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 …

Building a Church

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 2:19-22   When a congregation decides to build a new structure, a committee works with the architect to determine the basic design, be it Gothic, early American, contemporary, or 20th-century warehouse. The Bible, of course, dictates no design for the building, but it does lay down some important principles for building the church of God. In this passage, Paul includes three such principles: Architectural principle No. 1: God’s church must have an unshakable foundation. If the foundation …