Chapter Six, Lesson Four
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 9 Page
The Spirit Filled Life
V.19 ** Is Paul being selfish as he closes his letter to the Ephesians?
No - in fact he is being humble. He began this important statement
on prayer last week in verse 18 when he asked us to be in all prayer,
at all times, with all perseverance for all the saints. Here he is merely
reminding his readers that he too is just one of "the saints".
** What is at the heart of his prayerful request?
Paul wants to be strengthened by God to speak in such a way to make
known the mystery of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
** Why do you think that Paul makes a specific reference to "the
opening of [his] mouth"?
The Greek word for "utterance" used here in this verse is
logos. It literally means "word" (as embodying an idea - a
statement or a speech). cf. Romans 10:17, Matthew 12:35-37
The apostle wants to open his mouth for the cause of Christ, and is
asking all of the saints throughout Asia Minor to prayerfully support
his fight against satan's lie, using God's truth.
** How do we fit into that portrait?
We are not the ones praying for Paul's mouth, but like Paul should
be asking our brothers and sisters to be praying for us and our faithful
** What kind of attitude should accompany the use of our mouth for the
cause of Christ?
Boldness! It is amazing where scripture tells us that we can
cf. Hebrews 4:16 (before the throne of grace)
It is little wonder that we should be bold before mere men when speaking
of our beloved Savior.
cf. Acts 9:27-28, 13:46, 14:3, and 19:8
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