Sunday night was on its way and I was supposed to teach on Ephesians. I was thrilled at the chance and rather daunted as well. We have a class full of “meat” Christians and I felt a tremendous responsibility to see that they walked away fed.
So I read and prayed. Researched and prayed. And prayed some more. I read over notes I had jotted in my Bible, phrases I had underlined, and God allowed a few leaves to fall from the tree I was shaking.
Jotted in the margins of my Bible, I have all of the times in Ephesians 1 that we see who we are or what we have in Christ. So I dug deeper and He stopped me at the first verse.
“To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:”
Why faithful in and not faithful to?
That wording seemed a little odd to me. I don’t say I’m faithful in my husband.
So I looked it up.
The Greek word as used here means believing, confiding, trusting; one who trusts in God’s promises; relating to the person in whom faith or trust is reposed. And, believing the faith God imparts.
So in this verse, it isn’t about being loyal, where the responsibility rests on us, it is simply about confiding and trusting in Jesus.
It isn’t about my effort or trying hard to stay loyal. It is about trusting in Jesus. And I don’t even have to do that on my own. That is the kind of faith that only God can give!
“He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,so that your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:20-21
That word believe is the same word as the one used for faithful in Ephesians 1:1.
And the word faith?
This is really cool. The Greek word for that is pistis. Again, it is the kind only God can give. In my searches of Strong’s and HELPS, I found that in secular antiquity, the word referred to a guarantee or warranty.
Do you see how all of this ties together? All we have to do is fully place our confidence and our trust in Jesus. He gives us our faith. We are given a guarantee.
I don’t have to struggle to “have faith.” I do have to remember to let go and trust.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus
(and Dallas, and Dehli, and Denver, and Detroit!)
and faithful in Christ Jesus...
Oh thank you God, that when we let go of control and provide the trust, that You provide the faith.