faith & theology 
With Rev. Dr. Paul E. Momoh
Before You Read The Book Of Ephesians Again…
In what follows, I am providing you with a mirror of truth for your individual life as a Believer and as a member of a local church. This mirror is the Book of Ephesians. With this, take a personal assessment of who you are as an individual in Christ Jesus, and what the church is to you in Christ Jesus.
The Book of Ephesians (all 6 chapters), in a nutshell, is about divine authority and how to use it, as invested in:
(1) You as the individual Believer (chapters 1-2). These show how you, the individual Believer, can be strong in the Lord, knowing who you are in that authority. Next time you read these chapters, you should be thanking and praising God for your authority in Christ Jesus. Chapters 1-2 are about the individual Believer.
(2) The community of faith/local church (chapters 3-4). These show how you, the individual Believer, can serve God through the local church, in faith, love and unity, and become a strong part of, and how to fulfil that role in, a local church. Next time you read these chapters, you should be thanking and praising God for the authority of the church (of which you are a part of ) in Christ Jesus. Oops…, if you don’t belong to a local church or are not committed to one, well, after you complete reading this text, you should know what to do very quickly. You cannot be sharpened spiritually and grow in love and patience (even tried in love and patience with other Believers) without being a part of a local church. Tried and tested amidst the brethren of the Lord and being able to live at peace with other Believers, endeavouring to still keep the unity of the Spirit (Eph 4:1-4), then you can face the tough evil world and still love those people out there. Charity begins at home, in the local church.
So, if you are not planted in a definite local church, you cannot grow in this love and patience. To love the brethren of the Lord Jesus is to truly be able to love the world indeed as God loves. Chapters 3-4 are about the church.
The next 2 chapters (ends the Book and) are about building the individual life of the Believer and the church on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
(3) The Holy Spirit Through Love (chapter 5): Next time you read this chapter, you should be prayerfully meditating on how to use that authority (found in chapters 1-4) in your day-to-day circumstances and spiritual warfare based on the Holy Spirit through love. Chapter 5 is about the Holy Spirit and the love shed in the heart of the Believer.
(4) The Word of God Through Faith (chapter 6): Next time you read this chapter, you should be prayerfully meditating on how to use that authority (found in chapters 1-4) in your day-to-day circumstances and spiritual warfare based on the Word of God through faith. Chapter 5 is about the Word of God and the faith it generates in you when you believe. In sum total, and in agreement with Gal 5:6, this is the faith that works by love. It conquers all evil and delivers the victory that overcomes the world. The Word and the Spirit, Faith and Love, and the love of the Word and the Spirit must be the foundation of your individual life. Not an individual life attempting to grow independently of the community of faith (you will lack the strength, authority and blessings of chapters 3-4) but being planted and located in the local church for spiritual interdependency. Not for spiritual dependency but rather being built on the foundation of the Word and the Holy Spirit, supplying something of your natural and spiritual talents to build the Kingdom, and to be able to withstand, together with the church, every storm or devil in these final days of the last days.
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