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Eph-80-81 - 38 Pt 2 _Ephesians 6:18 - 24

Closing of the 1980-81 Ephesians Corps Teachings. August 5, 1981

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Publication Date: 08-05-1981

On Ephesians 4:25 where I want to begin tonight, or where we will begin tonight , the first part of what the Research Team gave me is the work that Walter Cummins published in our wonderful Way Magazine on "The Spoken Word." Also, as we cover Ephesians 4:28 tonight, I had all the information in front of me from another article that Walter Cummins has in the... has had in the Magazine. The first article on Ephesians 4:25 is entitled "The Spoken Word." The one on Ephesians 4:28 is "Workers for God." Both of these pieces of work by Walter are absolutely superb. And I believe that they should appear and will appear in our research journal GMIR whenever we begin publishing that. {GMIR Aramaic word meaning ' to perfect, accomplish , mature, complete, arithmetically to be divisible without any remainder.}

And I noticed again that some of the things that were stated are just so beautifully and logically presented, I'm truly thankful for, not only Walter, but the whole Research Department. I think our Biblical Research Department is just second to none. And it' s even going to be better by God' s mercy and grace next year and in years to come than it is at this time. And right now I do not believe that our Biblical Research Department needs to take a back seat for any academic institution or work in the world.

And I thought today, I have never... I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity than to be my assistant. I know Vince Finnegan, you know, on the books is my assistant. And that' s great. But I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity for so many years as always being my assistant. And I think he' s just the most wonderful person that any president could have as his assistant. And also to be chairmen of the Department of Greek, and then the coordinator of the Biblical research of The Way International. For any one man to have that position and that responsibility is an awesome reality and I'm real proud of Walter and real thankful for him. But I am also thankful for the rest of our wonderful men and women in the Research Department.

I would like for the Corps all over the country to go to the Magazine and find "The Spoken_Word," that's the title of it, dealing with Ephesians 4:25 and other scriptures, and before the next Corps meeting next week, you endeavor to master that great piece of work by Walter Cummins. It's just, you know, the spoken Word. Over fifty Greek words are used in the New Testament in connection with the faculties of utterance. Over fifty. And then he takes the most important ones and he lists them and it' s just. .. it' s just a piece of research work that you should really as a Corps master in your heart and in your life.

Ephesians 4:25 in the King James reads, Wherefore put away lyin g, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

The ' putting away' was interesting to me again because of the Greek word aniko, a-n-i-k-o.

And this word is ' the putting away,' this word ' put away,' aniko, is the same root word as in 4:22, where we use the word ' rest,' meaning ' to rest.' Is that right? Yep, that is right. I taught you that,

didn't I? Did I or didn't I? Doesn't look right to me. It is the same root. What chapter am I missing? Am I missing anything? I don't know. Right now I'm screwed up, ha ha. First time today. You check the word again and I'll do that, too and see what I'm missing here.

But a-n-i-k-o is the word for ' putting away from you. ' To put away. And it' s the same root as the word ' rest.' I don't know where the word appears, but it's got to be in there.

Now, that word ' speak,' every man speak. That word ' speak ' is from the Greek word

laleo, l-a-l-e-long-o. And that' s where Walter' s article on "The Spoken Word"_c omes in because that is.. .he uses that word laleo in here, which I teach in Corinthians when I teach the Foundational Class. And he says the word is employed 24 times in I Corinthians chapter 14. I had forgotten that.

This word is truly significant. I couldn' t quite understand it Research Department, what  you said on page 26B 16, where you defined it ' to make vocal utterance,' ' to babble,' 'to talk,'  'to  exercise the faculty of speech without reference to the words spoken.' I just wondered if there might not be another word that could be substituted or utilized at this point. I know that Zachariah 8:16 is the quotation that is used here, or spoken of. And that Zachariah 8:16 adds force to what is said by using a quote, a quotation. That' s why my question to the Research Department is, How can it be without reference to what is spoken if it is truth plus the quotation of the Word of God that's given. It doesn't quite fit for me.

'With his neighbor' has to be a believing neighbor. This 'speak truth with his neighbor' is a figure of speech gnome, g-n-o-m-e, which simply is a citation. And that' s a citation from Zachariah 8:16.

There are a series of figures of speech, Corps, in chapter four which just put the 00mph, the highlight, to the particular things that are set whereby you put off the old man. This phrase here 'speak every man truth with his neighbor'  is one of them. The other one appears in verse 26, 'be  angry and sin not.' ' Steal no more' is another one. 'Corrupt communication' is the fourth one.  'Grieve not the  holy spirit' is the fifth one. ' All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking' is  the sixth. And  then  ' be kind' and so forth, is the seventh.

You see, the last phrase in that verse, in King James, For we' re members one of what? [Another] And it' s relative to the neighbor. Now you just look at that. Wherefore put away  lying, speak  every  man truth with his what? [Neighbor] For we are members  one of  another.  That  doesn't  mean just  a neighbor who lives next door, but it has to be a believing neighbor because  we are members  one of what? [Another]. You could not be a member ' one of another' ifhe  was an  unbeliever.  That's how I know this is going to  work. This tells me that the neighbor  is  a  believer.  And  this  ' we' re members one of another' continues the imagery of the Body of Christ.

