The Nature of Our Unity

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 4:4-6   Paul has implied that Christians can be a crotchety bunch, and that getting along in the church means putting up with a lot of stuff that annoys us. But while admitting that living peaceably with the saints is no picnic, Paul says that there are several overriding reasons for doing so. More correctly, there is one reason for doing so. We are one. There is more that unites us than separates us. Despite our splintering, …

A Life Worthy of Our Calling

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 4:1-3   If you were to make a list of virtues that are important to a life worthy of our calling (v. 1), what traits would you list? (If this is a family devotional, pause to discuss answers to that question.) Common answers, I expect, would include honesty, sexual purity, integrity, truthfulness, and the like. These certainly are important virtues. But, oddly, Paul doesn’t mention any of them here. Instead, Paul says that a “life worthy of …

The Dimensions of Divine Love

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 3:14-20   As Paul concludes the first half of his letter—the theology half—he builds up to a crescendo of prayer and praise, a praise which appropriately centers on the love of God (v. 18). God’s love, says Paul, is a broad love. Jesus had shocked people by extending that love to Samaritans, publicans, prostitutes, divorcees, and even Romans. Paul continued to demonstrate the wideness of that love by being an apostle to the Gentiles. God’s love, says …

The Least of All the Saints

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 3:7-13   In this passage Paul refers to himself as “the very least of all the saints” (v. 8). Yet he has been given the privilege of bringing the “unsearchable riches of Christ” to the Gentiles (v. 8) and to reveal God’s mysterious plan, hidden for ages (vs. 9). False modesty, perhaps? No, I don’t think so. We sometimes have an idealized image of Paul, you know – Paul, the great missionary, theologian, church planter, and author. …

Each of Us Has a Commission

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 3:1-6   Paul saw himself as having a unique task-inviting Gentles to share what had previously been seen as the sole property of Jews. He saw it as a commission “of God’s grace” (v. 2), a mandate to embody God’s grace to a special people. Do not each one of us have a commission “of God’s grace,” some unique calling? Are not each of us capable of sharing God’s love? Perhaps your commission is helping out at …