Author: Phillip Ross

Sustainability

Eph. 6:3 is about human sustainability on earth. God’s plan all along has been to nurture sustainable human development “on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The eternality of heaven must include human sustainability. These first few verses…

Rhema–Tongues

How this washing takes place is significant. It happens “by the washing of water with the word” (ῥῆμα, Eph. 5:26). This phrase by itself is odd at best. Paul used the analogy of marriage to talk about the church, which…

Eucharist

“giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” —Ephesians 5:20 When Paul directed Christians to give thanks always and for everything, he used the word Eucharist (εὐχαριστέω). The word is…

Foolishness

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. –Ephesians 5:17 The usual contrast to foolishness is wisdom, but here Paul contrasts foolishness with knowing God’s will. This contrast then suggests that wisdom is equated…

Redemption

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. –Ephesians 5:15-16 Christ redeems us (Galatians 4:5, Titus 2:14) and we are to redeem the time…

The Call to Culture War

But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” –Ephesians 5:13-14 In verse 14…

Leadership Vision

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. –Ephesians 5:11 Paul’s solution to the sin problem is exposure to the light of Christ. The Authorized Version translated it as reprove (ἐλέγχω, v. 11), and elsewhere…

One Another

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. —Ephesians 4:25 James Jordan has said somewhere that we Christians need to one-another one another, using one-another…

Fixity, Take II

“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. –Ephesians 4:18 Paul said that the Gentiles do what they do “due to their…

Christian Conflict

“They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. –Ephesians 4:19 We must also acknowledge that the story of the Bible is a story of conflict between believers and unbelievers, or…