J E Bradburn

Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

                          8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.



Image result for Obedience Brings BLESSINGS/imagesWhile searching for the truth in this mad, fallen world of Secularism, Atheism, deceit, and lies it is difficult; I know, to determine that what we are being told, is the TRUTH.  We are constantly being told one thing by church officials, or politicians, only to find with dismay, that we are being told the very opposite by other officials or other politicians. But also from deceived individuals such as parents, teachers, ministers, and peer groups &c.

The obvious way out of this maze of lies and deceit is to throw your arms in the air in a gesture of despair, while reasoning to oneself that it is better to turn a blind eye while going through the daily rituals of life. Well; I can tell you that there is a much better way; that will take work on your behalf, resulting in great rewards. {No pain, no gain}

It is by listening to the tape “The Strangest Secret” over and over again. By putting it into practice on a daily basis clarified my thinking, and focusing wholly on what really matters while we are here on this fallen earth. It really is “no secret at all”; it is here for anyone who wishes to better themselves and become a better person in many ways. Discovering: and answering the questions-

1. Where we come from?

2. Why we are here on this earth?

3. Where we are going?

It is the key to understanding our own lives


One of  the questions is why should I bother?

Well; if you are happy with your lot then do nothing, however, on the other hand, take a look around you and ask yourself, is there anything better than this? Biblical study will enrich you to the point you will wonder how you ever got by.


Mark 9:23 2Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

If thou canst. Note how the Lord gives back the Father’s question, with the same condition implied.

all things. All things are included in the promise.

Throughout our lives we are constantly being told that we cannot do this, or that, which ends up holding us back from our true potential. It is time to say, “I can, and I will”.


John 15:7 If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.


John 14: 14—16

14 If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.

15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments.

16 And I will pray 6the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.

Comforter. Greek paraklētos. which is translated “Advocate” in 1 John2:1. Paraklētos and the Latin Advocatus both mean one called to the side of another for help or counsel. The word is only found in John: here; verse 26; 15:26; 16:7; and 1 John 2:1. So we have one Paraclete (the Holy Spirit) as here, and another with the Father. The Rabbinical writings often refer to the Messiah under the title Menāhem (which = Comforter), and speak of His days as the days of consolation. Cp Luke 2:25. See Dr John Lightfoots Works, volumes xii, page 384.




Jesus said that faith is essential to making your life into what you want it to be.  He said, "As you believe, so it shall be done unto you."  What is it about faith that makes it so important?


1.   Faith changes your vision.  When you have faith, you see possibilities other people cannot appreciate.  While others stumble around in spiritual darkness, you see where you are going, and you have clarity of purpose.


2.   Faith changes your focus.  You radically shift your focus in a new direction, and that focus expands.  Instead of your limited and short-sighted dreams, you have the privilege of experiencing God's dream for your life. 


3.  Faith takes the handcuffs off God.  God does not push and shove His way into your life.  He enters your heart and mind by invitation only.  You must ask Him to come in and change the way you think and feel.  Once you ask him into your heart and mind, the handcuffs come off God, and He starts working miracles.


4.  Faith gives you positive expectations.  Your old way of thinking and feeling is gone.  You believe that there is no limit to how good your life can become when you get in agreement with God's plan.  When you say yes to God, His purpose and plan take you places that you never dreamed were possible.


5.  Faith is a switch that turns you on and starts you moving.  The inertia of your old life dissipates as the power of God's love rolls through your heart and mind.


6.  Faith makes you congruent (coinciding).  Your head, heart, and will, now want the same thing and move in the same direction.  You get in agreement with God, and become a part of his unstoppable plan. 

You will reap what you sow.


7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Deceived. Greek planaō Ap 128 VIII.1. ERR, ERROR. l = to cause to wander or go astray; used of doctrinal error and religious deceit. Cp 1 Timothy 4:1. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Mocked. Greek muktērizomai. Only here. It means to turn up the nose at.

Cp Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

Luke 23: 35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He be Christ, the chosen of God.

They did not know, nor understand, that Christ was prophesied By Moses in the wilderness; to be lifted up to fulfill a prophecy: Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, [Eve] and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel [Crucifixion].  Jesus died after His crucifixion, and rose again on the third day, indicating to us who believed in Him that we must lose these flesh bodies before we can enter the Kingdom.  Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Therefore putting an end to Satan’s dealing in death.


