Book of Ephesians
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The New Testament is not interested in 'goodness' of itself; Christian morality and ethics; become mimics of God; the communicable and incommunicable aspects of God; imitators because we are children; the child as a representative of the family; how are we to imitate God?
God is love; therefore the characteristic of the Christian life is to be love; we cannot have a true concept of the love of the Lord Jesus apart from the full teaching of the Gospel; He gave Himself as an offering and sacrifice; ' sweet-smelling savour' explained; the meaning of substitutionary atonement; the Lord accomplished His work for us in spite of us.
Christianity is very practical; the object of Christianity and salvation is to make us holy; the danger of antinomianism; the Church and the moral question; the Christian Church a converting agency; not a moral agency; the Church; by producing Christians; affects the life of the State for good; the need to pray for revival.
The Christian must never be content with just grasping principles; things the Christian must avoid at all costs; how we are to avoid these things; 'make no provision for the flesh'; the importance of Christian speech; the danger of covetousness includes more than money; a conduct that becomes the saints.
Every Christian called to be a saint; the danger of idolatry; the common error of being subjective in our approach to salvation and redemption; no fellowship between opposites; holiness the ultimate objective of Christianity (happiness a by-product) and this differentiates it from the cults; only the holy shall enter the kingdom; holiness the first priority; justification and sanctification explained.
(Remembrance Sunday 1958) Our conduct affects our relationship to God; the world at large deceived by vain words; modern man's attitude towards Christianity : a thing of the past that is to be pitied; the modern attitude to sin; man reduced to the level of a beast; the fact of the wrath of God; when and how it is manifested; the physical suffering of sin; the need for prayer for revival.
The Christian is to apply the truth; walk in the light; the New Testament method of sanctification; regeneration not just a slight improvement; but re-birth; the nature of the differences between Christian and non-Christian; the importance of this reaching in relation to evangelism; it is all in the Lord and all of grace; He enables us to act.
A life consistent with our profession of faith; darkness affects the mind and intellect; the unbeliever is ignorant of His need of salvation; darkness affects the heart and the emotions; conduct is the result of a point of view; the error of the non-Christian system; how darkness is manifested in the will; why the works of darkness are unfruitful.
The spiritual faculty differentiates the Christian from others; the moral pagan; the difference between a religious person and the Christian; the great characteristic of the life of the true Christian is fruit; the danger of the imposed mould; the Church hothouse; the sinner is unnatural.
The fruit of the Christian life; the words 'goodness' and 'righteousness' examined; a good man is a balanced man; righteousness brings in legal notions and conceptions; no righteousness without godliness; the truth of God revealed in the life of the Christian; the people of light; proving what is acceptable to the Lord; the characteristic of the Christian.