The literal  according  to  usage of this verse is as follows:   Wherefore  put away the  lie... and I believe in my heart, before I go on with the literal that until man is born again, it's all a lie anyways. And that' s why I believe that this translation will fit in the light of that knowledge. Because when  a man is not born again, his whole  life is just a  lie. Now you're  born again,  and that ' s  why  I think the text states it ' wherefore put away the lie,' the life you' ve been living , the screwed up life you have lived outside of God. It' s been just a life of a lie. It' s not truth. It' s just the opposite of truth and that's my reason for translating it this way... Wherefore put away the lie.

You've got to go with that translation. You have no other text to go by both from Aramaic and Greek it's 'lie.' Not 'lying.' If the Research Department has anything to share in the light of that, I'd be blessed to hear, but you' ve heard my reasons for translating it, Research Department, this way.

Now since they're born again, their whole life is changed, so the life of lying, and living a lie, and being a lie, and being false, is to be put away.

And every man... this is the translation ... and everyone, everyone. The word ' man' you could use because it's an inclusive noun, but I prefer to use the word ' one.'

Wherefore put away the lie and everyone speak the truth with his neighbor for we are members one of another. That is literal according to usage.

Now for the expanded according to understanding. It's not bad. Because of this... What we coughing for? Everybody sick?...Because of this... and the reason I went in the expanded along this line is because verse 24 last week told us that we are created by God in righteousness and in true purity, through holiness. Twenty four.

That's why 25, Wherefore ... 'wherefore' can be translated 'because of this.' Because of this what? Being created in righteousness and truly pure. See it's an inside job.

Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure by the grace and the love of

God.. .Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure, you put away, completely lay to rest the lie that you have been and were living and each one of you speak the truth using a quotation from the Word with his believing neighbor for we are members one of another in the Body of the Church.

Robinson {Edward} said, he translated, 'speak every man truth with his neighbor' and he said it's from Zachariah 8:16 which adds force to what is said by using a quote. That's why I translated that. I think that' s great. It adds force to what is said. If you're speaking to someone, it adds force to what you say by using a quote, a quotation from God's Word. In other words, ' you share the Word with them.' That' s why I went with that translation. I want to give it to you again in this sense.

Speak the truth using a quotation from the Word, which means 'share the Word.' Quote the Word to them. Tell them what the Word says, with his believing neighbor. Why? For we are members one of another in the Body of the Church. This verse is just mind blowing.

Here, you have a born-again believer neighbor who needs to grow up a little more. So what do you do? Each one speak the truth to that neighbor, that believer, using the Word, quoting the Word because we' re members one of another in the Body of the Church. It's a real positive thing to do.

Verse 26 in King James reads, Be angry.. .ha ha... we like that one, don't we. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

Here is a verse of Scripture that' s very, very difficult for most people. And it' s not too easy for us either. But I think we are able to share the truth of the greatness of this and it's been burning in my heart for a long time to do this with our people.

Everybody has problems with ' how can you be angry and not sin?' You know, how can raise hell with something and not be sinful in doing it? Teed off and not be sinful. And how can you go... and what does it mean 'don't let the sun go down upon your wrath?' See.

In the context, here, verses 26 and 27 deal with your believing neighbor, specifically. Then the Greek word for ' anger' which is from the root orge, o-r-g-long-e means 'anger together with the desire of revenge .' That' s bad. That' s a heavy. The Hebrew word means ' to kill, and all the tumults of passion that terminate in killing.' So it's a real heavy word when it said ' be angry.'

And the way I believe it's used in God' s Word, ' be ye angry' means ' it's a long time anger with your believing neighbor until a change has ensued.' The desire to... of revenge is a change. And I, knowing the Word in the light of the new birth, it's where a change finally comes about. Until that time, you just, long-term, you just stay put witnessing the Word, sharing the Word. You do not dislike the believing neighbor; you simply dislike that he is not fully accepting the Word and walking on it. So it' s a long-term anger until a change has ensued. You just stay faithful.

I don't know what else to do with those words. It is a righteous anger. Yet it is a righteous anger without sin.

Among the scholars, there is a disagreement on these words. Well, I don't know about my being a scholar; that I don' t anything about being about. But it's simple to me because righteous anger is commanded by God's Word when it says ' be ye angry.' Well, the scholars can fight about it. I don' t care. It' s a command. Not just permitted to get teed once in a while when somebody' s off of God' s Word, a believer is off of God's Word. You' re always teed off righteously at any believer, born-again believer, who is off of God' s Word. And for those of us in the Way Ministry, it' s been a lifetime.

Get into it with them on... Oh what subject do you want to talk about? Baptism? Food? One God? See. All that stuff.

The Aramaic is accurate in the words ' and sin not.' It literally translates ' and you will not sin.' Again, this ' be angry and sin not' is that figure gnome. Quotation. A citation from the Old Testament. It' s from Psalm 4:4. But in King James, Psalm 4:4, it's translated 'stand in awe.' The real sense of the Hebrew is ' one of admonition;' sin not. Where we' re admonished to not sin. Sin not.

' Let not the sun go down on your wrath. ' Ha ha. That again is beautiful. People went to bed when the sun went down, when it got dark. That's when they went to bed. So what that simply is saying, ha ha, ' don't go to bed teed off.' Don' t let the sun go down on your wrath. In other words, go to bed; don' t go to bed mad. ' When you go to bed' is what it means. Let not the sun go down when you go to bed. And they went to bed when the sun went down. When it got dark, they went to bed, see.

