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Ephesians, Chapter Three, Lesson Three

SPIRITUAL STRENGTH            Page 5

V.20 ** How does the apostle conclude this incredible first half of his letter to the Ephesians, which has described all that we are in Christ?

With a "doxology" or praise saying!

** How would you go about the task of describing God?

As impossible as it is, Paul chooses to do it by listing His unlimited abilities. He is "able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think".

** That's an amazing list, can you think of something we need that God cannot do?

NO! - "Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow". (James 1:17)

** For the Christian, where does all of this limitless power reside?

"according to the power that works within us"! It is actively strengthening our inner man!

V.21 ** Obviously God is to be glorified, just because of Who He is, but in our passage what two vehicles are to be used to display that glory?

1) "in the church"
2) "in Christ Jesus"

That puts us in some amazing company - we know that God was and is glorified in Jesus, but we too are to be vessels by which our heavenly Father is glorified!

** Was God to be glorified only by the lives of the Ephesians to whom Paul is writing?

No - His glory is to be put on display by Christians "to all generations forever and ever".
All see - John 17:17-20

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