s all going to revert back as it was in the Garden of Eden, and all you have to do is just read Isaiah chapter 11. Especially you animal lovers. I’m not going to see the animals I’ve had down here, but there’s going to be new one in that wonderful kingdom. And those animals are going to be just as easy to love as they were. Now looking at verse 21 again.

Romans 8:21-23

“Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (under the curse) 23. And not only they, but ourselves also, (even we as believers.) which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit the redemption of our body.”

So see we’re waiting for the redemption our body. Now for a moment let’s go to I Thessalonians chapter 5, and we’ll drop down to verse 23.

I Thessalonians 5:23

“And the very God of peace sanctify (or set you apart) you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In other words does any part of Scripture recognize a human being that is not in all three parts? No. We are never a valid enmity without all three of them together. That’s why when a person dies he becomes useless, because the three become interrupted. The two go on up into glory, the soul and spirit go into the presence of the Lord. Where’s the body? In the grave, it’s useless, but in resurrection that new body that comes out of the grave is reunited with the soul and spirit, and so once again what are we? A complete entity, we are then a complete person, we’ll be body, soul and sprit. But at that time it will be a new glorified body like the Lord Jesus’ body of His post resurrection. I’ve always said, that if you want to know what our new body is going to be like then just read about the Lord in those 40 days after His resurrection, and until His ascension.

The Lord looked like anybody else, He didn’t look like some weirdo from outer space. He walked with them, He talked with them, He ate fish with them on the shores of Galilee. And as He stood on the Mount of Olives they were standing there conversing with Him, and unbeknown to the eleven, of what was going to happen, He suddenly took off and they watched Him go. Well they didn’t watch some ghost, or some spirit, but rather they watched Him go bodily. Now for a moment turn to Colossians chapter 2 and verse 8 and 9.

Colossians 2:8-9

“Beware (be on guard) lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiment of the world, and not after Christ. (why?) 9. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

In other words, when He left, and went into glory, He went in that resurrected body, and the disciples saw Him go. When He returns, the Book of Zechariah says, “and His feet shall stand on that same Mount of Olives.” Now ghosts don’t have feet, an invisible spirit wouldn’t have feet, but He has been up there for now 2000 years in that resurrected body, and He’s going to return bodily. We’re going to have a body like Him when He returns, we’re going to see him John tells us, “as He is” and that’s what we’re going to be like. So if you ever wonder, “Am I going to float around in some invisible state?” Heavens no! And on top of that we’re all going to recognize each other in our new bodies. Now I don’t know how, because I don’t think we’ll look like we do now, but we’re going to know each other, and it’s going to be a full knowledge, a full understanding that we’ll know every believer that’s up there by name.

Now let’s close this lesson by coming back to Ephesians, and remember the Holy Spirit, the Pneuma, becomes the earnest which now is the Pneuma Hagion, and I guess I should put it this way – The Pneuma is the giver, and the Hagion is the gift. I like that concept, because you have to keep them sorted out when the Scripture talks about the Holy Spirit. If it’s the indwelling person, then it’s the Pneuma the giver. If it’s talking about something that is the power of the Holy Spirit then it’s the Hagion the gift.

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421: You Are Sealed With the Holy Spirit of Promise – Lesson 1 Part 1 Book 36

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 36

YOU ARE SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE

Now as we begin book 36 we’ll pick up in verse 13. Now the Book of Ephesians is a doctrinal Book – that is a step up from Paul’s earlier Books of Romans, Galatians, and Corinthians. Ephesians comes into that deeper area of our position in Christ. Few believers realize where we are positionally, and how we can rest on it that it’s not just for this life, but for all eternity. And I’ll remind you that the prepositional phrase “in Christ, in Whom, in Him,” that I’m always referring to, is recorded over 90 times in Ephesians, and is always in reference to our position.

So as we’ve been coming through these first 12 verses, this is what Paul has been showing. As a result of our glorious salvation by faith, and faith alone, God has not only placed us into the Body of Christ, but He has also positioned us in the heavenlies. My oldest son once asked, “Well how do we know that’s where we are?” Well it’s by faith, because we don’t have a diploma on the wall, or anything we can put our hands on, but rather we go by what the Word says. And the Word tells us that this is where we are. So by faith we understand our position is now in the heavenlies, and we’re just pilgrims passing through. As the song writer once wrote, “This world is not my home, we’re just passing through.” Paul tells us in Philippians –

Philippians 3:20a

“For our conversation (or citizenship) is in heaven;…” For all eternity our position is in the heavenlies. Now as we begin today’s study, just for a little review let’s come in at verse 11.

Ephesians 1:11

“In whom also we have (already) obtained an inheritance, being predestinated (God’s sovereign way of doing things) according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:” And of course we digressed on that quite a bit in one of our previous lessons. Now verse 12. All of this has been done on our behalf –

Ephesians 1:12a

“That we should be to the praise of his glory,…”

In other words none of this is for our benefit is it? None of this has been done to glorify us. This has all been done that we in turn might glorify Him. I always like to go back, and I’m not much of a catechism expert, but I remember one of the questions of one of the old Heidelberg catechism which started out with this question. “What is the chief end of man?”And the answer to that question was what? “To glorify God, and enjoy Him forever!” Now I like that answer, because absolutely that’s the whole purpose of man being on the scene. And so Paul puts it in verse 12 then –

Ephesians 1:12

“That we should be to the praise of his glory, (we) who first trusted in Christ.” Not a ritual, not a denomination, but rather “in Christ.” Now in verse 13 we’ll start with some new ground.