' Upon your wrath.' And the word ' wrath' here is basically ' irritation.' Ha ha. Previously when I taught Ephesians, I made mention of this fact, ' don' t let righteous anger shake you, wondering if it was right on. When you go to bed, go to sleep.'

Now, this is what we have done with it in the literal, ha ha, according to usage. I got more papers up here than Carter has liver pills, or something. Then, I can' t find my... whatever it is I take off of it.

Okay, verse 26. You be righteously angry.. .this is literal according to usage.. .and you will not be sinning. Don't go to bed even with a momentary irritation, ha ha.

I don't think you get nearly as much fun out of this as I do. It's neat. It's absolutely scrumptious, see. At the opening, is that heavy word, remember? Anger. So it's a real heavy time. So what he is saying, in the heavy time, when your standing on God' s Word  and sharing that with the  believing  neighbor, you' re righteously angry... you're not sinning. And  you don't  even go to  bed with a momentary irritation. In other Words, when you go to bed, thank God the day is over. Say your last prayer and start snoring.

Boy, that would save a lot of sleeping pills, wouldn' t it? Practicing that principle. Boy, oh boy, what a tremendous Word. And hardly anybody understands verse 26. They argue about it, but they don' t get the understanding.

Now this is the expanded one according to understanding, I hope. And again, I would like to just lay some things before the Corps, and especially before the Research Department. I translated the first part of verse 26, You always stay angry with an all-out desire to have them to change which anger will not be sin on your part.

Then I have another translation of that first part of it: You be righteously angry, 'teed off' with sin... 'Teed off' I put in quotes. But don't  you sin  by acting  ' holier than thou'  vaunting  yourself  by acting so righteously like you never sin.

I do not know which one of those two the Research Department feels would be the better. The last part of the phrase that I translated which would go with both of these that I have given you here on the expanded one for understanding. This, the last part, goes with that first one and with the second ... also.. .even if it is only a momentary irritation.  When you go to  bed, go to sleep. That's what I did with it.

Now, verse 27. King James says, Neither (or neither) give place to the Devil. The word 'place' is simply a portion, a part. No believer will give full place to the Devil, but he may be giving a part, a portion. He' ll mark off a spot, ' this is Devil' s permission over here, over here, no permission, you know. And you really give the Devil a portion or a spot if you stew about it after you go to bed and you toss and you tum and can' t sleep.

This word 'the Devil,' ' the Devil' in the Aramaic is a very interesting and exciting Word to me and it blesses my heart. It' s a compound word where the first part means ' to eat' or ' to devour.' The latter

' to slander' or ' to accuse. '  So when I got to translating  this, literally according  to usage, verse 27 reads: Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil. So I used those three words synonymously: portion, space, opportunity. Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil.

The expanded according to understanding: And you will not give a toehold, an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. Ha ha. I get more fun than you ever will out of working this stuff, huh.

You see, and to me, that communicates to my understanding. John 10:10. The thief cometh not but for to what? [Steal, kill, and destroy] Right. To eat you out. To beat you. And that's why that Aramaic word, on the word ' Devil' really thrilled me.

And that ' s why I put it into the expanded translation: And you will not give a ' toehold.' Now, at L.E.A.D., you know how important it is to get a what? [Toehold] Ha ha. And when you' re really climbing in, you' re blessed for a toehold. How thankful you are when you get a foothold. Now the adversary can never get a foothold in a believer' s life until he first has a toehold. That's why I translated it that way.

Do not give... and you will not give a toehold ... shave all the rocks off... an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. And that' s exactly what he likes to do to believers.

Now we go to verse 28. King James says, Let him that stole steal not more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. And here again, is another great work that I believe should be in our research journal GMIR, Walter' s work on " Workers for God."

It' s just tremendous where he... you know... he just goes into God' s men are called many things in the Word. They' re called: fellow workers, ministers, or servants, slaves, fellow slaves, partners, messengers, soldiers, fellow soldiers, athletes, fellow athletes, stewards, ambassadors, witnesses, all of those. And he covers them so beautifully. And I love very much how he covered the word ' slave,' because it' s a much stronger word than to be a minister, or to be a servant. It is to be one who is branded, marked out, sold out. And baby, from that day on, there are no ifs, and' s, or but' s. You never budge on it. You are branded. Most believers are never branded. They may be servants, they may be ministers, but they are not branded. When you' re branded, you stay faithful. You do not budge. You do not change. You stay put. If all hell breaks loose, you still live the believing Word.

I think the prophet once said, If I was in the midst of hell, God I know you' d be there. (Psalm 139:8) He' d be there. That' s the doulos. That, of course, is just a tremendous piece of work.

And the other great part that I think... and this is a second piece that I want the Corps to master before next Wednesday night, " Workers for God," the work on ' witness.' You see, it's the same word basically that's translated ' martyr,' see. And we got a lot of those canonized. That's not at all what a witness is. A witness is a living example, not a dead one. The word 'martyr' simply means that you lay down your life in witnessing. And boy, when you put the doulos together with ' witness,' then you' ve got power for abundant living. It's just a fantastic work by Walter and I' m real grateful that it was published. Because once it' s in print, people can take a look at it if they want to.

I'd like a cup of coffee, please.

