Ephesians 1:15-23

Ephesians 1:15-23

Ephesians 1:15-23, August 11, 2019

Review and Paul’s Prayer

Ephesians 1:1-14 Review

To Whom: Addressed to church of Ephesus or all churches?  

Ephesians 1:1-2    NIV
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:1-2    NIV
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:1-2    NIV
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To God’s holy people                 , the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

An overview of Ephesians:

Bible Project Video on Ephesians

1:3-14 A Poem. Handout as a poem and presented on two slides as well, titled Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ.

1:15-23 A single sentence once again – Paul’s prayer for Unity.

1:15-16  Paul is thankful for their faith and hope.  He prays for them looking to the future. A part of Paul’s ministry may be seen in his prayers for his churches and for all Christians of his day and (implied) those in the future.  Who are we praying for today and in the future … the saved and the unsaved.

On October 2, 2006, a shooting occurred at the West Nickel Mines School:

1:17 A spirit of wisdom and revelation. This should be the desire and goal of every Christian. Paul goes into more detail here about what might be discerned:

1:18-19a This is Paul’s great desire that believers have a deep spiritual understanding about their relationship with the Lord. However, this is seldom achieved by the average Christian as the world gets in the way and sin does its dirty deed.

1:19-20 Fulfillment of Psalm110:1-2 Rule over all human agencies as well as angelic and demonic forces.

1:20-21 Resurrection and authority.  Two examples of God’s power – Jesus resurrection and then His seating at the right hand of God. Only God the Father has the power of resurrection and only God the Father has the power to seat Jesus at His right hand.  Note: dominion refers to the unseen realm of angelic beings. 

Paul is saying every any and every name that God cites will be under the authority of Christ.

1:22-23 Paul makes the point again in summary.  Everything will be under Jesus authority. Everything. When He returns. 

The last verse shows Paul’s prayer is written around the idea God has enriched all believers with every spiritual blessing for their spiritual well being and asks that every believer have a deeper walk with God using these spiritual blessings. 

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him
Nahum 1:7

 

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