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Christ Will Present a Glorious Church to Himself: Ephesians 5:27

September 20, 2020 Preacher: Bob DeWaay Series: Ephesians

Scripture: Ephesians 5:27

This sermon traces the revealed plan that God chose a people from before the foundation of the world that would be holy and blameless to its promised conclusion as the spotless bride of Christ. We first deal with the important term “present,” by showing its usage in key NT passages. Our verse says that Christ will present a glorious church to Himself. Rather than the bride preparing herself or the family preparing a bride, here Christ prepares a bride for Himself and also presents her. We discuss how this shows that God’s work is for His glory alone. The bride will have no spot or blemish because of God’s work of grace to prepare the bride. “Holy and blameless” in Ephesians 5:27 picks up the exact phrase from Ephesians 1:4, thus created brackets for the material in between.” We show how God’s plan to have a holy and blameless people from all eternity is carried through the means revealed in Ephesians 1-5. This includes taking dead sinners and making them alive, by grace through faith. That God takes dead sinners, now made alive, puts them into His church, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ the cornerstone and ultimately perfects His church is for the “praise of His glory.” The sermon contains an overview of how this is laid out in the material between Ephesians 1:4 and Ephesians 5:27. We show how the various teachings in Ephesians about the church and its members brings us from eternity past to the ultimate consummation at the presentation of the church by Christ as His bride. God took dead sinners with nothing going for them and through His means of grace, will bring them to the final place of being spotless and glorious as Christ’s bride. We emphasize that this is always for the praise of His glory.