Ephesians 1:19

Here is my commentary on Ephesians 1:19. I am publishing these once or twice a week, but you can read all of the available articles at our web-site.

Ephesians 1:19

[ that you may know]… what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us to believe according to the workings of his great might.

Paul continues his prayer that we might know the hope to which Christ has called us. He is not talking about theology in these prayers but a heart-level knowledge, and transforming conviction that directs our lives.

Now he prays hat we might know the immeasurable greatness of his power.

In physics, power is defined as the rate at which reproduce or use energy to do work a 200 megawatt Power Station produces 200 megajoules of electricity every second. This is greatness of power.

Power in political terms is defined as the ability to influence others so that you can enact a political agenda. Some rulers exert great power, either for good or evil.

God’s power is immeasurable. He created the whole universe and everything that is seen and everything that is unseen. All of this was with the command of his voice. He spoke and it came to be.

It is possible to estimate the mass of the Universe and therefore calculate the energy of the whole of creation. Divide that by the few seconds that it took to speak the words, and that is huge, unimaginable power. But it is still measurable.

The greatness of God’s power is even greater – it is immeasurable. We can’t even guesstimate his power, because it will always be greater.

And the God who has that much physical power also has immeasurable political power. He could bend every king and president, in fact every person, to obey his will and follow his agenda for the nations.

But he does not want to do that. Instead, he uses the power of love, providing and enacting an agenda based on his love for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

For all the power at His command, He lays it all down in order to love His people

Then He places this immeasurable power in us – the creative, restorative, reconciling power of the Holy Spirit is placed in people who simply choose to lay down their own lives and to follow him.

We see glimpses of this immeasurable power in us when miracles happen. Miracles are actions that seem to contradict the law of nature. A house is saved in an earthquake because people pray. A person is healed of a rare and incurable cancer because people pray.

This immeasurable power in us is meant to be poured out to others as a sign of Gods love.

The power of love placed in our hearts also transforms the world. As we receive God’s love we learn to love the poor, serve the needy, console the hurting, and accept the rejected. The healing power of love turns these people, who were once far off, back to the kingdom of God, spreading this unstoppable movement of immeasurable power right through the world.

All of this is “ according to the workings of his great might.”

In all of this, God remains sovereign. There are times when there is no healing, no miracles. There are times when our best attempts at love are thrown back in our face .

Should we conclude that God’s immeasurable power is not so great? Of course not! It remains God’s power and is released according to His greatness.

Should we give up on praying for the sick, ministering to the poor, or preaching the gospel because things don’t turn out the way we think?

No! The power is God’s and remains subject to His will. The power is in us, but not ours to use as we wish. We are containers for the power of God’s might and His love, not the operators or owners of it.

We can make ourselves available to God for Him to work in the world. We cannot determine what He should do with that power. It remains “according to the working of his great power.”

The activity of God’s power remains a mystery, and out of our ability to control. We pray for this one, serve that one, and sometimes miracles occur. Sometimes they do not.

We should thank God that it is this way. Imagine the mess we would generate by being able to channel that “immeasurable power” to meet our own selfish purposes.

Key points in this verse:

  • God’s power is immeasurable, beyond our ability to even imagine
  • God’s power is physical and can restore, heal or destroy
  • God’s power is also persuasive through the power of His great love
  • God’s power is in us, but subject to his own control

Ephesians 1:18

Here is my commentary on Ephesians 1:18. I am publishing these once or twice a week, but you can read all of the available articles at our web-site.

Ephesians 1:18

“… having the eyes of your hearts enlightened that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.”

This is a continuation of Paul’s prayer that we receive a revelation in the knowledge of God. Being such a long sentence it is very hard to keep track of all the relationships between the various parts of the prayer.

Paul prays that we may have the eyes of our hearts enlightened The gospel is a matter of the heart. Our relationship with God is a matter of the heart.

When people try to turn faith into a matter of knowledge, they turn the gospel into religion and strip it of all its power to transform the heart. When it becomes legalistic, the outward person is changed but not the inward person. When discipleship is turned into hierarchic power structures or other forms of power, the gospel is perverted.

