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 2:4-7:
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Sammy Tippit said, “Revival is not the discovery of some new truth. It’s the rediscovery of the grand old truth of God’s power in and through the Cross.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “It is much easier to wear a cross than to bear a cross.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In England, the beginnings of the ‘Evangelical Revival,’ as the First Great Awakening was called in England, are usually traced to a Moravian Watch Night Service at Fetter Lane on December 31, 1739. About three o’clock in the morning, the sixty young men who had gathered to pray experienced what George Whitefield later described as ‘a Pentecostal season.’ The Fetter Lane outpouring overwhelmed those who experienced it. They left the chapel that morning empowered by the Holy Spirit to change the world as they knew it.”
In light of how Paul has emphasized where we have come from as sinners, he again turns his attention to where we now stand. The hope is that by holding up our past life in light of what God has done for us, we will realize and appreciate the mighty power of God as it has worked in us. There is a great contrast between where we have been and where we are now.
Previously, we were dead in trespasses and sins, the children of disobedience, and the children of wrath. Despite all this, God’s mercy, love, and grace is poured out on us. Verses 4-5 read, “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).”
John Walvoord and Roy Zuck said, “God’s love has done three things: (a) made us alive with Christ, (b) raised us up with Christ, and (c) “seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”. An unbeliever, spiritually dead, is “made … alive” by God “with Christ”. The “us” includes both Jews and Gentiles. The only way a spiritually dead person can communicate with God is to be made alive, and that must be done by the One who is Himself alive. He is the living God, “who gives life to the dead”.”
God is full of love, mercy, and grace. He is rich in it. He could have poured out that love, mercy, and grace on anyone. He could have poured it out on a select, deserving few. He could have poured it out on no one at all. But the Bible says that He poured it out on all of us. His love, mercy, and grace is what makes us alive though we were dead in our trespasses and sins. It makes us children of God bound for Heaven when before we were children of disobedience bound for wrath and hell.
If we are not careful some of us will begin to foolishy think of ourselves as deserving of God’s grace. This happens when we become pharisaical and legalistic in our Christian walk. We think that God loves us because we keep these rules and abide by these tenets, when that is not the case at all. God loved us when we were lawbreakers and enemies of His. We would do well to remember that, especially in light of our calling to evangelize those who are still lost.
Charles Wesley ascertained that this is indeed the goal of every believer when he wrote:
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.
My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread thro’ all the earth abroad
the honors of your name.
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.”
— Rachel in Jerome, ID
for blessing and protection to be upon their church and ministry, as well as her and her husband as they strive to minister
— Sylvia in Bridgetown, Barbados
give her strength amid her mother’s terminal illness
— Marc in Tanzania
deliver Christians being persecuted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria
— Vijay in Pakistan
pray for ministry blessings
bless his church to buy a plot of land and build a building
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 AME Church
Vashti Murphy Mckenzie
Adam J. Richardson Jr.
Samuel Lawrence Green Sr.
Jeffrey Nathaniel Leath
Clement W. Fugh
David Rwhynica Daniels Jr.
Sarah Frances Davis
Wilfred Jacobus Messiah
John Franklin White
Paul J. M. Kawimbe
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.”
UTAH STATE CABINET MEMBERS
Kimberly K. Hood
Todd Evan Kiser
Dr. Joseph K. Miner
Jon S. Pierpont
Michael R. Styler
Keith D. Squires
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.