Preaching: Ephesians 3:1-21 Whose foundation are you built upon?

ephesians 3Summary: A verse by verse examination of what the book of Ephesians in the Bible teaches. This message covers Ephesians 3:1-21 discussion of the foundation upon which faith is built.

 

Speaker: Dr. Michael L. Williams
Date presented: June 29, 2014

Bible References:

Ephesians 3:1-21 ( KJV ) 1For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,  2If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:  3How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,  4Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)  5Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;  6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:  7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.  8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  10To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,  11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.  13Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;  17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ( KJV ) 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Romans 8:28-31 ( KJV ) 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 

1 John 5:7-8 ( KJV ) 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.  8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 

John 3:5-6 ( KJV ) 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 

Acts 10:1-48 ( KJV ) 1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band 2A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.  3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.  4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.  5And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:  6He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.  7And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;  8And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. 9On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:  10And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,  11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:  12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.  13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.  14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.  15And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.  16This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.  17Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,  18And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. 19While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.  20Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.  21Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?  22And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.  23Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.  24And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.  25And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him 26But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.  27And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.  28And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.  29Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?  30And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,  31And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.  32Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.  33Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. 34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:  35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.  36The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)  37That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  39And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:  40Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly;  41Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.  42And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.  43To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,  47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?  48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

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