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“…for the praise of his glory.”
September 19, 2010, 1:57 pm
Filed under: P Letter to the Ephesians

In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, living organically by the Holy Spirit is his chief concern. This life that we have been given is His life, it is not ours. He wants His life shown forth and manifested: holiness, blamelessness, love, and grace. Living together in the experiences of face-to-face community by the Holy Spirit is how Christ works Himself out through His people. This is what Paul was saying to the church in Philippi: “therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

Paul says that “in him we were chosen as his inheritance…in order that we….might be for the praise of his glory.” That was God’s plan from the very beginning! In fact being “for the praise of his glory” was “predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” God’s goal is to see His Son worked out from within us, in an inward way, through the community life of the body of Christ by His Spirit. Christ must become the body’s everything, the “sum of all things.” Because we “were included in Christ when you heard the word (logos) of truth, the good news of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is the deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.”

When we heard the truth of the good news of Jesus Christ, He spoke to us in an inward way and believing we became His inheritance! He came and indwelt us! Our dead spirit became alive with His Spirit. Praise God! We are “his inheritance” but at the same time He is “our inheritance.” Would that I, we could wrap our arms around this one statement! The Holy Spirit dwells in all who are in Christ, for those who have believed. “You were marked in him.” We are “sealed” in him. We “are God’s possession.” This means ownership, security, and destination. The Holy Spirit in us guarantees “our inheritance” of our life together with Christ. Because we “are a son, God has made you also an heir.” But this adoption or placing as sons takes time and His life being worked out through the body of Christ. Paul wrote to the Galatian churches, in his concern for their spiritual life he wrote to them saying: “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…” And to the church in Rome: “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” And what is formed and what is revealed? “His glory;” “Christ in you, the hope of glory!” Living by His life together in a shared life in the body of Christ IS God’s will. This is how His life is known, learned, formed, and revealed! This is “his good pleasure and will,” this is “the mystery of his will,” this is “his will” that He is always working towards!

How many of His people, those who are in Christ, know that while they are in a performance/programmed based church, one based on law and human traditions, one where there is a division of clergy and laity, one where the body of Christ stagnates by being a spectator, one based on philosophies of this world, how their spirit groans for the deeper life of knowing Christ Jesus and Him crucified! That’s how I was after I received Christ Jesus as Lord. The programs, the guilt trips, the laws, the procedures over time seemed lifeless, because they are! How many years were we in institutional churches ever learning that it was really about relationships with one another and the Spirit, but never really knowing how to live by His life organically. Only Christ brings life! When we gather together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is all about Him! We may say that when we come together but is that so in reality? How many times only a couple or just one is really functioning/over functioning to the detriment of those with gifts of serving and speaking but do not have the freedom to express their Christ in them. How often we give lip service to what the Scriptures say about how we are to live by His life, but we are too quick to follow our human traditions, follow our fleshly desires, etc. We do not come together in the name of or for a “service” or a “program” we come together to share His glorious life!

God the Father desires for His Son to be displayed in and through His Body. Paul constantly prayed for the churches that their lives would be “to the glory and praise of God.” To the church in Philippi he wrote: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes though Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” And now to the church in Ephesus: “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” That is what life in the body is about! May we live by His life together, a life of humility, love, and grace and be “to the praise of his glory.” Let us ask together for His Spirit to give His “wisdom and revelation” to “know him better.”

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)

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Thanks, John, again for a great piece of perceptive and Godly comment. Write a book, man! I’ll buy it!

Comment by alan

wow, thanks brother! Not a writer, but thanks for the comment, lol. Really enjoying listening to Christ and writing what I see Him telling me from the Scriptures. See what God has in store. Yours in Christ brother.

Comment by John Wilson

Спасибо за Ваш труд!

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you are welcome!

Comment by John Wilson

Amen, brother. How glorious it is to have the God of all the universe living inside of us by the Spirit! Once I was awakened to that FACT a lot of my self-striving, self-effort, and self-righteousness (or there lack of) fell off as did the scales on Paul’s eyes when the Spirit of Christ came upon Him.
What grace, what mercy! “I delight in Mercy” says God (somewhere in the Bible lol) He actually delights in giving us mercy! Wow. He’s not rolling His eyes at us as we try to do things on our own. Or even when we try to live the “better Christian life” on our own effort.
Not sure why I went off on that rant but there ya have it.
Thanks for this post brother. I need to visit your blog more often for some further depth and insight on the Scriptures.

Comment by Michael Young

Thanks brother for the encouraging words, needed that just now. God bless!


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