Title – Paul’s Prayer Ephesians 1:15-23 Date: RG 04-06-2016
Review of Last Week’s Discussion Points from Ephesians 1:1-14
God by the sovereign act of His own will has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
- He chose us before the creation of the world
- He predestined us to adoption as Sons through Christ
- We have been redeemed by the precious blood of His Son
- We have received forgiveness according to the riches of His Grace
- He made known to us the mystery of His will which He purposed in Christ
- All things in heaven and earth will find their unity In Christ
- Jews and Gentiles alike were included in Christ when they heard the Gospel, believed it and have been sealed by the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our heavenly inheritance.
- There is a final redemption for those who are God’s own possession.
- God did all this according to kind intentions of His own will to the praise of His own Glory
Have you ever been through a power outage? How did you feel fumbling around in the dark? Did you find that you had trouble navigating even in familiar places?
- This section of chapter 1 is about God turning the power back on and shining His light in our hearts so that we get accustomed to navigating in the Spiritual realm.
God’s Word for Today – Paul’s Prayer for the Church – Ephesians 1:15-23
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead (resurrection power) and seated him at his right hand (the strong arm of God) in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Vs 15 What two things did Paul hear about the Ephesians? What is the natural outcome of putting your faith in the Lord?
Vs 16 What two things has Paul done for the Ephesians since he heard about them? Do we rejoice over new converts or newly planted churches? How should we pray for them?
Vs 17 What does Paul pray for?
The Father may give you the Spirit of _____________ and ____________ in order to Know ________ Better
Vs 18 What 3 things do we see with our enlightened hearts?
Vs 19 What kind of power does God make available to us who believe?
What power and Authority does Paul want the Ephesians to focus on?
Vs 20-22a can you find three types of power in this verse?
Vs 22b-23 What is Jesus role with the church?
Based on Jesus Power and Authority what should we do? see Mathew 28:18-20
Is there anything in all of creation that is not subject to Jesus the Christ of God?
Is there anything He is unable to do if you ask according to His will?
Principles / Eternal Truth’s:
- Believers are called into a loving relationship with God and with other believer’s.
- Believers are elated when they see God’s work of redemption and salvation taking place.
- The Holy Spirit has opened our hearts and minds to hear and accept the word of Truth, the gospel of our salvation. We need a continuous revelation from the Spirit to know God better and understand all that He is doing in our life.
- God has applied the same resurrection power to our lives that was exerted to resurrect Jesus. He has made us spiritually alive in Christ.
- We serve a Savior and Lord who has dominion over all things in heaven and earth.
- Jesus is the head of the church, His Body. It is He who will fill His body with every good gift to enable us to follow His commands and fulfill His mission.
Application: Our proper response, Behaviors, & Attitudes to these Eternal Truths:
Fill in your plan on how you might apply what you have learned.
Our Inheritance: What is it?
- Primarily it is life lived in the presence of God. When fellowship in the garden is restored and we find all of our satisfaction in Him. As believers we have a foretaste of this but then it will be glorious.
- When the redemption of our bodies is complete at the return of Christ we will no longer have a sin nature, or live in a world polluted by sin or be tempted to sin by the enemy of our souls. Our hearts, minds, bodies and spirit will be restored to God’s original intent and for His original purpose.
- The creation itself will be renewed; there will be a new heaven and a new earth. One that is no longer groaning under the weight of sin and decay.
- God’s providential care will be visible and evident to all. He provides for all of our needs.
- God will rule in perfect righteousness and there will be nor rebellion only and finally peace, harmony and perfect fellowship.
The Spirit of Revelation:
- The role of the Spirit is to make known (Reveal) to us the work and words of Christ. Jn 15
- To convict the world of sin.
- To open our hearts and minds (Apokalypso – reveal, unfold, unveil) to the truth about God. These are not truths that we merely comprehend with our minds but also truths that we apprehend with our hearts in relationship with Him.