16 June 2001, Saturday
EPHESIANS Chapter 1, Verses 22-23 KJV
EPHESIANS Chapter 2, Verse 1 KJV
By Dr. Ken Matto
Alright, we’re going to begin our Study. I hope you can hear me well because I put in my air conditioner in a couple of… what was it? –Thursday?… and the air conditioner is right by the mic here, so I hope there’s no background noise.
Alright, let’s go in our book of Ephesians here. So if you have your Bibles here with you tonight --and I hope you do-- turn with me with Ephesians Chapter 1, verses 22 and 23. And we’re going to continue on as we go verse by verse in the book of Ephesians. It’s a meaty book; it’s a good book. It’s one that really needs to be dissected to gain all the truth you can out of it. Sometimes we look at these four chapter books, the six chapter books, or one chapter books, and we figure, well, you know, there’s not as much meat in here as there is in say, something like Matthew or John, or the book of Isaiah, or something like that and unfortunately, skip ‘em. And what we cannot do is skip ‘em, because there’s a LOT of Truth that is entwined throughout the entire Bible found in this book. And that’s what we want to look at tonight, some of the great truths of Scripture.
So, Ephesians Chapter 1, verses 22 and 23. [It] says this: "22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." Now, if we’re going to begin to look at these Scriptures, what we want to do is we want to look at other Scriptures, which kind of build on this theme. Basically, what we’re looking at here is the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ being all in all and having all authority and all power.
So turn with me to Colossians Chapter 1, verse 18. In Colossians Chapter 1:18, we read this: "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." Now, when we look at a statement like this, "and he is the head of the body, the church." You know, when you cut somebody’s head off, the rest of them are useless. It dies. The complete body dies. If you cut an arm off, you can live. But you can’t cut a head off and see that body live, because they still haven’t been able to transplant heads yet. Modern medical science has not gone that far. So we see in Colossians 1:18 that He is the head of the body, the church. And [where] you see the word "body," in the Greek, it is the word "soma." And the word "soma" normally refers to a living body. In this case, it’s a living body. It’s a word that’s defined by its context: "…who is the beginning, the first born from the dead…" The "Prototokos" [firstborn] "…the firstborn of the dead…" [is] one who is NEVER going to die again. "…that in all things he might have the preeminence." --NOT in some things, not in a few things… But the Lord Jesus Christ is all in all, and He has the preeminence, because in Him, all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him, which is another great mystery.
Turn with me to 1 Peter Chapter 3, verses 21 and 22. And we see in these two passages, it says: "21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him." So when we see a term like as we saw back in Ephesians 1:22, it says: "And hath put all things under his feet," That’s a term which means everything is subject to Him, and everyone is subject to Him --even the unbeliever who does NOT believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God Himself. --Or the unbeliever who goes around and just swears His name out doesn’t realize that he’s going to have to give an account for every time he used that Holy Name. So He put all things under His feet. And we see that He’s at the right hand of God in Heaven. And all angels, all authorities, powers --whether they be on heaven or on earth, or in hell-- are subject to Him –totally subject to the Lord Jesus Christ.
One more passage. Let’s look at Hebrews Chapter 2, verse 8. And we read there: "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him." As finite beings, we cannot see all the powers and principalities that God has placed under the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot see demons. We cannot see Satan himself who is under the authority of God. We cannot see angels who are under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. We could only see ourselves, human beings. We can see this world as under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. And that’s because we are part of this world. And that’s because we have the Scriptures. Now, the unbeliever does not know that the ENTIRE world is subject unto the Lord Jesus Christ. That unbeliever does not know.
Now, Christ completely indwells… Let’s go back to Ephesians Chapter 1, verse 23: "Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." Christ COMPLETELY indwells and fills the church with His glory. Completely. That glory can be seen when a new soul becomes saved, or when a soul goes to glory, which is evidence of the victory of the Cross. Because when a soul passes to glory, that means that God’s magnificent salvation program has culminated that person’s life and are now in bliss and in full peace and never has to worry about sickness, disease, and the temptations of sin. NONE of that anymore! --because God has now completey freed them. You see, the body of death …the body of death that the apostle Paul spoke about in Romans 7 --that physical body, which HINDERS the believer-- is gone. Now that believer is more free than ever. Free in the Lord Jesus Christ. Free from the hindrances of bodily pain. Free from the hindrances of sin. Free from all of that! …because they’re in glory with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Okay, that completes Ephesians Chapter 1. Oh, it took us about 7 weeks to get through it… it’s not too bad. Okay, in Ephesians Chapter 2, we begin with a set of verses, which is some of my favorite verses. Okay, Ephesians Chapter 2, verse 1: "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" Now, as you see in this particular verse here, "hath he quickened," is NOT in the original. And he’s carrying the idea from verse 5, which IS in the original. But you notice, if you took those three words out that says, "and you were dead in trespasses and sins." Dead. That word "dead" is the word "nekros," and it’s a term, which means "lifeless," or "useless," or just totally dead. Now, when we’re dead in our sins, we are lifeless --we are useless-- for the kingdom of God, because we have no spiritual understanding. This is why a lot of churches resort to religion to think they are pleasing God. But you know something, if you want to see how God looks at a dead clergyman who’s trying to appease Him, whether it be with some kind of ceremony or some kind of sacrifice: Go to a graveyard and pick a grave. That grave… you’re getting as much spirituality out of that grave as a dead man gives to God, because a person is dead and is no more alive than a corpse.
