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Thoughts From Ephesians – Number 8

November 14th, 2017

Praising God For His Exaltation of Christ (Eph. 1:20-23)

When God  raised Jesus  from the  dead  it proved   His power.  he  further  showed His power  when  He seated  the Lord Jesus at  His right  hand. This  terminology refers  to Jesus receiving a position  of high  authority and power.

Eph. 1:20 refers that  this  took place  “in the heavenly  places.”  Denny Petrillo writes, “This phraseology means that  Jesus was  exalted above  all other authorities, including those in the  demonic  realm. This is illustrated by  his  far above statement, where jesus  is  above: (a) every  authority and (b) every name–either past, present or  future.”

In  verse 22 Paul has  one  more aspect that  he wants to  elaborate on. It is one that he will focus on in the remainder of the  epistle. The  Father  gave  Jesus a  high  position in regard to the  church.  To be  head of  something means  He  is the sole  authority.  God’s people are the  church.  The  church is made up of  believers.  We are the  ones  who have  received all the spiritual  blessings that are only  found in Christ (Eph. 1:3-14).

In verse 23 the  church  is called  His body. This term is one  of  Paul’s favorite descriptions on the church. Denny Petrillo writes these  words, “The body indicates  closeness…”  Paul is  saying that Jesus, as head over the  church, is filling [the church] in a  special way with His Spirit, grab and  gifts; it is His  fulness. As a  church we are  entirely dependent on Christ. The church is full, complete, lacking nothing.  As the  hymn writer says, “The Church’s one foundation is  Jesus  Christ her  Lord…”

-Larry Miles, April 30, 2015 in Mangum, OK,  

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Thoughts From Ephesians – Number 7

November 13th, 2017

Paul Asks God For Divine Illumination (Eph. 1:17-20)

In this passage Paul elaborates on  his teachings  about  the importance of prayer.  He stresses the  fact that it is  only   through   our  Heavenly Father that we can  gain spiritual knowledge of  what  it  means to be a  Christian and truly  appreciate and live in the  “riches of the glory of His  inheritance   in the  saints.” Christianity is a  “here  and  now” religion as  well as  an  eternal one.  God  desires that  we  know  His will. The passage we are  writing  about  tell us of that  desire and how  to obtain the  blessings. Paul prays for them to be enlightened, that is, to see clearly God’s work in Christ.

Denny Petrillo, President of the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver, writes these   words, [One} will always be  excited  to  find a  prayer in a biblical  writing, for  prayers  reveal what is really on the writer’s heart and  mind. Does it make sense that Paul would say ‘this is what I’m praying  about concerning you’ and then proceed  to ignore the pints  of that  prayer in the Epistle.”

The  first  reason Paul gives  for our  needing God to open the eyes of our hearts is so we  might know God better. In Colossians 1:9-10 Paul prays  for God  to  give them wisdom so that they  may  continue “growing in the  knowledge of God.” J. I. Packer, wrote that  those  who know God have  four  characteristics: great energy for God, great thoughts of  God, great boldness for  God, and great  contentment in God.”

In  Eph. 1:19 in  The New American Standard Version, 4  words are used  to  refer to God’s supremacy.  The  four  words are (1) power, (2) working, (3) strength, and (4) might.  Denny Petrillo  writes, “By using all of these terms Paul is stressing the point about as far as possible: God is at work with all of  His omnipotence! …Here it is the demonstration of  God’s power toward us  who believe.”

Praise  God that  our  Heavenly  Father loves  us  so much  that He has  “blessed us  with  every spiritual blessing in the  heavenly place in Christ. (Eph. 1:3) Although  we  may  not  completely   comprehend this  great  blessing until we meet Him in the  air”,  or when  we  pass from this life to our eternal reward, we  can be thankful of   the  love of God for us.  It should  motivate  us  to love  Him more and  love each other and strive  to  equipped for service.

-Larry Miles, April 30, 2015, in Mangum, OK

 

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Thoughts From Ephesians – Number 6

November 12th, 2017

Paul Emphasis on Prayer (Eph. 1:15-16)

Ephesians 1:15-23 emphasize the importance of prayer on the  life of a  Christian.  As in most of Paul’s epistles he tells  his  readers, whether an individual or a  congregation that  he is  constantly praying for them. He says in  Eph. 1:16, “[I] do not  cease  to give thanks for you, making mention you in my prayers.”

We see Paul’s  thankfulness exhibited in prayer. It is a  thankfful prayer and a  public commendation of and to the  people of God.  Paul is thankful for  2  important  characteristics of God’s people; faith in the Lord jesus and love   for  the saints.

God’s people are  to  love  one another. Jesus said. “By this all people will know that you are  My disciples, if you have  love one for another.” (John 13:25)  I  remembers   song we  sang in chorus in college. It went this way, “They will know that we are  Christians  by  our love.”

In these  verse we see a thankful, praying  apostle.  Paul said that we are only to imitate  him as he  imitated Christ. I would say that this  is  a  time when  we  can use  Paul as our  example in living out  or  faith.

-Larry Miles, April 23, 2015

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