Now, we are in verse 28. The Aramaic translation is ' and he who was stealing.' I understand it from the English, ' let him that stole,' past tense. The Aramaic is real simple, real strong. ' And he, the one who is born again, who was, past tense, stealing.'

Thank you.

His whole life was one of those before he was born again.

Whenever you bring a cup of coffee to a right-hand man, you put the handle to the right. When you serve a cup of coffee to a left-hand man, you put it on the left-hand side and put the handle to the left. Corps principle number seven or something, ha ha. Mrs. Wierwille would say, Well, be thankful you even get a cup of coffee. [Laughter] Ah, you're wonderful.

See, ' let him who stole, steal no more.' 'Stole and steal,' that' s a figure of speech and is polyptoton p-o-l-y-p-t-o-t-o-n. It' s a repetition of the same root word in different parts of speech or reflections. But, that's not earth shaking right now in my heart.

You see, in some Eastern culture, it was not considered a sin or a shame to steal because that's the way they lived, the only way they lived. Somebody told me... or not only told me, one of our people, but it was in a national magazine, that the basic culture of Russia today is to steal. And in some respects I can understand this. If you don't have anything and you're starving to death and there' s a loaf of bread you can get a hold of... steal the dam thing. I understand that.

So this verse is really sharp, really sharp. Let him who stole, even though that man previously considered it the way to live and there was no shame in it, no sin in it. He said, Well, let that fellow who stole, steal no more. Something has happened on the inside of that man. Something that happened, where He is able to meet all of our need according to His riches in glory. Christ in you, the hope of glory. More than conquerors.

A record in the Old Testament, I forget where it is, but it's in there, that it' s never, you never need to borrow or steal bread or... what is that in the Old Testament? Begging bread. One person stand and tell me. {Psalm 37:25, I have been young and now am old; yet have I seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.} Psalm 27:25 who? {Psalm 37:25} 37:25. All the years, he's never seen the righteous to have to do what? {Beg bread} Beg bread.

First of all, I wish the Christian world could hear this. Secondly, I wish our government in the United States could understand it. The Word says, If you don't work, you don' t eat. A lot of that stuff. Well, what we've been doing is stealing from the people who are willing to work to give to the people who don' t want to work. That's a bunch of crap. That's stealing. That's why this verse is so hot in my soul tonight. Let him who stole, quit stealing, dang it. See.

Many years ago I was really knocked for a loop along some of this line in India, from Dr. Williams. I think he loved India maybe like I love the United States, I don' t know. Because only a man knows how much he loves his own country, I guess.

But... as we were traveling together, he said to me, Dr. Wierwille, I hear you have whores in the United States.

You know, I never had given it a thought. I just took it for granted. [Laughter] And I said, yeah. He said, Why does a rich country like the United States have whores?

And I said, I don't know.

And he said, I can't understand it. Cannot your women make enough money to live? Yeah, but they figure that' s cheaper and more pleasurable or something, I don' t know. And he said, Well, I think it's sinful that the United States has whores.

And I said, What do you mean?

And he said to me, why, I can understand India. He said we don' t enough food, we don' t have enough of anything hardly for a lot of people. And we have whores because that' s the only way they can continue to live physically.

And I thought to myself, well boy, that' s slapping me in the face good. And I took it as a wonderful lesson. There is no excuse in the United States for any women being a whore because she doesn' t need to get screwed and paid for it in order to get money so she can live. There's plenty of work available and if there isn' t she ought to get born again, then there' s a guarantee of work. ..other work, available. I tell you, when you' re honest, some of these men in other countries have some real logic behind their thinking. How would you have liked to have handled that? I just simply admitted, Well, I think we' re wrong in the United States. But I said, I think you' re wrong in India, too, because no reason to have whores here if you get them born again.

So I don' t know. But this verse today as I worked the final working on this verse 28 is when my heart really went back and burned with that truth that Dr. Williams had stated. Because in many Eastern cultures, it was not considered as sin or as shame to steal, if it was a matter of livelihood. You sometimes wonder who will live in the greatest condemnation before God and justice and judgment when the time comes.

For in most of what are called poor countries even, there is sufficient money, food, and other things for the people to live if those in positions of authority were not so selfish and egotistical, and want it for themselves , and let the rest of the world die... or a country die.

The word ' labor' in verse 28 is the word which literally means ' hard work resulting in fatigue.' That's how I felt coming from the woods last night. And I didn' t do anything. It was just hard work being there with the rest of you. Today I got so tired of being with some, I came home. Ah, you' re wonderful.

' Working with his hands' is an Eastern cultural type of thing. Today in our culture, you could have it, you know, the truth is working with your mind or working with your hand, whatever you' re working at. But in Eastern culture, every son was to be trained to work with his hands, even if he was the son of a king. Had to learn a trade, a profession of business.

Jesus Christ was a saddle maker. He made them to ride, I guess, what do you want? Tennessee Walkers , or? See. I think not only did he do that, Paul did it, too, you know. Someday I'm going to find a...or Walter, or some of those, are going to find me a manuscript to prove it. .. and a wonderful carpenter by trade. Many times doing carpentry work and being a saddle maker were sort of in the same household, because building carpentry and having saddles to use for their business and carrying on, were very, very closely aligned. Well, I won' t argue the point, but I wish we' d keep looking.

