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					     Ephesians

The glories of the Church,
 the eternal purpose of
God for the people of God
 Where does Ephesians fit in the NT?
                            New Testament Books
History                    Letters to the churches                          Prophecy
            Early                        Later                    General
            During                                                James     Revelation
Matthew                          After arrest at Jerusalem
          evangelistic
Mark         trips

                             First        Release       Second Hebrews
          Galatians      Imprisonment                  Imprison Jude
Luke
                         Colossians                      -ment
           1 Thess                                              1 Peter
           2 Thess       Ephesians        1 Timothy
John                                                  2 Timothy
                                                                  2 Peter
                         Philemon
                                          Titus
            1 Cor        Philippians
            2 Cor                                                 1 John
Acts                                                              2 John
           Romans                                                 3 John
                Book                    Date
                (A.D.)
                James                   45-49
Chronological   Galatians
                1&2 Thessalonians
                                        49
                                        51
 Order of the   Mark
                Matthew
                                        50-60
                                        50-60
                1 Corinthians           55
  NT books      2 Corinthians           56
                Romans                  57-68
                Luke                    60
                Acts                    61
                Colossians, Ephesians   61
                Philippians, Philemon   63
                1 Peter                 63-64
                1 Timothy               63-66
                Titus                   63-66
                Hebrews                 64-68
                2 Peter                 66
                2 Timothy               67
                Jude                    68-80
                John, 1,2,3 John        85-90
                Revelation              90-95
Map and pictures of Ephesus
• On to Rome (Paul's
  Fourth Journey,
  Acts 27:1–28:16).
                          The Trip to a Roman
• In Jerusalem Paul          Imprisonment
  struggled with Jews
  who accused him of
  profaning the temple
  (Acts 21:26–34).
• Placed in Roman
  custody in Caesarea
  for two years, but
  after appealing to
  Caesar, was sent by
  ship to Rome.
• After departing the
  island of Crete,
  Paul's party was
  shipwrecked on Malta
  by a great storm.
  Three months later
  he finally arrived at
  the imperial city,
  Rome
              Introduction to the letter
                Apostle: “a representative with full authority of
                sender”
                               Your identity: (your name),
                                  an (your gift-ministry) of Jesus Christ
Paul,                                  by the will of God
   an apostle of Jesus Christ
       by the will of God,           Will: “activity fixed on desire”
    to the saints which are at
       Ephesus,                            Saints, “set apart ones”
    and to the faithful in Christ
       Jesus:                        Plus “in Him” 54x by Paul (14x here)
2 Grace be to you, and peace,
    from God our Father,             Faithful: “believing ones”
    and from the Lord Jesus
       Christ.          Grace: “favor”, “grace upon grace” (Jn 1:16)
                        “be strong in the grace …in Christ” (2 Ti 2:1)
       Peace: “calm tranquil” “having been justified by faith, we
       have peace with God” Rom 5:1;
Eph 1:3-14-Ten reasons to Praise God:
1. Because of Spiritual Blessing given (1:3)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
              who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings
Vs. 3—6 describe eternity past – in heavenly places in Christ:
reference to God the Father                            Agent
                                   ―The is spiritual, not
                                  Focus one who joins himself
   ―To benefit, prosper, give
   contentment‖—chief delight      to the Lord is one
                                  material blessing spirit with
                                   Him‖ (1 Cor. 6:17).
   of God esp. in OT              Chief place of benefit:
                                  heaven—Rom 8:18, ―our
 ―To Him who sits on the          present sufferings are not
 throne, and to the Lamb, be      worth comparing with the
 blessing and honor and           glory that will be revealed in
 glory and dominion forever       us.‖
 and ever‖ Rev 5:13
          Heaven’s Blessings
 1 Peter 1:7 so that the proof of your faith, being
  more precious than gold which is perishable, even
  though tested by fire, may be found to result in
  praise and glory and honor at the revelation of
  Jesus Christ
 Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding
  being enlightened; that ye may know what is the
  hope of his calling, and what the riches of the
  glory of his inheritance in the saints
 Ephesians 2:7 so that in the ages to come He
  might show the surpassing riches of His grace in
  kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
     2. Because He has chosen us
                 (1:4)