Ephesians 1:13

“In whom (Christ) ye also trusted,…” Now in the newer translations the word trusted is italicized, which means it’s been added. I checked with the original, and sure enough the original does not have that word in there. Neither does it have the two words after `trusted.’ So from the original let’s just read like it says, and then we’ll come back and look at the KJV.

Ephesians 1:13

“In whom having heard the word the truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom having believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Now that’s the way the original Greek was written. Now in the King James Version they’re not destroying the concept by any means, but when they say then, “In whom ye also trusted,” or as it was implied in the original, having heard.

Ephesians 1:13a

“In whom ye also trusted,…” Always remember these words that are synonymous in Scripture. Trust is usually used in the Old Testament, but it’s the same thing as believing. Then you also have the word faith which is believing. So I always make the point that trust, faith, and believe all basically mean the same thing, so you can use them synonymously. Verse 13 again.

Ephesians 1:13a

“In whom (Christ) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,…”

Now you see we’re living in a day and age where truth is almost being stomped into the ground as irrelevant, and that there are no absolutes. We’re more or less living in a society of instant gratification, and the whole concept that as long as you don’t kill someone in the process then go ahead and enjoy it. But you see that’s not what truth declares. Truth of course is manifested by the Word of God, and it’s to that Word we always have to fly to when we see these things coming upon us. So having heard –

Ephesians 1:13b

“…the word of truth…”

Not from some TV preacher, not from Les Feldick, not from somebody else, but having heard God’s Word. Now that reminds me of a verse in Romans. I didn’t intend to do this, but that’s not unusual, as I never know where I’m going to go next, because I just depend on the Holy Spirit to lead in these lessons. Come back to Romans chapter 10 for a moment, and this is in the light of having heard the Word of truth. Here Paul puts it so explicitly. Drop on down to verse 14, and we may have even looked at this in the last lesson.

Romans 10:14a

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?…” Do you see the connection? Flip back to Ephesians again, because this is real Bible study. Ephesians says-

Ephesians 1:13a

“In whom ye have trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,…” And how flip back to Romans where it says –

Romans 10:14b

“…and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? shall they hear without a preacher?” (or proclaimer)

Romans 10:15

“And how shall they preach, (proclaim) except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Now verse 17 –

Romans 10:17

“So then faith (trust, believing) cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

I always make the comment, can you believe something you have never heard? Can you hear something that’s never been said? This seem mundane I know, but listen, this is foundational. God did not say everything we need to know back in Genesis. You have to realize that as these Old Testament patriarchs were coming up through Scripture, they never heard some of these things that we’re hearing, because God hadn’t spoken it yet, but rather He had kept it secret as Paul said. So always be reminded that you can’t believe something that God hasn’t said. And when you do hear it, He expects us to believe it. Now back to Romans for a moment. Looking at verse 17 again we find.

Romans 10:17

“So then faith (or believing) cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Or in simpler terms, “When God Speaks It!” Now we know that God speaks through the printed page, through the writers, and in this case, through the apostle Paul. Since Paul is the apostle to us Gentiles, then he’s the one we’d better be listening to. You know we’re getting a lot of people that are now able to see that, and there’s still a lot that are confused as to why I constantly empathize Paul. Always remember that Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles. While we’re here in Romans we might as well show you that in chapter 11. So this is the basis of my constantly emphasizing that for you and I today we have to go by what Paul writes, not what Peter says, not what Jesus said in His earthly ministry, but what does Paul write. And remember Paul gets this by revelation from the crucified risen Lord in glory.

Romans 11:13a

“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles,…”

Now if Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles, and Peter and the eleven were the apostles of Israel, and Israel was under the law, 2 + 2 makes 4, this and this makes that, so we’d better understand that we don’t go by what Peter, James and John said to Israel under the law, but rather we’d better go by what this man says to us under Grace. Can you see that? That’s where the difference come in. We are totally under Grace. Now Ephesians verse 13 again, Paul says –

Ephesians 1:13a

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, (and what is the word of truth?) the gospel of your salvation:…”

And where do we find the Gospel by which we are saved? Turn with me to I Corinthians 15:1-4. I’m constantly using this for people who call. Now this is the Gospel, and you have to know that this is what God has now said. This is the Word that has been proclaimed by Paul, and we’d better believe it, or we’re in trouble. You can’t go around this, you can’t go over or under it, but rather face this head on, and for goodness sake don’t try to add anything to it, just believe it for salvation!

I Corinthians 15:1

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;” Now that’s our position. You’re not out there floating around from one doctrine to another, or like a ship without a rudder. We are positioned by virtue of our having believed the Gospel. Verse 2.

I Corinthians 15:2

“By which (the Gospel) also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory (or understand) what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” You have to understand what the Word of truth is all about. Now here comes the Gospel of truth.

