Paul’s Prayer for Knowledge (Ephesians 1:15-20)

Paul's Prayer for Knowledge Ephesians 1:15-20

Ephesians 1:15-20

I. To know God (Ephesians 1:15-17)

    A. Paul’s thankfulness for the church in Ephesus (Ephesians 1:15-16)
    B. How important is a knowledge of God? (Jeremiah 9:23-24; John 17:3; Hosea 4:6; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
    C. “When you read, you may understand my knowledge” (Ephesians 3:4; 1 Corinthians 14:33)

II. To know the hope of God’s calling (Ephesians 1:18a)

    A. How does God call us? (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
    B. Out of what does He call us? (1 Peter 2:9)
    C. Into what does He call us? (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
    D. There is “one hope of your calling” (Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Titus 1:2)

III. To know the riches of God’s inheritance (Ephesians 1:18b)

    A. Predestined to adoption (Ephesians 1:5)
    B. Obtained an inheritance (Ephesians 1:11)
    C. Sealed with the Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14)
    D. An inheritance now available to all (Ephesians 2:7, 12-13; 3:6; Galatians 3:27-29; Ephesians 1:6)

IV. To know the power of God (Ephesians 1:19-20)

    A. Power on display throughout the gospel accounts, culminating in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
    B. That power is still just as powerful today (Romans 8:11; Galatians 5:22-23, 25; Colossians 2:11-13)

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