II Thessalonians.. .Do your hands ever get so dry you can hardly hold anything? Golly, mine are so dry tonight, I wonder why? II Thessalonians, chapter 3:10... this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he what? [Eat] Right. Even unemployment is no excuse for stealing. He just doesn' t eat. Goes and gets work. Boy, when I first saw the greatness of these principles many years ago, and then of course, I uniquely by God' s grace, inculcated that into our W.O.W. program and very dynamically in the Corps leadership.

Take your Bibles and go to Ephesians chapter six, please. It hasn' t been very often that I've had to stand at a teaching platform to teach Ephesians to the Corps. But I'm blessed to be able to do this tonight. And I was thinking about the spiritual significance of it in the closing session, because there's just no words in my vocabulary to express to God and to you, the Corps, how thankful I am for the privilege that I've had these past two years to teach Ephesians.

I think I took two years to do it, didn' t I? Weren' t we at this this two years? [No, just this year] Just this year? Well, we' re going back next year, so it will make it two years. It seems like two years to me, I guess, because I just spent hours and hours and hours in Ephesians and to come tonight to the closing six verses of this great Epistle is just a privilege that words cannot express.

That any one man would be privileged to live and to work the Book of Ephesians with all of its greatness in our day and time is just a miracle of God. And then to be surrounded with not only a tremendous Research Department, but other wonderful men and women of the Way Corps and others, who so sincerel y desire to understand and to know God' s Word is a fantastic blessing.

As I finished Ephesians this morning, before six o' clock, I was just so excited about it, I got on my little old Cushman and took a look around Way International. Didn't know what else to do, because, had it all finished, I was ready for the evening at six this morning, a little before. But I had to wait another 12 or 13 or 14 hours to get to it. So, I got on that old Cushman, and rode around and stopped to see people as they came along and I told them, ' I finished Ephesians, I finished Ephesians, I finished Ephesians,' see. And I believe they got about as excited about it as I was.

In Ephesians chapter six tonight, verse 18, reads in the King James: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication to all saints.

This ' praying always' is to ' pray in every season. ' But it relates itself to a proportion of time and that' s why I believe ' the season' that it' s referring to is ' to pray always, to pray at the right time. ' That is the usage here.

It' s a ' with all prayer,' ' praying always with all prayer' is a figure of speech. That' s the emphasis that God wants. And the figure is polypton, p-o-l-y-p-t-o-n, where a repetition of a word in different inflections or parts of speech. The Greek has a noun followed by its corresponding participle.

Aramaic has a noun followed by its corresponding verb. This literally and dynamically, Corps, emphasizes the need for continued prayer.

Now the word ' supplication. ' The Aramaic literally is ' and with all requests.' But the word supplication' refers to ' a specific object of necessity.' The word ' supplication ,' it' s a specific object of necessity. And that the emphasis is on our necessity. On our necessity for it, not on God' s sufficiency to supply.

And of course, ' in the spirit' is in pnuema hagion.

 The words ' watching' and ' watching' in the Aramaic is 'and with it by prayer be watching.' The Greek could be translated ' being attentive,' ' sleeplessness,' implying ' consistent, continuous care.'

The word ' thereunto' is ' with every minute.' Every minute.

And ' with all perseverance' is ' while you are praying unceasingly, constantly, or continually. This is the only occurrence of this noun in the New Testament. The verb ' to preserve' or 'persevere' rather, is the Greek word spelled p-r-o-s, pros, kartereo , k-a-r-t-e-r-e-o. {proskartereo }. That occurs ten times. The verb is ' to be strong,' ' to be courageous,' ' to endure,' ' to bear.' In my terminolog y,

I would say, ' stay at it,' ' stay at it.'

The word ' supplication' is ' interceding,' ' asking for the best for all saints,' or ' concerning that which is regarding to all saints.'

The literal according to usage of verse 18 is: Praying in all seasons with every prayer and supplication spiritually and watching every minute with all persistence and supplication on behalf of all the saints.

Howard, give me a pen or something, please.

Praying in all seasons with every prayer and supplication spiritually ... And you and I know when we're praying in all seasons with every prayer and supplication spiritually, we will be praying in what? [Tongues] The spirit, praying in tongues, speaking in tongues, praying in the spirit. And watching every minute with all persistence and supplication on behalf of all saints.

I might just say to you tonight that at the close of our fellowship here tonight as we go into the reception for those who will be newly ordained, that we have prepared a gift for every member of the Corps, and that gift is a copy of the literal and expanded usages of the Book of Ephesians.

Applause

Those will be available to you later tonight, plus my introduction and remarks to the athlete of the spirit. We've prepared this for all of you.

Now here's the expanded one of this great 18th verse of Ephesians six which closes out the whole Epistle, the whole revelation: Praying at the right time with all believing for the specific object of necessity in tongues.

Praying at the right time with all believing for the specific object of necessity in tongues and so by praying in the spirit, be on the watch, be alert, watching at all times and stay at it continually for the specific object of necessity unceasingly.

Stay at it continually for the specific object of necessity unceasingly, until you get it on and in behalf of all the saints.

Ladies and gentlemen that is just fantastic.

Look at it again. Praying at the right time with all believing for the specific object of necessity in tongues and so by praying in the spirit be on the watch, be alert, watching at all times and stay at it continually for the specific object of necessity unceasingly, until you get it on and in behalf of all the saints.

 Praying' is used at the opening of the verse where he talks about it for the specific object of necessity in tongues. And he turns right around and says the same truth in a little different way, but the same truth, and praying in the spirit for the specific object of necessity unceasingly until you get it on and behalf of all the saints.