It is the hear that must be transformed by the Holy Spirit. Salvation is not measured by Bible knowledge or church attendance.

To be free form religion and to enter into a relationship with Christ, the eyes of our heart need to be enlightened. We need a revelation of God’s great love for us.

This is not something that we can work ourselves into. We cannot convince ourselves that God is love. The enlightening of the eyes of the heart comes as a gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a self-revelation by the Father.

Our eyes need to be opened to see what is clearly before us. Paul tells us us in Romans 1 that the majesty of God is seen in creation. Sin has closed our eyes so we are blind to this, but the Holy Spirit can open our eyes so that we are receptive to the Father’s self-revelation.

We may know all the words of faith, we may even be able to perform miracles in the name of Jesus, but if our spiritual eyes are blind none of it makes sense to us; it is all a foreign language that we are yet to learn.

The purpose of the enlightenment of the eyes of our heart is so that we can know the hope to which God has called us.

Many people live with no hope because they do not know they are called. All they see is a meaningless life that ends with death.

But those who know Jesus have a hope. They have a hope for eternity, a life that doesn’t end. Existence finds its meaning only in the light of eternity.

Our hope is this- in the gospel we are reconciled to the Father through faith in Jesus Christ His Son. If we live with Christ we will rise with Him and live for ever with Him.

This is the hope to which we have been called.

In fact, the whole of humanity has been called to this hope. Sin separates us from God and blinds us to this calling. So many people fail to respond to God’s call, and consequently will not experience joy, either in this life or in the life to come.

How tragic it is to live a life that falls short in meaning, that is apart from the knowledge of the grace of God, and then to spend eternity separated from Him.

We are all called to this hope, but we don’t all respond to the call.

The third part of this prayer is that we might know what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.

The Passion Translation puts it this way. “The wealth of God’s glorious inheritance that He finds in us the holy ones.”

We are God’s inheritance. We are the chosen ones, the delight of the Lord.

Christians often focus on the fact that we are heirs of the kingdom. This says that it is also the other way around, that God is looking to us as His inheritance.

We are the gifts that God is seeking.

This often seems hard to understand as we can be so aware of our sin and weaknesses. All of that is covered over by the Blood of Christ. Now the Father is eagerly anticipating us as His gift to be received.

This applies to each one of us personally. I am the wealth of God’s inheritance, and so are you.

It also applies corporately. The whole church is God’s inheritance. We have a responsibility to honour the church, the collection of God’s people, as His inheritance. That is, if God sees the people who comprise the church as a valuable inheritance, then we should value it also.

Every saint is a treasure, even those we find it hard to get along with.

So we must not just honour our brothers and sisters. We must value them also.

When those saints come together in worship, what a treasure we have! Even if the musicians are not the top performers, the congregation all sing off-key and the preacher gives a mediocre message, still this is an immensely valuable treasure in the eyes of God.

Key points from this verse:

  • We must have the eyes of our heart enlightened.
  • Sin has closed our eyes to God’s self-revelation.
  • We have a living hope that sustains us
  • We are God’s inheritance
  • We must value other christians who are also God’s inheritance

Ephesians 1:17

Here is my commentary on Ephesians 1:17. I am publishing these once or twice a week, but you can read all of the available articles at our web-site.

Ephesians 1:17

… my prayers that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.

This is part of a much longer sentence in Greek that goes from verse 15 right through to verse 19.

Paul is saying that he prays constantly for the church at Ephesus, the saints. Part of that prayer is that God will give us a Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in our knowledge of Him.

Paul here affirms the christian doctrine of the Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit are mentioned together here. All through the New Testament we see these statements about God’s three-fold nature- one God revealed in three “persons.” This is a mystery that is easy to state, but very difficult to understand.

This God is first of all the”God of our Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus speaks of God or the Father it is this God, the God of the Bible, that He refers to.

This God is not Allah, the god of the Muslims, nor is he one of the countless gods revered by Hindus, or any so-called god or goddess worshipped by pagans.

This God is the God revealed in the Old Testament, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Yahweh, the great “I AM.”

