Discovering Christ In Ephesians
We saw from our last discussion that God gave unto to His Body gifts, generally called the Five-Fold Ministry, whose work in the Church is to doctrinally perfect the saints that they may be able to do the work of the ministry.
Then the apostle continues;
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13.
Saints are to be doctrinally perfected “till we all come in unity of the faith…..”
There is a big distinction between being united in love and coming to the unity of the faith. As saints we are all to be united in love, but we have not come to the unity of the faith yet, hence, certain beliefs we hold still differ.
Amongst us, others believe in Salvation through Grace. Others in Salvation through works. Some in eternal security; trusting that God keeps the believer therefore he can never be totally lost, others believe you can loose your salvation through sin.
But there is a place where we shall be united, a place where the entire Church sees Christ as all. A place where there’s no Jew nor Gentile — all diversities are broken off.
Here we don’t see works, we don’t see people, we don’t see a race, we see nothing else, know nothing else, but Christ is all and in all.
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:11.
Here we shall be united, we would hold the same truths and confidence in Christ (John 17:21-23).
We would all come to the revelation that Christ is the work of God,
- Christ is salvation,
- Christ is our work,
- Christ is our righteousness,
- Christ is our holiness,
- Christ is our sanctification,
- Christ is our redemption,
- Christ is the blessings of God, and of a truth,
- Christ is our faith.
This is the unity of The Faith.
As long as most of The Church still holds unto shadows, we are in unity in the Love of the brotherhood, but not in Faith.
Hence, we are to be perfected until we all come in the Unity of Faith where we all see and accept Christ as our all.
Here we shall grow up “unto a perfect man.” That is, the reality of who Christ is to us begins to find expression or full manifestation in our lives as we come to perfection in the knowledge of the son of God.
Here we individually and collectively as a church shall attain unto “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ….”
Then we hear the apostle continue:
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesians 4:14.
We are daily growing, but we must strive to attain to the full knowledge of the son of God. In the economy of God, he sees nothing when it comes to salvation but Christ.
It is the design of God that we grow up to spiritual manhood where we will never be tossed to and fro.
When we have come to a definite spiritual stature in Christ, having begun on a sure foundation, where we are well established in the doctrine of Christ, we shall no longer “be carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness.”
You see, when I was newly born of God, I just wanted to listen to anything listenable bearing God’s name. I would listen to this today and start practicing, then the next day I would hear another and leave the former to follow.
My emotions were always up and down like a yo-yo. Then I encountered Christ.
The moment I discovered Christ, I discovered the deep Truth. I realised The Gospel is not mere motivational words, it is not consisted in things (touch not, taste not, and the many thou shalt nots) but it is a continual discovery of Christ.
Eternal life is a study of the person of God. The fresh discoveries of Christ is what settles every question arising in the hearts of men. It produces peace and sets ablaze the heart.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3.
When you know God, who is the substance of all things, you have it all. You are strong and are able to do mighty exploits in the kingdom of God.
“but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32.
When you don’t know your God, others will give you a false knowledge of what they know about the true God, and because you are not well structured in doctrine, you will always be carried away by every wind of teaching you hear.
Many know church doctrines, but don’t know Christ. Many believe in a denomination, others in their preacher, but they do not intimately know their God.
Beloved, it is risky to go around without a deep knowledge of Christ in this wicked world, for we hear “whereby they lie in wait to deceive….”
There are vultures everywhere today looking for whom to deceive. It is said above they lie in wait to deceive. They are waiting eagerly for an opportunity to lead the simple away.
If you must be strong and able to do exploits, if you must stand during testings and hard trials, then you must leave an elementary knowledge of Christ and seek to be fully established in The Knowledge of God.
The deep Knowledge of God is not reserved for pastors and teachers alone as many think. It is an error to think only those in leadership should know God well why others remain lame.
All Christians need divine prosperity in all things. We all need the peace of God to govern our lives and this can only come through the word of God dwelling richly in our hearts.
Blessed LORD, thank you for the great love with which you have loved me. I am Sanctified, set apart, a saint, called out of darkness to know the living God, even my God and maker. Thank you for this Grace.
Father, I give my entire existence to you. Take my entire life and give me higher knowledge of Your Son. I have come to realise that unless I know Him more, I am much limited in life.
I want to be stable, I want to prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers. I desire to enjoy the overwhelming Peace of God. Open my understanding to know You more. Give me a better view of Christ.
Help me to come to the full stature of your son, where I would never be tossed to and fro, never be deceived by the craftiness of wicked men, but will be stable and ever increasing in the knowledge of the son of God, in the Name of The LORD Jesus Christ, Amen.
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw a child of God, and I saw as The LORD opened a door for this beloved.
I saw through this door and I saw the mouth of the enemy speaking from this opened door words of discouragement and words that provoked fear. I turned and looked at this beloved and I saw fear, doubt and uncertainty.
But something happened, all of a sudden I perceived the holy anger of The LORD come upon this beloved as this child of God settled deep within the heart to walk through this door even if it meant death.
As this child of God went through the door, it became known to this beloved that it was a door of blessing and the devil was only a distraction.
The fear left and this beloved was actually kicking the devil out of the way with a fearless faith, going on with The LORD in this new door.
Coming out I was led to:
“For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:9.
Then The LORD said, “Dear Child, do not fear, I AM with you. What you see is actually an open door. The adversary seeks to deceive you. He desires to make you feel your going through this will lead to a dead end.
But look to Me and walk in My Faith. What you actually see is a door of promotion. A door of life. A door of power and tremendous miracles. You are my righteous one, be bold as a lion, walk through this door and see that the enemy has only lied to you.
Yes, I know what it looks like for you right now, but trust Me, for you are right now entering my prosperous will for your life.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Living Hill Christian Church, Headquartered in Benue State Nigeria, with a vision to restore the earth with the Gospel of God’s Grace. Called to be a pastor, he is mightily used of God in the Healing, Prophetic, Teaching, Music and Writing Ministries.
The author of “A Sure Foundation,” “The Truth About The Gospel,” “Galatians Commentary” and more he is also the author of Royal Life Daily Devotional and Prophecy published on the Church’s website and internationally on prominent websites.
Pastor Jahfas is the creator of the online Mentorship School: Grace Bible College