According as he hath chosen us
          Destination---- in him
               Timing---- before the foundation of the world,
 eklegomai,―choose out
            Purpose---- that we should be holy
 for one’s self‖--Election
 is God’s sovereign work                 and without blame
 of choosing some to Sounds like a       before him in love:
 believe (2 Thes. 2:13, conditional       amomous, ―without
 ―from the beginning God statement, but   blemish,‖ is used eight
 chose you to be savedis an aor           times in the New
 through the sanctifyinginfinitive:       Testament (5:27)– as OT
 work of the Spirit and ―…choosen         sacrificial animal without
 through belief in the us…to be…”         a spot of defect or it was
   Reason
 truth.‖ for our acceptance so we         unacceptable
   can be before a God who knows all
Early
MSS
   3. He Predestinate us to be Adopted(1:5)
In love Having predestinated us
                unto the adoption of children
                by Jesus Christ to himself,
proorisas, aor, according to the good pleasure of his will,
―marked out
                                   Acts 13:48 When the Gentiles
                  Concept of adoption is also
beforehand‖
                                   heard this, they began rejoicing
                  found in Romans 8:15, 23;
to be adopted
                                   and adoption
                  Galatians 4:4-7. Inglorifying the word of the
as full-fledged
                                   Lord; a
                  a son is brought intoand as many as had been
sons
                                   appointed to eternal life believed.
                  family and is given the same
                  rights as a child who is born
                                    Romans 8:28 And we know that
                  into that family.
                                   God causes all things to work
 2 Thessalonians 1:11 To this end also we pray for those who
                                   together for good to
                                   love you to those
 you always, that our God will count God,worthy of who are called
 your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness
                                   according to His purpose.
 and the work of faith with power
                Finite Limitations


Philosophy,                      Clear revelation
Logic and                        in the Word
speculation                      can’t explain all
attempt to                       about God
close the gap
Steps of Divine-Human Encounter
  Foreknew, prognosis, Ro 8:29
Determined counsel, horizo boule,
              Acts 2:23                          Someone sent, Ro 10:15
 Elect (chose), eklektos, 1 Pet 1:2              Someone preached,
                                                 announced gospel, Ro
  Predestinate, proorizo, text                   10:15

   Call, kaleo, Rom 8:30                     Heard, Ro 10:15; Eph 1:13
    Illuminate, photizo, Heb 10:32          Understood, Mt 13:15; Ac 8:30
      Draw, helkuo, Jn 6:44              Persuaded, Ac 26:28
       Regenerate, paliggenesia,        Commitment to
       Tit 3:5 and Seal, sphragizo
                                        Believe, and Trust
         Justify, dikaioo, Ro 3:24        Eph 1:13
          Lead (Isa 48:17),        Obey (Phil 2:12) and
          empower (Ro 15:13), and
          gift (1 Co 12:4-7)       serve (Mt 6:24; 1 Th 1:9
                             Glorify (Ro 8:30)
         Proper perspective
I sought the Lord,
And afterwards I knew He moved my soul to
seek Him,
Seeking me!
It was not that I found, O Savior true;
No, I was found by Thee.
                                John Chadwick
   4. Because He has                        charis, condition of
     redeemed us (1:6)                      being controlled by
                                            power to benefit or
To the praise of the glory                  favor others
                     of his grace,
 epainos, ―approval,       wherein he hath made us
 commendation‖-All           accepted in the beloved.
 God wants is
 praise—He is            charitoo, aor, ―to
                                   Positional truth: only those
 seeking worshipers                ―in‖
                         make lovely, Christ can be also the
 Jn 4:23, ―the true      agreeable,―beloved‖ of the Father (Mt
 worshipers will         favorable 3:17— ―My beloved Son‖)
                                    and
 worship the Father in             have benefits of
                         acceptable‖—full
 spirit and truth; for             unconditional acceptance =
                         acceptance in the
 such people the         family of God loves us as He loves His
 Father seeks to         God…justSon and wants us to have all
                                     like
 be His worshipers.      Jesus! His Son has.
A poet’s expression

