Ephesians

Our True Value



We need to understand how God sees us. He says we are His workmanship – His masterpieces. Each person is thoughtfully designed by the Creator for His purpose. The differences that cause us to make comparisons and feel discouraged are the very qualities that the Lord created to bring Him glory. Feelings of inferiority are a hindrance to becoming the people that the heavenly Father designed us to be and a deterrent to fulfilling His purpose for our lives. When it comes to our value, we either accept the truth of His appraisal or decide not to believe Him and instead rely on our own feelings.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 10, 2019.

Alive Together with Christ


Salvation is for God’s glory by putting on display His boundless mercy and love for those who are spiritually dead because of their sinfulness. Far more than anything else, a spiritually dead person needs to be made alive by God. Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead. Not only is the believer dead to sin and alive to righteousness through Christ’s resurrection, but he also enjoys his Lord’s exaltation and shares in His preeminent glory.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 2:4-6.

Feelings of Inferiority and a Broken World


The world bombards us with messages that can trigger feelings of inferiority. Happiness and satisfaction are promised if we will only drive the latest car, wear the newest styles, or build up those muscles while shedding pounds. If we do not guard ourselves from commercialism, it will drive the truth of God from our mind, and we’ll pursue a fruitless search for adequacy and value. So often we look at externals to prove to ourselves and others that we’re valuable. But the misery of inferiority is never what God intends for His children. Its seed usually takes root in the impressionable hearts of the young and thrives in an atmosphere of comparison.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 10 and 11, 2019.

God’s design

Also see Colossians 3:20. The child in the home is to be willingly under the authority of parents with obedient submission to them as the agents of the Lord placed over them, obeying parents as if obeying the Lord Himself. The reasoning here is simply that such is the way God has designed and required it (or, right).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 6:1.

True Power

Thankfully, the only Person who has absolute power in our world is God. His use of power reflects His moral and loving character and traits. He shares His power with us which makes power a matter of our stewardship – using it in a way that will please the Owner. The Holy Spirit gave the apostles power to begin taking the Gospel into the world (Acts 1:8). God gives us power to counteract the normal human temptation to fear, as Paul wrote to the young Pastor, Timothy (2 Timothy 1:7). God’s power is always to be used for His purposes. Because God is good, He has given us the gift of His power. Rely on the power of God in your life to accomplish His will.

Commentary from the Turning Points magazine and devotional by David Jeremiah, October 23/34, 2021.

God’s favor


Paul urges us to continue in God’s grace because it’s the way we live in full dependence upon Him (Ephesians 3, 4; Acts 13:43). Every time the Lord meets our needs, guides our steps, forgives our sins, or comforts and strengthens us in our hardships, He’s lavishing us with divine favor. And it doesn’t end in this life. In the eternal ages to come, He will show us “the boundless riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, October 2, 2021.