Ephesians Spiritual Heritage

“In the beloved”

Ephesus was the leading city of Asia Minor at the time of the writing of the book of Ephesus.  She had a port through which the Roman Proconsuls entered into the province.  There was great wealth in the city.  The goddess, Artemis, was the deity”whom all Asia and the civilised world worshipped”.  At the same time, a shrine and a great altar of the Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar, was placed in the sacred area of the goddess.
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Only pharisses are born again

The Billy Graham Crusade seemed to propagate throughout churches a
message of ‘You must be born again’. So the counsellors were taught
such and among about one hundred Anglican Priests in Sydney, there was
an awakening to such a term and most of them got ‘born again’.
Graham of course when one considers his preaching, did not preach
the true gospel message of salvation from sin and being redeemed by the
blood of Christ. Rather, it was a message from one of those of his
faith whose main tenet was, you are degenerate and then become
regenerate totally. As regenerate you have the capacity to act
according to a righteous Law. A thirty-degree Mason would never preach
gospel.

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An Examination of dispensationalism

For seventy years, I have heard about the subject of Israel, Dispensationalism and the Millennium. It has been my belief, my excitement and my in-depth study for many years.
After much knowledge of it and later some scepticism about it, I studied it from the point of view of the New Testament or New Covenant. It took me years to finalise my conclusions as I did not wish to relinquish my earlier beliefs for new ones. It was too alarming as it meant what my denomination and my parents had taught me, were wrong. However, I had to follow Truth.

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Asending And Descending

We will examine Ephesians 4:8 and 9, “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. Now this expression, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean except that He also descended into the lower parts of the earth”. We should note that He ascended into heaven after His resurrection, from the earth. Therefore He first descended into the lower parts of the earth. He could only descend to the place from which He ascended. The comparison has to be logical and orderly. Therefore, this ascension does not show any meaning of Him having been in hell. Also, the early creeds did not say “He descended into hell”. This belief did not arise in a creed until the sixth century, in the Athanasian Creed of the Roman Catholic Church that is also now used in the Anglican churches. The use of that creed with its belief that Jesus descended into hell in death, led many other denominations and believers to take on that doctrine. However, it was not the belief of the early church.

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