Contributed on Feb 25, 2018
God plans to bring this fallen world, governed by apparently random and sometimes, chaotic events and disruptions in nature and human life, into a unified cosmos over which Jesus Christ will be King.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 12/21/16 Lesson 3: The Son Redeemed Believers in the Historical Past (1:7-12) Ephesians 1:7-12 (NIV) 7 In him we have redemption through his ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2018
The “gift” of the Spirit is to be distinguished from the “gifts” of the Spirit. The latter are special endowments given to men by the Spirit; but the former is the Spirit himself, given by the Father through Christ.
Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 1/9/17 Lesson 4: The Spirit Sealed Believers in their Personal Past (1:13-14) Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV) 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard ...read more
Contributed on Mar 19, 2018
The Christian’s life is anchored in Jesus Christ. From our election in Him before time began, to the final salvation of which the indwelling Spirit is the guarantee, everything we need to live “to the praise of His glory” (1:12, 14) is found in Christ.
Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 1/23/17 Lesson 5: The Content of the Prayer (1:15-19) Ephesians 1:15-19 (NIV) 15 For this reason, ever ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2018
This is a psalm of ascension. We can almost follow His tracks, as all the evil powers which rule the darkness of this world drop far beneath Him. The ascending Lord is high over all,
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 2/5/17 Lesson 6: The Immensity of God’s Resources (1:20-23) Ephesians 1:20-23 (NIV) 20 HE EXERTED WHEN HE RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD AND SEATED HIM AT HIS RIGHT HAND IN ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
Paul turns suddenly to his readers and declares that, like Christ, they once were dead, and in Ephesians 2:2-3 he proves this. The intention of the apostle in this short section is to show the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and to express the sad estate an
The Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 2/27/17 Lesson 7: The Individual Believer’s Former State (2:1-3) Ephesians 2:1-3 (KJV) 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2018
“Hath quickened us together with Christ” does not mean that he quickened us when we were dead in sin, but that he loved us then, and made provision for our salvation.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 3/11/17 Lesson 8: The Individual Believer’s Present State (2:4-10) Ephesians 2:4-10 (KJV) 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when ...read more
Contributed on Apr 25, 2018
It is a good thing for Christians to “remember” what they were. No ability of the mind can be better employed to produce humility, penitence, gratitude, and love, than the memory. It is good for us to recall our former sins.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 3/31/17 Lesson 9: The Gentiles’ Former State: Isolation (2:11-13) Ephesians 2:11-13 (KJV) 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision ...read more
Contributed on May 9, 2018
Christ is the author of peace between God and His people. There is occurring naturally in man hostility toward God which ranges between bad feeling and outright hate. Sin has separated friends and it separates men from God; . . . .
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 4/14/17 Lesson 10: The Peace which Christ Accomplished in His Death (2:14-18) Ephesians 2:14-18 (KJV) 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2018
You are regarded as being with the people of God. You are entitled to their privileges, and are not to be regarded as outcasts and aliens. The meaning is that they belonged to the same community (the same family) as the people of God.
The Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 5/2/17 Lesson 11: The Foundation Which Christ Laid Through His Apostles (2:19-22) Ephesians 2:19-22 (KJV) 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2018
“Paul,” calls himself “the prisoner of Jesus Christ;” that is, a prisoner in the service of the Lord Jesus; or made a prisoner for His cause. Not a prisoner for crime or debt, or as a captive in war, but a captive in the service of the Redeemer.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 5/16/17 Lesson 12: The Content of the Mystery Revealed to Paul (3:1-7) Ephesians 3:1-7 (KJV) 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have ...read more
Contributed on Jun 15, 2018
Paul felt he was called into the ministry in order that all people might understand that salvation was free, a truth that had been concealed for ages. The impact of this great truth is that he felt that he had a message of incalculable value for mankind.
The Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 6/8/17 Lesson 13: The Wisdom of the Mystery Revealed to Angelic Beings (3:8-13) Ephesians 3:8-13 (KJV) 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2018
Paul asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings; strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love .