8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Corruption. See Romans 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Here again the meaning of “Bondage of corruption”; means we all die on this fallen earth; however the flesh and bones go back to the dust from which they came, but the spirit returns to God Who gave it. Spirit.  Ap 101. II. 3. The Spirit of the truth. The definite article in both cases. THE HOLY SPIRIT, generally with the Article, denoting the Giver, as distinct from His gifts. After a Preposition, the Article is sometimes to be understood, as being latent. (Present but not visible).

Spirit Ap 101.II. 5. THE NEW NATURE in the child of God, because “begotten” in us by God, as in John 3:5—7 &c.


John 3: 5—7.

5. 2 Jesus answered, 3”Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

Of water, &c. = of water and spirit. No Article. Not two things, but one, by which the latter Noun becomes a superlative and emphatic Adjective, determining the meaning and nature of the former Noun, showing that one to be spiritual water: i.e. not water but spirit. It is to be translated “Of water—yea, spiritual water”.  Cp Ephesians 5:26 (KJV) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. see 7:1—27 and Ezek 36:25—27.for the “earthly things”. of verse 12.

Enter. Showing what the Lord meant by “see”, in verse 3.


Ezekiel 7 (KJV)

01 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

02 “Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel;’ ‘An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.’

03 ‘Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.’

04And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.’

05 ‘Thus saith the Lord God; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.’

06 ‘An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.’

07 ‘The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.’

08 ‘Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.’

09 ‘And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth.’

10 ‘Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.’

11 ‘Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.’

12 ‘The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.’

13 ‘For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.’

14 ‘They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.’

15 ‘The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him’.

16 ‘But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.’

17 ‘All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.’

18 ‘They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.’

19 ‘They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.’

20 ‘As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.

21 ‘And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.’

22 ‘My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.’

23 ‘Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.’

24 ‘Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.’

25 ‘Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.’

26 ‘Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.’

27 ‘The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the Lord’”.


Ezek 36:25—27 (KJV)

25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.’

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.’

27 ‘And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.’”


6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

That which is born = That [Neuter = intransigent] which has been begotten. Note the difference between this Perfect here and in verse 8, and the Aorists in verses 3,4,5,7.

Aorists = (expresses action without indicating its completion or continuation).

Flesh see note on 1:13. Which = who: i.e. those who believe on His name.

Holy Spirit. Ap 101. II. 3 [above]


7. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born 3again.


Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

What we sow in our fertile mind returns good or bad depending on what it is we sow; Negative or Positive thoughts. It is much easier to think Negatively because that is the way we are reared. Not everyone around us is Positive, and therefore contributing Positive thoughts and suggestions. This is why it is imperative to keep feeding your mind as you would your favourite plant. Only a small percentage succeed because of perseverance, while refusing to listen to, or watch, or read, anything that is Negative or self-deprecating (undervaluing oneself).

The Strangest Secret - Earl Nightingale











        C | 3:20—21. DOXOLOGY. (is a short hymn of praises to God in various Christian worship services).

    B | 4:1—6:20. DOCTRINAL AS TO OUR STATE.



1. EPHESIANS is the second of the great text-books of doctrinal instruction for the believers in this Dispensation. In Romans is set forth all the truth concerning the standing of the sinner in Christ, as having died and risen with Him. Now we are taken a further stage and taught that the sinner not only died and rose again in Christ, but that he is now in God’s sight and purpose seated with Christ in the heavenlies. Romans end with a reference to the Revelation of the Mystery

Ephesians takes up that subject and enfolds it to us. The doctrinal part of Romans- ends with the eighth chapter, a chapter on which is built the foundation of the Ephesians truth.


Romans 8King James Version (KJV)

01 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

02 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

03 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

04 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

05 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

06 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

07 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

08 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

09 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell(s) in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it?

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,  because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

29 For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved[s] us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  


2. The key-note is struck in the opening words, of Ephesians 1: 3 Blessed be the 1God and 2Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

which prove that its sphere is heavenly. In it is revealed the “great secret” of this Dispensation of grace, viz. that individual sinners among Jews and Gentiles are being “called out” and formed into “the Church which is His body”, in which there is neither Jew nor Gentile. And that this Church should be “to the praise of the glory of His grace” throughout eternity..

Ephesians 2:7 That 2in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His 5grace in His kindness toward us through 6Christ Jesus.

