Power Possibilities in Christ

I. We (the Saints and faithful in Christ) are in Paul’s prayers (Ephesians 1:15-16).

A. This is based (“wherefore”) on our position in Christ (Ephesians 1:15 and 1:3-14)

1. We are “chosen”, “predestinated,” and “accepted in the Beloved”

2. We have been “abounded” in “wisdom and prudence”

3. We have had the “mystery of his will” made known to us

4. We have been assured an “inheritance”

5. We have been given the “earnest” of the Holy Spirit

B. This is based on Paul’s knowledge of godly behavior (Ephesians 1:15)

1. We have testified of our “faith in the Lord Jesus”

2. We have demonstrated our “love unto all the saints”

3. We have Paul’s prayer for God’s grant of spiritual powers

II. We are to be granted a spirit of WISDOM and REVELATION.

A. We are to be granted the spirit of wisdom (Ephesians 1:17)

1. Provisions for leadership (Deuteronomy 34:9)

2. All forms of activities (Exodus 28:3; 31:2-6)

3. Understanding mysteries (Daniel 5:11-12)

4. Jesus is the model (Isaiah 11:1-2)

5. Defending the faith (Luke 21:12-15)

B. We are to be granted the spirit of revelation (Ephesians 1:17)

1. It is “apokalupsis” = “take off the cover” (Revelation 1:1)

a. Given to “Babes” (Luke 10:21)
b. Through “the Gospel” (Romans 1:17)
c. By the agency of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).

2. It is a teaching ministry (John 14:26).

a. It is not NEW teaching or information (John 16:13-15 and 1 Corinthians 2:10-13).
b. It comes through the knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 1:17).

III. We are to be granted UNDERSTANDING and ENLIGHTENMENT.

A. Our “eyes” (vision – ability to see) opens our “understanding.”

1. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:14-16).

2. We are able to renew ourselves through our mind (Romans 12:2).

B. Our lives have vastly changed in the sight of God as a result.

1. We were outside the family of God and unable to “see.”

a. Our minds were empty of truth (Ephesians 4:17-18)
b. Our souls were dead in sins (Ephesians 2:2-3)
c. Our nature was incapable of understanding (1 Corinthians 2:14).

2. We have been radically altered by our salvation in Christ.

a. We have new laws written on our hearts and minds (Hebrews 8:10).
b. We have been “illuminated” by God (Hebrews 10:32)
c. We have been given understanding of Truth (1 John 5:20).

IV. We are granted CERTAIN knowledge of God’s provision for us.

A. We can “see” the “Hope of our Calling.”

1. This hope has become an anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:17-19).

2. This hope is made to “abound” and “fill” us with goodness  (Romans 15:13-14).

B. We can “see” the “riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”

1. Our present eyes cannot see God’s plans for us (1 Corinthians 2:9)

2. Our experience can not grasp God’s omniscience (Romans 11:33-36).

V. We are granted the EXCEEDING GREATNESS of His POWER.

A. The “Power” {dunamis} is the “ability” to effect or accomplish (Ephesians 3:6, 20; 6:10).

1. God is the source of ALL power and authority (1 Chronicles 29:10-13).

2. God has no limit to His power and authority (Jeremiah 32:17-27).

B. The “Power” was promised to the Church (Acts 1:8).

1. It resides in the “Gospel” itself (Romans 1:16).

2. It resides in the “Kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 4:20).

3. It will enable for “all things” in life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

4. It is connected with love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

5. It results in patience, longsuffering, and joy (Colossians 1:11).

VI. We are to experience strength in our “Inner Man” (Ephesians 3:16).

A. We are to have “boldness and access with confidence” (3:12)

1. The lives of the early Apostles demonstrate this (Acts 4:7-31)

2. The prayers of His people are accepted (Hebrews 4:16; 10:19).

B. We are to be “rooted and grounded” in Him (Ephesians 3:17).

1. The parables of the House and the Sower illustrate (Luke 6:46-49; 8:13)

2. The instruction of Paul is very specific (Colossians 2:7-8).

C. We are to be able to comprehend and know the love of Christ (3:18-19).

1. We are to have “full assurance” of understanding (Colossians 2:2).

2. We are given several “know” points (1 John 2:5; 4:16; 5:2-3).

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

1. We can be aware of His “filling” (Micah 3:8).

2. We will demonstrate this “fullness” (Romans 15:13-14).

3. We can identify some of the elements of this “filling”.

a. It involves knowledge of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
b. It involves the control of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
c. It produces “fruits of righteousness” in us (Philippians 1:11).
d. It will meet “all our needs” (Philippians 4:19).
e. It will provide beyond our most active imaginations (Ephesians 3:20-21).

E. We have “working” in us the same power used by God in accomplishing the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1:19-20).

1. Christ has been set at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22)

2. Christ is set above all other powers (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9-10)

3. Christ is the Head of all (the) Church (Ephesians 1:22)

a. The Greek text does not imply … “things to the”
b. The translation should read: “… and has put all under His feet and gave Him Head(ship) over all (the) church.”

4. Christ’s “body” is the church (Colossians 1:18)

5. Christ “fills” all in all (1 Corinthians 12:5; 15:28)

Series: 
Identity
Lesson: 
#3
Book: 
Ephesians
Verses: 
1:15-20

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