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 3:1-6:
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
A.W. Pink said, “It’s true that many are praying for a worldwide revival. But it would be more timely, and more scriptural, for prayer to be made to the Lord of the harvest, that He would raise up and thrust forth laborers who would fearlessly and faithfully preach those truths which are calculated to bring about a revival.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you have the smile of God what does it matter if you have the frown of men?”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While this was the beginning of what Jonathan Edwards had prayed for, he could not help but be concerned when he heard of the conversion of one young lady in particular. She had a reputation as a woman ‘who had been one of the greatest company-keepers in the whole town.’ When she asked to meet with her pastor, he had no idea God was working in her life. Yet as they talked, Edwards himself became convinced that she’d experienced ‘a glorious work of God’s infinite power and sovereign grace’ in her life. Apparently, she was truly converted. Strangely, although Edwards had been preaching for conversions, this conversion caused him some concern. He’d hoped the moral members of the congregation would see their need for Christ and be converted. He feared that news of this young lady’s conversion would cause the unconverted members of his church to become even more complacent about their need for Christ. As it turned out, Edwards’ fears were unfounded. It was in fact the conversion of this young lady that fueled the flame of the revival. The change in her life was so significant that soon the whole town was talking about it. The converting power of God was discussed at every level of society.”
Paul returns to the subject of Gentile believers being brought into the family of God and united with Jewish believers. He calls it the “cause” for which He is currently in prison. But there is no bitterness about this matter. In fact, Paul says he is a “prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles.” It was the Romans who had Paul under arrest as he awaited his trial in Rome. However, it was Paul’s preaching to the Gentiles that had got him there. So Paul regards his imprisonment as being in the will of God for the sake of the Gospel.
What was it that Paul was preaching that got him imprisoned? He says it was “the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward.” According to the Bible Knowledge Commentary, “the word ‘dispensation’ has the sense of stewardship or a trust to be dispensed. Paul was to administer ‘God’s grace’ which was given to him to dispense to the Gentiles at Ephesus because he was an apostle to the Gentiles.’
This dispensation was the sign that God was dealing with the world in new ways. *** He was now inviting Gentiles to be a part of his family. He was now extending the olive branch of grace rather than the hammer of judgment. Paul was in the position of being a conduit of God’s grace. He was giving the grace message to the Gentiles who had no knowledge of this act of God.
What Paul did for the Gentiles is precisely what we should be doing for the world around us today. We ought to be administering or dispensing grace to the lost souls of this world. If it causes us to be ridiculed and criticized as Paul was, so be it. If it causes us to be thrown in prison as Paul was, so be it. Whatever befalls us as we are doing God’s will is okay. He will give us grace to handle it.
Grace! ’tis a charming sound,
Harmonious to the ear;
Heav’n with the echo shall resound,
And all the earth shall hear.
’Twas grace that wrote my name
In life’s eternal book;
’Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb,
Who all my sorrows took.
Oh, let that grace inspire
My heart with strength divine;
May all my powers to Thee aspire,
And all my days be Thine.
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
heal and save her family and resolve all their issues
— Vera in Montgomery, Alabama
For her daughter to be healed of mental retardation and speech delay, for a full time paying job and a debt free home, and deliverance from credit card debt; salvation for all her family members, that they will be sold out for You; that You will give her a Godly man to marry
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 Church of the Nazarene
Juan Jose Zani
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.”
COLORADO 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.