|"The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians declares
the most magnificent revelation ever given to the Church. Never has
any truth been revealed that lifts mortal man to the lofty position as
that given him in Ephesians. Man is taken from the depths of despair
- dead in trespasses and sins - to the heights of exaltation - seated in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The matchless grace of God is displayed
in all of its abundance, His incomparable mercy in its full richness, and
the Father's immeasurable love in its true greatness."
From Volume I, Chapter 1: "Background for Understanding the Church Epistles"
|"When we were in the most hopeless and helpless
condition, we had only one thing in our favor - a merciful God Who loved
us. Except for the greatness of God's love and the richness of His
mercy, there would have been no meaning to our lives and no true prospects
for a new and better life. Nothing we could do would cause any significant
change. We still would have been dead and trespasses and sins.
'But God' - how striking those words are! God intervened in our lives when
we were in such desperation."
From Volume II, Chapter 1: "Ephesians 2:1-4"
|"In the Northwestern plains of the United States,
among various Indian tribes, including the Cheyenne and the Crow, lived
a class of warriors know as 'dog soldiers.' They were the most elite
warriors of their tribes, greatly admired by their people and respected
and feared by their enemies. These men were considered the last line
of defense against an enemy attack. They wore a sash about eight
to ten feet in length and thus came to be called 'sash wearers.'
These warriors would tie the sash around their bodies and then take their
lance and stake the sash to the ground. They would make their stand
on that piece of ground even at the cost of their own lives. They
were committed to stand no matter what they faced. The question we
must ask ourselves as born-again ones, 'Are we as committed to stand spiritually
as they were to stand in the physical battle?' The stand required
of us will take the same type of commitment."
From Volume III, Chapter 13: "Ephesians 6:12 and 13"