“Faithful” – Ephesians 1:1

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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In the 1980’s, my wife and I served in a church in Illinois. One of the people we came to love there was Jack. He was, and still is, a likeable man who can keep you in stitches with his humor. He was saved in his thirties out of a rough background, and he immediately allowed God to completely change his life. He became active in children’s ministry, taught an adult Bible study, became a consistent soulwinner, lead singing, read his Bible, regularly attended church, and much more. Today, even after serious heart problems and all these years, Jack remains faithful.

As the Apostle Paul opens his letter to the Ephesians, he refers to them as: “the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1). That description is high praise. The word “faithful” means to be “trust-worthy, sure, or true.” It has never been easy to find people who allow the Lord to raise them to this standard. David wrote: “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men” (Psalm 12:1). Solomon agreed. Under inspiration, he wrote: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man who can find” (Proverbs 20:6). Even though faithful men were scarce, God found a few. The Lord actually called a number the saints “faithful.” “My servant Moses is …faithful in all Mine house” (Numbers 12:7). Abimelech asked: “And who is so faithful among all thy servants as David…” (I Samuel 22:14). In Nehemiah, it was said that God chose Abraham “And…foundest his heart faithful before Thee”(Nehemiah 9:7-8). The Apostle Paul wrote: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath…counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (I Timothy 1:12).

In the Book of Ephesians, Paul referred to the saints as “faithful.” This implies that they were faithful in doctrine, in service, in conduct, in the local church, and more. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, even today, some chose to be truly faithful to the Lord. How important is this? Just as it is important for us to be faithful to our marriage partner, The ONE who died for us deserves nothing less than our total faithfulness. With God’s help, let’s decide to be, as the definition describes, trustful, worthy, sure, and true. The Savior wants you to be faithful. Will you stop right now to ask Christ to enable you to become faithful to Him, like the faithful men referred to above?

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