The Fullness of God

I. We have BOLDNESS and ACCESS with CONFIDENCE (Ephesians 3:12).

A. All of these spiritual assets are “in” Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:11).

1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

2. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39)

3. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

4. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (Ephesians 1:3)

5. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13)

B. None of the spiritual assets are in our flesh.

1. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:4-8)

2. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: (Romans 7:18)

3. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (2 Corinthians 10:3)

C. Our BOLDNESS.

1. Greek:parrhsia (parrhesia) – “freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech”

2. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father….His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly and speakest no proverb. (John 16:25, 29)

3. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, (Ephesians 6:19)

4. This “freedom in speaking” has several biblical aspects.

a. Preaching
1) And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31)
2) Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence no man forbidding him.  (Acts 28:31)
b. Lifestyle
1)According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (Philippians 1:20)
2)Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (1 John 3:21-22)
c.  Prayer
1) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
2) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Hebrews 10:19)

D. Our ACCESS.

1. Greek: prosagoge - the act of bringing to, a moving to

a. And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither. (Luke 9:41)
b. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2)
c. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)
d. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (1 Peter 3:18)
e. NOTE:  The implication in all of these passages is that we are “granted” the right to “come” before the Throne of God – based on the “permission” given to us by Jesus Christ.

E. Our CONFIDENCE.

1. Greek: pepoipsesis which is the perfect verb form of peipso --to be persuaded, to suffer one’s self to be persuaded; to be induced to believe: to have faith: in a thing; translated “trust,” “confidence,” “reliance”

a. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. (2 Timothy 1:5)
b. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  (2 Timothy 1:12)
c. NOTE: once again the emphasis by word choice is that our “confidence” is the RESULT of “the one with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13), not because of any innate ability or positional advantage we have in the flesh.

F. Our SOURCE – “by the faith of him.” (Ephesians 3:12)

1. The Greek phrase is significant: (dia tns  pisteon autou)  "according to the faith [belong to] him”

2. Whenever the definite article is used, the Greek language uses that technique to designate a specific kind or quality that is unique to the noun that follows.

3. The phrase (the faith) appears 43 times in the New Testament, overwhelmingly used to identify that body of teaching that is unique to God’s Word.

4. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7)

5. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. (Acts 13:8)

6. Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22)

7. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily. (Acts 16:5)

8. And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. (Acts 24:24)

II. “For this cause” (Ephesians 3:14) – Paul asks the Father to grant us exceptional power in the exercise of our Christian life.

A. In our INNER MAN

1. We need to be “strengthened” with “might.”

2. We need to be “made strong” with “dunamis” (innate ability).

3. We need the active “filling” of the Holy Spirit.

B. In our HEART

1. We need Christ to “dwell” (settle down, be at home) in us.

2. We need Christ to “abide” in us (John 15:4, 7)

3. We need (dia tes pisteon) THE faith to accomplish this.

III. “For this cause” – Paul asks the Father to grant us broad knowledge.

A. We need to be “rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17)

1. Our “foundation” is to be in God’s word (Colossians 2:7).

2. We are to be “settled in place” as we mature (1 Peter 5:10).

B. We need to “comprehend” the entire scope of Christ’s love.

1. We need the “mind” of Christ (Philippians 2:5-8).

2. We need to revel in God’s love for us (Psalm 103:11-12).

C. We need to “know the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:19).

1. We need “personal, experiential knowledge” (Romans 6:6-14)

2. We need the “experiential knowledge” of obedience (1 John 2:3)

D. We need to be “filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

1. Greek text is essentially a double emphasis: pleropsete eis pan to pleroma tou geou -- “the filling unto [resulting in] all the filling that belongs to God.”

2. This “fullness” is totally in Christ (Colossians 1:19; 2:9).

3. This “filling” is performed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

4. This fullness applies to many things

a. The fullness of the Gospel (Romans 15:9)
b. The fullness of the unity of faith (Ephesians 4:13)
c. The fullness of joy (John 15:11; Acts 13:52))
d. The fullness of righteousness (Romans 8:4; Philippians 1:11)
e. The fullness of all our needs (Philippians 4:19)
1) Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:  (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

E. We need to expect “exceeding abundant” power working in us   (Ephesians 3:20).

1. Greek: HE [Jesus Christ] is able [dunamis] to do “above and out of the beyond measure above”

2. This “power” [dunamis] works in us (Philippians 2:13).

a. Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. (Jeremiah 32:17
b. Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:27)
c. Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:21)
Series: 
Identity
Lesson: 
#7
Book: 
Ephesians
Verses: 
3:12-20

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