Near, so very near to God,
Nearer I could not be;
For in the person of His Son,
I’m just as near as He.
Dear, so very dear to God,
Dearer I could not be;
For in the person of His Son,
I’m just as dear as He.
    4. Because He has Redeemed us(1:7)
1:7a In whom we have redemption We ―were not
                through his blood…redeemed with
        What we were like: We ―were dead in perishable things
   apoluptrosis,                                  [our] trespasses
                  ―We ―walked according to like silver or gold
             sins‖;
        and verb) wehave been sanctified the course of this
   (w/ pres
        world,fromthrough to offering of the     … but with
                according thethe prince of the power of the air‖;
   ―releasing
            ―lived in the Jesus our flesh, indulging the blood,
        we by body oflusts of Christ once precious desiresas
   slavery
                                                   by lamb
        of the flesh and of the mind, and were of anature
   payment of a   and for all‖ Heb 10:10–
                  of wrath‖; and we were us, unblemished
        children He‖gave Himself up for without ―hope and and
   ransom‖—one
        without Godofferingworld‖. sacrifice to spotless, the
   of six legal an in the and a (2:1-3, 12)—These are the
                  God as a fragrant aroma‖       blood of Christ‖
        only kinds of people God has choose to redeem!!
   terms used by                                 1Peter 1:18-19
  The intrinsic value of an item is directly related to the price
                        5:2)
                  (EphHimself for us, that He might redeem us
   PaulChrist ―gave
         to
  someone is willing to pay for it—God values every man so
   describe our lawless deed and purify for Himself a
  highlyfrom every willing to pay the blood of His Son to
         that He was
   salvation for His own possession, zealous for good
        people
  cancel any offense, so we could fellowship with Him.
        deeds‖ (Tit 2:14)
 5. Because He has forgiven us (1:7b)
                                         No reason for depression:
  …the forgiveness of sins,              Behaviorists want us to
                                         blame our genes, our
                                         a God
           Micah proclaimed,‖Who is environment, our parents,
aphesis, “throwing them
           like Thee, who pardons iniquity and sin is our own
                                         etc.– but
away, letting them go as if
                                          act of the
           passes over the rebellious fault, guilt is wholly ours—
never committed, canceling of
           remnant of His
a debt‖—Primary result ofpossession? He deals with our sin
                                         but God
           does not retain His anger forever,
                                         fully: Psalm 103:12 ―As
redemption
           because He delights in unchanging east wefrom the
                      As we have received so much, is are
                                         far as the
           love. He will we
A model of forgiveness again have west, So far has He
                      expected to give in kind to those who
must practice as well as us; He will removed our
           compassion on or hurt us our  tred
                      offend
receive (4:32)
           iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt
                                         transgressions from us.‖
                      Col 3:13, “Forgive whatever
           cast all their sins into the depths of grievances you
                      may have against one another. Forgive as
           the sea‖ Mic 7:18-19
                      the Lord forgave you‖
      Sad state of natural man
Shakespeare’s King Richard III (5.3.194) the
 king laments,
My conscience hath a thousand several
 tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.
    Is the Christian fully forgiven?
 Do not need the continued forgiveness of redemption.
  Jesus told Peter, ―He who has bathed needs only to wash his
  feet, but is completely clean‖ (John 13:10).
 Even though we continue to sin, Jesus ―is faithful and
  righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
  unrighteousness‖ (1 John 1:9).
 Sin has profound effect on our growth, joy, peace,
  usefulness, and ability to have intimate and rich communion
  with the Father. It no longer has any effect on our relationship
 Thus the believer is called on to ask for forgiveness daily
  which results in oneness, dependency and openness to
  filling
 Since God accepts every believer as He accepts His own
  Son, every believer ought to accept himself in the same
  way, not for what we are in ourselves any more than God
  accepts us for that reason. We accept ourselves as forgiven
  and as righteous because that is what God Himself declares
  us to be.
      6. Because He Lavished His
           Grace on us (1:7c-8a)
according to the riches of his grace
                  Wherein he hath abounded toward us
      kata, “proportionate Where sin increased,‖
      to‖ not ―out of‖, Paul assures us, ―grace
      thus enormous abounded all the more‖
      quantity, as infiniteRom 5:20
      as God Himself
                                      perisseuo, aor. ―to
                                      exceed any number or
                                      amount, to overflow,
                                      lavish upon‖
                     Review
Eph 1:3-14-Ten reasons to Praise God:
1. Because of Spiritual Blessing given (1:3)
2. Because He has chosen us (1:4)
3. Because He predestinated up to be adopted (1:5)
4. Because He redeemed us (1:6)
5. Because He has forgiven us (1:7)
6. Because He lavished His grace on us (1:7-8)
7. Because He revealed to us His plan (1:8-10)
8. Because He has provided an eternal inheritance
    (1:11-12)
9. Because He has sealed us in Christ (1:13)
10. Because He has guaranteed our inheritance (1:14)
 7. Because He revealed to us His
              Plan
 1:8 in all wisdom and prudence;…

