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This was the reason Paul gave the charge recorded in 4: In their mind unbelievers do not have God, Christ, or the Spirit; they have nothing except vanity. In the words of Solomon, apart from God everything under the sun is vanity Eccl. Only Christ, the embodiment of the Triune God, is reality.

We must take heed not to walk in the vanity of the mind. If we would experience Christ and the church, we must be delivered from the vanity of our mind. Finally, as the fifth negative element in Ephesians, we have Satan, the Devil, and his dark powers in the air.

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In no other book is there such an unveiling of Satan and his evil powers as in Ephesians 6. The church has a commission to fight against these powers of darkness. Although the gospel has been preached for more than nineteen centuries, the church still has not been built up because of these five categories of negative things—blindness, ordinances, the winds of doctrine, the vanity of the mind, and the evil powers in the air. These negative things are more serious than those in the book of Galatians. Nevertheless, in Ephesians we are given the way to overcome each of them.

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To overcome blindness, we need a spirit of wisdom and revelation to enlighten the eyes of our heart. To overcome ordinances we need to be strengthened with power through the Spirit into our inner man so that Christ may make His home in our hearts through faith.

Then, having been rooted and grounded in love, we shall be strong to apprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth and to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ that we might be filled unto all the fullness of God. To overcome the winds of doctrine and the vanity of the mind, we need to be renewed in the spirit of the mind. Furthermore, there is a way for us to wrestle against the evil powers of darkness.

Now we must consider the secret of overcoming these negative things and of experiencing Christ and the church according to Ephesians.


Glassie, The Capital Image: Painters in Washington DC , exh. C, , pl. New York, Summer , Vol. Michael David Zellman, ed.

The vanity of arts and sciences by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Knight

Doreen Bolger, Marc A. Simpson, and John Wilmerding, William M. Wayne Craven, American Art: Eleanor Heartney, A Capital Collection: Winthrop Collection, Harvard University , exh. New York, , pp. La Collection Grenville L. David Bjelajac, American Art: Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Rowena Houghton Dasch, Unraveling the Deception: The Persistence of Memory: For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced.

Gallery Text In this humorous still life, King pokes fun at popular taste and laments the plight of the arts in America.

Behind the loaf of bread, a fictitious news report complete with typographical errors ridicules the unsophisticated tastes of the era, and makes clear that America was a difficult place for painters like King who wanted to emulate the arts culture of Europe in the new republic: Identification and Creation Object Number Poor Artist's Study Former Title: Inscriptions and Marks Signed: Winthrop; his gift to the Fogg Art Museum, To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.

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