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Awake, O Sword

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith Jehovah, of hosts.” Zechariah 13:7a In this Lenten season we are called to give particular attention to the passion and death of our Savior. The above text is one of the clearest of those prophetic testimonies which declared to the Church […]

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Christ the Destroyer

What a strange title for a Christmas meditation! Christ the destroyer! The words jolt us. We are unprepared for such a sentiment at Christmastide. Much more congenial to our festive feelings are the oft-quoted references to the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 and Luke 2:10–14 fit into our Yuletide thoughts much better than the text of […]

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Are God’s People Grateful?

“At even ye shall eat flesh and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am Jehovah your God.” Exodus 16:12 Thanksgiving day finds us this year with many things for which we ought to be thankful and yet there often seems to be so little of true thanksgiving. […]

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Scripture on the Antithesis

Scripture speaks of several antitheses; for example, that of Christ and Antichrist, that of the good angels and the fallen angels, that of believers and “principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12), that of the church and the world, that of believers and unbelievers, that of […]

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The Wiles of the Devil

…that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 Since there are chiefs among the elect angels, we should not be surprised to learn that there is at least one chief among the rebel angels. The only being of this kind whom Scripture specifies by name is he who is called […]

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Dead in Trespasses and Sins

Devotional Studies in Ephesians “And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins, wherein ye once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience; among whom we also […]

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Sealed With the Spirit

Devotional Studies in Ephesians “…in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is an earnest of our inheritance…” Ephesians 1:13, 14 Twice in this epistle Paul speaks of believers as “sealed” (cf. 4,30). A similar statement appears in II Corinthians 1:21, 22. In legal documents the seal is placed […]

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“…in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7 “In whom” refers to Christ, “the beloved” (vs. 6). Jesus, the beloved Son of God, is also the beloved of our souls. He is the chief among ten thousand and altogether lovely. The purpose of […]

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Blessed Be God!

“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ; even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption […]

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