As we begin the letter to Ephesians, it is important to note Paul’s state of mind. This will be prevalent throughout this entire letter. To the church at Ephesus, he delivers a message of hope and security amidst a watching world that hates them. As Paul had been jailed for preaching the gospel, this would’ve been an extremely important and timely message to the young church. It would’ve been easy for them to be scared or focus on the social justice of it all. But Paul gives them direction in his persecution to adhere to the things he had taught them. He wants them to not be distracted by earthly difficulties, but instead to realize how blessed he and they are, despite being targeted by the state. In a world of injustice and outcry for social reform, this message remains important. We must never lose the hope that the gospel brings us. It is so freeing to us that it makes mens shackles seem like a blessing in the face of eternal ones. Our focus must be on our next steps as God’s people. For Paul, this meant educating the church, even from a jail cell, in how to love each other and God. What will it mean for us?
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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