He is the Father of glory or “glorious Father.” The majesty or glory of God can only be imagined by the human mind. There are clues given to us in creation, but we need a revelation, an understanding that comes from the Holy Spirit and is planted into our spirit.

He is the Father because He brings all things into being. This is His nature- to create and relate. The Father is not distant as some imagine, but is always right near us,

The Father’s heart is for relationship with His creation, particularly with human beings. Like any earthly father, He is devastated by the sinfulness and waywardness of people, who prefer to go their own way rather than walking with Him in His love.

Jesus is given the title “the Lord Jesus Christ.” The Lord is, of course, the title of Yahweh in the Old Testament. To say “Jesus is Lord” is to confess that He is the one true God, that He is Yahweh.

To say that Jesus is Lord is to confess that I am not Lord, that Jesus has a claim to authority over me, that I recognise His right to direct me.

To call Jesus Christ the Lord is also to deny that any other person or ideology has the right to call themselves Lord. They might think they are like God, but in reality they are not.

So Paul’s prayer now is that we receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

All wisdom ultimately comes from God. Wisdom is about applying our knowledge of God and of the world in such a way that God is glorified, and our lives reach their true potential in Him.

Human wisdom is not true wisdom unless it proceeds from the Holy Spirit. Human wisdom is concerned with making our lives effective in achieving our goals,

Human wisdom is about self- self-motivation, self-actualisation, self-esteem, self improvement- self, self, self.

The wisdom that comes from God puts its focus on the Lordship of Christ. Our lives achieve their true purpose as they are submitted to His Lordship.
Godly wisdom recognises that a kite flies best when it is tethered. Human wisdom seeks to achieve its selfish goals by cutting the string and flying free of constraints.

The Spirit also gives a revelation of God. There are many who claim to have a “revelation” of God, gods and spirits. Unless they are revealed by the Spirit of God, they are revelations of satan and come to bring deception not enlightenment.

Revelation that is from God comes through the Spirit of God. This is the same Spirit who inspired the writers of the Scriptures. No so-called revelation will contradict Scripture. No so-called revelation will encourage people to dishonour God by sinning.

The Spirit of revelation is also needed when we read the Bible. Many have read the Bible in a spirit of rebellion, and consequently they see just words from an ancient culture that has no connection today. But when we read the same words with the Holy Spirit guiding us, we find the words of eternal life.

We need the Spirit of revelation, the Holy Spirit, revealing the truth of God as we seek Him.

Key points from this verse:

  • God has revealed Himself as three in one- Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • Jesus is Lord of all things because He is God
  • The Father brings all things into existence and desires relationship with us
  • If Jesus is Lord, then the claims of all other things to be “lords” are false claims
  • The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, revelation, and knowledge of God

Ephesians 1:16

Due to illness over the last few months, I have been unable to post these commentaries. I hope to now resume this more regularly.

Here is my commentary on Ephesians 1:16. I am publishing these once or twice a week, but you can read all of the available articles at our web-site.

Ephesians 1:16

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Since Paul heard of their great faith and love for all the saints, he never ceased to give thanks to God for them.

The saints of Ephesus were the real thing. They were the prototypes for all christians everywhere who have taken hold of the gospel. They were full of faith and love.

They were not perfect by any means, but they loved the Lord. For this reason Paul was continually thankful for them.

He didn’t just praise God for them once in a while. It was a regular part of his prayer life. He must have loved these people deeply, and they were always in his heart.

We know about Paul’s love for the Ephesians from the book of Acts. He wept when he left them for the last time on his way to Rome (Acts 21:36-37)

Paul was thankful for them and prayed daily for them. Being thankful for a person whom we are praying for is a very important attitude. It is so easy to approach a prayer task from a sense of duty, or worse still, a sense of superiority as if we are the ones with the direct line to heaven. If we are thankful for the people we are praying for, then we can pray from a place of real love.

Prayer experts always recommend thanksgiving before intercession. There is something about saying “Thank you” to God before interceding for them that bring both power and spiritual depth to our prayers. After all, is there any point praying for someone if we don’t really care that much for them?