I Corinthians 15:3-4

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, (we understand that from Galatians chapter 1, Paul received this Gospel from heaven. It had been kept secret in the mind of God until Paul received it. He received our Gospel from the ascended Lord in Glory. He received these basic truths, and here it is.) how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4. And that he w was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to scriptures;”

Now that’s the Gospel. That’s the truth, and anything that compromises the Gospel is no longer the truth. And if that happens then Paul says in Galatians chapter 1, it becomes a perverted Gospel. But we stick to the truth, and let the chips fall where they may. Now coming back to Ephesians chapter 1, and verse 13 again. This is such a powerful verse and has so much in it, especially in light of what’s out there in Christendom today. This just blows so much of it right out of the saddle. Why? Not because of so much as what it says, as what it doesn’t say! As you read this verse constantly ask yourself this question. “Is what I’ve been taught growing up in this verse?” And I’m sure most of you will have to answer no. But this verse just says, “after you believed.” I’m not going to say all the things that most denominations tell us we must do for salvation, but rather I’ll let you think back and see if they have taught you correctly. If what you’ve been taught isn’t in this verse then it’s superficial, it’s chaff, and you’d better just blow it away. Here is the basic truth –

Ephesians 1:13a

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: (as we looked at in I Corinthians 15:1-4 in which Christ is the center. He’s the one who died. He’s the one who was buried, and He’s the one who rose from the dead.) in whom also after that ye believed,…” (you placed your trust, your faith in that Gospel, and that was it.)

You see everybody tries to complicate it, and that’s what happens when you try to mix what Peter taught and what Paul taught. Law and Grace cannot mix, and I think that’s a Satanic ploy. Oh there’s nothing the Devil likes better than to make you think, “Well it’s so difficult.” I remember when I was teaching down in San Antonio several years back there was a lady in attendance that I knew was having a lot of problems. She wanted the assurance of salvation, but her religion had just so put her in bondage that she just couldn’t see it. So after one of my classes she came up and talked to me all alone, and I’ll never forget our conversation. I told her all she had to do is believe that as a sinner Christ died for you, and rose from the dead! And when you believe that, God does everything else. Well she looked at me with the most exasperating look, and said, “But Les that’s too simple.”

And isn’t that exactly what most people think? “Hey it’s got to be tougher than that.” But you see it isn’t. It is so simple that even a 5 year old can understand it. 90 year old people can understand it, and every body in between can understand it, but oh you see the religionist, and the theologians, and the powers that be have just loaded it all down with all these other requirements, you’ve got to come this way, you’ve got to come that way, you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that, but listen, this verse exposes all that. This verse says it’s just as simple as ABC. That when you come as a lost sinner and you believe the truth of the Gospel then God does everything else, we don’t. Now let’s finish the verse, and we’ll see the first thing that God does when He sees us believe the Gospel.

Ephesians 1:13b

“…ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

Now this word sealed, and again I’m not a language expert, I’m not a Greek scholar, but I know this much from my little feeble attempts of studying language that this word “sealed”goes all the way back into antiquity, and it was a mark of ownership. If a king put his seal on something, it meant it belonged to the empire. If someone bought a piece of land, they would put their seal on that title deed, it denoted ownership. This seal never lost it’s meaning all the way back through Scripture, or ahead through Scripture. In fact let’s turn to Jude for a moment. Here you have almost the same word, at least it comes out of the same root if I’m not mistaken.

Jude 1:1

“Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

See nobody knows better than women who can fruit and vegetables what that word means. That means that once that jar or can is sealed, my that food is good for who know how long. It’s preserved, it’s sealed. So once God has sealed us, we are not just His for a week or two, but for how long? Forever! Now I know some people don’t like that, but I can’t help it because the Word declares it. We are sealed forever, but we do have to make sure we get into that believing position to be sealed. So looking at verse 13 again in Ephesians.

Ephesians 1:13

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

Being a cattleman, I like to use the Word, “branded.” When that critter is branded, there’s a mark of ownership that you cannot take away. You might be able to mark it up a little bit, but you can’t take it away. And here it’s the same thing, the moment we believe the Gospel the Holy Spirit made us a mark of God’s ownership. Now it’s interesting that in the Greek the word “Spirit” is the Pneuma. And the moment we believe we receive the “Pneuma,” the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is the One who has become our brand, He is the One who denotes ownership that we belong to God. Now in the short time we have left let’s begin verse 14. Once the Holy Spirit has been placed within us as God’s mark of ownership, then it goes into the other part of the Spirit works, and He becomes the earnest money or the down payment of our inheritance.

Ephesians 1:14a

“Which is the earnest of our inheritance…” Now in order to compare Scripture with Scripture let’s compare verse 14 and 11, this is essential for good Bible study.

Ephesians 1:11a

“In whom also we have (already) obtained an inheritance,…” Well what’s the inheritance? Now that requires us to go all the way back to the Book of Romans chapter 8, and dropping down to verse 14. It says the same thing only in a little different way.

Romans 8:14

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, (the Pneuma) they are the sons (or the children, or born ones) of God. It doesn’t say they might be, but rather they already are. Now verse 15.

