Chapter Three, Lesson Three
SPIRITUAL STRENGTH Page
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
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
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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