 French philosopher André Maurois said, ―The universe is
sophia,“objective insight into        phronesei, the subjective
 indifferent. Who God’s
the true nature ofcreated it? Why are we on this of knowledge.
                                      apprehension puny mud–
 heap, spinning to live, insight
revelation‖, skill in infinite space? I have not the slightest idea,
                                      Emphasizes practical
 and I am convinced that no one has the least idea.‖
and knowledge impossible to
man,                                  understanding,
                                       heaven and earth, that
  ―I praise Thee, O Father, Lord ofcomprehension of the needs,
  Thou didst hide ultimate
Understanding ofthese things from the wise and principles of
                                      problems,       intelligent
things—such as life and babes‖ everyday living. It is spiritual
  and didst reveal them to            (Matt 11:25)
death, God and man,                   prudence in the handling of
  ―If any of you lacks wisdom, let daily affairs.
righteousness and sin, heaven him ask of God, who gives
  to hell, eternity and time
andall men generously and without reproach, and it will be
  given to him‖ (James 1:5)
             Insider information
1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
           according to his good pleasure
                        which he hath purposed in himself:

“Mystery” is a previously     Paul was
hidden truth unveiled by      excited about
God’s revelation (cf. Rom.    knowing what      His timing is
16:25, ―… establish you       God’s design      perfect for
according to my gospel, and   for history and   teaching us
the preaching of Jesus        mankind was       what we need
Christ, according to the      all about…        to know to play
revelation of the mystery,    and he was a      our role in His
which was kept secret         part of the       perfect plan
since the world began‖        plan!!
            Historical perspective
1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times
      he might gather together in one
                         all things in Christ,
                         both which are in heaven,
                         and which are on earth;
  oikonomia,             even in him:         pleroma,
  ―Arrangement or
  In the Millennium everything will be restored andof a
                                              ―completion
             Macbeth pessimisticaly declared that
  management of a ―bring all things . . .
                                              process‖ This
  brought together under Christ, the one Head. as filling
  household‖;        is ―a tale one‖               full of
             history together in told by an idiot, ship’s store
                                                 a
                                              ofsaved; instead,
  does not suggest that everyone will be
  managementsound and fury, signifying nothing‖
                or translates one Greek
  sin’s disorder will be removed and universal peace will
  dominant principle word (which occurs
                (Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.5.19)
                     elsewhere 11:1-10).
  be established (Isa. 2:2-4;in the NT
                     only in and will
  History belongs to GodRom. 13:9)fulfill His purpose
  exactly, thus you can trust Him for your future too
  8. Because He has provided an
        Eternal Inheritance
1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,
               being predestinated
               according to the purpose of him
                                    who worketh all things
―We‖ refers to
                                         after the counsel
  Future event so sure it is spoken in       of his own will:
Jewish believers:
              13) proorizo, ―foreordain‖ whose
    also‖ (v.energeo, “energy” ―That ye may
―yethe past! Aor pass ind. Phil 1:6, ―For I am confident
                      who divine a good work in
                                   sonship
          Gentiles goal isbeganconstruction, lit. you will
             that
refers to things‖ Hean unusual of his calling, ―of the
     ―all            the hope
   know what isthrough Jesus Christ (1:5);
             perform it until the day of Christ Jesus.‖
     things all‖. The usage of the articles makes
   and what               riches
             ―prearranged mistakeof the
 prothesis, He are thenowhateverTimothy 1:9than For God is us
                    ―To do plan‖, 2 your hand who has saved
                  be definite purpose
     ―things‖ tomakes your or specific, rather 2:13
                                     Philippians
                    and life-- not because of anything we have
              us to a inheritance the desire
   glory of his holy giving youin the
      calledworking in you,
 and general, thus, ―works all these things‖ with to obey him
                    predestinated to occur‖ Acts
             Eph God’s
   saints‖ and to1:18 his to do Christ’s and grace.
     reference the of plan of what pleases for our
