Jack Carroll - Sidney, Manitoba Convention - Afternoon Meeting, November 5, 1914

The reason you are not getting up by twos and threes to give your testimony is because you are living the life of a pauper instead of a millionaire. There are these two classes in the family of God. Paupers are in the family of God but not enjoying it. Paul wrote to the Philippians of the things that had happened had turned out unto the furtherance of the gospel, and that is the way he made all his circumstances turn out. When he went to Philippi, he was arrested and put in prison with stripes and put in an inner dungeon. They knew there were other prisoners in the dungeons and so they sang praises unto God. Some of us find it difficult to give our testimony here when things are altogether in our favour. Perhaps he sang the 23rd or the 27th Psalm. Paul wrote to the Ephesians when a prisoner in Rome and had little hope of ever being released. Yet you can easily see he writes like a millionaire. He was poor, yet possessing all things. Underline the word riches every time it occurs in this epistle. “Unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Rockefeller is the richest man in the world. You could not put through your hands in a lifetime all the dollars, one by one, he possesses. But it can be estimated. Paul talks about the riches that cannot be estimated in a million lifetimes. He doesn’t find fault. He makes the best of it. He talked to the soldier he was chained to and this soldier would likely tell the other soldiers and so the story of the gospel reached Caesar’s household. Some of us are always the victims of circumstances. There is more in the world to help a man or a woman to get the victory than there is to hinder. There is much to hinder, harass, and disturb, but there is more to help. That is the reason the men you read about in Hebrews 11 were men of faith.

Enoch believed that God is. Most of us believe that God was. There is an awful difference. You may believe that God is the same today with more difficulty than you would believe He was with the saints in Bible days. Enoch believed that God was with the saints in Bible days and that He is the rewarder of all them that diligently seek Him. When preaching in Toronto, I got a little boastful and told them my Father was a millionaire. The people said, "Now we know how he can have these tent meetings!" That night in the course of his conversation, my companion said he was the son of a King. It is good to feel that way. We lose a great deal by not enjoying what we have. We can all be kings and queens. Most of us suffer from evil hearts of unbelief, and the children of Israel did. They missed the leeks and garlic. They were looking back, hoping back, longing back. The Epistle to the Ephesians is very good to give us an idea of the things that are ours in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed us with all spiritual blessings

:7 Riches of His grace

:18 Riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints

2:4 Rich in mercy

:7 Exceeding riches of His grace

3:8 Unsearchable riches of Christ

How was Paul feeling when he wrote this? Was he not feeling like a millionaire and that life was worth living in even a dungeon? What would you think of a man that was a millionaire and went around like a pauper? Would he not be an awful fool? I sometimes think we are a little like that. There are millions and millions at our disposal. The unsearchable riches of Christ are ours. It is past finding out and yet we have hardly laid hold of the hundredth part of one percent.

Ephesians 3:19, that ye might be filled with the fullness of God. We read this book as if it applied only to the saints that lived 1,900 years ago. You are perfectly willing to believe it was applicable to those at Ephesus, yet they were like ourselves, living in the same world, fighting the same battles, tried and tempted the same. The only difference between them and us is geographical and in name. They lived at Ephesus. We live in Manitoba. They were called Ephesians. We are called Canadians. The description that is given of those Ephesians fits us perfectly.

When Paul went to Ephesus, he found a number there that had been baptized before but had not been baptized in Christ. He got some saved out of the synagogue and then went from house to house and got more people saved. No worker’s work is done in any community until they get the church established in a home there to remain. Ten or eleven years afterwards he wrote this letter. Isn’t it wonderful for saints to go on for eleven years? Did your baptism mean good-bye forever and welcome the new life forever? How long did you join for? Twenty years? When a man enlists in God’s army, he enlists for life. There were two crises in my life, the first time when I professed and the second when I went forth to preach. All that I am or ever hope to be I use for the furtherance of the gospel. This is the thing I am going to labour and suffer, and if needs be, die for.

Ephesians 2 is good to memorize. It tells what they were in Adam — what we are in our unregenerate state. Then Paul takes the other side and says this is what you are in Christ; enjoy it, rejoice in it, because it is worth more than all the millions in the world. What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? “Dead in trespasses and sins.” The word death is used in several senses. There are verses in the New Testament that refer to the death of the body, eternal death and the death I die daily. Death means separation. When a man dies, the spirit returns to God that gave it and the body to dust. Spiritual death is separation from God here now through trespasses and sins. She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. A name to live and yet dead. It is not the label that makes the Christian; it is the life of Christ. You hath He made alive who were dead in trespasses and sins. There was a time when all of us could say we too were dead to God — no ear for the voice of God; didn’t want to see as He wanted us to see; no voice; no testimony. We were as dead to God as a man that is dead in the physical sense is to the world. The second death is external death, external separation from God, the separation that exists between the sinner and God now perpetuated.

John 17:3, it is eternal life to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent. Is it not marvel of marvels that we were once dead and actually be alive? Why are we here unless some change has taken place? We cannot define or explain it. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and you hear the sound of it but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes.

“Aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel.” Every person born in another country is looked on as a stranger when he comes to this country until he takes out his papers of citizenship. When he goes to Europe and comes back, he is not subjected to the same examination as when he was a stranger.

“Having no hope and without God in the world.” Is there not many a time in our past when we had no hope, living just the mere human animal life?

Ephesians 2:4, God rich in mercy. How many of us are here because we deserve to be here?

“For His great love wherewith He hath loved us.” We don’t appreciate the love of God as we should.

“Hath quickened us together in Christ.” Hath made us alive; hath wrought something in us that has made us different from whatever we were before and hath made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ, above the world; in the world, ye think not of it; lifted above the things that are bringing others down. It is not our working but God’s working. There are two sides to this matter of being saved, your side and God’s side. God has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. He bought us by the death of His Son. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the human will that makes all the trouble in getting saved. You can never benefit by what God has done for you unless you let Him do something in you. It is working in us to will and do of His good pleasure that makes us the sons and daughters of God.

Verse 19, “Fellow citizens with the saints.” These things are ours today and you should show the same appreciation as the Ephesians did. Did you ever sit down for five minutes and try to take in this fact? I am the son of God. I am His by creation, by redemption and by choice. I am the son of a millionaire; I am the son of a king. When John was ninety years of age in writing the epistle he stopped in the middle of it and then started, “Behold what manner or love…that we should be called the sons of God.” Did you ever say, “Father, I am glad you made me a member of your family?" If we could really grasp this, we would be far more effective and would make more progress.

“Built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets.” We are builded together for an habitation of God. “I am God’s home, I am God’s house.” Where is heaven? We used to sing, “There is a happy land far, far away.” Heaven is where God is at home. When God is at home in you, there is heaven. The satisfaction, peace, rest, and joy that is yours when God is at home is a foretaste of heaven. The world, flesh, and devil will give us a little foretaste of hell. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost will give is a taste of heaven.