We must find ways to “remember” people in our prayer. Many people have a random approach to praying for others. They pray for people who pop into their head at the time.

The great intercessors have a system in place that helps them to stay on track. A simple list of names of people in our family or church is a great place to start. Some people have a “Blessing List” of people who they want to turn to Jesus for salvation.

Some people use a prayer journal in which they write some of their more special prayers and record answers to prayer.

Whatever method we use to pray, we must not overlook the need to listen to the Holy Spirit. Sometimes there may be a urgent need for special prayer that the Holy Spirit puts on our hearts. In that case we drop everything and pray “in the Spirit.”

Key points from this verse:

  • Paul was full of thankfulness and diligent in prayer for the Ephesians.
  • We need to thank God for the people we are praying for.
  • A systematic approach to intercession is essential for all christians
  • Never neglect the leading of the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:15

Here is my commentary on Ephesians 1:15. I am publishing these once or twice a week, but you can read all of the available articles at our web-site.

Ephesians 1:15

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love to all the saints…

To Paul the christians in Ephesus are legends! Paul has heard of them in other places, particularly in Rome where he is in prison. Hundred of kilometres away, people are bringing him reports of the faith and love of the christians in Ephesus.

They didn’t seek fame, but were just doing what God was leading them into. Perhaps this was rare enough even in the early days of the church to be noteworthy.

I have been on the receiving end of this kind of praise. A few times our church has been wonderfully generous in projects which have come to the attention of agencies and even of governments overseas. We just did what the Lord laid on our hearts, expecting that this is just normal.

Paul hears great reports about the church in Ephesus. Yet in Revelation they are warned to return to their first love or they would have the lamp removed from its lamp stand. Ephesians was written about 62 AD while Revelation was probably written late in that same decade.

It is so easy to lose the edge, the joy of our salvation, the first love for Jesus. We must protect our hearts lest we grow cold in our love for the Lord.

The Ephesian saints were famous for their faith in the Lord Jesus. There was something that st apart this faith from normal every day faith. They knew that they knew that Jesus was their Lord. They had committed their lives into His hands. They were “All in”, holding nothing back.

Jesus was their focal point, their heart’s desire, their first love. They trusted Jesus, were faithful to Jesus, believed in Him– as the true Lord, the true Redeemer, the true friend.

The Ephesians were also famous for their love for all the saints. The word for love here is agape which is the God- shaped love that knows no discouragement or refusal, but insists on only wanting what is good for the other person. This church was invested in the whole church.

They loved one another first of all. They made sure that nobody was in need. They shared all that they had with those who had nothing. They gave themselves to each other, being Christ for one another.

The Ephesians loved all the saints. This suggests that they looked beyond their own organisation, beyond their own city. We know that Paul helped to organise appeals among the churches to help those who were going through hardship such as famine. Perhaps the Ephesians were the first to step up, being an example to “all the saints” of how to show love to “all the saints.”

Key points from this verse:

• The Ephesian christians were legendary across the Roman Empire
• They had extraordinary faith in Jesus and love for the saints.

Ephesians 1:14

Here is my commentary on Ephesians 1:14. I am publishing these once or twice a week, but you can read all of the available articles at our web-site.

Ephesians 1:14

[Holy Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance. But how does this work? Why is the Holy Spirit a guarantee?

The Holy Spirit is given to christians when we are first saved. We speak of “having,” “receiving” the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit is “in” us. We speak from experience of the Holy Spirit, but we lack any objective measurement or framework to describe how this works.

We know that we know. There is a difference in our lives that takes place as we attend to the Holy Spirit’s directions.

Once we had no concept of the Holy Spirit in us, but now it is our experience that God fellowships intimately with us.

People experience the Holy Spirit is different ways. For some, there is an ongoing clear conversation in which they are often keenly aware of the Holy Spirit’s direction. For others, the Holy Spirit is a vague entity, occasionally experienced as a still, small voice that is easy to miss.

The Holy Spirit is manifest in the form of various gifts such as those in 1 Corinthians 12 in which various abilities are given in order to build up the church. The Holy Spirit is also revealed as, over time, various qualities (the fruit of the Spirit) become activated to make a believer more Christ-like in temperament (Galatians 5:22-23)

When we believe we receive the Holy Spirit who serves as a guarantee of what is to come, our inheritance.

