A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
A.J. Gossip said, “Do you find life too difficult for you? So did we, but not now. With the amplitudes of grace there are for us in Jesus Christ, life grows satisfying and successful and exciting beyond measure. It becomes another and a richer thing.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we can Iive without revival, then we’re not where God wants us to be.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In addition, *** Evan Roberts began experiencing visions of large numbers of people coming to Christ. He felt a revival was coming to his native Wales and that he must prepare for ministry. He formed a ministry team with several friends, telling them God was sending a revival that would reach a hundred thousand people for Christ.”
Another virtue that we ought to show forth as Christian believers is that of grace. Paul writes, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Grace is “good will, loving-kindness, or favor.” It is the ‘merciful kindness of God who exerts his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.’
Everything good that has happened in our lives, beginning with the event of our salvation, is due to the grace of God. A Christian should know and acknowledge that in his daily life. We could still be ‘dead in our trespasses and sins,’ but thanks to the grace of God, we are saved, sanctified, and on our way to Heaven. God and His grace get all the credit for the good that has been done and that will be done in our lives.
Furthermore, grace is also defined as “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, or loveliness.” We ought to be conduits of God’s grace, bringing the good things of God into the lives of others be they saved or lost. We ought to be grace-filled and graceful individuals.