I think that is just an unbelievable, remarkable thing that God did by revelation as He originally gave The Word to Paul and he wrote it.

That, in that verse doubles it. And if it's doubled, it' s established. Closing out the greatness of Ephesians by speaking about praying in the spirit, praying in tongues. Praying at all times, always at the right time in season with all believing, Corps, for the specific object that' s necessary. Doing this in tongues. And that's why He says ' be alert.' You can go to sleep and not see things that should be prayed for. Watch at all times and stay at it until you get it. And you do this on and in behalf of all the what? [Saints] Saints. Man, what a tremendous thing.

In the {Strong ' s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible} word study concordance, on numbers 1162 in here, I want to show you what they did in the King James with this word ' supplication. ' It is used, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen times in the New Testament. I guess fourteen is right.

Sixty-two {1162 in Strong' s}. .. fifteen, sixteen, maybe seventeen times. Seventeen times. And when I handled that a little while ago from the manuscript. .. got to dig it out here again to look at something that I have to see here.. .I told you that the word ' supplication ' in the Aramaic was 'and with all requests for a special object of necessity. ' The expression 'of need.' It' s supplication for a special need. The emphasis, I told you was on our ' necessity,' rather than on ' God' s sufficiency to supply. '

The first usage is in Luke 1:13, where it says Zacharias, ' for thy prayer is heard.' That's the word ' supplication.' Specific object of what? Necessity.

Next one is Luke 2:37, Serve God with fasting and prayers night and day. The word ' prayers' again is the word translated ' supplication. ' And the Greek word of course is deesis which is spelled d-e-e-long-e-s-i-s.

 In Luke 5:33, Disciples of John fast often and make prayers... supplication.

Acts 1:14, the first one after the day of Pentecost {the day after the Ascension} with one accord in prayer and what? [Supplication] Supplication.

The specific object of necessity. Romans 10:1, My heart' s desire and prayer... supplication to God. That word ' prayer' again is ' supplication.'

II Corinthians 1:11, Helping together by prayer. The word ' prayer' is ' supplication for us.'

II Corinthians 9:14, By their prayer for you... supplication for you. See, it' s always specific object of necessity.

Praying, Ephesians 6:18, we' re doing.

Philippians 1:4, Always in every prayer of mine. ' Prayer ' is the word ' supplication. ' Always in every supplication. The specific object of necessity. Of mine for you, all making request. And the word request' in Philippians 1:4 is ' supplication,' with joy. Chapter 4:6, Everything by prayer and supplication.

I Timothy 2:1, That first of all supplications be made.

{I Timothy} 5:5 , Continue within supplications and prayers.

II Timothy 1:3, Of thee in my prayers...supplications, night and day. Hebrews 5:7, When he had offered up prayers.. .supplications.

And James 5:16, Fervent prayer of a righteous man. Fervent supplication. Specific object of necessity.

And finally, I Peter 3:12, His ears are open unto their prayers... supplications .

This documents the great truth of the reality that I've shared with you in the translation of this. Namely, that you're praying at the right time with all believing for the specific object of necessity in tongues. Watching at all times and stay at it continually for the specific object of necessity unceasingly. And that it's done twice, establishes it. There should never again be any question in your mind about... what do we put up in our bathrooms and pray for... what do you call it?...[Inaudible] ... on the walls in the kitchen... [Lift list] Our lift list. Should never be any question about it.

When we originally suggested it and our people caught on to it and they believed it, and started putting up their lift list, I already knew what Ephesians said about it. That' s why you're getting results, that's why you 're getting your prayers answered. You' re praying at the right time with all believing for the specific object of necessity in tongues.

Most people pray all over the place. They mutter words, their minds are out someplace else.

But isn' t it remarkable , your mind can be tripped out someplace else, but if you pray in the spirit, it's always a perfect what? [Prayer] I want to tell you... someday when you really see that thing, it will make you hotter than a fire cracker. You just get your minds stayed on something that is a specific object of necessity and you pray unceasingly in tongues for it and God will hear and answer that prayer.

That' s the closing part of this section of the Book of Ephesians. That' s verse 18, Corps. Bless your heart. Ha ha. [Applause]

Well now, let's go to 19. And for me... this is King James... that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.

The word ' utterance' is the word logos, l-o-g-o-s, meaning ' the Word,' the logos.

 That I may open my mouth' ... you know has to be a figure of speech... but I don' t see it in here. You know, just a fellow opening his mouth... [Laughter] You ain ' t hearing anything. So it' s got to... and to open it boldly, must be to open it widely. [Laughter]

The ' opening of the mouth ' is a Semitic expression used of those who begin to speak. I guess it is a figure of speech here; you' ve got it, Research Department, an idiom. The emphasis is ' that the man' s heart and soul is involved in what he says.' It isn' t just the running off of the mouth, not just speaking words, not just hot air. It is a man' s real heart and soul. I don't see much more in here that needs to be emphasized or spoken to you.

That ' boldly' is ' with great freedom in speaking.' It' s not the word ' liberty' that ' s used in Galatians 5:1. It' s just ' to speak boldly.'

 To make known' is ' to proclaim. ' This is one of the six key occurrences of the word ' to make known.' ' The knowledge of the Mystery.' You had it in Ephesians 1:9, 3:3, verse 5 and 10. And then 6:19 and 21.

