Bible Conference in Ephesus
DAY ONE: GETTING REGISTERED
“And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.” Acts 19:1 (ESV)
The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesian’s is like reading the cliff notes from a really good Bible conference. And the city known for the Temple of Artemis (Diana) and a community that made a living by making statues of her, Ephesus has its place in Christianity. A stand took place there by a man named Paul that started a riot, then later on in history, a man named Timothy made a stand in the streets of Ephesus and it cost him his life. When we get to the second chapter of Revelation The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands has something to say to the church in this Asia Minor city.
So what is it that makes this Epistle stand out? Well a lot of it can be found in a little 67 page book written by Watchman Nee simply titled, “Sit, Walk, Stand”. I received this book by way of Tennessee through a brother who faithfully reads the Freedom Fighter e-devotionals. I met John Weaver via Summer Staff 2013, when his daughter, Sarah, and my two kids arrived at Keswick to begin their tour of Christian duty. As the summer went on, I enjoyed the conversations I would occasionally have with John, then one day he mentions this book and the next thing I know I have it in my possession. Thank you Brother John…
In his introduction, Watchman Nee starts off with this statement, “If the life of a Christian is to be pleasing to God, it must be properly adjusted to Him in all things.” Now I’ve heard surrendered to, submitted to, but I have not heard properly adjusted to, so my mechanical mind churn’s and comes this to a conclusion…the application of the Gospel is not just a spiritual mindset but, in essence, it is a physical mindset. This means that not only do we hold our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ but the very action that twist’s and turn’s the nuts and bolts by us also becomes held captive as well. Can I get a Righty-tightie, leftie-loosie…umm I mean AMEN?
Another statement Nee To-sheng makes is a tough one, “But God measures everything, from start to finish, by the perfections of His Son.” Anyone who is a carpenter knows that measuring twice and cutting once is the rule, there is no “board stretcher” for a short cut. So with this in mind, the perfect plan of redemption in the Cross of Christ has no short cuts, no plan B, measured once and for all by the perfect sacrifice of The Savior. Simply put, “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.”(Eph 1:11-12 )
I hope you will be joining me as I continue to attend this conference with featured speaker Watchman Nee as he sits, walks, and stands through the epistle of Ephesians. In the meantime, check out what our position is in Christ (sit) in 2:6, what our life in the world looks like (walk) in 4:1 and our attitude to the enemy needs to be (stand) in 6:11. We gotta admit that outta all of Paul’s writings, the Epistle to the Ephesians is the most rounded one in Spiritual truths for the Christian. And while you’re all doing that I am going to see how tasty the cuisine in this amphitheater is. I see they are throwing things at the speaker again…that Paul guy really knows how to get to a crowd, don’t he? – Chris Hughes is a grad of the Colony of Mercy and a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “The life of the believer always presents these three aspects—to God, to man, and to the Satanic powers. To be useful in God’s hand a man must be properly adjusted in respect of all three: his position, his life, and his warfare. He falls short of God’s requirements if he underestimates the importance of any one of them, for each is a sphere in which God would express “the glory of His grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the beloved.”—Watchman Nee
Verse to Memorize: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3