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Ephesians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

SPIRITUAL SERVICE            Page 5
V.11 (Cont'd.)

** Before we leave this verse, what is important about the title that Paul attaches to Jesus Christ?

Paul reminds us that our "Spiritual Service" is to the One that we are to worship as "Lord". He is the Master, we are the servants!

V.12 ** Well, God's plan is amazing - even unfathomable, but if we are just wretched, lowly sinners; in whose flesh no good thing dwells, do you suppose we should be ashamed, fearful or timid before God, even hesitant to approach Him because of His holiness?

Absolutely not! By His grace alone, we have been given a bold and confident access to Him.
cf. Hebrews 4:16 - "Let us therefore draw near with confidence (lit. access in confidence) to the throne of grace..."

** How did we personally gain this boldness and confidence?

"through faith in Him" - When we entered into our personal relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith, we gained His boldness and confidence.

** When we consider the despair of our sinful state and the glorious truth that God saved us, and uses us to bring praise and glory to Himself - now how do you view the word "balance" as you view your "Spiritual Service" to the Lord?

He has taken the heavy weight of my sin and countered it with the blood of Christ to bring me back to a point of service for His Name sake.

V.13 ** Now that Paul's readers, including us, understand how God has perfectly balanced the scales of justice and their own lives as well, what does He ask them to do?

Actually he asked them not to do something, "I ask you not to lose heart".
cf. 2Corinthians 4:1 - we do not lose heart
Galatians 6:9 - let us not lose heart in doing good
2Thessalonians 3:13 - do not grow weary of doing good
1Corinthians 15:58 - be steadfast, immovable

** When you consider the context of this letter, what details about Paul's life could cause the Ephesians to lose heart?

He was in prison, suffering for Jesus Christ, because He had preached the gospel to them. His tribulations were indeed on their behalf!

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