George Walker - Almonte Convention, Ontario, Canada - Thursday Morning, July 1953

Ephesians, Paul in prison learned how to be content.  God was able to teach him.  Paul, a prisoner, was brought to Rome and wrote letters.  Little he would think those letters would be read and studied by us nearly two thousand years later.  When we get too old to preach, write, etc., we can pray.  When the books are opened, the record could be there if we pray for others.

 

Ephesians 3:1, God’s plan. 


Verse 5, His method of doing this. 


Verse 10: Christ controlling all. 


Verses 16-21:  Paul’s prayer.  The words revelation and mystery used often in this epistle.  When God can reveal His will as we read we don’t need the Greek and Hebrew.  It is bad to lose our Spiritual eyesight, and let our eyes get dim.  Keep the eyes of faith clear.  The eyes of the heart look at the things unseen.  Don’t look at temporal things.  The Laodiceans needed eye-salve.  The eyes of faith growing dim is a real danger to any of us.  What hope did God have when He called you and I in the Gospel?  He wanted to conform us to the image of Christ.  We have the hope of his calling.  The hope for inheritance.


Verses 11-14, after the flood - God smelled a sweet savour.  If our lives are only human, there is no sweet savour.  We can’t make excuse of our own human weakness because we are told “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, etc." 1 Corinthians 10:13  Christ is head of the body which is the church. 


In Chapter 2, Paul speaks of the church as a building with Christ the cornerstone. 


Chapter 3, Paul bowed his knees to the Father of the family on earth and the other family in Heaven.  Hugh McKie, a Worker who died in Africa said in his last word.  “I am now going to the other family in Heaven." 


Verse 20, “According to the power which worketh in us.”  When God is working things into us, we can work it out.  When death comes to you and I we pin our hope on Christ dying on Calvary.  If it wasn’t for His death, we would have no hope, but we have to do our part. 


Chapter 4.  What we can be in the church.  There is a great difference between vacation and vocation. 


Verses 1 and 2, if we are high-minded, we have the opposite of meekness. 


Verse 30, “Grieve not the holy spirit of God.”  It is good to have a sensitive nature.  The Holy Spirit is a very sensitive guest.  In Romans 8 three spirits are mentioned: human, spirit of Christ, and Holy Spirit.  The verses preceding, show how we could grieve the Spirit, also verses 31 and 32.  God wants to share the house with other who have these marks in these chapters.  If God can use us to help someone to have better feelings towards others, our lives need not be in vain. 


Hymns 256, 144, 195