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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

THANKFUL IN CHRIST            Page 5
V.17 (Cont'd.)

** In giving us this "spirit", what has our gracious God done? What difference do you see between wisdom and revelation?

Revelation - God's communication to the soul of man regarding sin and the knowledge of Jesus Christ as the Savior willing to die for that sin. cf. John 16:7-11

Wisdom (sophia) - The God given ability to apply spiritual truth to our everyday life. This is one who puts knowledge into practice! cf. James 3:13 & 17

** In our text for today, to what is the wisdom and revelation referring?

"...the knowledge of Him." It is not enough to know about Jesus Christ, we need to personally know Him and grow in that knowledge of Him throughout our life here on earth. cf. 2Peter 3:18

** How much do you think we need to learn about our beloved Savior?

Everything! cf. Colossians 2:1-2, Paul labored his whole life that we today might gain "...the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself...!"

EXTRICATE

** The apostle Paul lived his life being "Thankful in Christ", and so should we! What were the two main characteristics in the lives of the Ephesians, that demonstrated the legitimacy of their faith and for which Paul was compelled to give thanks?

They had placed their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and that manifested itself in:

1) The Lordship of Jesus Christ over them on a personal basis.

2) They had an unlimited "love for all the saints".

** Just in our passage today, how did Paul manifest his love for the Ephesians?

By praying for them and giving thanks for them!

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