And an object-lesson, so to speak, to supramundane leaders and authorities in the heavenlies,

Supramundane leaders = (Being or situated above the world or above our system; celestial)

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers 3in heavenly places 5might be known 6by the church the manifold wisdom of 2God.

of the glorious (hitherto hidden in God) of Him in “heading up” in one, in all things in a Dispensation of fulness of times,

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things 1in 3Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:

having Christ personal as its glorified Head, and Christ Mystical, the glorified members together with Him of His Body.

This was the “secret” hid “from the ages and from the generations

As Greek of (Το in. Gr στα άδυτα τη) Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been 2from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints.

which Paul was not permitted “to make known unto the sons of men”,


Ephesians 3:5 which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; until the period of Israel’s national probation was closed by the pronouncement of the decree in, Page 1694


The second Postscript Romans 16:25—27 Romans 16:25-27 (KJV)

25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.


Acts 28: 25—28

25. And when they [the Jews] agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet unto our fathers,

26. Saying, “Go unto this people, and say, ‘Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:’”

27. For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.’

28. ‘Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.’”


But that decree once declared, he is authorised to communicate by “prophetic writingsthe secret, which had been revealed to him by the Spirit. As truly said by Chrysostom (who died A.D. 407);-these lofty thoughts and doctrines which…things which he scarcely anywhere else utters, he here expounds.”


Page 1694 THE SECOND POSTSCRIPT (Romans 16:25—27).

That the “doxology” is a postscript added by the apostle after he had arrived at, and was residing in, Rome (61—63 A.D.) and was writing Ephesians, seems clear for the following reasons: -

1.      First, there is no question as to the genuineness or authenticity of these verses. The question raised by their appearance not only after the close of the Epistle itself, but also after the postscript of the amanuensis, (to write from dictation or to copy manuscript). Tertius is connected with the “Mystery kept in silence from age-times but now manifested by means of prophetic writings”. To find the subject-matter of Ephesians introduced suddenly, in such a position, and in the diction of this doxology, has been a difficulty for ancient transcribers and modern commentators alike.

2.      The original MSS. (Acronym Definition; MSS: Manuscripts: MSS):  prove this by the position the doxology occupies in many of them.

3.      In over 190, it stands after 14:23.

4.      In two or three, it is wanting.

5.      In some, it appears in both places (i.e. after 14:23 and 16:24).

6.      In some, where the doxology stands as in the A.V. the second benediction (verse 24) is omitted.

7.      This difficulty is shared commentators.

Some suppose the doxology was “the effusion (an unrestrained expression, as of feelings) of the  fervent mind of the apostle on taking a general view of the Epistle”.

Others say—“it needs only to read the doxology to see that its main purpose is nothing lower than thanksgiving for the Universal Gospel as a whole, and that its weighty grandeur of tone belongs to the close not of a section, but of the whole Epistle.”

       But the suggestion that this “postscript” was added later by the apostle removes all the difficulties, and shows that the minds of the ancient copyists were needlessly disturbed. The truth of the “mystery” had been lost  long before the date of our oldest MSS (Manuscripts). Hence the transcribers excitement and perplexity. Had it been known, they would have at once understood that the doxology was subsequently added.1 And the same remark applies to modern commentators.

Although Paul must have had the “secret” revealed to him beforehand, probably about 57 or 58 A.D., yet he was not permitted to publish the truth of the mystery in writing until after he was in Rome, and in prison. Consequently, when the Epistle was sent first to the Romans, it was closed by the second benediction (verse 24).

Although given to him before the expiry of the period of grace enjoyed by the pentecostal church, he was not allowed to divulge it. So long as the offer of the Kingdom to earthly Israel was open, the “mystery” could not be made known.

Ap 112. 1. For a true understanding of the New Testament, it is essential that the “Word of TRUTH” should be “rightly divided” (2 Tim 2:15) [above] as to the various usages of the word “kingdom” in all the different combinations and contexts in which we find it. Each has its own peculiar and particular sense, which must not be confused with another. It is the dispensational term; and is used sometimes of the Messiah’s kingdom on earth, and sometimes of the heavenly sovereignty over the earth.

This power Peter exercised in Acts 2 in Israel, and Acts 10 among the Gentiles. Not the “Church” of the mystery (Ephesians 3).

