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Paul’s Second Prayer for the Ephesians (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Paul's Second Prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3:14-21

Ephesians 3:14-21

I. Invocation (Ephesians 3:14-15)

    A. Prayers must be properly addressed
    B. “To the Father” (Matthew 6:9)

II. Petitions (Ephesians 3:16-19)

    A. Be strengthened with might through His Spirit (Ephesians 6:10, 17; Philippians 4:13)
    B. Comprehend the love of Christ (Romans 5:8; 8:35-39)
    C. Be filled with all the fullness of God (2 Peter 1:2-4)

III. Benediction (Ephesians 3:20-21)

    A. The power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
    B. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus (Matthew 5:16; Galatians 6:14)

The Eternal Purpose of God (Ephesians 3:8-13)

The Eternal Purpose of God Ephesians 3:8-13

Ephesians 3:8-13

I. Another portrait of Paul (Ephesians 3:8)

    A. His humility: “Less than the least of all the saints” (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:9; 1 Timothy 1:15)
    B. His task: “To preach…the unsearchable riches of Christ” (2 Timothy 4:2)

II. God’s manifold wisdom (Ephesians 3:9-11)

    A. From creation, was hidden – even from the prophets and the angels (1 Peter 1:10-12)
    B. Now made known by the church
    C. This was God’s eternal purpose, accomplished in Jesus

III. Our boldness and confidence

    A. Comes through faith (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 10:19-25)
    B. We should not be discouraged, but keep working (1 Corinthians 15:58; Galatians 6:9)

The Mystery Revealed (Ephesians 3:1-7)

The Mystery Revealed Ephesians 3:1-7

Ephesians 3:1-7

I. Who was Paul?

    A. The prisoner of Christ (Ephesians 3:1; 6:20; 2 Corinthians 11:23)
    B. A recipient of God’s revelation (Ephesians 3:3)
    C. A minister (servant) for the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:1-2, 7; Galatians 2:7; 1:15-16)

II. Comprehension upon reading

    A. The mystery was concealed (Ephesians 3:5; 1 Peter 1:10-11; Luke 10:23-24)
    B. The mystery is now revealed (Ephesians 3:4; John 8:32; 17:17; 14:26; 16:13)

III. Unity of both Jew and Gentile: “of the same body”

    A. Fellow-heirs, fellow-members, fellow-partakers (Ephesians 3:6 ASV)
    B. “Through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6; Romans 1:16)
    C. “In Christ” (Ephesians 3:6; 1:3)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 93/260: Read Ephesians 3

Do you understand the advantages we have over the prophets of old? Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel…they all believed in God and wrote about the greater blessings that were in store for mankind, but none of them lived long enough to see it during their lifetimes.

Paul says “the mystery of Christ…in other ages was not made known to the sons of men.” Peter wrote, “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you” (1 Peter 1:10).

But in the first century, Paul says “the mystery…has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets.” And through their teaching, “when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.”

If we diligently study the Word, we can understand it! However, it is important that we also apply it to our lives so we can fulfill the Lord’s prayer that He prayed in Gethsemane and be united in His will (John 17:20-21).

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Ephesians 1:22-23. And He put ________ things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over ________ things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in ________.

Pray

Pray for a greater desire to read, understand, and obey the inspired Word.