I hate depression. It saps my joy like a leach sucks out blood; it puts a weight on my heart that Hercules couldn’t lift; and it cripples me from accomplishing anything meaningful in life. Thankfully, God has promised that He has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), and depression is not outside that promise. So we are going to look at some of the antidotes God has given us in the book of Ephesians that can bring healing and life back to our tired souls. Continue reading Depressed? Take 6 Chapters of Ephesians and Call Me in the Morning
Today I want to address the age old question of what Paul refers to as being “not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” in Ephesians 2:8-9. When I first became a Calvinist I fell into the same trap as many others of seeing Calvinism all over the place. So when I came across a verse that says, “faith…not of yourselves,” I thought, “Yes! Faith is from God, not our free will! Let me add this to my list of cross references!” (Of course, Calvin himself didn’t see only faith as the gift.) This is the common interpretive mistake of letting systematic theology guide our exegetical theology instead of the other way around. It is true that other scriptures teach that faith is a gift from God (Acts 16:14; Phil. 1:29; 2 Tim. 2:25-26). It is true that the analogy of Scripture ought to be brought into consideration during Bible study. Yet every text must be examined by themselves to determine the original meaning the author intended. This is what we shall do now with Ephesians 2:8-9. Continue reading What is the “Gift of God” in Ephesians 2:8-9
For the longest time I had simply thought of Ephesians Chapter 3 as a continuation of the anti-dispensationalism lecture Paul started in 2:11. But when I recently read this the passage I realized something was going on here that I had never noticed before. Continue reading What is Happening in Ephesians 3:2-13?