Summary: More lessons to learn from the church in Ephesus.
Warnings, Exaltations & Instructions: Further Words for Ephesus
Ephesians 1:15-16; 4:1-3
Have you noticed something that has changed recently in life? If you buy any new product in a store and compare it to what it used to look like, you will notice several things. First of all the packaging has probably changed, but you will also notice that the amount of warnings on the labels has also dramatically increased. The morning I began to write this sermon, I put this to task and checked two items I use every morning. On my deodorant there was a warning telling me that it was for “external use only”. Then, I checked my toothpaste, and sure enough, I found out that this product is not intended to be eaten.
If you truly take time to look, you will find many such warning labels. On a bottle of dog shampoo, you can find out that the contents of the bottle should not be fed to fish. On a curling iron, you find the statement, “Warning: This product can burn eyes”. If you read your little booklet that comes with your hair dryer, you will learn that you should not use the dryer in the shower or while you are sleeping. A certain toner company that makes toner for laser printers found it necessary to tell it’s users that they are not to eat the toner. In the book for my universal remote control for the television, radio, VCR and such, it tells me that the remote is not dishwasher safe. And finally, on the package for a wristwatch there is a statement that exclaims in bold lettering: Warning! This is not underwear! Do not attempt to put in pants. I don’t even want to know about the situation that caused the company to have to state this on their packaging.
Now, these are some silly examples of warning signs, but believe it or not, these statements are there because some people need to know this information. All warnings and instructions are put on products for our protection and safety, and we come in contact with useful warnings every day. For example, a do not enter – one way sign is very important if you try to enter the highway the wrong way by accident. This is very helpful to everyone who comes in contact with it.
Because warnings and instructions are there for our benefit, we should make sure that we always pay extra attention to the words that God uses to give us protection or advice in His Word. Last week, we started a new series in which we are going to take a look at the words God has given to the churches to help them out. He shares some exaltations about what they are doing well that show what we can emulate. He also shares some warnings to the church to get their attention and get them back on the right track. He also shares other information which will help them to continue on the right track. This morning, we are going to take a look at some more words of wisdom that God had for the church at Ephesus. You can follow along in your sermon notes as we look in Ephesians 1:15-16 and Ephesians 4:1-3.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.