Then it goes and says: "And you hath he quickened, who were dead…" –lifeless— "…in trespasses and sins;" And the word "trespasses" here is the word "offenses." It’s the same word used in Ephesians Chapter 1, in verse 7, when we saw the word "sins," when He had forgiven us ALL our sins. Every one. Not one will ever be brought against us in heaven. And we never have to worry about standing in any type of judgment seat, or any type of bema seat or judgment seat, because every single sin was paid for and removed. --NOT covered. REMOVED. There’s a big difference, because if you can cover it, you can uncover it. But if you remove something, it’s not there anymore. Oh, it’s like when we were kids, when our mothers used to make cookies. We didn’t cover them, we removed them! Of course, we got in trouble, but hey, sometimes it was worth it… depends on the type of cookie.
Alright, now these things mean that we are dead to the things of God and dead people are totally incapable of resurrecting themselves to any type of spiritual life. You know, we here all of this… "Oh, I’ll just say a few words. And you say those few words, and you will become saved." And that’s it. Well, you see, the bottom line is salvation comes through the Lord Jesus Christ. And salvation comes first, and then our understanding of Scripture. If we have to understand Scripture before we got saved, that means we would have to work for our salvation. But God comes into our lives, sometimes when we’re in bad situations. Sometimes we can be drunks, drug addicts… Sometimes we could just be out on the street just hanging out, and all of a sudden God comes into our lives and saves us. And then, once we have that base of salvation, then everything else in the Christian life falls into place.
Now, as I was going over this term about how He quickened and we were dead in our trespasses and sins, I want to look at four resurrections, okay. Four resurrections in the Bible. And I had looked at these resurrections for many, many years and never saw these four principles of what they’re teaching. So these four resurrections, they carry individual lessons, but the overall meaning of these resurrections is the spiritual resurrection of the believer, okay. Of course, this is the first resurrection as we see in Revelation Chapter 20, verses 5 and 6, where it talks about this is the first resurrection. And of course, the second resurrection of the believer, which is the final one into the eternal home. And that’s the final resurrection of the believer. But as we were seeing in Ephesians already --that we are already partakers of that first resurrection-- which is the spiritual life: Newness of life. And we’re already experiencing a little heaven on earth, because we can go through this life peaceful. Whereas, the world doesn’t.
Alright, let’s take a look at these four resurrections. The first one is found in 2 Kings, Chapter 13, verses 20 and 21. Now 2 Kings is in the part of your Bible where the pages are still new. LOL. Okay, in 2 Kings, Chapter 13, verses 20 and 21, now we read this: "20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. 21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet."
Now, incidentally, Elisha prayed a double portion of miracles. And this was Elisha’s fourteenth miracle. Now, here’s a principle. Isn’t it interesting that even after death God fulfills His word to Elisha that He would get the fourteenth miracle. Elisha only saw thirteen in his earthly life, but God fulfilled His word and gave him the double portion that he asked for from Elijah. Okay, now, here we see a man who was dead, and they threw this other dead man in. And as soon as he let down, he touched the bones of Elisha. And the man revived as soon as he touched Elisha’s bones. Now, what is the spiritual lesson here? First of all, the spiritual lesson is when we are dead to the things of the world, and totally alive unto God, we can bring forth fruit because God uses "dead"-icated people in His work. Write the word "dedicated" out and put quotations marks around "ded." He uses people that are DEAD. You see, what God did here was He resurrected this man. He was a dead man. And now he’s dead to the things of the world, alive unto God. And that’s how we are in our spiritual resurrections. We are "dead"-icated. Dead to the world and alive unto God.