Thou shalt bind &c. This power was given to the others (Matt 18:18 above & John 20:23), and exercised in Acts 5:1—11, 12—16. Whatever authority is implied, no power was given to communicate it to others, or to them in perpetuity (perpetual). Binding and loosing is a Hebrew idiom for exercising authority. To bind = to declare what shall be binding (e.g. laws and precepts) and what shall be not binding.


Ap 114 the kingdom (or Sovereignty) of God.

1.  Has God for its ruler;

2.  It is in heaven over the earth;

3.  It is unlimited in its scope;

4.  It is moral and spiritual in its sphere;

5.  It is inclusive in its character (embracing the natural and spiritual seeds of Abraham ”the heavenly calling”, and the “Church” of the Mystery). Hence.

6.  It is universal in its aspect;

7.  It is (in its wider aspect) the subject of the New Testament revelation;

8.  And will be eternal in its duration.

But when the sentence of judicial blindness had been promulgated and the prophecy of Isaiah 6 fulfilled, Acts 28:26—27 (see above) then the glorious truths for the later-born, were allowed to be set forth by “prophetic writings”, viz., the prison epistles.



Isaiah 6 (KJV)

01 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

02 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

03 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

04 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

05 Then said I, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

06 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

07 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, “Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”

08 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then said I, “Here am I”; send me.

09 And He said, “Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.”

10 “Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”

11 Then said I, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,’

12And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.’

13But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree (fraction of a whole), and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’”

Therefore, the apostle was guided by the Holy Spirit to add the postscript to Romans; thus completing in beautiful perfection the Divine arrangement of the Epistle and striking the key-note in the doctrinal teaching, which is taken up and developed at large in Ephesians.


1This suggestion was first made by Bishop Lightfoot in Biblical Essays, and adopted by others.


3. The STRUCTURE of the Epistle as a whole (above) shows that the greater part is occupied with doctrine,- one-half as it concerns our standing, and the rest as it effects our state. Thus showing that sound doctrine is both the foundation and the source of right practice.


4. DATE. The Epistle was written from prison in Rome, probably about the end of A.D. 62, and, according to Bishop Lightfoot, after the Epistle to Philippians.


5. The Title. To whom addressed?  In some of the oldest MSS [Manuscripts] the words “at Ephesus” (Greek en Ephesō) are not found. And the writings of some of the early Christian apologists show that these words were not in their copies, e.g. Origen (fl. A.D. 230) and Basil (fl A.D.350). The explanation of the omission is probably that the Epistle was encyclical, (An encyclical was originally a circular letter sent to all the churches of a particular area) and that the space now occupied in other of the MSS by the words en Ephesō was originally blank, so that the names of the various churches to which it was sent could be filled in. From Col 4:16 we learn that Paul wrote a letter to the Laodiceans. There can be little doubt that this is the one, as was believed by Marcion, an early Christian writer (but one such tinged with Gnosticism). If Ephesians is not the letter, then an epistle has been lost, which is unthinkable. Colossians was apparently a similar letter to be sent round the other churches (Col 4:16). We conclude that:-

1.      No Epistle has been lost:

2.      Ephesians was addressed to not only “saints at Ephesus”, but to other churches also, and therefore in a very special manner to us;

3.      And that it comes to us as the second great text-book of believers’ doctrine in the Dispensation, and cannot be understood without our knowing the lessons taught by the Holy Spirit in Romans, for Ephesians is built on the foundation of the doctrinal portion of Romans, ending with the eighth chapter.


6. The CITY of Ephesus was one of the great commercial centres of Asia Minor, and was situated on the river Cayster, at no great distance from its mouth. Ephesus was chiefly noted, however, for the magnificent temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the wonders of the world.

Acts 19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

The site of the city is now covered with ruins, the only inhabited part being a small Turkish village.


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Proverbs 3:13—18.

13. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,

      And the man that getteth understanding.

14. For the merchandise of it is better than

      the merchandise of silver,

      And the gain thereof than fine gold.

15. She is more precious than rubies:

      And all the things thou canst desire are

      not to be compared with her.

16. Length of days is in her right hand;

      And in her left hand riches and honour.

17. Her ways are ways of pleasantness,

      And all her ways are peace.

18.  She is a tree of life to them that lay

       hold upon her:

       And happy is everyone that retaineth her.