Romans 8:15-17a

” For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16. The Spirit (the Pneuma) itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;…”

Now come back to Ephesians. So what is our inheritance? For that which is a part of the One who has purchased us and made us His own. In other words everything that belongs to Christ also belongs to us, and that’s our inheritance. And it’s all because we believe the Gospel. That’s where it starts, then God moves in, and He seals us with that Holy Spirit of promise, and then as a gift of that Holy Spirit He gives us the inheritance. Now the next word for that next verse is the Pneuma Hagion. The Pneuma Hagion to be translated over into English means? That power from high.

432: Ephesians 2:10-19 – Part 2 – Lesson 3 Part 4 Book 36


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LESSON 3 * PART 4 * BOOK 36

EPHESIANS 2:10-19 – PART 2

Now as we begin the last lesson in Book 36 let me just say what a joy it is to be able to share the Word of God with each of you. When I was first approached about teaching on television, the first thing that struck my mind was a program on public television that I used to watch many years ago. This Algebra teacher had a program with a classroom setting, with students, tables, and a black board, much the same way we have here. I used to just love that program, and I thought when I was approached about a Bible study, well if it works for Algebra, maybe it will work teaching the Word of God.

So that was the approach I took when I came up here to channel 47 in Tulsa to begin this ministry. They were agreeable with that approach, and it has all just sort of evolved from there. It doesn’t seem possible, but that was 8 years ago when we started in the Book of Genesis. So we just give the Lord the praise and glory that He has blessed us so richly. Now back to Ephesians chapter 2, and we’ve just left off with verse 16. The Lord has made this new Body of Christ the Church comprised of Jew and Gentile.

Ephesians 2:16a

“And that he might reconcile both unto God,…”

Now I suppose the average Church or Bible people probably wonder, “well what’s the enmity that Paul is talking about when he says “that He might reconcile both unto God?” Well you have to realize that from day one, as soon as God separated the Jew from the Gentile there was enmity between the races. Now let me take you all the way back to the Book of Exodus, chapter 11. And here the nation of Israel is getting ready to move out of Egypt, out of their slavery, and here again this is really the beginning of miracles so far as Israel was concerned. Just look at what it says.

Exodus 11:7

“But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: (anything that belongs to the nation of Israel) that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”

You see a lot of people don’t understand this difference. Did that difference ever stop? No! It carried all the way through. Now come on up to chapter 19, and now the children of Israel are gathered around Mount Sinai. Moses is up on the mount and is conversing with God, and he’s going to be coming down with Ten Commandments before long. But look at the conversation between God and Moses. Let’s begin with verse 3.

Exodus 19:3-4

“And Moses went up (that is up into Mount Sinai) unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4. Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.”

Now right there anybody who knows anything at all about the Old Testament, what happened to the Egyptians at the Red sea? They were drowned. What happened to Israel? They came through unscathed on the other side. What did God do? He put a difference between them. I mean He separated them but good.

Exodus 19:5

“Now therefore, (because God has already shown how He can put a difference between Israel and the rest of the world) if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye(as a nation) shall be a peculiar treasure (something of tremendous value) unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:”

Now, where does that put Israel? Just like it says. “above all people.” What was that? Separating them. And of course Israel was very human, and when they begin to realize that they were in an exalted position above all the other people of the earth, then they became bigoted. They got to the place that they just despised those uncircumcised Gentiles. Now I’m not saying that God expected them to, but they did it because they were human. You know people still do that today. As soon as someone can get the upper hand over somebody, what do they usually do? They show how despicable they are. So the Jew came to that place where all through their history they are understanding that they were exalted in God’s eyes, and these uncircumcised Gentiles meant nothing to them. So all of this had an effect on their whole outlook toward the non-Jewish world. Now reading on, and remember the whole idea of the Abrahamic Covenant, and being enlarged upon to Moses was what?

Exodus 19:6a

“And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation,…”

Now when we were teaching this back years ago when we were in Exodus, I always asked the question, “What even today is the role of a priest?” Well he’s a go between. In the future every Jew was someday to be a go between for Gentiles and Israel’s God. Now that was the whole idea, but Israel lost sight of that, and so Israel almost begin to look within themselves, and had no time for the Gentile world. All right but now come back to verse 6.

Exodus 19:6a

“And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation….”

Now the word holy does not mean sinless, does not mean like God is Holy, but rather it means “Set apart.” And that’s what the nation of Israel understood. They were a set apart nation of people, and this is what God told Moses to say to the people. They were to be a set apart people, but on the other hand stop with me in the Book of Isaiah as we go back to Ephesians and I’ll show you what I’m talking about. These are some verses we haven’t looked at in a long time. But in chapter 42 we’ll see this is what the Jews lost sight of.

As you know I get the Jerusalem Post, and I clipped an article a year or so back written by a Rabbi where he was speaking of the coming of their Messiah. The Messiah would be a God King who would not only just bring goodness and prosperity and peace to Israel, but to the whole world. The Rabbi had the right idea, because that is the purpose of Christ’s return. He’s going to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Yes, first and foremost over the nation of Israel, but to the whole world, not just Israel. Now here’s where prophecy alluded to that here in Isaiah.

