• Imprisoned for Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 3:1

    We do not often stop to consider just how offensive the message of the cross is to unconverted hearts. Which sinner could possibly imagine that the omnipotent Creator would save His people through the weakness and ignoble death of the Son of Man? But in this apparent weakness God displayed the strength of His wrath against sin and the power of His love and mercy, so we must never be ashamed of the gospel. View Resource

  • The Gentiles’ Full Inclusion Devotional

    Ephesians 3:1-6

    We receive individuals as full communing members in the local church based not on their ethnic background, income, social status, or any other category. Instead, all those who put their faith in Christ become full heirs of all the promises of God. If we have faith in Jesus, then, we should not think that we lack something — be it a spiritual gift, ethnic heritage, a church office, or anything else — that would make us “better Christians.” View Resource

  • Paul’s Stewardship Devotional

    Ephesians 3:2

    Greatness in the kingdom of God is not measured by how many people serve us but in how we serve others. Yet using our gifts to benefit others is not always easy, and we need divine grace to sustain us in our ministry. Let us not seek to serve other believers in our own power, but let us rely absolutely on our ever-present Lord to strengthen and guide us as we serve others. View Resource

  • The Revelation of Mystery Devotional

    Ephesians 3:3

    Cults commonly claim to have special teachings that are available only to a few who are wise enough to understand them or have enough money to buy this knowledge. This is far different from biblical Christianity, which assumes that God plays no favorites in delivering revelation but has given to all of His people all that they need for life and godliness in the Scriptures. As we work to study His Word, we can be sure that He will help us understand it. View Resource

  • The Mystery of Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 3:4

    The way of salvation has been the same throughout all ages, but we cannot underestimate the great privilege we have to live under the new covenant. We have God’s completed revelation to His people, and can therefore understand Him and His ways better than those covenant members who lived before Jesus. Let us be thankful for the days in which we live and continually praise God for appointing us to be on the earth at this time. View Resource

  • The Apostolic and Prophetic Word Devotional

    Ephesians 3:5

    The nature of the fuller revelation under the administration of the new covenant means that we must always interpret the Old Testament in light of the New Testament. As much as possible, we read the old covenant revelation through the lens of the new covenant, and that is why the church prizes the epistles. While we are studying Ephesians together, take some time to consider how Paul understood the old covenant. View Resource

  • The Mysteries of the Gentiles Devotional

    Ephesians 3:6

    That God has made those of us who are Gentiles fellow heirs of all His covenant promises should not make us arrogant. We have done nothing to deserve this grace, and our remaining sin should always remind us how far short we fall of His glory. May we remain humble and ask the Lord to increase our humility so that we might boast only in the grace of God. May we also encourage other believers never to become prideful in their redeemed status. View Resource

  • Grace for Ministry Devotional

    Ephesians 3:7

    Saul’s conversion and transformation into the apostle Paul may be a particularly dramatic example of God’s irresistible grace, but we should never think that we were closer to the kingdom than Saul before our own conversions. The irresistible grace of our Lord continues to convert His people even unto this day, and He displays His mighty power every time an impenitent sinner becomes a disciple of Jesus Christ. View Resource

  • The Purpose of God’s Grace Devotional

    Ephesians 3:8-9

    That the riches of Christ are unsearchable points us to the doctrine of God’s incomprehensibility. While we can know the Lord truly, we can never know Him fully, for our finite minds cannot grasp the totality of His infinite power, wisdom, justice, love, and holiness. Eons into eternity we will still be learning about our Creator — who He is and what He has done — and we will never grow tired of exploring the depths of His being. View Resource

  • Making Known God’s Manifold Wisdom Devotional

    Ephesians 3:10

    A church unified in the truth and in love is one of the most powerful displays of God’s glory to all of creation. We should therefore strive to bear with one another’s failings and endeavor to study the Word together diligently that we might achieve this aim of biblical unity. Ask the Lord to help you promote the peace and purity of the church and to give you the desire to seek always to love your brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as the truth of His Word. View Resource

  • Confidence and Boldness in Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 3:11-12

    The gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith in Christ Jesus alone is indeed good news because it assures us that God never rejects those who approach Him through His Son. He will forgive any sin, no matter how grievous, if we truly repent of it and rest entirely on Jesus in faith. We should never let what we have done keep us from the throne of grace, for if we are sorry for breaking God’s law and love the Savior, the Father will receive us gladly. View Resource

  • Suffering and Glory Devotional

    Ephesians 3:13

    We are not discouraged when we suffer, not because we deny our hurt and pain, but because we know that suffering for Jesus proves our faith — the path to ultimate glory. Each time we endure scorn or injury for being faithful to the gospel, let us recall that this is the calling that Christ has given us. Consequently, we should not think it strange that we suffer; in fact, we should question our loyalty to Jesus if we never taste hardship for His name. View Resource

  • Bowing the Knee Devotional

    Ephesians 3:14-15

    God was rarely referred to as “Father” under the old covenant, so we should be glad to live in the new covenant era when the fatherhood of God is made plain to everyone in Christ. Still, when we approach our Father, we should never forget that He is the very Lord of the universe. Let us therefore always come before Him humbly, for if we approach an earthly sovereign this way, how much more should this be our manner of coming near to God? View Resource

  • Christ in Our Hearts Devotional

    Ephesians 3:16-17a

    Christ does not wait for us to be perfect before He takes up residence within us, and for that we can rejoice. Yet it is possible to grieve His Spirit by our sin (Eph. 4:30), and so we must ever seek to mortify our sin that we might be a fit dwelling place for Him. For this we need the strength that only God can give us, and with Paul we should seek the Lord’s face daily, that we might be ever conscious of our need for His grace and empowerment. View Resource

  • The Fullness of Christ’s Love Devotional

    Ephesians 3:17b-19

    If earthly families cannot be unified without the understanding and pursuit of love, how can we possibly think that true love for other believers is optional in the promotion of Christian unity? We are called to meditate on the depth of Christ’s love for us that we might understand all that He gave up for us. In so doing, we become better established in love and more willing to surrender our own interests for the sake of unity in the body of Christ. View Resource