Well, the literal according to usage of verse 19 is: For me also in order that the Word may be given to me that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.

This verse in expanded translation that I've worked is as follows of 6:19: Also for me, one of the saints , in order that the Word may be given to me that I will open my mouth boldly and in public make known plainly the mystery of the good news.

I think this is sort of wonderful because in verse 18, we closed that translation. Talking about praying in the spirit, so forth. Specific object of necessity. Until you get it. On and behalf of all the saints.

Then it goes to verse 19: Also for me, also for me, Paul says. And Paul is one of the saints. That's why I put it ' also for me.' Behalf of all the saints, also for me, one of the saints. ..in order that the Word may be given me that I will open my mouth boldly and in public make known plainly the mystery of the good news.

Verse 20 in King James reads: For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.

For which,' the Aramaic is ' for that I am his ambassador.' And for an ambassador to be in chains is a paradox. This word here, ' his ambassador' is the term that is used in the Roman empire of imperial legates. This will become even more meaningful tonight, when I explain something on the wall behind me. This term is used of imperial legates, ambassadors.

In bonds' meaning ' in chains' or 'in prisons.' And prisoners that were detained upon appeal to the emperor as Paul, were sometimes coupled by a chain around the right wrist to the left arm, or the wrist of a soldier, thus shackled.

As I ought' is ' like as.' It' s binding. It is necessary. It behooves me. Well, I think that' s all you need there to help you to understand.

But the literal according to usage of this verse 20 is: For that I am his ambassador. .. I am his ambassador ... in chains, in order that I may speak boldly like it is binding for me to speak.

Now here's the expanded one. Remember now I finished the expanded of 19 with 'make known plainly the mystery of the good news' ... verse 20: For, for that mystery... For, for that mystery (or for the sake of the Mystery) ... either one is accurate.. .For, for that mystery (for the sake of the Mystery) I am his imperial ambassador. I am his imperial ambassador in prison, even chained; yet being in this situation that with confidence I will continue to speak boldly as I ought to speak.

Man, what a prayer, what a believing. What an encouragement to the heart of the church in Ephesus.

For, for that Mystery, I am his imperial ambassador in prison, even chained, yet being in this situation, in prison, even being chained . .. that with confidence, I...even though I'm in prison and I'm chained, I will continue to speak boldly as I ought to speak. What a man. What a Word. And we freak out over a little article in a newspaper. Man, terrific isn' t it?

Now verse 21, King James: But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things.

The words ' all things ' are not in the Aramaic.

This word 'shall make known,' the word ' known' again, or ' is making known' is the sixth and final occurrence of this key word in Ephesians.

A ' faithful minister' is 'a faithful servant,' diakonos. And being faithful is a trustful, trustworthy servant.

So the literal according to usage of verse 21 is: But that you may know also the things concerning me and how I'm doing, behold Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord shall make known to you all things.

Now this is the expanded one of verse 21: But that you may know also my affairs regarding me and the things that I'm doing, behold Tychicus, a beloved brother and trustworthy servant in our Lord shall make known to you my affairs (by bringing you this Epistle) and the things that I am doing.

Can you imagine, can you put yourself in the shoes of Tychicus? That you would be the one to be selected to carry for the first time the Epistle of all Epistles. That you would be entrusted to carry that· one and only original manuscript, the only Word of God in writing in the whole world from Rome to Ephesus? That' s quite a day. Paul must have had fantastic trust, confidence. The man must have proven himself before he gave him that responsibility. That' s why he says, Behold, Tychicus. Not some little renegade that just finished PFAL last week. But somebody that stood, somebody that has been there. He went through the thick and thin with him and instead of copping out, he carried out his region responsibility, or his limb responsibility, or his area, or his twig. He carried it out. That' s why that word ' behold' is in there. Behold! Pay attention! This is Tychicus.

Look what else he said about him, ' a beloved brother.' Not just a brother, but one who got to his heart and melted it and warmed it all over and melted it again and warmed it over. And you get to a man' s heart like Paul by being faithful on the field carrying the Word out. A beloved brother. And trustworthy. Trustworthy. Servant. A trustworthy servant. Son of God this way, perpendicular. But a servant to God' s people on a horizontal level. Like you being ordained tonight. You got to be trustworthy. Boy, you talk about the greatness of that Word.

To be entrusted for the first time in the history of the world, that the great Mystery, the great secret has been revealed to the extent that' s it' s the apex of all the revelation. Spirit leading into 'all truth.' The ' all truth' is over with when Ephesians was written. And handing that to Tychicus and saying, Sir, you take her to Ephesus.

Reminds me of Joshua. Moses my servant is what? [Dead] Arise therefore and go. Tychicus delivered the Ephesian epistles to the church at Ephesus because Paul couldn't go. He had to trust somebody.

But he just didn't trust anybody. The 'somebody' he trusted was a man who... of whom the Word says, he was trustworthy and he was beloved. Quite a verse.

Well, 22: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose... or for this very purpose... that ye may know, or might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

In Aramaic, the word ' whom' is ' that him I have sent to you.'

'Concerning this,' or 'for this same purpose that you may know.' The Greek can be translated 'in order that,' ina gnote. And gnote is a form of ginosko...our affairs. Same as we had previously ... things concerning me.