Isaiah 42:1

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: (upon the servant) he (the servant) shall bring forth judgment (or rule, government) to the Gentiles.”

Well who’s the servant? The Messiah, the Christ! But you see Israel lost sight of that. But nevertheless in the divine purposes, God was going to use Israel as a nation of priests to bring all these Gentile nations to a knowledge of Himself, so that He wouldn’t be just the King of Israel, but that He could rule and reign over the whole world. Now the next verses I like to use to go along with this are over in chapter 59 of this same Book. Now this is prophecy. This is all going to be out in the future from Isaiah’s time, and it’s still in the future from our time, but we feel we’re getting awfully close. I just don’t see an awful lot of time left.

Isaiah 59:20-21a

“And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, (Jerusalem) and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. 21. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD;…” Then the Lord repeats the new covenant that Jeremiah 31:31 expresses, but now to complete the thought about Israel being a light to the Gentiles let’s drop on down to Isaiah 60:1

Isaiah 60:1-2

“Arise shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Now here we’ve got to watch our pronouns. Who is the thy to whom the LORD’s glory is coming? Well the nation of Israel. And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you, Israel, the nation.) 2. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, (a spiritual darkness) and gross darkness the people: (Israel. And did it? Sure it did.) but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” Remember this is all future, but again, we’re getting close.

Isaiah 60:3

“And the Gentiles shall come to thy light,…”

And who was Israel’s light? The Messiah, The Christ! Now this of course is still future when Christ sets up His Kingdom. For you and I living in this day of Grace have entered into this simply because of the Gospel, and not because of the covenant promises made to Israel. Now coming back to the Book of Ephesians, verse 16 again.

Ephesians 2:16-17a

“And that he might reconcile both (Jew & Gentile) unto God in one body (the Church) by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17. And came and preached peace to you which were far off,…”

Who was far off? Gentiles. Do you see that? It was those people who were out there without a Messiah. They, our forefathers didn’t have the Word of God, they didn’t have a knowledge of the one true God. They knew gods, but they didn’t know the God of Israel. But now as we saw in an earlier verse because of the finished work of the cross, God can do all of this on behalf of the whole Gentile world. Always remember when God sent the Gospel, as we find in I Corinthians 15:1-4, to the Gentiles predominantly through the apostle Paul, where did that put every Gentiles with relationship to God? He had access to God just like Israel did in the past.

Remember from Abraham all the way up to Paul’s conversion, a period of 2000 years, it was only Israel who had access to God with just a few Gentile exceptions. Then Israel dropped the ball, and God turned to the Gentiles through the apostle Paul. And now for the past 2000 years on this side of the cross it’s been Gentiles that have access with God with a few Jewish exceptions.

Do you see how God always evens things out? Do you remember in Romans chapter 11, you have the analogy of the rootness and fatness of the olive tree which was setting on the promises and covenant made with Abraham? But Paul tells us, “because of Israel’s unbelief, God broke off their branches, and put the Gentiles in their place.” When I was teaching that I told you that for 2000 years the nation of Israel was literally living in that place of privileges, on the promises God made to Abraham. I mean every Jew had access to God. But did that make every Jew a believer? Oh heavens no! Now I suppose the Jewish people would argue with me on that point, but nevertheless only a small few were true believers.

All right now come on this side of the cross. The Jew has been broken off of that root & fatness of Abraham, and who’s been grafted in? The Gentile world. Don’t just look at Romans chapter 11 as for believers. I feel it’s the whole Gentile world that has been put in that place of privilege. And my what a privilege. They can have a knowledge of salvation if they want it. But does that make every Gentile a believer? Of course not. It’s still has to be a choice by faith. Do you see that?

One of the beauties is now that the Body of Christ is being formed even though they’re resting on the root and fatness of Abraham, it’s now a combination of Jewish and Gentile believers. Oh the Jew must come the same way as the Gentiles now and that’s faith in the finish work of the cross for salvation. But now, in this age of Grace there is Jew and Gentile coming together into the Body of Christ and there is no enmity.

Iris and I know a Jewish couple who are believers that live in St. Paul, MN. When we have a seminar up there we usually spend that Friday night in their home. My, when we’re with them we have such sweet fellowship. They believe like we do, and we’re one in the Body of Christ. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with her the first time we went up there for a seminar. She came up to me and said, “Now Les, I’m a Jewish believer, does that mean I won’t go in the Rapture when you go because I’m Jewish? I said “Heavens no! I mean if you’re in the Body of Christ then we’ll all go together whether you’re Jew or Gentile.” There is that immediate affinity between Jew and Gentiles when we’re in the Body of Christ, it’s just that simple. Now coming back to the text here in Ephesians, and this is what Paul is hammering home. Once we enter into this salvation experience, we enter in under the blood of Christ. We enter in into that resurrection power, we can be united with all races of people from every country in the world, it doesn’t matter because we’re one in Christ.Now verse 17.

Ephesians 2:17a

“And came and preached peace to you which were afar off,…”

Who was far off? The Gentiles. Oh they were so far off they couldn’t even comprehend God. But all of a sudden they’re brought to a place where they have access and an opportunity at salvation. Now they have the same opportunity as the Jew had at salvation in the Old Testament economy. So let’s read the verse again.