 done but because power own purpose death him. This grace
      given us 4:28
 wassalvation. in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
            Trophies of His Grace
1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory,
          who first trusted in Christ.
                                                ―the Christ‖ in Gk
                                                making it
                                  proelpidzo, perfect act,
  epainos, ―approval, comendation‖– God         exclusive, the
                                  ―who have trusted‖ with not
  wants us to prove His grace is effective and inclusive
  is recommended to everyone. continuing result still
                                  effecting us
  Rom 12:1‖Don’t copy the behavior and
                                  This is a primary reference
  customs of this world, but let God transform
                                  to the Jewish
  you into a new person by changing the way believers.
                                  The God
  you think. Then you will know what Gentile believers are
                                  included
  wants you to do, and you will know how in the next verse.
  good and pleasing and perfect his will really
  is.‖
9. Because He has Sealed us in Christ
1:13 In whom ye also trusted,
Gentiles too
                 after that ye heard the word of truth,
                           the gospel of your salvation:
      in whom also after that ye believed,
                 ye were sealed
―Faith cometh by
         sphragizo, Aor    with that holy Spirit
         pass., ―mark,
hearing, and hearing
                                     of promise,
          secure‖                     pisteuo, Aor Act, ―to be
by the word of Christ
          indicates                   persuaded of the value
(Rom 10:17)           ―You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if
          security, indeed the Spirittosomething, place
 Eph 4:30, And do not bring sorrowofofGod'sdwellsSpirit by If
                                           God Holy in you,
 the wayauthenticity,                 confidence in has
           you live. Remember, he notthe one who someone,
                      anyone does is have the Spirit of Christ,
                                      conviction of truth‖
          ownership does not belong to Him‖ Rom be
                      he
 identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will 8:9
          and authority
 saved on the day of redemption.
        10. Because He has
     Guaranteed our Inheritance
1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance
arrabon, ―money   until the redemption
given as pledge      of the purchased possession,
of full payment,  unto the praise of his glory.
downpayment‖                               kleronomia, ―a
–‖reserved in
             The buying back andHis ownshare in future
                   eis, temporal of
heaven for us‖
The chief purpose is that believers prep   possessions or
                   purpose use of would
             possession, mankind and creation,
1 Peter 1:3-4 immense value of all we have kingdom,
recognize the
              which rebelled against His ownership
in Christ and erupt in continual praise to Him courtly term
              and fell into the slavery of sin
The Spirit is God's guarantee that he will give us everything
he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own
people. This is just one more reason for us to praise our
glorious God.
        Reasons for praise to God
  1:15 Wherefore I also,
        after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus,
                          and love unto all the saints,
 love to saints – one of the major signs of a new believer is the
Because God has sealed
 immediate change in attitude towards other believers (from
us and given us the down be faithfulness or
       faith: pistis, could loved
 strange and avoided toalso and desired
 NET1 John our salvation
payment of 3:10, ―By this the children of God and the children of
       commitment. You can’t put your faith in
       someone or something and it not effect
 the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice
 righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian –
       your life.
 is not of God‖
 Heb 6:10: ―For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and
 the love you have demonstrated for his name, in having served
 and continuing to serve the saints.‖
             The Ministry of Prayer
1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you,
               making mention of you in my prayers;

   ―cease not‖, pauomai, negative pres. Indicative, ―do
   not cause to stop or hinder‖ – Make your ―thinking‖
 ―give thanks,‖ eucharisteo, from
   to become ―praying,‖ that is, always talking to God
 which we get the word eucharist
―making mention…‖ mneia, ―remembrance,
recollection, or thinking of‖ – always talking to God
about individuals.
True spirituality is not preoccupied with one’s own
―spirituality‖ or depth of walk with God, but rather is
principally other focused.
            The Request of Prayer

