“THE EPHESIAN LETTER” EXCERPTS……Lewis Sperry Chafer

“The Epistle to the Ephesians records the beginning of the New Creation- the Church
and her relation to Christ. True to the plan and method of sovereign grace, the opening
theme of the Ephesian letter, descriptive of the Church, is that before any individual who
belongs to her company has wrought anything for God, that individual is graciously
blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly in Christ.”

“How ought such an one to walk here on the earth…Certainly his motive for right conduct
is not now on a legal basis which would be that, by good conduct, he may obtain the
riches of grace. The riches, being riches of grace, are divinely conferred on the one who
believes and before human conduct is considered.

Therefore, the only appeal now is for a walk which is worthy of a calling wherewith
the saved one is called. The believer does not strive to attain a position, but rather
to live well-pleasing unto God in the position already attained through divine grace.
Of this life and service the second division of this Epistle treats.”

“In each instance the calling [ye are called] to which reference is made is no less
than the heavenly position into which the believer has been brought through infinite
grace, which position naturally prescribes a corresponding holy manner of life.”

“The child of God is enjoined to let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking
and malice be put away (Eph.4:31). This can be done only by the power of the Spirit;
hence the import of the word let, which indicates the extent and direction of the
believer’s responsibility in the conflict with sin…”

“Thus the believer who sins even to the terrible length indicated [Rom.7:24, Ps.32:3,4]
is not to be classified as an unregenerate sinner. For, though the evil character of the
sin is no way lessened by the fact that a saint commits it, he is not when thus
sinning an habitual or lawless sinner, as the agony of his soul will fully prove.
[cf. 1 John 3:10].”