Ephesians 2:17

“And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, (that’s Gentiles) and to them that were nigh.” (the Jews)

You see He doesn’t ignore the Jew during this age of Grace. The only thing the Jew now must come to salvation the same as the Gentile, and that’s by believing Paul’s Gospel. Now verse 18.

Ephesians 2:18

“For through him we both have access by one (Holy) Spirit unto the Father.”

Now I’ve got to go back to one of my favorite verses, and you’ll find that in Acts chapter 16. Almost every morning I ask the Lord, “Give me hundreds if not thousands of Lydia’s today.” Now I think it’s possible for him to do that. And here’s what I’m talking about in verse 14. Remember Paul had been up there in Northern Greece in Troas, Samothracia & Neapolis, and he’s establishing little Gentile congregations. Now he has come down to Philippi, and evidently there wasn’t a synagogue there, because he comes up on a few Jewish women meeting at a river side. They evidently are having their devotion. Anyway Paul had the opportunity to address them, and look what he says in verse 14.

Acts 16:14a

“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, (so that makes me think they were Jewish) heard us:…”

Now I have to think every time that the apostle Paul had an opportunity, he stopped and put forth the Gospel. It didn’t matter whether it was group like these that he was sharing with, or pagan Gentiles coming out of their temple, Paul was at them with this Gospel of Grace. So in the first part of verse 14 the Scriptures tells us that these women heard us. But oh now is the part that I love to teach, I revel in, and I pray for.

Acts 16:14b

“…whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”

Now we want to remember that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead just as well as God the Son, and God the Father. So I have to feel that the Lord in this case is the Holy Spirit that opened the heart. So the Holy Spirit opened the heart, and understanding of this Jewish lady of Thyatira. And as soon as that happened she believed the message that Paul was proclaiming.

You know it’s no different today. You can have the greatest evangelist just preach his heart out, is he going to get any fruit without the Spirit? No way! I can teach until I’m blue in the face, but won’t get any response until the Holy Spirit opens understandings. Now back to Ephesians chapter 2. Let’s look at verse 18 again.

Ephesians 2:18-19

“For through him (what Christ has done on our behalf) we both (Jew and Gentiles) have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”

Now just look at that verse we just read for a moment, and compare it again with verse 12. Because you have to compare Scripture with Scripture. Read verse 12 again if you will.

Ephesians 2:12

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”

Now look at verse 19 where we just left off. and oh what a difference. You can see we’re not like our forefathers up there in verse 12 any more Now we have a chance.

Ephesians 2:19

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”

Now what a position, and we don’t work for it. We don’t strive, we don’t brow beat ourselves, we don’t grovel in the dirt, we don’t somehow cause physical misery. My we just step in by faith, and God does it all! Always try to remember that it’s not what you and I do, but rather it’s the fact that “GOD DOES IT ALL.”

431: Ephesians 2:10-19

431: Ephesians 2:10-19 – Lesson 3 Part 3 Book 36


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Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 3 * PART 3 * BOOK 36

EPHESIANS 2:10-19

Now, let’s look again at Ephesians chapter 2. We looked at verse 12 quite in depth in the last lesson, that the lot of the Gentiles before the age of Grace, was they were without God in this world. They could not be partakers of the covenant promises of Israel, but now it’s a whole new ballgame. God has now fulfilled the last part of the Abrahamic Covenant through Abraham, through the nation of Israel, through the Messiah, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, by now the letters of Paul in particular. The Gospel has gone out to the whole world, and it’s free for nothing. Every thing that needs to be done has already been done. So that’s what the next verse talks about then when it says were without God in this world.

Ephesians 2:13

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

In our closing remarks in our last lesson I took you back to the night of the Passover in Exodus. The nation of Israel was instructed to apply the blood of the Passover lamb on the two side posts and the lentil of the door, and I think my closing statement was, as those Jews stood in their little huts around their kitchen tables, did they shake in their boots with fear? No. Because they knew they were safe with the blood on the door. But, what was the heart attitude behind the door with the blood applied that God based Him saving them? Their faith! See it’s always been by faith. Hebrews chapter 11, beginning with Abel – let’s see what it says.

Hebrews 11:4a

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,..”

All the way up through history it’s always been by faith. But you just can’t say, “Oh I have faith.” That doesn’t amount to anything. But where is your faith placed? Now for that answer come back to Romans chapter 3. And remembering what Paul said here, in Ephesians 2:13b “That we’ve been made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Also remember in our last lesson I used one of the absolutes in Scriptures, and what was it?

Hebrews 9:22b

“…and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Denominations can throw the blood out of their doctrine, and they’ve got nothing. They can take the blood out of their hymn books and again they have nothing to sing about. Because it is still an absolute that without the shed blood of Christ, there is no remission. Now let’s turn to Romans chapter 3, and start at verse 23.

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Everybody is in that boat, Jew and Gentile, black and white, Oriental or western, it makes no difference. The whole human race has fallen short of the glory of God. Now verse 24.