But he adds the word ' comfort' also, which means 'to encourage' in your hearts. Again, it's given twice. Spoke about the affairs previously and now in 22, we' re right back at it.

The literal translation of verse 22 is: Whom I sent to you for this purpose in order that you would know the things concerning us and that he would comfort your hearts.

I do not know why God has it in here double, but there must be a reason beyond my knowledge or understanding at the moment. I believe it could be that the people were getting discouraged, because here was the great ambassador in jail, in prison. And there was an increasing amount of criticism, persecution. The people were laughed at in the community and said, Well, you don't believe that kind of stuff, do you? And I've wondered if that is not the reason why it' s in here twice. To show them it's established.

The expanded one perhaps will clarify it a little more for you: That him (Tychicus) I am sending specifically to you concerning all of this in order that you may know what is going on with me and he will comfort and encourage your hearts. Both of these words should be used in this verse. Both the words ' comfort' and ' encourage. '

Speaking in tongues with interpretation or prophecy encourages us toward a more worthy what? [Endeavor] Or it brings quiet acquiescence, it comforts. It edifies by way of exhortation and what? [Comfort] Comfort. It edifies, builds up, encourages, edifies by way of exhorting us. Or by comfort, bringing a quiet acquiescence, peacefulness to the heart of a man or woman. That' s why he says, That you may know what' s going on with me. And Tychicus, when he comes, he' ll comfort and he will encourage your hearts.

What a wonderful man of God to go to Ephesus bringing the manuscript of Ephesians. Not only is he going to read Ephesians to them for the first time... he' s going to do that, he' s going to read the letter to them, the Epistle from the Apostle Paul...but he's going to stick with them. He's going to comfort them. He's going to tell them that Paul is not discouraged. That Paul is not down in the mouth. That Paul is not defeated just because he is in prison or in chains. He's going to show them the comfort that they need and then he' s going encourage them and say, Look, Paul isn ' t discouraged. You're not in jail, why are you discouraged? He' s going to encourage them and say, Get out, move the Word, move the Word, move the Word.

Paul' s in jail, look what he is doing. He' s not discouraged. He wants to speak. And he does speak the Word with boldness. Why here, you are in Ephesus, you ' re not in jail, why don' t you speak. See, it brings them comfort and then he does what? Encourages their hearts.

Verse 23 King James: Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The word ' love' of course is agapao.

 

' Faith,' again is ' believing.'

I don't think there's anything else in here I need to share with you. It' s a real beautiful, very simple, very gorgeous verse, because it again teaches the truth that Jesus Christ is not God.

Verse 23, literal translation according to usage: Peace to the brethren and love ... the love of God in the renewed mind ... with believing from God, the Father. .. from God the Father. .. and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The expanded is not much added to it. I'll give it to you: Peace to the brethren and love with believing for all the brethren from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ.

What a tremendous comfort and encouragement that must have been. When Tychicus read this great letter and the Word of God says, People, in spite of all the trouble, in spite everything, they're saying against us and everything else, he said, peace. Don' t get shook. Don't bite your fingernails to the second knuckle. Just get quiet. Peace, peace. And agapao, the love of God with believing for all the brethren. There is no difference when people believe. The youngest child in the household has the same legal rights as the oldest one.

And he says this peace is from God, the Father. Didn' t I read a letter here the other night or a portion of one of someone that just was always in fear and had no peace, always felt afraid . .. always afraid of going to hell... or something, see. Where is peace?

Religion always puts fear in people. The truth of the greatness of God' s Word takes fear out and puts God's peace, God' s love there. And that love, that peace is from God the Father, not from the governor, not from the mayor, not from the news releases, T.V. That peace is from God the Father.

That' s why it's an inside job. It' s to the heart, the soul of a man and a woman. And from the Savior, the Lord what? And from our Lord, not our... you know, not somebody.. .it ' s our Lord. Personal. Our Lord. We make him Lord. He's the party of the first part. It's from our Lord, Jesus the Messiah, the Christ.

And finally verse 24, King James: Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

I think by this time you ought to know what grace is. Divine favor, perpendicular, remember? With all who are loving . All those who actively love the Lord Jesus Christ.

'In sincerity' is ' without corruption,' or ' incorruption. ' In ' purity' would be another good word. And of course, the word ' amen' means ' in truth,' 'most absolutely and certainly' or ' so be it.'

The literal of verse 24, concluding the greatest Church Epistle of all times, of all ages, the acme of all the top of all revelation. The literal according to usage is: · Grace be unto all who love our Lord Jesus Christ without corruption. Amen.

The expanded one is: Grace be unto you and upon all who love our Lord Jesus, the Christ, in all purity. Grace be unto you and upon all who love our Lord Jesus the Christ in all purity. So be it.

That's the end of the Book of Ephesians. I'd like for you to stand for a word of prayer.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we your people here tonight, the Corps and some of our guests and friends, stand before you in all humility, and yet Father, with our heads held high because of what you wrought for us in your wonderful Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you Father, for allowing us to be a part of this tremendous ministry at this tremendous time to which you have called us to, on the greatness of the integrity and the accuracy of your Word.

Thank you Father, for all your love, your grace and mercy in allowing us to finish the Book of Ephesians this night. On this Wednesday night of August the 5th 1981 here in Corps week at The Way International, and the night of the ordination of more of our men and women to the Christian ministry.

Thank you Father, in the name of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. That' s Ephesians.