Chapter One, Lesson Five
THANKFUL IN CHRIST Page
V.16 ** We have already noted that Paul was giving
thanks for the Ephesians faith, what unusual thing do you notice about
that in this verse?
He did not cease from giving thanks to God for the miraculous work
of salvation granted to the Ephesians. This was a daily, if not hourly
pattern for the apostle as he fulfilled his life and ministry in Christs'
name. cf. Philippians 4:4, and 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
** In the case of the Ephesians, when was Paul giving thanks for them?
In his prayer life! "...while making mention of you in my prayers..."
The apostle, like Jesus, was a person of prayer. We need to be also!
We should be willing to stop in the middle of our busy day and just
talk to the Lord, making mention of all sorts of things for which we
are to be thankful.
** What kinds of prayer does God's word present?
Intercessory - Hebrews 7:23-25
Supplication - Philippians 4:6
Requests - Philippians 4:6
Confession - Psalm 32:1-5
Thanksgiving - 1Thessalonians 1:2
Praise - Revelation 19:5-6
V.17 ** What is the specific content of Paul's prayer for the
That God would give them "a spirit of wisdom and of revelation
in the knowledge of Him." It is important to understand the use
of the word "spirit" in this statement.
pneuma - lit. a breath of air, we get our words pneumatic and pneumonia
from this word. From that meaning is derived the connotation of spirit.
It is best understood as speaking of a disposition, influence or attitude.
cf. Matthew 5:3
Paul wants the Ephesians and us to have an attitude of wisdom and knowledge,
an understanding of all that we have "in Him".
** Did Paul personally treasure the knowledge of Christ, which God had
bestowed upon him?
More than anything else! cf. Philippians 3:8
Nothing in life could "surpass" the value of knowing Jesus
Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Do you have the same value system?
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