• The Church Is Holy Devotional

    Ephesians 1:1

    The holiness of the church universal should make us take our membership in local congregations seriously. Were we to be convinced of the church’s holiness, we would not casually drift from one denomination to another. We would understand that to leave a church for reasons other than doctrine, distance, or to accept a call to service manifests a questioning of that church’s holiness, which is something we must not do lightly if God has said His church is holy. View Resource

  • God’s Holy People Devotional

    Ephesians 1:1

    As is true of the church’s unity, the church’s holiness is an already/not-yet reality. Already the church is holy in position, but we are not yet fully holy in practice. Thus, we are called to pursue personal holiness and to encourage our leaders to pursue corporate holiness. Let us encourage one another in our local churches to live holy lives because God has set us apart as holy. View Resource

  • The Holiness of the Church Devotional

    Ephesians 1:1

    God does not see His people in the same way that He sees the unregenerate world. He sees us as holy, but He sees those outside of Christ as unholy. This does not mean He is ignorant of our remaining sin; it means that we are set apart unto Him. Therefore, He will not let us remain in sin forever but is working to make us holy in practice just as we are holy before Him in Christ. Let us be grateful that the one who declares us holy is making us holy. View Resource

  • To the Saints in Ephesus Devotional

    Ephesians 1:1-2

    Take some time today to read through Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians in preparation for our study in the days ahead. See if you can pick out some of the major themes in the letter and discern which of them you most need to hear at this point in your Christian walk. Ask God to open your eyes as we study the text together, and pray that He would bless us all with deeper insight into His character and ways. View Resource

  • Perseverance is a Gift Devotional

    Ephesians 1

    Augustine was one of the first to remind the church of the donum perserverantiae, the gift of perseverance. Perseverance as a gift means that even in our working to keep our faith, God receives all the glory. Praise Him for His mercy in causing and guaranteeing that all of His elect children will never fall away. Unto Him be all glory! View Resource

  • The Abundance of Blessing in Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 1:3

    Between the birth and the return of Jesus, the age to come overlaps with the present age. To be blessed in Christ is to enjoy a foretaste of future blessings — intimacy with God, true life, and even, at times, many physical benefits. We should expect the Father to bless us, for we are His children, though He may give us blessings that we do not expect or request. But as in all things, He knows best what to give us. View Resource

  • The Grace Of Predestination Devotional

    Ephesians 1:3-4a

    That nothing in us moved God to choose us for salvation is hard for many people to accept. But Scripture is clear that God chose us only on account of His good pleasure. We cannot take credit in any way for our salvation. We believe only because God first chose us. This should lead us to great humility and to never consider ourselves more highly than we ought. View Resource

  • The Inevitable Question Devotional

    Ephesians 1:3–14

    The Reformed tradition has maintained the importance of the doctrine of predestination, but it has also cautioned us to speak about this matter with great care. People are apt to mischaracterize the doctrine of predestination, and even professed Calvinists often fail to understand the depths of it. Let us take care when we study the biblical doctrine of predestination, and let us also remember that God wants us to know what He has said on the matter. View Resource

  • Chosen in Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 1:4

    John Calvin comments, “The name of Christ excludes all merit, and everything which men have of their own; for when he says that we are chosen in Christ, it follows that in ourselves we are unworthy.” May we never think that it was anything good in us that motivated the Father to choose us for salvation, for we in ourselves are undeserving of His favor. His choice is wholly of grace, based on His own good pleasure, and so we should be thankful always. View Resource

  • Chosen in Love Devotional

    Ephesians 1:5-6

    The wonder of divine election is not that God loves us because we are lovely but that He loves us even though there is nothing lovely in us. But in choosing us, He loves us in order to make us holy in His sight. Those whom He chooses will certainly become more lovely over the course of their walk with Christ, and will be completely pure in glory. May we humbly remember that there is nothing in us to make God love us. View Resource

  • The Riches of Redemption Devotional

    Ephesians 1:7

    John Chrysostom remarks, “It is astonishing that he gave the Beloved for those who hated him… . If even when we hated him and were enemies he gave the Beloved, what will he not do for us now?” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 8, p. 108; hereafter ACCNT). The tremendous grace of God in choosing unworthy vessels to be His heirs reveals His abundant mercy and willingness to take care of everything we need. View Resource

  • The Mystery’s of God’s Purpose Devotional

    Ephesians 1:8-9

    Wisdom, the ability to put what we know into right action, seems to be in short supply these days, but Paul assures us that we have the wisdom needed to live for Christ as a gift of divine grace. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us brings this wisdom to mind as we pray, contemplate His Word, and seek to put the commandments of God into practice. We must therefore not neglect to pray and hear Scripture preached faithfully on a regular basis. View Resource

  • In the Fullness of Time Devotional

    Ephesians 1:10

    On the last day, God’s perfect plan will be fulfilled, and throughout the universe, all creatures great and small will honor Christ. Our task as we anticipate this final day is twofold. First, we must live as He has commanded, for we know that He is our rightful sovereign even if the rest of creation remains oblivious. Second, we must go forth and proclaim the reality of His reign so that those whom He is calling will bow before that final day. View Resource

  • For His Good Pleasure Devotional

    Ephesians 1:11

    Sometimes the misunderstandings that people have about different theological topics are not really their own fault; rather, the church has not been clear enough in its teaching. No doubt, many think that Calvinism presents us with an arbitrary God because believers in the Reformed tradition have not always done an adequate job explaining Augustinian/Calvinistic doctrine. Let us be careful not to present a wrong view of God in our effort to affirm what the Bible says about predestination. View Resource

  • God’s Eternal Decree Devotional

    Ephesians 1:11

    God has an eternal decree that outlines His intent and purposes for creation, and all that He does is done in accordance with this decree. We can be sure, therefore, that everything that happens in creation—in our very lives—has a specific purpose even if we may not always know what that purpose is. Because God is actively sovereign, there is no such thing as a purposeless existence or event. View Resource