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Ephesians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

SPIRITUAL STRENGTH            Page 4
V.17 (Cont'd)

** How did Paul express the same idea at the end of chapter two?

We Christians "are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit". (Ephesians 2:22)

** Before Paul gives us the second result of being strengthened by God, he interjects a wonderful description of the Ephesians (and us as well). What is it?

You were "rooted and grounded in love". This is such a refreshing manner with which we ought to be able to describe all Christian assemblies. cf. 1Corinthians 13:1, 13:13, 1John 4:7 and 16

V.18 ** Alright then, what is the second result of our God-given strength?

We (along with all the saints) may be able to comprehend what is "the breadth and length and height and depth"

** We need to break that four part description down and we can do it from this one letter to the Ephesians.

"breadth" - wide enough for Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:11-18)
"length" - Before the foundation of the world, unto eternity (Ephesians 1:4-6)
"height" - Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3) Seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6)
"depth" - To reach down to the lowest of sinners, the lowest level of depravity (Ephesians 2:1-3)

V.19 ** And finally, what is the third result of being strengthened by our heavenly Father?

We can know that which surpasses knowledge, "the love of Christ". Paul is not speaking of our love for the Savior, but amazingly His love for us. He wants us to "know" or "experience" that which surpasses knowledge. cf. Romans 5:5, Jude 1:20-21

** OK, as we are strengthened by the Father, through the Holy Spirit in our inner man we make Christ comfortable at home in our hearts, understand the scope of the gospel and experience the love of God. But to what end? What is the purpose?

That we "may be filled up to all the fulness of God". What an amazing outcome! We know that Jesus should be described that way, but us as well? cf. Colossians 1:19, 2:9 and Psalm 17:15

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