A series of homilies on Ephesians
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 (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 1:5-12:
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.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Albert Barnes said, “Think amid your plans and anticipations of future enjoyment what the redemption of your soul has cost, and how the dying Saviour would wish you to act. His wounds plead that you will live for better things. ”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Every day we live somebody around the world dies for Jesus Christ in Asia or in the Middle East. We just go about our business. Of course, we have our hardships. Sometimes we go to McDonald’s and don’t get a very good hamburger and that’s a grief; sometimes we get a flat tire and that’s terrible. We gripe over such things while others are in prison, tormented, suffering beyond anything we can understand.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “From the revival of 1905 to 1910, the Korean churches recorded 79,221 additions in membership. That was more than the total number of Japanese church members after fifty years of missionary effort. It was also twice the number of Chinese Protestants after eighty years of missionary labors. By 1912, there were about 300,000 Korean Protestant church members in a nation of twelve million people.”
As we continue considering the foundations of our spiritual blessings, we move into verse 7 of this chapter where talks about the redemption that we received through the blood of Christ Jesus. Grace has been shown to us, and that grace compels us to bring glory to God with our lives. But, we would not have that grace if it had not been for the redemptive work of Christ.
According to the Bible Knowledge Commentary, “Redemption denotes release or deliverance from a state of slavery. This redemption is from sin, and thus this work of Christ delivers believers from slavery to sin. This is further defined by the forgiveness of sins, which is the immediate result of a believer’s release from sin’s hold.”
Jesus blood being shed and His death on the cross were a price that had to be paid for us to be free from sin. Neither you nor I would have willingly paid that price. But Jesus did. As the saying goes, “Freedom is not free.” Jesus bought our freedom at a heavy price.
Not only are we redeemed — that is, free from sin — but we are “forgiven.” The word “forgiven” means that our sins are removed from us. Some people might forgive you of a debt that you owe, but they continue to hold that debt against you. God does not do that. When He forgives you, He places you in the standing of Jesus Christ who has never sinned, and sees you as such.
Again, in this verse, we are reminded that all of this is done “according to the riches of his grace.” There is no such thing as limited grace; God’s grace does not only stretch so far. God redeemed us and forgave us out of his abundant mercy and grace. There is no limit to the number of people Jesus can save. The fountain filled with blood is still overflowing; the river of life is still wide.
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.”
— Daniel in Prince George’s County, Suitland, Maryland
help Daniel Cook, as pastor of Life Changing Faith Christian Church, and his leaders not to compromise the Gospel or their families
bless the finances of their church so that there will be money to take care of the budget and to truly help those in need
give Daniel Cook Your wisdom to lead Your people into Your truth
— Ruusa in Windhoek, Namibia
help her and her siblings to be successful in life, provide them with jobs
bless Ruusa with a job as a nurse
— Christine in Erath, Louisiana
heal her father Norman who is suffering from stage 4 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, COPD, prostate cancer, and thyroid problems; bring his body total healing
— Cheryl in Picayune, Mississippi
heal her mother of cancer
— Tammy in Arnaudville, Louisiana
bless her financially
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 Episcopal Church
Mary F. Brennan
Rev. Canon James G. Callaway
Rachel N. Caraballo
Rachel Elizabeth Chardon
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
Mary Fran Gamage
Daniel R. Despard
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.