All of us are known for something, the question becomes, what am I known for?

In Ephesians 1:15-16, Paul says that he knows two things about the Church – their faith and their love.

In this expositional message, Nathan Johnson talks about Paul's declaration in Ephesians 1:15-16 and discusses how we as believers should be known for these two essential characteristics.

The phrase "tip of the iceberg" often refers to the idea that we've only experienced a small part of the whole.

And that is certainly true when it comes to the fullness of the life of Christ.

While the life of Christ indwelling us through His Holy Spirit is absolutely amazing this side of heaven, we must remember that is still only a downpayment of the future inheritance we will have in Him!

What an amazing thought!

When we believe in Christ Jesus and put our faith in Him, we receive the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit not only gives us the grace to live out the Christian life, but Paul says that He is the downpayment of the future inheritance in Christ.

In this expositional sermon, we talk about the fact that what we get to experience this side of heaven is merely the tip of the iceberg of all there is … but that we should pursue Jesus Christ with all we are for the rest of our days.

Truth is important. In fact, it is the truth that sets us free (see John 8:32).

Yet if all we do is hear the truth, we will actually receive no benefit from it. While hearing the truth is indeed important, we must go beyond mere hearing and actually believe it.

In Ephesians 1:13, Paul declares that yes, you do need to hear the Word of Truth (which is the Gospel of your salvation), but mere listening won't save you. 

So while we do need to hear the truth (otherwise how will we know what to believe), let's not presume that just because we have heard the truth, we actually have the truth. There is something more than merely hearing the truth, and in this expositional study of Ephesians 1:13, Nathan Johnson tells you what that is.

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Have you ever had a bad day?

 

One of those days where nothing goes right, circumstances press you down, and you're not sure whether you'll make it through to the night?

 

Perhaps it's been longer than a day – financial struggles, family pressures, chaos, circumstances, or things seemingly out of control.

 

In such circumstances, we tend to forget that Romans 8:28 is still true today – that God is working all things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

 

When we as Christians grab a hold of this truth, our lives and perspectives will radically change. God is indeed working all things according to His good purpose in Christ.

 

In this expositional sermon from Ephesians 1:11-12, Nathan Johnson looks at the idea that we have been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will – and shows how though God doesn't cause everything, He is using everything for our sanctification and for the praise of His glory. And knowing this, changes everything.

 

You have a GRAND inheritance!

It's not money, land, or a new car … but it's better than all those put together.

In this expositional study of Ephesians 1:11-12, we examine Paul's statement that IN Christ, we have received an inheritance – and when we understand it, this truth will change our lives.

As a culture, we are obsessed with time. Everything revolves around the clock.

But in God's economy, everything is to revolve around Jesus Christ. He is the central point, He is the North Star, He is the preeminent focus. And it is the life of Christ which is the essence of the mysterious plan for the fullness of time (God's clock).

Over the past several studies in Ephesians, we have been unpacking the great mystery, hidden from ages and generations. In this study, we look at Ephesians 1:9-10 and examines five aspects which Paul gives concerning this mysterious plan for the fullness of time and how this "mystery" is to be central and foundational for our lives.

A great mystery, hidden from ages and generations, has now been made known. This mystery isn't known through facts and academics but rather through the embrace of the mystery itself. 

In this message, we examine Ephesians 1:9 and discuss what it means to know this grand mystery which has been revealed.

 

There is a great mystery, hidden from ages and generations, and God has given us the wisdom and insight in order for us to understand and comprehend it.

 

In this expositional study of Ephesians 1:9, Nathan Johnson gives an overview of how Paul talks about the "mystery" in Scripture and then gives clarity as to what it is and how knowing and living in the reality of this mystery will change our lives – for this mystery is "from Him, and through Him, and to Him" for His praise, honor, and glory!

 

We discussed last time (study 16) that God pours forth and lavishes us with His grace like a Nigerian waterfall.

But Paul states that this grace was lavishly poured forth in all wisdom and insight. 

In this expositional study in Ephesians, Nathan Johnson examines this phrase "wisdom and insight" and discusses how essential it is as Christians to live from God's perspective and heart every moment of every day.

Superlatives are my favorite types of words. They spice up a sentence and make things over-the-top and grand.

And it seems that Paul the Apostle loved a good superlative as well – for he often used them in reference to the grandeur of Christ or the richness of God's grace.

In this expositional study in the book of Ephesians, Nathan Johnson (NRJohnson) examines Ephesians 1:7-8 and looks at the waterfall of grace that God has lavishly poured upon us in all wisdom and insight.

May we as Christians live under the downpour of God's grace.

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