Living with God’s Gracious Promise


Jesus is Lord, and in submitting to him, we submit also to those structures he has ordained for our good and even for our glory. We find joy in submitting to others when we know that it is to Jesus as Lord that we ultimately submit, who is above all authority, and who, as the God-man, is himself in submission to the Father.” (Edmund P. Clowney, How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, p. 73).

Whether we are children, or parents, or pastors, or simply friends, it is important to grasp Paul’s method as well as the substance of his message: never express the obligations to obedience without also stressing the motivation of grace. The whole letter is built on such a pattern. . . . It cannot be over-stressed how important it is that we communicate this to our children.” (Sinclair B. Ferguson, Let’s Study Ephesians, p. 158).

Quotes used in the reflection for Sunday morning’s message at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.

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