Now, let’s take a look at the second resurrection. The second resurrection is found in Luke Chapter 7, verses 11 to 15. In Luke 7:11-15, this is the son of the widow of Nain. We read: "11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother."
When we are made alive, the spiritual lesson for this one is: When we are made alive, we become verbal witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that the Bible is very clear on this. The Scriptures tell us that when He arose, He began to speak. And just as believers, as Christians, we are always speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can’t keep it in, like Jeremiah. He was so upset that He wanted to stop talking about the Lord Jesus Christ. Stop speaking the things of God. And you know what, His Word burned in him so much, that he just HAD to speak. He HAD to say something. Turn with me to Psalm 96, verses 1 to 3. We read this: " 1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day." --And we show forth the salvation from day to day by putting our trust in the Lord when the unbeliever is looking. And he looks at us and says, "How can you trust?" Well, that’s how we show the Lord salvation day by day, in practical salvation. Then he goes on in verse 3: "Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people." That’s our responsibility. Notice the first three words. Verse 1: SING. Verse 2: SING. And verse 3: DECLARE. It almost gives us the procedure for a church service: To sing the hymns, and then to declare His glory among the heathen. And we declare God’s salvation. As He saved us, we tell others, and if those others be of God’s elect, then they, too, will become saved.
Alright, let’s look at the third resurrection in Scripture. Luke Chapter 8, verses 41 to 42. And this, of course, was the daughter of Jairus. It says: 41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him." Verses 49 to 53: "49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead." --Isn’t that what the evolutionists say when we say a believer is sleeping? And they laugh us to scorn, because they say, "Sleeping? They’re dead. There’s no movement in that body!" Verses 54 to 56: "54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done." Now, what is the spiritual lesson of this particular resurrection? The spiritual lesson of this one is that when we are made alive, we are witnesses, which confront the disbelief of others. We are made alive, we are witnesses, which confront the disbelief of others. That, of course, happens anytime you talk to an unbeliever, anytime you speak with an unbeliever, because you are witnessing to their unbelief.
Now, let’s take a look at the fourth resurrection. Now, there is another resurrection in Scripture, which I didn’t touch. Of course, it was Eutychus that fell out of the third floor window. But I just want to look at Lazarus now, alright. John 11. And we’ll only look at… for time sake, we’ll look at two verses. John 11, verses 43 and 44, because basically, we all know the story of Lazarus. Well, John 11:43, 44 states this: "43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go." Now, this is probably the most famous picture of the spiritual resurrection of the believer.
Now, what is the spiritual lesson here? When we are made alive, we become VISIBLE witnesses for the glory of God. Visible witnesses. You see, if I claim to be a Christian, and people see me going into a bar at night, I’m giving a visible witness, alright. But it’s a visible witness of hypocrisy, or it’s a visible witness of unbelief that I was never saved. You see, if I’m still walking with the world --when I claim to be a Christian— then something ‘s wrong, because we are to be visible witnesses. The world is to see a difference between us and them.
You know, this is what God chided the priests in ancient Judah for. They could not tell the difference between the holy and the profane. They performed the duties of the temple, but they didn’t know what was holiness. They didn’t know what was profane. So what was happening was, they were defiling the temple. They were making a mockery out of God’s ceremonies: Those foreshadows --those types-- that type the Lord Jesus Christ. Those types --those foreshadows-- had to be holy, because they were foreshadowing the Lord Jesus Christ who is His Holiness Himself. So if you take some type of a ceremony in the Old Testament --no matter what it would be…. Let’s say [with] an oblation, [when] pouring out water before the LORD, and you put strong drink in there, and pour THAT out before the LORD… What that’s doing is that it’s mocking the foreshadow --the type. It’s adulterating it. Basically that’s what’s happening. And when you adulterate something, what you are doing is you are MOCKING it. See, God warns us about spiritual adultery. --Doing something else. --Following a different gospel. --Following a different God. And that’s what Israel did. That’s what Judah did. They followed idols. They were jealous of the Babylonians. They were jealous of the Assyrians. They saw them conquering land after land after land, to the point one of their kings even said… I don’t know if it was Sennacherib or Rabshakeh or one of them who even said to the people of Jerusalem, ‘The gods of the other nations couldn’t stop us, and you’re going to stop us? –YOUR god is going to stop us?’ You see, they didn’t realize that they were going against the true God. And that’s who we --as Christians-- represent: The true God, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. And when we represent the Lord Jesus Christ as representatives of God on this earth, we are AMBASSADORS. As ambassadors, it BEHOOVES us to act in conformity to the government that we represent. When we have an ambassador to another country, he doesn’t make up his own principles. He doesn’t make up his own words. He carries words, documents, treaties, whatever --from his government to the other government. While we, as God’s people, are ambassadors, and WE are carrying God’s Word to the government of hell. Whenever we give someone the Gospel, we are literally accosting the principalities and authorities of hell, and if a person becomes saved, we’re actually taking one of their soldiers out of their ranks. So you see how important a good, strong visible witness is?
