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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.


(The Temple of God, The House of God, God’s Husbandry,

The Body, The Bride)


Bro. Joe Mikhael


Introduction: Ephesians 3:1-11

General use of imagery, symbolism, simile, typology in scripture


1. Body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 1:22-23)

a. Birth: the day of Pentecost

b. Unity: baptized into one body (1Cor. 12:13)

…not uniformity

c. Individuality: each member has a role, uniquely gifted

d. Growth: in size and maturity

e. No self sufficiency or redundancy

f. No jealousy or competition

g. Produces welfare to body and usefulness to Christ,

the Head


2. Bride (2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:25-27)

a. Initial wooing of the groom

b. Love and affection for the groom

c. Purity, virginity, and adornment

d. Takes name of groom

e. Destiny is glorification (Rev. 21-22)


3. Building (1 Corinthians 3:9-15)

a. Christ is both foundation and chief corner stone

b. We are both the stones and the builders …

how do we build?

c. Architect is Christ

d. Unity as one building


4. Husbandry (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)

a. Fruit bearing, productive, satisfied

b. Need for water: the Spirit of God …

cf Song of Sol. 4:12-16, John 4

c. Need for walls of protection (Prov. 24:30-34)


5. Flock (John 10:11-18)

a. Owned by the Shepherd

b. Recognize voice of Shepherd

c. Follow Shepherd

d. United as one flock (no longer a fold)


6. New Man (Ephesians 2:11-18)

a. Union of Jew and Gentile

b. NEW creation (not simply combination)

c. Produces peace, reconciliation and access


7. Temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:19-22)

a. God now dwells IN his people …

no longer cloud, fire, tabernacle/temple

b. Worship is central

c. Privilege (as priests) and reverence (in his presence)

8. House (1 Timothy 3:14-15, 1 Peter 4:17)

a. Origin of concept: Jacob (Gen. 28:17)

b. He is the Master of the house

c. Order is necessary

d. Discipline to maintain holiness (1Cor. 3:17, 5:6-8)

e. Pillar to declare …4 functions of a pillar

f. Ground (= bulwark, support) NOT the source

g. Love should characterize the house


9. Candlestick - Lamp stand

(Revelation 1:12-20, Matthew 5:14-16, John 8:12)

a. 7 separate stands (unlike Ex. 25:35)

yet one Spirit …autonomy

b. No light in itself, but that of Christ

c. Contrast to dark world …hold up

d. Golden: precious, beautiful, stable, corruptible but purified

e. He walks amidst them…



Many other potential symbols: school, hospital, brotherhood… Recall that symbols always fall short…


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