Pamphlet #5164 KCEphesians4
may ask, "Why is it, that the Bible is
written in such a "divided" fashion that one must go digging for the truth?"
The answer is, "so that when you go digging for it, you'll find it!"
We as Christians are instructed to rightly divide the Word of God, which implies that it requires dividing at times.
Does that make sense?
So if we don't do our homework and study and rightly divide, then we will most assuredly fall short of the complete understanding that our Father intended for us.
God expects us to work.
2 Tim. 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The answer is, "so that when you go digging for it, you'll find it!"
Here in Ephesians 2:1 we have such an opportunity to "rightly divide".
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
The 1611 Edition of the King James Bible abounded in the literary form called (Parentheses).
In subsequent editions many of these parentheses were discarded and replaced by commas, or just ignored altogether.
We have an example of this literary form beginning in the middle of verse 19 of chapter 1 and taken up by Ephesians 2:1.
If we observe the parenthesis concerning the fact and results of Jesus' resurrection (in Eph. 1:19-23) we connect Eph. 2:1 with 1:19, and preserve the truth and teaching of the whole passage, eliminating the necessity for the all the italics in 2:1.
"That ye may know... what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe (...)," [2:1] "even you who were dead in trespasses and sins."
What does it mean to be "dead in trespasses and sins"?
 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
It is his spirit, Satan's spirit, that works in the sons (Gk. huios) of disobedience.
Mainstream Christianity, which rarely does any digging in the Word, would "spiritualize away" this phrase "children of disobedience" as meaning any child who is disobedient.
However, this is not the case in this verse.
If you have a Companion Bible, it will document that this is a "Hebraism: not disobedient children, but sons of Satan in a special manner, being those in whom he works..."
That's right, Satan has his offspring, his sons (Gk. huios), through whom he works.
For every positive there is a negative. In verse 19 we see it is the Holy Spirit that works through God's elect.
It is the evil spirit that works through Satan's elect.
Jesus Christ identified these children of disobedience in John 8:44 as being Satan's prodigy, beginning with his firstborn, the first murderer we read of in scripture.
If you don't know who the first murderer was then go back to Genesis and "dig" it out.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Consequently they are basically unaware who the enemies of Christianity are.
In fact, many don't know that there ARE enemies of Christianity.
Today these sons of Cain work overtime to bring to our nation and to our children, perversions, immorality, and other evil societal influences through their control of the press, the media, and entertainment, through their control of the four "hidden" dynasties of politics, education, religion and the economy.
The following is the most important parable spoken by Jesus Christ.
He tells us in Luke that if we do not understand this parable then we will NEVER understand the rest of His parables.
Here is the Parable of the Tares, delivered by Christ in parable form:
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Now watch what happens next!
The crowd disperses and Jesus and His disciples go into the house and have a private session.
 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
They didn't get it, will you?
What did Christ then do?
He EXPLAINED it to them.
The following is the explanation of the Parable of the Tares.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A PARABLE. It is the explanation of a parable!
Mat. 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
The field is the world.
The tares are the children (Gk. huios) of the wicked one.
Their father is the devil, Satan.
(Remember, this is not a parable, but rather the simple explanation of one by Jesus.)
 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Or are you now upset that you heard something different than you've always believed?
These tares are also referred to in Rev. 2:9 and Rev. 3:9 where we find that only two of the seven churches teach about the tares.
The rest have serious problems.
 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
In the past we partook and were influenced by the children of disobedience.
As flesh men and women, by nature, we can all understand this verse, and the fulfilling of the desires of the flesh. So we can all fill in the details of our own sordid pasts, as Paul did.
 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
We are never alone.
It is by His loving grace that we are saved.
 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
The veil to the Holy of Holies was rent from top to bottom at Christ's crucifixion, and so we don't need preachers, priests, ministers, pledges of money, or 1 800 telephone numbers to talk to our Father.
There is only one mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ.
 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
And that takes us to God's saving grace whereby He forgives us, even though we sin.
 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Of course, no one can earn salvation through works, no matter how great a work he or she has done.
We cannot take credit anyway for our works!
God does the work through His gifts which He gives to us.
 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The "Grace only doctrine" is a lazy person's excuse not to do good works.
If we truly believe then we will want to do good works.
Show me your works and then I'll see your faith.
He has liberally given "gifts" to each of us to do good works.
We can never take credit for His fruit.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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