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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Six

STRENGTH IN CHRIST            Page 4
V.19 (Cont'd.)

** What imagery does that bring to your mind?

Not just God's power (which is stronger than anything else in all of creation), but His great power and not just that, but His surpassing great power! The word used here by Paul for power is dunamis, from which we get our word "dynamite". This is speaking of a power that is beyond measuring.

** According to Paul, who has this unmeasurable, limitless power at their disposal to strengthen them for service?

Every believer! It is "toward us who believe".
cf. Ephesians 3:20-21

** Since all Believers have this power within them, how should we respond when confronted by a test or trial that seems too difficult?

That is when we should use our "understanding" and let the rubber meet the road in our Christian walk. Even when we are feeling run down, discouraged, worn out, defeated or lacking power, we should be like Paul who said, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me".
cf. Philippians 4:13

** What are we strengthened to do for Christ? Let me just give you three examples.

1) We have the power to evangelize - Romans 1:16
2) We have the power to serve God - Colossians 1:29
3) We have the power to please God - Philippians 2:13

** Before leaving verse 19, Paul says that our knowing the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance and the surpassing greatness of His power are all in accordance with three other things. What are they?

Working - (energeia) Active operation of power, the Holy Spirit energizing us to live for
the Lord. cf. Ephesians 3:7
Strength - (kratos) This refers to an ultimate power that holds dominion over all other types of power. cf. Ephesians 6:10 and 1Timothy 6:13-16
Might - (ischus) This carries the idea of endowed power or ability. It is an endless resource of might from the eternal God whose very nature is might and power. cf. Isaiah 40:10-11

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