Romans 3:24-25a

“Being justified freely (without any demands) by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (our everything)through faith in his blood,…”

Now His blood couldn’t be shed until He died for the sins of the world. His shed blood and His death are synonymous, they mean the same thing. So we have to place our faith in the fact that the blood of Christ literally became our Passover. We are now free from the fear of death and eternal doom, because now we’re under the blood. But it isn’t just the blood by itself, it’s coupled with our faith in it. And that’s why we have to know what the Bible says in order to have faith. “What has God said? God has said in so many words “When I see the blood I’ll past over!” And death can’t touch us, and it hasn’t changed. The whole Old Testament format just comes marching along and comes to fruition then when we get to Paul’s Gospel based on His death, burial, and His resurrection.

Romans 3:25b

“…through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”

All the way up through the New Testament Scriptures we have that constant reference to the blood. Now I’m going to take you all the way over to even Peter’s little epistle.

I Peter 1:18-19

“Forasmuch as ye know (it’s not “I hope so”, it’s not “I think so”, but rather it’s a “I know so”.) that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conservation (or manner of living) received by tradition from your fathers; (and my how many people are soaked with tradition today, and I guarantee you it’s going to fail them) 19. But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

What was the whole process leading up to the killing of the Passover lamb? They had to take it out of the flock, and isolate it for three days. And in that three day period they were to look at the lamb real good to see if there was any kind of a flaw or blemish. And if the lamb wasn’t perfect they couldn’t use it for the sacrifice. Well the analogy again is, How long was Christ on public view? Three years. And there was no sin found in Him, so what could He fulfill? The Passover lamb. And as His blood was shed and applied to the door of our hearts the death angel passes over us. We don’t have to shake in our boots when death faces us. We don’t have to wonder, “Am I going to make it?”

My goodness I’ve heard some of the most horrible stories about that. One gentlemen told me that his father-in-law was an evangelist for a particular denomination for twenty-five years, and yet as he faced his own death, he paced the floor worrying out loud, “Am I going to go to heaven when I die?” Now isn’t that sad? Oh that’s so sad, and then I have to think about the people that he preached to. They must have been left with that same dilemma. But oh listen, that’s not what the Scripture teaches. The Scripture says, “that we know” John writes in his little epistle, “we know we have passed from death unto life, when we love the brethren.” There’s that change in attitude. Now let’s come back to the Book of Ephesians chapter 2.

Ephesians 2:13

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

The blood of Christ makes all the difference in the world, and it’s our faith in that shed blood, as well as we saw in our last lesson, The power of His Resurrection, which brings about new life, and from that new life God is looking for fruit. Now verse 14.

Ephesians 2:14a

“For he (Christ) is our peace,…” Oh you see the world is so hungry for peace tonight, personally, as well as between nations. That’s the whole scope of all the politicians, the United Nations, the efforts in the middle East is peace. Hey on the world front there will be no peace in this world until the Prince of Peace Himself returns.

But to bring it down to the individual’s quest for peace, the same thing applies. There can be no peace until we have peace with God, and that can only come by believing the Gospel found in I Corinthians 15:1-4. After all that is where the controversy lies, Man has been alienated by his sin, and this whole Book has been written to bring us back into favor with God, to be reconciled to God. When we’re talking about peace, you have to go back to Romans. Romans is the foundation of our Christian doctrine, and that’s why I’m sure the Holy Spirit placed the Book of Romans exactly where it’s at.

While you’re turning to Romans let me also remind you again as we’re studying the prison epistles of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians you won’t find a single quote from the Old Testament, or a direct reference to the nation of Israel or the Jew. All that is now behind and we’re in whole new territory of basic doctrine concerning God and salvation. It’s not just Israel, it’s not just Gentiles, but rather the whole human race. As we believers are united in Christ and become members of the Body of Christ, as a result of that finished work of the cross. Now that was all free for nothing. So let’s turn to chapter 5 verse 1 of the Book of Romans and look at “peace” the reason we’ve come to Romans.

Romans 5:1

“Therefore (because of what he had written in the previous chapter) being justified by faith, (that’s all Paul knows. Faith + Nothing, and as soon as we’re justified by faith) we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

That’s what the world is looking for. “Peace with God.” When you have peace with God then you have peace with everyone else. Now verse 2.

Romans 5:2

“By whom (the Lord Jesus and His finished work of the cross) also we have access by faith (taking God at His word) into this grace (or this condition of unmerited favor) wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Now that’s our future. Now coming back to Ephesians once again. We’re making a little headway this afternoon. So here in verse 14,

Ephesians 2:14

“For he is our peace, (by faith having entered into that relationship of being redeemed, and justified, and declared righteous, and all those things that accompanied our faith) who hath made both one, (now who are the both? Jew and Gentile do you see that?) and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;”

The Jews and Gentiles, during this Church Age have lost their separateness, they have lost their individual identify as Jews or Gentiles. Paul never again refers to that, but here they have come together and Jews and Gentiles are now one. In fact let’s turn to I Corinthians chapter 12 for a moment. It says almost the same thing, only a little more basic language, and that’s why, again, all these early letters were ahead of Ephesians because Ephesians is simply building on these original foundations of Romans, Corinthians and Galatians. Now starting with verse 12.