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 6/30/17 Lesson 14: The Content of the Prayer (3:14-19) Ephesians 3:14-19 (KJV) 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2018
This is without a doubt the best known and most frequently used benediction. It comes after contemplating a marvelous spiritual experience; it is no wonder Paul burst forth in a doxology, a fitting benediction for such a prayer.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 7/25/17 Lesson 15: The Immensity of God’s Resources (Ephesians 3:20-21) Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV) 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or ...read more
Contributed on Jul 4, 2018
The theme of this letter is "Christian Unity." Paul had established many churches, and watched them grow, so he realized that without unity, nothing else really matters.
The Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 8/3/17 Lesson 16: Maintaining the Unity (Ephesians 4:1-6) Ephesians 4:1-6 (KJV) 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2018
We must make a distinction between “spiritual gifts” and natural abilities. When you were born into this world God gave you certain natural abilities, perhaps in mechanics, art, athletics, or music. In this regard, all men are not created equal . . .
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 8/13/17 Lesson 17: The Diversity of Spiritual Gifts in Contributing Toward Unity (Ephesians 4:7-16) Ephesians 4:7-16 (KJV) 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to ...read more
Contributed on Jul 18, 2018
Verses 17, 18, and 19 give us the picture of the unregenerate and we are NOT to walk as they walk. By nature the unregenerate has a mind filled with vanity. His understanding is darkened. The heart of the unregenerate is blind. He has no feeling . . .
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 8/29/17 Lesson 18: Negative Example: Pagans (Ephesians 4:17-19) Ephesians 4:17-19 (KJV) 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles ...read more
Contributed on Jul 27, 2018
When we are born again we are called upon to “put off” the old garments of the natural life, the natural man. We are to deny the ways of the “old man.” (The “old man” is by nature corrupt, and by nature follows “the deceitful lust.”)
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 9/12/17 Lesson 19: Positive Basis: Death of the “Old Man” (Ephesians 4:20-24) Ephesians 4:20-24 (KJV) 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2018
Experiences can change, but truth never changes. Paul balances the subjective experience of the Galatian Christians with the objective teaching of the unchanging Word of God.
October 6, 2013 The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Tom Lowe Chapter III.A.1: The Experience of the Galatians (3.1-5) Galatians 3.1-5 (KJV) 1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2018
The danger is that we begin to think of the morally abnormal as normal and the things that tend to cause moral carelessness as matters of indifference. Christ-like love banishes the indecent.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 10/27/17 Lesson 21: Do Not Conform to their Sinfulness (Ephesians 5:1-7) Ephesians 5:1-7 (KJV) 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2018
In this passage, we are told of yet another way in which we are to imitate God—we are to be “light.” Once the believers were “darkness,” but now they were “light in the Lord.”
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 11/8/17 Lesson 22: Confront them with the Gospel (Ephesians 5:8-14) Ephesians 5:8-14 (KJV) 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all ...read more
Contributed on Aug 24, 2018
This portion of the Ephesian letter constitutes an exhortation to the readers to live like wise men. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise”
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 11/29/17 Lesson 23: The Admonition for Spirit-Filling (Ephesians 5:15-21) Ephesians 5:15-21 (KJV) 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2018
The church is not relevant to many Christian parents, because if it were they would do everything they could to encourage their children to attend church.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 1/17/18 Lesson 25: Children and Parents (Ephesians 6:1-4) Introduction The teaching of this passage is profoundly counter to today’s culture. Sadly, in many ways it is also counter-church-culture. For Paul seems to expect that children ...read more
Contributed on Sep 2, 2018
Paul continues the general teaching of this section of the letter: The Christian is different—a new man—and therefore behaves differently.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 1/31/18 Lesson 26: Slaves and Masters (Ephesians 6:5-9) Ephesians 6:5-9 (KJV) 5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; 6 not by way ...read more
Contributed on Sep 7, 2018
The closing portion of Paul’s letter contains his account of this conflict of the Christian with the forces of evil.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 2/11/18 Lesson 27: The Believer’s Present Relation to Satan: Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20) 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2018
“Tychicus” is the informant of Paul’s immediate circumstances to the Asian churches; and he is warmly commended with the apostle’s fine character reference.
Commentary on the Book of Ephesians By: Tom Lowe Date: 2/25/18 Lesson 28: The Commendation of Tychicus (6:21-22) (Ephesians 6:21-22, KJV) 21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, , a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22 Whom I ...read more