Our inheritance is our salvation, God’s free gift of eternal life to all who believe. At the instant we truly repent of our sins and decide to follow Jesus, the Spirit comes in and “seals” that decision, guaranteeing that we will receive eternal life.

A guarantee is given by a producer or service provider that their product is fit for its intended purpose. For consumers this might be in the form of a promise to replace a defective item if it breaks down in a certain time period. For businesses it might be a statement that a product such as a fuel has a certain composition or a rating. If this product fails to meet the specification a purchaser is justified in suing for the damages they suffer.

The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our eternal salvation. We have this witness inside us that assures us that we are in relationship with God, and our destiny is not in doubt.

In most worldly guarantees, a corporation or a government stands behind the promise. With our salvation, it is God, our Creator and Redeemer, who stands behind the promise. In fact, He is the promise.

So God’s guarantee of our inheritance is to put Himself into us as a sign of what is to come.

The Bible does not give us much of an explicit description of what heaven is like or how eternal life will be lived. We do know that our relationship with God will be the focus of the new life.

In this life, sin blocks our relationship with God. For now we see in part, but one day we will see in fullness, in perfection. We will see the glory of God unfiltered by our physical limitations.

Since our relationship with God will be the focal point of eternal life, it is appropriate that the gift of the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of what will come. We have intimacy with the Holy Spirit as a foretaste, or a deposit, of what will be.

The conversation that we have with the Holy Spirit, the revelations, dreams and visions, the power to heal- all of these things are a sign of what is to come later, our inheritance in Christ.

An inheritance is something we receive when someone dies. It is something they owned which is passed on to us.

The inheritance that we have comes as a result of the death of Jesus. We were estranged from God, alienated and far off. Then, the One and Only Son of God came into the world to pay for our sins and bring us back to Him. We are now a part of God’s family, reconciled and restored to our Father.

Now we are heirs of the Father, joint heirs with the Son as Paul says in Romans 8:17. The Father literally owns the whole of creation, and now we share in that inheritance. Everything that God has, we have too.

An inheritance is not always available immediately. The estate of the deceased person must be settled. Investments must be liquidated, property may need to be sold, debts must be paid, and so on. There is a delay between inheriting and receiving.

While we live in this life, we cannot receive all of our inheritance. The Holy Spirit for now is our portion or deposit guaranteeing that the rest will come.

One day we will possess the inheritance, and be possessed by it.

Words cannot express nor minds imagine what heaven is like. There have been many people who have claimed to have gone there for a while before returning to earth. The book of Revelation gives a glimpse of the glory awaiting. Literally we have no words to give content and context to our destiny.

So in the meantime we live in fellowship with the guarantee of the inheritance, the Holy spirit.

The words “to the praise of his glory” relate to the single sentence of verses 13 and 14 which gives a brief story of salvation. In Christ we heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, received the Holy Spirit, and the deposit of our inheritance, all to the praise of his glory.

Just as the Holy Spirit is a testimony to us of God’s promise, so too our lives being redeemed, empowered and made holy, are a testimony to the world of God’s grace.

This is all to the praise of His glory. We are living testimonies of God’s glory, stories of the efficacy of God’s big rescue plan and of His love for all people,

Key points in this verse:

  • The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee of our inheritance
  • We have to wait to receive the fullness of the inheritance
  • our relationship with God now is a sign of what is to come
  • all of this is for the praise of God’s glory.

Ephesians 1:13

Here is my commentary on Ephesians 1:13. I am publishing these once or twice a week, but you can read all of the available articles at our web-site.

Ephesians 1:13

In him, you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

Having talked about the Jews who were saved by faith in Christ (“we”), Paul now turns to the saved Gentiles, the “you” in this verse.

We ,the Gentile believers, are included with the Jewish believers. This is the significance of the word “also”. The Jews were the first to believe, but in Christ we Gentiles are also saved.

