A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 1:1-2:
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:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Johann Ferus said, “Let us never put confidence in man, or in any sanctity of position, office, or dress. If apostleship did not make Judas a saint, neither will position, office, or dress make thee a saint.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is one qualification that proves we’re filled with the Holy Ghost and that is that we Iive a holy life.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Historian J. Edwin Orr describes the Welsh Revival as “the farthest reaching of the movements of general awakening, for it affected the whole of the evangelical cause in India, Korea and China, renewed revival in Japan and South Africa, and sent a wave of awakenings over Africa, Latin America and the South Seas.” Visiting pastors from Norway, Japan, America, India, South Africa, and Korea were all deeply moved in the Welsh Revival and became carriers of revival to their nations as they returned home.”
John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck said, “Paul’s extension of grace and peace is different from the normal Greek letters which had only “greetings” or “greeting” “Grace” expresses God’s steadfast love toward man and “peace” shows the relational state as a result of that grace.”
Warren Wiersbe said, “Nine times in this brief letter, Paul addresses his readers as saints. These saints were alive, not dead, though once they had been “dead in trespasses and sins”. And it is clear that they had never performed any miracles, though they had experienced a miracle by trusting Christ as Saviour. The word saint is simply one of the many terms used in the New Testament to describe “one who has trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour.” The person is “alive,” not only physically, but also spiritually.”
Paul refers to the believers who are the recipients of his letter as “saints.”
Now, you have heard of certain Christians of years gone by being referred to with the title “Saint” in front of their name, such as Saint Thomas, Saint Gregory, or Saint Francis. These are people whom the Catholic Church has claimed to raise up to a level of “sainthood.” However, the idea that the church makes saints and that only certain Christians can be saints is bogus.
The church does not make people saints. Jesus makes people saints. The word translated saints in the Bible is the Greek word “hagios” which simply means “holy things.” Of course, we as believers are not holy through any doing of our own, but through the saving and purifying blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus washes us in His blood and makes us holy before God. It is His holiness that we put on, not any holiness of our own — and that is what makes us saints.
What we need to be most concerned about is not our standing, but our practice. Our standing is that of sainthood before God; we are holy because Jesus makes us holy. The question we must ask is: Is our practice consistent with our standing? Are we living holy lives? Are we shunning evil and embracing good? Revival will not happen until Christians begin living in a practical manner that is consistent with their standing of sainthood.
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Caliph and Edith in Kenya
bless their evangelistic meetings, revivals, leadership training, and discipleship ministry
heal her son who is very ill
help him to get an education
Save him and heal him
Help her to find a Bible preaching church home, to keep the passion and desire to follow You
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Presbyterian Church
Yun Kyoung Yang
Beth Ann Zornick
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
STATE CABINET MEMBERS
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.