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 …

How Outsiders Come Inside

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 2:11-18   I suspect that almost every one of us, at one time or another, has been an outsider; perhaps an outsider to a clique at school, or to the inner circle at work, or to the group of neighborhood women who go bowling on Thursday nights, or to the Pheasant Run Country Club. In this passage Paul is talking about really being on the outside – separated from Christ (v. 12a) and from the people of …

The Place of Works

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Ephesians 2:8-10   Christians have wrestled for a long time over the respective roles of faith and works in the Christian life. It was a dispute over this subject, in fact, which was the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation in 1517. It’s clear from this passage that we are not saved by our good deeds. “It is not your own doing, it is the gift of God” (v. 8). Nothing could be clearer than that. Over and …