In Heavenly Places, by Charles H. Welch
An exposition of the Epistle to the Ephesians. We consider this epistle to be one of the most important books to be understood as we seek for truth for today. Brother Welch does an exceptional job of explaining the Mystery or secret purpose that was hidden in God and then revealed through Paul, our apostle.
This Ephesians epistle is divided into two main topics. The first three chapters have to do with doctrine or the position we now have as members of the church which is His body. Mr. Welch further subdivides this section into seven threefold sections which helps to explain in detail our Hope of being raised and seated with Christ far above all in the heavenlies (Eph. 2:6). He also compares other scriptures to establish some differences that can prove ours is a different hope than was given to Israel. A case in point is that we have been chosen before the foundation of the world in Him to enjoy every blessing that is spiritual in the Heavenlies (Eph. 1:3,4). Israel's hope was from the foundation of the world and their blessings were physical in that they concerned the land and an earthly Kingdom to be enjoyed here (Matt. 25:34).
The next topic which concerns the last three chapters of Ephesians deals with our practical walk before the Lord. God has revealed our hope, inheritance, and calling, and now He would have us to walk worthy of our calling. Mr. Welch again subdivides this section into threefold exhortations and instructions. These truths seem to be better understood as they are broken down into sections and then put together again to reveal the entire picture of what God expects of us. Christ is our Head and will supply our every need if we will submit our lives unto Him. This can best be done as we understand how Christ is dealing with mankind today. We want to receive the "well-done thou good and faithful servant" when we stand before the Lord in resurrection and are given those crowns or rewards that He has in store for us (II Tim. 4:8).
These things can only be given to those who walk worthy of the calling that was revealed to and through the Apostle Paul (Eph. 4:1). I would encourage each of you to read In Heavenly Places so that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:18,19).