I Corinthians 12:12

“For as the body (the human body) is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (or the Body of Christ, The One True Church.)

Now verse 13, and I always make the emphasis here. This is the only Holy Spirit baptism that we as believers enjoy today. In fact Paul says in Ephesians 4:4-5 that there is only one baptism. This is the only one and here it is.

I Corinthians 12:13

“For by one Spirit are we all (not just some of the elite, but all are) baptized into one body, (the Body of Christ) whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all (whether he’s at the bottom or the top of the social totem pole, we’ve all been) made to drink into one Spirit.”

So each of us who are the Body of Christ have been baptized by the Holy Spirit into that Body. There is no water involved in this process, but placed only by the Holy Spirit into the Body. We’ve been placed into a unique position that God reserved for us from eternity past. Knowing that we’d be saved, He had this place ready for us. That’s why when we get a little further in Ephesians we’re going to see that we are a building that has been fitted, and fitly put together. Now coming back to Ephesians, looking at verse 14 again.

Ephesians 2:14b

“…and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” (Jews and Gentiles)

Now we know that in the temple in Jerusalem before it was destroyed in 70 AD there was a dividing wall that would keep the Gentile proselyte from worshipping in the same area as the Jews. I always say a proselyte is best described in the word of the Lord Jesus Himself when He told the Jews this is Matthew 23 and verse 15.

Matthew 23:15

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” But nevertheless they embraced the religion of Judaism, but they were separated from having any contact with the Jew by that dividing wall. Now look what Paul says happened to that wall. “That dividing wall has been totally dismantled. It’s destroyed, it’s broken down – now verse 15.

Ephesians 2:15a

“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity,…”

Now we know Romans chapter 8 speaks of enmity with God, but I don’t think Paul is speaking of that here. I think here he’s talking about enmity between Jew and Gentile. I think it was a couple of programs ago, but I’m not sure everyone caught what I was talking about, when Paul was addressing the Jews in Jerusalem in Acts chapter 22, and rehearsing his conversion experience.

Acts 22:21-22

“And he (the Lord Jesus) said unto me, Depart for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles, 2. And they gave him audience until this word, (Gentiles) and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.”

I mean these Jews wouldn’t even say the word Gentile. But now when a Jew becomes a believer he is as much in fellowship with a Gentile as a Gentile with a Gentile, or a Jew with a Jew. It’s all been broken down, because you see it’s because of the work of the cross. Now looking at verse 15 again.

Ephesians 2:15

“Having abolished in his flesh (the death of the cross) the enmity, (that was between Jews and Gentiles) even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”

Paul speaks of the new man often as a believer. When we become a believer we are a new person in Christ. But that’s not what he’s talking about here. Here Paul is talking about the new person, the Body of Christ, a whole new concept made of Jews and Gentiles. So that He could make by virtue of the work of the cross, twain one new man, and consequently making peace. Alright turn to Colossians chapter 2. I like the way this says it. And remember the Colossians were what kind of people? Gentiles. So the language is the same as it was to the Ephesians as he writes to these Gentile believers.

Colossians 2:14

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, (what did He do with it?) and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross:”

Can you imagine what it would be like for a Gentile to live under the rules and regulations of Judaism? There was no way they could cope with that. Because you see that was one of the problems that Paul had with his new believers. They were used to the immoral activity of the pagan idolatrous community. They had no compunction about the dietary laws of Israel and so forth. And so for a Gentile to come under that, man that was something they couldn’t even think about. So what does Paul say? “All of that was nailed to His cross.” And like I said in the last lesson, “What did the cross do? It killed. So His cross killed all of these demands of the law. It was put to death, it was ended there.”

We always have to be careful saying that, because since we are now under Grace that doesn’t give us a license. Come back to Romans chapter 13 for a moment. Just because we step into the Grace of God does not mean that I’m free to do as I please, for after all God will wink at my sin. And after all I’m under the blood, and I’m forgiven. No. No. You see that kind of thinking goes contrary to the Word. And if I understand the Greek here, it doesn’t mean that you can’t borrow money to buy a home, or car, but rather it means to defraud no one. Don’t take advantage of someone and cheat him.

Romans 13:8-9

“Owe (or defraud) no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (that is the Ten Commandments! And Paul goes on to list them.) 9. For this, (since love is now the key) Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shall not kill, Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Who in the world can do that but a believer? The unsaved world can’t. They can try, but they will fall flat on their face before too long, but the believer is empowered to do that. We are empowered to love our neighbor. We have the capability now to love the neighbor because that is the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments.

Always remember the law as Israel practiced it was always under the terrific threat of punishment if they broke them. We don’t have to worry about death if we break the law for stealing. Does that mean we go ahead and steal? No way. We are still under these moral laws that the Holy Spirit empowers us to keep, but the basis for it is love. After all what put Christ on the cross? His love for the human race! He loved us so much that He died for us, and that love is supposed to be promulgated through you and I as believers in the everyday world. So as we enter into this complete freedom of Grace, that doesn’t mean that we can be lawless, but it’s that the Ten Commandments are not hanging over us like a noose or like a yoke, which the Scriptures says was too heavy to bear.