God's Will in Ephesians

By Oscar M. Baker

1. “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the WILL of God.” Does this mean that God in absolute sover­eignty made Paul an apostle by fiat or decree, by a determination that it could not be otherwise? This is what some would tell you. But in 2:3 you will find this word translated desire. You will find it in appendix 102.2 in the Companion Bible. So we discover that Paul was an apostle by the wish or desire of God. Paul had a choice in the matter. He was not a puppet or machine in the hands of God.

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What is Prayer?

By Oscar M. Baker

Now I’m going to repeat a phrase in this study many times because I want you to get it in your mind, and keep it there, and remember it. That phrase is, PRAY­ER IS THE BREATH OF THE NEW NATURE. Just as the Word is the food upon which the new nature must feed, so prayer is its breath. And breath sustains life as well as food, doesn’t it?

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