Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ephesians 1:17-21 -- Incomparable Great Power!

17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

This is Paul’s prayer for the faithful saints in Ephesus. It is so rich and provides us so much insight why we exist and who we are in Christ. Why should we want wisdom and revelation? So that we can be happier and more successful in life? No. We should desire wisdom and revelation so that we may know God better. Where do we get wisdom and revelation? It comes from God and the primary tool he uses to dispense these riches is through the Bible. Therefore, if we are to get wisdom and revelation and thereby know him better, we must be intently studying and meditating on God’s Word of Truth.

We also should pray that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened. Why? In order that we may know the hope to which we were called (you are in Christ and a child of God), the riches of his glorious inheritance (as children we have an inheritance), and his incomparable great power for those who believe (we have power today to live as Christ in complete victory as Christ lived). This power is real. God’s word is very clear that we have the power of Christ right now in this present age to live as Christ. For instance, we have the power to truly love others, to serve others, and to obey God. We have the power in Christ to no longer be slaves to sin, but rather slaves to righteousness. Christ was tempted in every way yet was without sin. That is incredible. This reality of having this power because we are in Christ means that we can (are supposed to) say no to temptation and live victorious lives for God just as Christ lived. However, it is only in Christ and because of this incomparable great power. Be all that you are called to be in Christ. Be free!

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