1:17
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
       the Father of glory, may give unto you
                             the spirit of wisdom and revelation
                             in the knowledge of him:
  ―Wisdom‖ is denotes knowledge, that is, how to personally
  ―that,‖ hina, applied purpose, aim or goal
   ―Revelation‖ – refers to God’s understanding that Scriptures
  apply the principles, commands, and examples of He gives
   to ―may give,‖ didomiof (Jamesaor)correct and new
      the seeking goal (optative 1) this for
  (Gingrich) – thebeliever Paul’s praying is is or cause or
      knowledge, epignosis, ―precise, – ―grant not
  to our lives
      entrust (as The hope of Paul’s prayer results in
   revelationto.‖ Scripture),True secrets to for others is
  know and understand Jesus and thus of men’s hearts,
      experiential insight‖ – nor knowledge
            change if attitude serve Him.
  James 1:5, ―But of any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of
  trust Him and passionatelyand understanding of how
      their personally for development of one’s spirit) but
   (given
      fruitfulness to all men
      God is gives
  God, who and works in ourgenerously and without reproach,
                                  lives.
   revelation of one’s understanding
  and it will be given to him.‖
      2 Peter 1:8, ―For if these things are yours and
   Phil 3:15, 1 we are to ask for this wisdom unfruitful in the
      James ―Let will be neitherhave not ceased to pray for
      abound, this reason…we barren as as well as
  Col 1:9 ―Foryouus therefore, as many norare perfect pray you
      for for others. attitude; and Christ. ―
  and toitaskhave of our Lord Jesus if in anything you have His will
      knowledge this
   [mature], that you may be filled with the knowledge of a
  in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.‖ to you.‖
   different attitude, God will reveal that also
What is Christ doing now… and
             why?
         Eph 1:18-23
 Before WWII a school in Itasca, Texas caught
  fire and 263 students were killed. After the
 war the school was rebuilt installing the finest
   sprinkler system of the day. Seven years
    later, in an expansion project, a startling
              discovery was made….
 Eph 1:18
 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,
        so that you may know what is the hope of His calling,
                                what are the riches of the glory
  dianoia, “mind,                            of His inheritance
                         Oida, perf act inf,
  understanding,                                   in the saints
                         ―percieve, be
  desires”               aware of‖

 2 of the 3 keys to
                                      Dianoigo, “open by
  daily victory: To                   splitting apart, like
  know…                               curtains‖ Luke 24:45
                                      Then he opened their
  –Our Hope                           minds so they could
                                      understand the
  –Our Riches awaiting                Scriptures.
   us
Eph 1:19–20: And… (so that you may know)
what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
These…(hope of calling, riches of glory and His internal power)
        are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
                              which He brought about in Christ,
                              when He raised Him from the dead,
 huperballo, ―throw           and seated Him at His right hand
 beyond‖ like                         in the heavenly places,
    ―home run‖                 A position of equality in the
                               ancient world

                                  Introduction of Four Proofs to
   3rdKey to victory: to            Build our Trust:
    know the power                1) He raised Christ from the
    working in us                    Dead
                                  2) He … seated Him at His
                                     right hand
Eph 1:21-23
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,
                and every name that is named,
                 not only in this age but also in the one to come.:
And He put all things in subjection under His feet,
and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
                                              which is His body,
Angelic, demonic and human
                                              the fullness of Him
                                                   who fills all in all.
                                 Everyone in the church, is in His body, is
                                 filled with the fullness of Him


Final Two Proofs to Build our Trust:
3: He put all things in Subjection under His feet
4: He gave Him as Head over All Things to the
  Church
    Why do we need to tap into this
              power?
Ephesians 6:12 ―For our struggle is not against flesh and
blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.‖—they are
warring against Christ through us!!

 Our enemies battle against us— ―struggle‖, pale, means
  ―to wrestle‖
 Our enemies have a method– 6:11 calls them
  ―schemes‖, methodia, ―strategies‖ as a military battle
  plan to weaken, divide, destroy God’s people
 Our enemies are formidable—Highly organized, efficient,
  experienced and supernatural
 Why don’t we live consistently in His
        unmatched power?
 Wrong thinking
 Wrong values and priorities
 Distractions
 Self-confidence (we can do it)
But we are no match for Satanic forces
How can we tell if we are connected to God’s power?
1. Are we changing, growing to be like Christ (Gal 5:22-23)
2. Bad times, difficult times, crisis, times of weakness and
   doubt. That’s when Paul learned, ―My grace is
   sufficient‖
3. Paul’s theme: the greater our acknowledged weakness,
   the more evident Christ’s enabling strength
4. 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range
   throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are
   fully committed to him.
 Charles Spurgeon’s exhortation:
―Dear brothers and sisters, go home and never ask
  the Lord to make you strong in yourselves, never
  ask Him to make you anybody or anything, but be
  content to be nothing and nobody.
Next ask that His power may have room in you, and
  that all those who come near you may see what
  God can do by nothings and nobodies…
Live with this desire, to glorify God‖

				
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