“Who am I before God?” series
Study of the Book of Ephesians 1:16-20
“Prayer makes a Difference”
1:16 Faithful in giving thanks
1:17 Praying YOU have a betterknowledge of Christ
· “knowing Christ” is a NT way of describing “salvation” Galatians 4:8-9
· “Now this is eternal life: that they might KNOW You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ….” John 17:3
· The WORLD says to: know yourself
· God WORD says to: “know God” Philippians 3:10
1:17b The Holy Spirit helps us to “know God”· Luke 11:13 & 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him.
The Spirit of wisdom and understand.
The Spirit of counsel and of power.
The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
1:18 “eyes of your heart” SPIRITUAL VISION· “eyes of heart” = will & intelligence
#1: HOPE Romans 5:1-5
“When Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory”
Colossians 3:4, Romans 15:13
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been known.
But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” 1 John 3:2
#2. RICHES ~ Christians are His riches
· 1:14 God views YOU as His treasure
#3. POWER ~ highest power possible1:19 “His incomparably great power (dynamite)
for us who believe. That power (mighty)
is like the working (energy)
of His mighty strength (greatness)
· WHY? To describe the POWER of the RESURRECTION (1:19b-20)
· WHY? Because that indescribable POWER can impact your life today ~ NOW
· HUH? God’s POWER changes YOU from being a child of HELL to GOD’s Child & EMPOWERS YOU to have VICTORY over sin
READ: 2 Kings 6:8-23