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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Ephesians 4:25-32

There is a price to pay for our desire to grab at easy answers and that price is "trivialisation". Trivialisation is the acceptance of explanations that ignore the difficult questions of life in order to experience relief from confusion. I have no hesitation in saying that this is a curse of the modern Church. One...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:25-322 Peter 1:1-61 Corinthians 14:201 Corinthians 13:11Hebrews 5:14

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Ephesians 4:17-32

We must spend another day considering whether or not it is a condition of our salvation that we first forgive those who have sinned against us. We said yesterday that to believe this contradicts the teaching that we are saved by grace, through faith. What, then, is Scripture getting at when it seems to encourage us...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:17-32Luke 17:1-4Luke 23:34Mark 11:25Colossians 3:13

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James Smith

We are absolutely dependent upon the Holy Spirit for life, light, teaching and sanctification. Without His presence, power, and operations, we are dead, dark, ignorant, and carnal. We should therefore be very careful not to grieve or dishonour Him.

We do so when we neglect, slight, or make any improper use of, God's holy word; when we indulge in hard thoughts of God, or low thoughts of the Lord Jesus; when we mind the things of the flesh, in preference to spiritual things; when we...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:30

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Charles Spurgeon

All that the believer has must come from Christ, but it comes solely through the channel of the Spirit of grace. Moreover, as all blessings thus flow to you through the Holy Spirit, so also no good thing can come out of you in holy thought, devout worship, or gracious act, apart from the sanctifying operation of the same Spirit. Even if the good seed be sown in you, yet it lies dormant except he worketh in you to will and to do of his own good pleasure. Do you desire to speak for Jesus-how...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:30

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William MacDonald

A revolutionary insight! The gifts in Ephesians 4:1-32 are given to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry. As soon as the saints can carry on, the gift can move on.

This means that success in Christian work is working one's self out of a job in the shortest possible time, then looking for new worlds to conquer.

This is what Paul did. He went to Thessalonica, for instance, preached to the Jews for three Sabbaths, and left...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:12Ephesians 4:1-32

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William MacDonald

Just as it is possible for us to quench the Spirit in the meetings of the church, so it is possible for us to grieve Him in our private lives.

There is a certain tenderness about the word "grieve". We can only grieve someone who loves us. The neighborhood brats don't grieve us, but our own naughty children do.

We hold a special place of nearness and dearness to the Holy Spirit. He loves us. He has sealed us until the day of redemption. He can be grieved by us.

But what...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:30

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George Bowen

I will suppose that you have traveled in a strange country with a congenial companion. You were careful to do and say nothing that would mar the pleasure of your intercourse. There were many pleasant objects to look at, but your experience taught you that any unpleasantness between your companion and yourself would quite do away with the attractions of the things around you. So you were careful not to grieve him.

The Spirit of God is your companion. Most exalted of all beings, he...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:30

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James Russell Miller

Ephesians 4:20-30

The Christian is to learn Christ. He is to go to school, where the pupils are Christ's followers. The textbook is Christ Himself. What a wonderful Book it is we have to study! How can we study it? We can study the life of Christ as we have it portrayed in the gospel. We can see how He lived, what kind of boy He was, how He treated His mother, how He treated His heavenly Father; what...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:20-30

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Samuel Bagster

The love of the Spirit. § The Helper, the Holy Spirit. § In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; so He turned Himself against them as an enemy, and He fought against them.We know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. § Having believed, you were sealed with...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 4:30Romans 15:30John 14:26Isaiah 63:9Isaiah 63:101 John 4:13Ephesians 1:13Ephesians 1:14Galatians 5:16Galatians 5:17Romans 8:26

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Samuel Bagster

The heavens are not pure in His sight, how much less man, who is abominable and filthy, who drinks iniquity like water! § The stars are not pure in His sight, how much less man, who is a maggot?Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness? § Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” § Be partakers of His holiness. The temple of God...

Bible Verses: Psalms 97:12Job 15:15Job 15:16Job 25:5Job 25:6Exodus 15:11Isaiah 6:31 Peter 1:151 Peter 1:16Hebrews 12:101 Corinthians 3:172 Peter 3:112 Peter 3:14Ephesians 4:29Ephesians 4:30

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