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 2:11-17:
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Henry Blackaby said, “When Holy God draws near in true revival, people come under terrible conviction of sin. The outstanding feature of spiritual awakening has been the profound consciousness of the presence and holiness of God.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “There are two kinds of people in the world—only two kinds. Not black or white, rich or poor, but those either dead in sin or dead to sin.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Though some church historians think of the celebrated English Baptist missionary William Carey as the father of modern Protestant missions, the Moravian outpouring and hourly intercession that grew out of it gave birth to missions half a century before Carey sailed to India. Within twenty-five years, a hundred missionaries had been sent from Hernhutt to various parts of the world. Carey himself was inspired by mission reports published by Moravian journals, and he challenged British Baptists to follow their example.”
In our last two homilies, we have looked at how the Gospel of Jesus Christ broke down barriers and divisions between Jews and Gentiles. This subject matter is very appropriate to what is going on in our society and in the church today. Many Christians in America are waking up to the fact that, despite our calling to be unified in Christ, divisions still remain among the body of believers — divisions of race, divisions of class, divisions of economic status. We talk about black churches vs. white churches, diverse churches vs. homogeneous churches, conservative churches vs. liberal churches, urban churches vs. suburban churches.
The wall of division between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians may be gone, but we have erected numerous walls in its place. Many are asking, How do we overcome these divisions? We overcome the divisions in the church today the same way the first century Christians overcame their divisions: through Jesus Christ who is our peace.
Verse 15 of our passage says that Jesus has “abolished in his flesh the enmity.” Abolished: it means to get rid of, to do away with. Jesus did away with the enmity between Jews and Gentiles “in his flesh” — that is in His bodily, physical death on the cross. Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Through Christ, the far-off Gentile is made nigh, and both Jew and Gentile are made one. The consequences of Christ’s work are: the destroying of the enmity by the abolishing of the Law and the creating of a new man — the church, the body of Christ.”
The verse goes on to state that Jesus ‘made in himself of twain one new man, so making peace…’ Jesus brought two very different groups of people together — the heathen nations who had no knowledge of God and the proud, religious Jews who had much knowledge of God. He brought them together in Himself and made peace between them. Not only did He make peace between them, but He made them one new body.
The fact that they became one in Christ is important. Two nations can be at peace, but can still have their walls of division built up. In Jesus, and in His church, the walls of division must be torn down. Because these walls of division are built up in the human heart, social programs cannot do this, government intervention cannot do this, even churches striving in the flesh to be more “diverse” or “inclusive” cannot do this. We must collectively confess the sin of disunity, allow Christ to tear down the walls in our hearts, and choose to love our fellow man — no matter the race, ethnicity, class, or economic status — the way we love ourselves.
As John Oxenham once wrote:
In Christ there is no East nor West,
In Him no South nor North;
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.
Join hands then, brethren of the faith,
Whatever your race may be;
All who serve my Father as His child
Are surely kin to me.
In Christ now meet both East and West,
In Him meet South and North;
All godly souls are one in Him
Throughout the whole wide earth.
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.”
— Delores in Virginia
have 100% of her Social Security benefits to be released and all finances (including VA) to be released as soon as possible
provide her with her own place to live
— Jordan in Sheridan, Indiana
provide Jordan Vira, Eleanor Vira, Kyle Jones, Kylen Vira, and Kayden Vira with a financial breakthrough to meet all obligations including rent, food and utilities;
give them emotional and spiritual healing, for doors to open for them to be able to move out of Las Vegas, Nevada to a place where You will lead and ordain them
— David in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
deliver Elena Suciu Pop from all problems and be with her 11 children
provide for their charity ministry and church planting ministry
— Ann in Carson, California
give her a financial breakthrough
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
Wanda T. Ringgold
Willie C. Glover
Miriam J. Burnett
Chinelo Cary Tyler
Kimberly L. Detherage
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.”
MONTANA 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.