Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

God measures everything, from start to finish, by the perfections of His Son.

You should realize too that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ you now share completely in those same perfections.

Chapters 1 through 3 is the doctrinal section. It deals with our so-great salvation and the doctrines of election and redemption, our position in Christ, and so much more.

Chapter 4 through 6 are the more practical side of the epistle. This section presents the normal Christian response to learning and understanding all we are in Christ. It deals with Christian conduct in light of our so-great salvation.

All in all there are three parts to the book of Ephesians, handling the believer’s position in Christ (EPH 1:1 - 3:21), his life in the world (EPH 4:1-6:9) and his attitude toward the enemy (EPH 6:10 - 24).

The first part of the letter reveals our life in Christ to be one of union with Him in the highest heavens.
The second half shows us in very practical terms how such a heavenly life is to be lived by us down here on earth.

The first section of the letter (EPH 1:1 - 3:21) can be represented by the word “sit”, EPH 2:6.
The second part of the letter (EPH 4:1-6:9) can be represented by the word “walk”,
EPH 4:1.
The third part of the letter (EPH 6:10-24) can be represented by the word “stand”, EPH 6:11.

Our Position in Christ - “SIT” (EPH 2:6)
Our Life in the World - “WALK: (EPH 4:1)
Our Attitude to the Enemy - “STAND”(EPH 6:11)

Sit, Walk, and Stand.

There is the Cross of Walk.
There is the Cross of Stand.
There is the Cross of Sit.

John 19:30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

There is the Cross of Walk.
Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, " If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

There is the Cross of Stand.
We have seen that Christianity begins not with a big DO but with a big DONE!

Satan accuses us of not resting in our position in Christ, of not believing the promises, of not enjoying all that God, that great Giver who owns everything, has already given us!!!

The Christian life is based on the fact that from start to finish we are completely dependent on the Lord Jesus Christ!

The grace that God wants to shower upon us is unlimited!

PSA 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

He will give us everything, but we can’t receive it unless and until we rest in Him!
So in the spiritual realm sitting means that we take the weight we have been carrying and we hoist it on the shoulders of the Lord.

1 Pe 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Our Lord finished the work on the cross. God has done everything in Christ.

He unravels before your spiritual eyes the things He has prepared for you since before the foundation of the world.

So now we are fearful, and skeptical, and cautious, and unbelieving, and slow to realize how great a Lover is this God.

“God is so wealthy that his chief delight is to give.”
“He wants to be the Giver eternally, and He wants to be the Doer eternally.”
“He wants to be the Giver eternally, and He wants to be the Doer eternally.”

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