Book of Ephesians
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Introduction to the chapter; the error of separating doctrine from practice; the need to be taught how to read the Scriptures; the danger of picking and choosing what we read from Scripture; the importance of what results from the application of doctrine; sanctification is worked out in the light of doctrine; doctrines show us the possibility of sanctification; part of the Body.
The importance of finding a general principle : detail can only be understood in the light of the whole; the balance between doctrine and practice important; the Christian lives a holy life because he has been 'called' to it; the general and effectual call examined in this context; the example of Lazarus; chosen and called by Him to be holy and blameless; the manner of our calling; through faith that is the gift of grace.
The central object of salvation is to restore unity; the importance of understanding the Scriptural teaching in the light of the modern ecumenical movement; Christian unity can only be based on the great Scriptural doctrines; unity is only produced by the holy Spirit; the Christian's responsibility to keep the bond of unity; unity mentioned in humility and love.
The doctrine of the Church central to New Testament teaching; Paul uses the analogy of the body; the Trinity reflected in the Church; the unity is already there; it is inevitable; what does Paul mean when he describes the Church as 'one body'? the mystical; unseen Church; diversity in unity.
The Holy Spirit enable the Lord to function; one Holy Spirit; but a multiplicity of evil spirits; the Church likened to a building; the visible Church contains many who are unregenerate; the first work of the Spirit; conviction of sin; the second work of the Spirit; incorporating the new believer into the body of Christ : the Church; the Spirit animates the life of the whole body.
The unity of the Church derives from the Holy Trinity; the important distinction between the ordinary and the extra-ordinary work of the Holy Spirit; the difference between an evangelistic rally and a revival; Catholic; sacramental and evangelical teaching; and their bearing on revival; a second Pentecost; the examples of revivals in history emphasise the unity of the Church; the need for revival today.
The importance of asking Scripture questions; the sealing and the earnest of the Spirit a foretaste of the inheritance to come; the inheritance that is the 'hope of our calling'; all conversions are identical in the ultimate sense : the basis of our equality; our need to look not at what we were called from; but what we are called to; the danger of divisions; we shall be like Him.
Jesus; the Head of the Church; what is the meaning of 'one Lord'? Christianity is a relationship with the person of Christ; Christ is Christianity; the uniqueness of His work and person; only as we understand this do we really begin to understand the true nature of the Church; the one and only mediator between God and man; the believer is owned by Christ.
Various understandings of the term 'one faith' examined; the Apostle uses this term as an argument for unity; one faith; justifying faith; the essence of the Gospel referred to in this term; righteousness comes to us by the instrumentality of faith; which is itself God's gift; no way of salvation except the 'one faith'; the danger of adding to the 'one faith' : the heresy of Roman Catholicism.
False teaching of baptismal regeneration; baptism not essential to salvation; the outward representatives of an inner and unseen spiritual grace; baptism is only into the name of Jesus; baptism signifies that one no longer belongs to the world; the Christian has died and risen with Christ; joined to Him and in Him; only one Lord and only one life; the Son of God.