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The Apostle Paul passes from the relation to the whole to the relation to the individual.  In the oneness of the body, etc., there is room for diversity, and no one is overlooked; each has his own position. (Driver, Plummer, and Briggs; The International Critical Commentary, (1991, T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh), Pg. 110)

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Matthew has created an inclusion that marks out a basic theme: the presence of the exalted Lord with his church establishes his as Immanuel, as God with us." 'Immanuel' means 'God with us', and finds its echo Jesus' promise at the very end of the Gospel: 'I am with you always' (Matthew 28:20).

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Christianity is not a mere theory, which leaves men at liberty in relation to their practice: it is a religion which requires its votaries to have their whole souls brought into subjection to it, and cast, as it were, into its very mold: and those who affect not a conformity to its doctrines, will deny the doctrines themselves; having no alternative, but to set aside the requirements, or to condemn themselves for their disobedience to them. (Simeon, C. (1833)).

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The ethical objective of the Christian as presented by the author of Ephesians is to develop a pattern of life, which is appropriate to one who has become a child of God (5:2).  This involves laying aside the old self and putting on the new (4:17-24) and walking no longer in the darkness under the control of the enemy (2:6-14; cf. 2:2), but walking in the light. (Arnold, 1989)

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Faith isn't the ability to believe long and far into the misty future.  It's simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step. (Joni Erickson Tada)

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MAN is a dependent creature, and therefore should be instant in prayer: but he is also a creature infinitely indebted to his God, and therefore he should abound also in thanksgiving.  The Apostle's direction to us is, that "in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, we should make our requests known unto God."

(Simeon, C. (1833). Horae Homileticae: Galatians-Ephesians (Vol. 17, p. 329). London: Holdsworth and Ball.)

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In ages past, in order to connect with God, man had to us an intermediary, the priest or the prophet, but now man has direct connection to the God of creation.

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There is no preaching of the truth which does not have its ramifications for living, nor are there everyday questions of life that do not have some relation to the truths of salvation.  True prophetic preaching has not taken place until the Word as been made relevant and contemporary to the concrete situations of hearers. (Robert I. Saucy, The Church in God's Program, Moody Press P. 181.)

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We are not sinners in the hands of an angry God.  We are saints in the hands of a loving God who has called us to 'draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water' (Hebrews 10:22). (We have a right to enter into His presence and a right to continued existence in His presence) For through Him (Christ) we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  In whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him (Ephesians 2:18; 3:12).

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God had made no messianic covenants with the Gentiles, but God had promised the Jews a kingdom.  Here is the important question of our day - What is the status of Jews and Gentiles in God's program today?

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