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.
John Henry Newman said, “What can this world offer comparable with that insight into spiritual things, that keen faith, that heavenly peace, that high sanctity, that everlasting righteousness, that hope of glory, which they have, who in sincerity love and follow our Lord Jesus Christ?”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you’re not walking in holiness, you’re not walking where God wants you to walk. The very nature of God — holiness — can be ours.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The results that evening convinced Evan Roberts that revival would come in its fullness to Loughor if he would remain faithful. Attendance at the meetings began to increase each night. By Friday, those attending Roberts’ meetings included people from several other congregations in town.”
Just as Christians should be sincere in their love for and relationships with God and Jesus Christ, we should also be sincere in our dealings with other people.
One good definition of this type of sincerity is “to be the same in actual character as in outward appearance.” It is tempting for us to fall into the trap of putting forth an appearance that is not consistent with who we really are. We may give off the impression that we are honest, trustworthy, righteous people simply because that is how we want other people to think of us. This is insincere, and it often comes out of the life of someone who is the opposite of honest, trustworthy, and righteous.
Instead of investing time and energy into pretending to be good people, we should expend our energies into actually being what we want people to believe we are. If someone notices our flaws and faults, we should own up to them and continue to strive to overcome them. In our dealings with our fellow man, that is the sincere, genuine, authentic way of living as a Christian who loves the Lord in sincerity.