You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
24 Grace [charis] be with [meta] all [pas] them that love [agapao] our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] in [en] sincerity. [aphtharsia] Amen. [amen] To [pros] the
Ephesians [Ephesios] written [grapho] from [apo] Rome, [Rhome] by [dia] Tychicus. [Tuchikos] KJV-Interlinear
24 Grace be
with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible. NASB
Grace, 'charis,' is Gods favor.
Sincerity, 'aphtharsia,' means incorruption, existence, genuineness, incorruptibility.
Therefore, Gods favor comes to those who maintain a relationship with God, through Christ. A genuine relationship that is based on the content of the scriptures learned in the proper way, and by means of Gods one and only method for the functional and developing spiritual life.
Sincerity is not an emotional or well intentioned attitude, but an adherence to the method of functioning within the spiritual life as God intended.
Gods favor does not come to you through wishes or hoping or wishing or good intentions or by means of your own idea of how spirituality is supposed to work.
There is but one method, one apparatus, one mechanism by which the spiritual life functions and succeeds, and it is defined very well in the scriptures.
And that method is that you must first be saved by means of believing in Christ.
Second, you must live your life in fellowship, which is obtained by means of confession of your sins to God the Father, repetitively on a regular basis. 'Father, I did this and that and this and that, etc.'
While in fellowship, you must engage in a daily Bible study, learning, pondering, thinking, understanding, and using that which you learn in your daily life.
And while you may be learning simple stories and verses and words and so forth, it is not those words per se that develop your spiritual growth, it is the function of the Holy Spirit that circulates that information into your human spirit which helps you to discern truth from lies, then transferring it down into your soul.
And from within your soul, that information begins the building process or the edification process of the spiritual fortress, spiritual mansion, spiritual temple within your soul. That construction is the framework for your spiritual productivity (what you do in life), which in turn completes your spiritual life.
All of this forms a strong soul, in faith, which is the spiritual muscle of your life. Faith is based on actual content, never on luck.
And all of this process culminates in your clear and perspicuous view and understanding of life and truth and the world around you.
And to you, comes Gods favor because of the accomplishment of doctrine within you. God does not bless you for you, but for that which is in you. Truth is the source, God, and truth is the target, a spiritually sound soul.
Jesus Christ is the living manifestation of the written word. Doctrine in you, places Christ in you in a functional way.
The subscript indicates that Paul used others to write his words. Whether he dictated and they wrote, or whether he wrote and they copied is irrelevant. A similar comment is written at the end of Romans and 1 Corinthians.
The subject of Ephesians is the church, its role, its development, its obligations, its responsibilities.
You as a believer in Christ are a member of that church, which by the way is the one and only legitimate church in existence. It includes Adam and Eve and every person who has ever believed in the one and only Savior, Jesus Christ.
By the end of the Millennium, there will likely be several trillion members, when history is all said and done.
So while you are a member of the only legitimate minority during history, you are also a member of the greatest organization, family, nation, and army that will ever exist.
You have a phenomenal opportunity to construct your life and determine your eternal future. Don't waste it through rejection, antagonism, or plain stubborn indifference.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.