Friday, May 29, 2015

IN CHRIST

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 1

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Missionary to Turkey Mike Martin is pictured here amidst the ruins of ancient Ephesus (Present-day Selcuk, Turkey). This area is one large museum, perhaps the most spectacular ruins in Turkey. The Apostle Paul walked these streets witnessing for Christ, stopping from time to time to lift his voice and preach the Good News of eternal salvation in Christ. One of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World was here, “The Temple of Diana.” The area pictured above is not open to tourists, but my photographer son, David Reynold, was able to enter to photograph for this blog.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:17

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.”

 

Thirteen times in today’s reading we find, “in Christ,” “in Him,” in Himself,” “in Whom,” “in the Lord Jesus,” repeated again and again. It’s plain to see that Paul has an absolutely clear message he fervently desires to communicate! In fact, the phrase “in Christ” or its equivalent appears 35 times throughout this letter to the believers in Ephesus, and the Holy Spirit intended these words for the whole Church in every place and throughout all time. Therefore, we should pay close attention to every word.

What do we have “IN CHRIST?” “Heavenly places,” “He chose us,” “Redemption and forgiveness,” “purpose,” “all things,” “an inheritance,” “the praise of His glory,” “trust,” “the Holy Spirit of promise,” “the guarantee,” “wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,” and “His mighty power”…and that’s just in the first chapter! This is mind boggling! We need to spend time meditating on these facts. If we are not overwhelmed, we need to check our pulses to make sure we are still alive!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I want to personalize the prayer found in the key verse: Dear God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I ask for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Your Person. Amen! Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I have had the privilege of visiting the spectacular ruins of Ephesus several times. I’m so impressed with the evidence of stately public buildings which once served the people. Of course, the houses in which the people lived around the centre and in the suburbs are not to be found. I have just read the story of Paul’s ministry in Ephesus again from the book of Acts. When I have stood in the great Ephesian amphitheatre, I can almost imagine the loud declaration of the crowd inside who were shouting in defence of their goddess, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians.” Paul and his team of witnessing Christians caused a riot (read Acts 18:24-28 and Acts 19:1-41 and check out the picture below for the theatre where the uproar happened).

I didn’t cause a riot back in 1964, but most certainly consternation, when one Sunday evening I refused to preach my Salvation message in the pulpit of the church in Sudbury, Ontario, where I was the new Pastor. I checked the congregation out by upraised hands, and everyone present had the assurance of their eternal salvation. I then asked one of the deacons to take over the service and I proceeded out the door, down the alley for one block, to the sidewalk outside the Mine Mill Union Hall, where a dance was in progress. People were milling around outside the hall. I raised my voice and began to preach on how to have assurance of Heaven. I even noticed the union president, Weir Reid, open his window across the street in order to listen. He was called by the Toronto Star, “Canada’s last angry socialist.” Mr. Reid called me following this and offered, at no cost to the church, the use of their camp facilities for a week each Summer for a Christian camp. This was the initial seed for the Circle Square ranches, which continue to this day. I would not have been surprised if the congregation had convened a business meeting and dismissed their Pastor, me. I’d been there about 3 weeks. As it happened, I continued to serve there for almost five more years, and I don’t believe we ever had another Sunday evening service where someone in the congregation did not bring out a friend who did not yet know Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Every service found one, two or more at the altar giving their lives to Christ. The congregation, since that time on the street, has planted new congregations & built two new church buildings in order to hold the people and to serve the community.

Forgive me for going on far beyond my goal of 100 words.

Yours for the knowledge of the truth that we are “IN CHRIST,”

David

Ruins of the ancient theatre in Ephesus (Acts 19:28-31).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

13 thoughts on “Friday, May 29, 2015

  1. We are in Christ, indeed!

    Speak thou to Him for He heareth,
    And spirit with spirit will meet!
    Nearer is He than breathing,
    Nearer than hands and feet.

    Maltbie D. Babcock

    Blessings fellow saints!

    • Such grand words and meaning Beverlee. Thank u. I love Maltbie’s “This is my Father’s World”.
      Blessings to u.

  2. Wondering why the place is in ruins in Ephesu in today’s pic? Was that just age-related or did some army attack it?
    I love to see people preaching in the streets about God’s love and salvation for them. I could never do that! But wish I could. God bless u Rev. M. God got you ranches for young souls!

    “Father, please help me to trust You even when I don’t understand why things happen as they do. Please comfort my heart and remind me of Your goodness and love.” Amen.

    Blessings fellow saints.

  3. I am blown away by what we have IN Christ! God is so good!
    I am coming to the first anniversary of starting the readings in this two year plan to read through the Bible. How blessed I am by the word of God, the encouragement from your teaching David Mainse (Especially when the readings got tough!) and those that post with words of love and encouragement, a prayer request, a song, a poem, a picture, a video, a joke, a healing or a suggested Bible study.
    Over the last two years, I love that God took an injury and turned it into something beautiful. I look forward to what he has in store for my future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
    Please pray for healing as I go for back surgery on Monday.
    Love IN Christ,
    Anna

    • Holding you in prayer, Anna, for your upcoming back surgery on Monday. I understand your situation and applaud your courage. Be strong and know that you will be in good hands. The Lord and host of angels will be with you.

  4. What a powerful testimony of God’s intervention that Sunday in Sudbury, Ont. and the guidance of the Holy Spirit and anointing on you Rev. David…the boldness and His Power that fell upon you as you ministered to those in need, and the harvest from the seed that you planted that Sunday morning. Praise God for your obedience for His Glory. Amen.
    What a Joy to read God’s word in Ephesians this morning…and note the particular points that you brought forth; also the scripture links in Acts; and the pictures for this blog. May God Bless and continue to use you for His Glory.

  5. Hi! I started reading this blog May 11/15. It was titled GUIDANCE which I found so profoundprofound for my first day!! I struggled with Kings because it’s unfamiliar but David brings it to life. The comment section is such a bonus and I feel blessed to be a part of it. Love love love and God bless us all!

  6. Anna May you feel the presence if The Lird and sense the prayers of your fellow bloggers as you go for back surgery on Monday. Bless you and I prayer for a good recovery. Catherine

  7. Ann I am agreeing in prayer for a quick recovery, and the Lord’s guidance for those attending to you through the surgery; Jesus in Your Name I pray…for your healing Power in it all for Ann.

  8. Just a note about “in Christ” and “in the Lord Jesus”, “in HIm”, etc., etc.
    Paul was talking about being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, as he was himself (Romans 6:3). Later translations of the bible have changed the KJV’s references to “remission of sins” to “forgiveness of sins” and have lost the true significance of baptism according to Acts 2:38. The Christian church needs to go back to Pentecost and get it right!

  9. I started your blog with Revalation last year. I was doing another study mentioning Revalation so decided to look to yours for more insight. Have been daily with your blog ever since.

  10. Thank-you so much for your daily blog! Besides enjoying your commentaries, I also really appreciate the pictures that go along with the commentaries. Updates on your family news are also nice to see! It’s a great way to start my day. God bless you with strength to continue on in this ministry!
    Joan

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