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 4:3-6:
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
John Wesley said, “We may learn hence, that we are never secure from the greatest sins until we guard against those which are thought the least; nor, indeed, till we think no sin is little, since every one is a step toward hell.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “I want to see a fellowship where your burdens become mine! Your grief over your children becomes my grief! Where we really bear each other’s burdens; where we love each other and let the world come and see that we are the followers of the meek and lowly Jesus who cared only to do the will of His Father.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Circuit rider John A. Grande traveled the South and was known as ‘the wild man.’ Grande once recalled: ‘I would sing a song, or pray or exhort a few minutes,’ then ‘the fire would break out among the people and the slain of the Lord everywhere were many.’ Crowds followed him from one preaching point to another, ‘singing and shouting along the way.’ At one meeting, so many people fell, they ‘lay in such heaps that it was feared they would suffocate.'”
Editors of the Bible Knowledge Commentary, John Walvoord and Roy Zuck said, “Without a conjunction Paul listed the seven elements of unity centered on the three Persons of the Trinity. These provide the basis for the spirit of unity that should exist in the body of believers. One body refers to the universal church, all believers. One Spirit is the Holy Spirit who indwells the church. The words, just as you were called to one hope when you were called, indicate that all believers have a common hope regarding their future with God, a confidence that began at the time they were ‘called’ to salvation.”
As I promised yesterday, here are the seven fundamentals of the faith that all Christians must believe:
1. The deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man for all eternity.
2. The virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin through the power of God.
3. Salvation through the blood atonement. It is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
4. The bodily resurrection. Jesus Christ rose from the grave by the power of God.
5. The Trinity. God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are one.
6. The second coming of Christ. Jesus Christ is coming back to earth to receive believers into Heaven.
7. The inerrancy of scripture. The Bible is entirely inerrant and sufficient for all Christian life.
We ought to strive to maintain unity in the body of Christ because we have one baptism. Baptism is a powerful representation for the unity of the church. The act of baptism, of course, symbolizes the dying of a new believer to his old life and his rebirth into new life with Christ. As he goes down in the water, it is a symbol of his heavy, dirty soul in need of salvation and cleansing. As he comes up out of the water, it is a symbol of his soul being washed clean in the blood of the Lamb and the living water that is Jesus Christ.
The point is that when each of us were baptized into the family of God, the trappings of our old lifestyle were washed away. Every believer is a new creature. We each enter the body of Christ with a clean slate. Thus, there should be nothing at all that divides us anymore.
There is also another form of baptism that Paul is speaking of when he talks about “one baptism.” Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “As far as the one body is concerned, there is one baptism—the baptism of the Spirit. But as far as local bodies of believers are concerned, there are two baptisms: the baptism of the Spirit, and water baptism.” The baptism of the Spirit is the Holy Spirit filling every believer. One of the things we come to realize as Christians is that the spirit man is more important than the physical man, and, as Christians, we are all filled with one Spirit — the Holy Spirit. Each of us are baptized in Him. We can maintain the unity of the body of Christ if we live in the light of the one Spirit and one Baptism that we share.
M.W. Knapp wrote:
Baptize me with the Spirit,
Oh, let the fire now fall;
The dross of sin consuming
As we upon Thee call.
Baptize me with the Spirit,
Uniting me with all,
Of every name and nation,
Who thus upon Thee call.
Baptize me, oh, baptize me,
I fully yield to Thee;
Thank God the cleansing current
Is rolling over me.
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.”
— Sara in Sao Paulo, Brazil
give her financial help
— Larbi in Accra, Ghana
open his eyes so he may see wondrous things from Your Word and hear clearly Your voice;
grant him a godly wife, a woman who will understand him, love him to the end, love his ministry and help him carry out the work;
grant him grace and favor to fish out the lost souls for Jesus
— Jimmy in Rockford, Illinois
heal his marriage that is in trouble
Keep her grandfather healthy, give her sister strength
bless her with a job as a nurse, admission to school, and to be able to travel the world
help her and her siblings to be successful in life; provide them with jobs
— Lorraine in Chicago
bless her with monies needed to launch her vision to reduce violence and bring unity in Chicago
open doors and connect her with the right people at a Speakers Workshop
grant her a double portion of anointing to break yokes and heal others to bring them to Christ and activate life as well as wisdom, knowledge and understanding
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 Pentecostal Church
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.”
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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.