Okay, let’s go back to Lazarus for a moment. When Lazarus came out of that grave, he didn’t know what was happening. He was bound with grave clothes, he was all set to be laid there until the last day, when he would be resurrected. But you see, here’s a principle. The Lord Jesus Christ said to them, "Loose him, and let him go." [John 11:4 KJV]. You see, whatever bound us in our old life is loosed in our new life, so that we may be free to serve God. You see, we CANNOT carry sinful practices over from our old life to our new life. This is why I have a problem with preachers that drink and preach that it’s okay to drink. Or Christians that smoke. They’re not being good testimonies. They’re allowing what bound them in the past life to continue to bind them in the new life. I mean, it could be anything. It could be attitudes, physical addictions, even religion. Religion has bound many people that God has saved. And yet, they still want to stay in a church and serve in that church under the same religion. And whether that be Roman Catholic, whether that be in a dead church somewhere --dead Protestant church-- it doesn’t matter. You see, religion can BIND us tighter than Lazarus was bound. Do this. Don’t do that. Sacrifice this. Don’t sacrifice that. Observe this Holy Day. Don’t observe THAT Holy Day. All the do’s and don’ts. It does NOT please God. --Only the SACRIFICE of the Lord Jesus Christ PLEASED God. You see, the old life –the old life— was death. And therefore, when we shed our grave clothes --and it doesn’t happen overnight—you see, when they used to bind the body in the old days, they used to wrap them up. And that’s why he had to be loosed. So little by little, when a person comes out of the old life, they shed the grave clothes, strip by strip, because we now have on the robe of Christ’s righteousness. We don’t need the clothing of religion. We don’t need the clothing of the world. We don’t need anything that could rebind us again.
Turn with me to Isaiah Chapter 61, verse 10. It says this: "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." When we look at this, we also see that God is the one Who hath clothed us –for HE hath clothed me. HE hath covered me. And what’s the result here? "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God…" You see, when a bride adorns herself with jewels, we’re also considered jewels. You know, wood, hay, and stubble? That’s all going to be burned up in hell. But silver, gold, and precious stones: They define the believer. Gold: Salvation. Silver: Redemption. The jewels, the precious jewels. So you see, it’s important that being that we are clothed in the robe of Christ’s righteousness… being that we are clothed in the garments of salvation, it is important for us to be that visible witness out in the world --to be able to live before other people, to live before them as Christians. Let us not be conformed to the world, but be conformed to the image of Christ. You see, that word "conformed" means it is an outward showing of an inward transaction. We became saved in our spirit, therefore, we need to portray that salvation to the world --that it’s REAL! So once we are able to understand what happened to us in salvation --that God has clothed us, he’s raised us from the dead—then we can have an understanding of how we are to live. We are to live in concert with who we say we are. If we’ve truly become saved, the things of the world will seem less pleasurable to us.
I know I work with a fella’ who LOVES going out with his motorcycle. And it’s something he almost lives for –for the Summer-- so he can get on his motorcycle. For me, I couldn’t care less. I look at that and say to myself: "My, if that’s all I can live for is a motorcycle… what good is that? What kind of a life is that? --That my motorcycle has become my clothing? --No, thank you. I am going to be clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and I’m going to say, ‘Halleluiah’ to that."
Alright, it’s twenty to nine right now. Now, next week, I’m going to go into Ephesians Chapter 2, verses 2 and 3, along with Romans 7:14 to 25, 1 John 4:3 to 10, and 1 John 1:6 to 10. So next week, I don’t want to start on Ephesians 2:2 and 3 and stop in the middle. So what I’m going to do is that I’ll stop here, and I’m going to start next Saturday, because it’s going to be a big lesson next Saturday on the Apostle Paul and the idea of a believer sinning where the Bible says that if we say we have no sin, we make him out a liar, and it also says, those who are born of God CANNOT sin. Well, how do I reconcile that? Well, next week we’re going to look into that, and we’re going to reconcile that a little bit, based on tying it in with Ephesians Chapter 2, verses 2 and 3. So, I hope you can join me next week.