In chapel Monday, we came to the final verses in the book of Ephesians, wrapping up our ID:in Christ series as Paul concludes his letter to the church in Ephesus. Often, we skip through these kinds of passages, but there is rich truth here if we stop to examine it.
First, we learn about a genuine friend, Tychicus (Eph. 6:21-22), whom Paul calls a faithful servant. Are we intentionally looking for and becoming a selfless, faithful friend like this? Are we faithful in completing the small tasks so God will entrust us with larger ones?
Finally, Paul concludes the letter the way he began it, by sending grace and peace to the brothers and sisters whom he loved so much (Eph. 6:23-24). No two words sum up the book of Ephesians better than “grace” and “peace,” for it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we will ever experience true peace with God. Our response should be to love God with a love that is incorruptible.
As we concluded the ID: in Christ series, I challenged our students — and each of you as well — to remember that what describes us does not define us. Our identity lies only in the work of Jesus Christ. We are chosen, adopted, and redeemed. Never forget that you are loved by God for all eternity and that your identity is found in Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Last Friday in chapel we welcomed hundreds of guests for our final CU Friday of the academic year. As we near the conclusion of our ID: in Christ series, we came to Ephesians 6:10-20. While volumes have been written on this powerful passage, we only had time to skim the surface.
The Apostle Paul begins with the presupposition that there are evil, supernatural forces at work in the world. It was true in his day and is still true today, even though our society may not want to believe it. The devil — the prince of darkness, the father of lies — is actively roaming, seeking to destroy us. The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. We battle against the evil around us and the sin nature within us.
But the good news is this: The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in those who follow Him. In Christ, we are equipped to stand against evil. Part of being in genuine Christian community — whether at Cedarville University or your local church — means we lock arms together and do battle.
So, how do we live a victorious Christian life amid the evil around us? We:
- Stand against evil in Christ (10-14a)
- Put on the armor of God (14-17)
- Pray always in the Spirit (18-20)
Watch as we discover that, in Christ, we can live in victory.
Phil and Mandy Shaffer are fifth-generation farmers and parents of two Cedarville graduates and one soon-to-be graduate. They live out their vocation to the glory of God and have chosen to generously contribute the proceeds from their corn harvest to Cedarville every year. We shared the Shaffers’ story at a recent Farmers Night event here on campus. Get to know the Shaffers in a video, and you, too, will be blessed by this couple’s humble commitment to Cedarville and their passion to honor Christ with all that He has entrusted to them.
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