Apart from timing, there is no difference in the destiny or the quality of salvation of those who are Jews and those who are not Jews. As Paul says in Romans, God has made one race or type of humanity out of what was formerly two, and now there is no difference.

This is so important to understand. The Gentiles have been grafted into God’s kingdom, but that does not mean that we are not part of the tree. And those who were born as Jews still need to be saved by faith in Christ. People who make distinctions between Jews and Gentiles (or between Israel and the Church), and those who argue that Gentiles must take on aspects of Judaism to be properly saved have it all wrong.

Paul notes here a three part salvation process

  1. We hear the word
  2. We believe in Christ
  3. We receive the Holy Spirit

The gospel of salvation is the word of truth. The gospel is God’s good news first announced by Jesus. The gospel can be expressed in many ways, but its heart is found in John 3:16. “God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

We were dead in our sins, lost and far from God, with no hope for salvation. Good deeds could not atone for our sins, and false religion left us in bondage to rules that only served to convict us of our hopeless condition.

Then Jesus came and set us free. His death on the cross paid the price for every sin ever committed. Suddenly there was light in the darkness.

This is the Good News about salvation. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.

The gospel is the word of truth. It is God’s word to us so it must be truth. Jesus is the word become flesh. He is the light in which there is no darkness. In Jesus we have all truth.

The devil is the father of lies. He is the cause and source of every deception, every falsehood, every forgery. The devil delights in lies because they hide what is true.

The Father is the source of all truth. Every revelation, every discovery, every scientific fact, owes its existence to God.

When we say the gospel of salvation is the word of truth we are saying it is from God and it reveals God.

We live in a post-truth society where it is claimed that we are free to believe whatever resonates within us at the time. The whole concept of truth is considered by some to be a tool of the white patriarchy.

Nevertheless, the law of gravity applies to everyone, regardless of their race, sexuality or gender. Everyone who jumps from a tall building in an attempt to defy gravity will themselves be broken by gravity.

The gospel is God’s word of truth and it applies equally to all people everywhere.

Hearing the gospel is not enough in itself. We must also believe in Christ. The word believe is often thought of as being a weak word of less credibility than knowing.

Believing in Christ means something stronger. We hear the word of truth and we decide to stake our lives on it. We don’t just have an intellectual belief that we are saved by Christ, but we know and trust that the word is true.

I know that gravity is real, not just an abstract theory of physics, but a daily reality in my life. I can fall over and hurt myself. I can imagine falling from a great height and so I am nervous when I am near a cliff edge.

I know in my head that the laws of aerodynamics are also true. I see planes take off and land at the airport. When I buy a ticket and get onto a plane, I am saying that I trust the pilots, the maintenance engineers, the air traffic controllers and a host of people to get me safely into the air and back down again.

Many people believe the gospel is true, but fewer people take the step of trusting Jesus, believing that He alone has the power to save us.

When we trusted in Christ, we were sealed by the promised Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is promised to everyone who believes. God is no longer “out there”. He is in me, empowering, sanctifying and making me more like Jesus.

We are sealed by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on me. He seals us to remind us that we have been set apart for His purposes, to live as His bond- servants.

The seal is for our benefit not God’s. When I allow the Holy Spirit to work in me and through me, it is a reminder that I have been bought at a price and I am no longer my own.

The gift of tongues is a daily supernatural expression of the God who is in me. The “little miracles” of words of knowledge and prophecy are a powerful sign that God’s power has sealed me for His purposes.

The fruit of the Spirit- love, joy, peace, and so on- are a sign that God is at work transforming me, lifting me out of my bondage to sin and self, and changing my temperament to be a holy person.

The benefits of salvation are not limited to individual people. God is building a Kingdom made up of millions of born again disciples. As our individual lives are transformed in God’s three step conversion process, we influence and shape the culture around us, even changing nations.

We hear the gospel, believe in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit. Then we have the responsibility to pass it on, to speak the words of truth so that our neighbours can hear, believe and receive,

Key points in this verse:

  • There is no difference between Jew and Gentiles
  • To be a part of God’s kingdom we must hear the truth, put our trust in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit.
  • Belief in Christ is total surrender not just believing facts.