We are going through the book of Ephesians in my church, and our pastor has been doing an excellent job in expositing the Scriptures faithfully. Today I think we are nearing Ephesians 5, and I am interested for sure in what he has to say about it. Nevertheless, there is a verse in this chapter, verse 4 to be exact that has always interested my thoughts, and I have never gotten a straight answer from anyone on. Here it is.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for
us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
4neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in t…
I recently read Jeff Riddle's blog, and he has a new Bible tract that he is publishing. He chose to share the section on Total Depravity. I was increasingly helped by it, and wanted to share it with you. I also planted a couple of videos by Jerry Johnson of nicenecouncil.com that is not directly related, but helps us understand some things concerning our sin and this subject. I hope they are as helpful to you as they were to me.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
Faith is gift that comes by the vehicle of God's grace. It is also difficult for fallen men to obtain while laboring arduously to be the masters of our own destiny. Usually we are too proud to receive any such gift, even one that is life giving. I suppose the worriment is related to the fact that we also tend not to be good listeners. Many times my wife could say about me and my sons:
"hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." Matthew 13:13b
Nevertheless, the truth remains that one must "hear" the word of God in order for faith to take root and grow.
I am no ancient Greek scholar, but according to the concordance, ἀκοή: akoē is the Greek word translated as "hearing" in Romans 10:17. Specifically it refers to the organ by which one perceives sound. The context even more specifically suggests that this involves listening, and this we know because faith is…