The Chronicles of Ephesians: Holy Spirit Obedience

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

 Paul an apostle belonging strictly to Jesus Christ and only for Him, and through the will belonging exclusively to God.

This is an apostolic description.

The prophet ministers in the progressive revelation of the rhema word of God, which is also called the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The apostle ministers in the completed revelation found in the logos word.  The apostle is more of a foundation layer, an architect.

1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

 We not Paul’s description of himself, an apostle.

Master builder is the word architecton, from where our word architect comes from.  An apostle knows intuitively what the correct foundation of the church is and knows how it should go. He knows when something is amiss in the church.

Combined, the revealed knowledge of the apostle and prophet is the foundation upon which the church builds.

 Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

The object of the apostle’s ministry is geared to the building up of the genuine saints of God, by the foundational knowledge that follows in this chapter, and Paul, in the ministry of an apostle reveals.

This is why a proper foundation of the revealed Word of God is so vital.

We are living in times in which things in the church are not being laid according to the foundation of God’s Word.

God is looking for those who will step up to the plate and begin to teach and minister according to what is in the Word.

Names, and personalities do not matter to God. Only the faithfulness of His people.

Saints as hagioi, or the sanctified ones.

  2Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

   Grace is defined as Christ’s  superhuman labor within us.  The result of Christ’s labor produces within us “shalom peace.”

1Cor 15: 10  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

We note how Paul equates grace with the labor of God. Nowhere does he say, that grace is an allowance for us to do as we please. As a matter of fact, the revelation of God’s superhuman labor is proportional to how yielded we are to God. God’s labor is given to us so that we can continue to glorify God.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us  (accusative case)with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

 Blessed, is in the past tense. God has blessed us with every kind and type of spiritual blessing possible.  They occur in Christ or as we walk step by step in obedience to the voice of the Spirit. We do not ask Christ for blessings, we obey Him so that every blessing already deposited within Him can be revealed in us.

The blessings occur in heavenly, not earthly places.

Our lives must be totally focused on things above, not on earthly things below.

These blessings proceed or are worked out by the means of our abiding in the heavenly places, which is walking in the Spirit.

The source of every blessing has the saints as the object, the final goal, or the funneling ground. The church is the receptacle where God pours out everything that He is and wants to do. It’s in our ability to receive, by faith that this becomes a reality.

The church in this verse is in the Greek accusative noun case. The accusative is like the accused, or to whom the finger is pointed to. The church has the finger of God pointed to it, in that God has pointed out the church to receive all that He has.

This is the great purpose of the church, to be the receptacle of receiving all that God has.

“Spiritual” is defined that the blessings proceed from the Spirit of God, and not from our soul realm. The Christian must learn to distinguish the difference between the spirit and the soul.

4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

 God chose us.  We are the hagioi or sanctified ones. No where do we see that the Christian must like the world to attract the word to the Lord.

The limitations of God’s choosing are limited to our relationship with the Son.

Everything is birthed in the Son, occurs by the grace or labor of the Son, and is worked by God back to us through His Son. God per se is not blessings us, but His son in us. This is why the personal revelation of Christ Jesus within our lives is of the utmost importance.

The limit of the choosing is that we should be holy or set apart for His sacred purposes resulting in an unblemished internal character within us.

Col 1:22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Holy -denotes a cut from the world and from what is common and profane, to the sacred purposes of God.

Unblamable- Without blemish and spot; talks about our inner character.

Unreprovable- External character.  That in absolutely nothing outwardly can we be accused of, or have an accusatory finger pointed at us.  This is the outward fruit of being holy and unblamable. Nothing that the devil can point a finger at the church.

 5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

The purpose of our being blessed with every Spirit originated blessing in Christ has the goal of praise in mind.

Genuine saints who are walking in the way that we have just described above stimulate and extract praise from the world unto God. The purpose of the church must be a society that will give praise back to God for His glory and riches.

The unchurched must see the glory of God in the church and through that give praise back to God.

The saints are one of God’s primary vehicles to stimulate praise from the universe.   This praise had to do with the glory of God.  The glory of God is making the invisible God to become visible in His attributes and in that glory to make Him progressively known.

The saints are one of the main bearers of God’s glory. The saints make the invisible God to become visible. This is the great purpose of the church.

1 Corinthians 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

The physical body is the entity, sphere or element in which the glory of God is manifested or and made progressively known. God uses the physical bodies of His saints and more so, His corporate body that is His church, as the element or vehicle in which His glory is made visible in such a way that He can be progressively known to the universe.

Eph 3: 10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

God’s Fullness

John 1:16  And of his fullness( pleroma) have all we received, and grace for grace.

God’s fullness is all of the attributes, essence, giftings, arrangements and dispositions of God that make Him God, exclusive of anything else in the universe.

 Colossians 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell

All of God’s fullness is permanently resident within Christ, and Christ resides within His saints.

The fullness of God, which God now deposited in the saints, becomes the inheritance.

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh ( WHO IS ENERGIZING in DUNAMIS POWER) all things after the counsel of his own will:

The more that the saints operate in the counsel of God, the more that His energizing power works within them to make His kingdom operational in the world, becomes a reality.

God only releases His energizing power in proportion to us doing His will. In no place does it say that the Christian can do as she feels.

 10 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Praise is created unto God because of the glory manifested through the saints.

17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

The hope of His calling is the call and invitation of God to the saint that is received with total obedience.

When the call is received with obedience, and ministry is accomplished in oneness and identicalness to the Spirit’s voice, it becomes an effectual call or a call that is full of the powerful energy of God to make it effective, operational and accomplish what it is supposed to do through the saint.

The riches are the unsearchable arrangements and dispositions and arrangements of God that must be revealed. Each of the riches defines a portion of the inheritance, which is the deposit of the fullness of Christ within the believer. The riches are to be made known or manifested in the mode of glory. The riches are the inheritance of God within the believer, which is His fullness made visible.

Riches cannot be sought out, they must be revealed.

Ephesians 1:8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

A spirit of wisdom and revelation knows God’s will and timing and then understands it to carry it out step by the step In the Spirit through what is called prudence.

Wisdom are the revealed blue prints of God which come out of God’s mysteries. Everything that God has, He keeps hidden in mysteries. He does this so that people who do not want to honor Him, cannot access the things of God.

Mysteries cannot be accessed through our physical senses, but only through revelation knowledge. This is why the prayer of revelation is the most important prayer that can be prayed.

Wisdom is the revealed mystery of God.

 Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

God ia a God of patterns or blue prints. His wisdom comes out of patterns.

Ephesians 1:8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

Prudence then, is the execution of  pattern of God, step by step by the voice of the Holy Spirit. This is the key to revival.