By Robert B. Sr. Callahan,Benjamin W. Farley,Kelly Brown Douglas,Norman McCrummen
The Apostle Paul, in exercise his ineffable knowledge, attracts this incredible letter to a detailed in a unprecedented demeanour. definitely, he may have concluded it after telling the masters and servants the right way to deal with each other. yet, no, he didn't. He proceeded to problem them to turn into Christ’s Ambassadors and to be knowledgeable during this excessive calling, regardless of the day-by-day hindrances, pressures, and temptations.
What does Paul boldly nation after having informed Christ’s fans, [t]hat we henceforth be not more childrens, tossed from side to side, and carried approximately with each wind of doctrine, through the sleight
(trickery) of males and crafty craftiness, wherein they lie in wait to deceive?
that they are going to have a lifetime of ease, no difficulties or concerns, and no demanding situations, disappointments, or hardships? No! yet, he did inform them the way to behavior themselves in all of life’s varied stages. extra, that they have been to walk in love, as Christ hath additionally enjoyed us
, and that now not all people hath any inheritance within the country of Christ and God
Paul, contra to the perform at the present time of many preachers, academics, and church officials, knew the issues that Christ’s fans confronted and he boldly addressed them. He unequivocally acknowledged that there have been issues appointed for them to do. figuring out these items and the problems encountered in following Christ, he issued a conflict name to every and each follower, asserting, take
(up) unto you the complete armor of God, that ye are able to stand within the evil day, and having performed all to stand
. Paul used to be forthright in describing the advantages and demanding situations of jogging With Jesus in addition to the angle, behavior, and dialog precluding one from getting into the dominion of Christ and God.
If we're to be Christ’s Ambassadors, even if it's preacher, instructor, church officer, or professing Christian, we're to understand our tasks and hold them out resolutely. What are they? They comprise, yet are usually not constrained to: discharging their tasks honorably; being dependable topics; following directions; understanding the notice; and obeying Christ’s instructions. may perhaps we, besides Paul, pray the next with humility and sincerity: For which i'm an envoy . . . that therein i could communicate boldly, as I should speak
as one in every of His ambassadors
“Robert Callahan’s multivolume statement on Ephesians not just displays ‘real accountability’ and freedom less than the observe, however it additionally superbly exemplifies the very kind of energetic participation in Holy Scripture that Barth observed as so very important for the genuine freedom of a real congregation of Jesus Christ. it's a daring testimony and tour de force opposed to the various mystery and open rebellions in congregations all through the United States this present day, and i'm delighted to suggest it. it truly is packed with very important theological insights which can in simple terms derive from a significant engagement of the textual content and decades Walking with Jesus.”
Professor of Systematic Theology
Erskine Theological Seminary
author of Karl Barth’s Theological Exegesis
“Bob Callahan is a guy who loves the Scriptures and loves the God to which they attest. His classes on Ephesians are deep and wealthy. Bob has as his dialog companions the nice minds and spirits of the church, and he's right away very readable and extremely faithful.”
-Todd B. Jones
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
Robert B. Callahan Sr. based Callahan & affiliates, Inc., in 1976, a telecommunications consulting enterprise. he's the writer of The Triune God Speaks to the Saints, quantity 1 in an 8 quantity expository statement at the Apostle Paul's epistle to the Ephesians.