The Power of God in His People

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
 may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation
 in the knowledge of him,
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,
 that you may know what is the hope 
to which he has called you,
what are the riches 
of his glorious inheritance in the saints,” 
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power
toward us who believe,
according to the working of his great might.
which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead 
and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, ”
 Ephesians 1:17-18

As with most of Paul’s phrasing in his letters, his prayers are long, also. He desires for the church the same revelation of Christ that has been given to him, and so he speaks of his prayers for them in the first and third chapters of Ephesians.

            He always gives thanks for the believers in the early churches and prays that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory would give them: 

“The spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;”
Ephesians 1:17

Under this one heading, he explains how the Spirit by which the believers have been sealed (1:13) works wisdom and revelation in them. First, he prays that the eyes of understanding be enlightened so that they may know three things about God, the Father. 
            He builds on each one to bring the believer to see Christ in his glory and the church as the fullness of him here on earth. (1:23)

“The eyes of your hearts enlightened that ye may know (these things)”

1.  the hope to which He has called you.
2.  the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
3.  the immeasurable greatness of his power toward those who believe

1. The hope to which He has called you.       
Paul has written earlier in this chapter of the dispensation of the fullness of time (1:10) when God shall gather together in one all things in Christ, “having chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world” (1:4). As new Christians, they were still learning what it meant to be adopted into God’s family (1:5). They did not yet know the wonder and glory of this supernatural birth through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They needed to know and grow in their new birth.

2. The riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.   
This adoption (1:5) that Paul speaks of, brings with it an eternal inheritance. As a recipient, he knows the riches of the glory that God the Father gives to His children. He has experienced this inheritance already. He has spoken of this inheritance in verses eleven and fourteen and is praying that they experience more and more the riches of this spiritual inheritance that they received when they heard the word of truth, and trusted in Christ. They needed to understand this inheritance that begins here in their own life.

3.  The immeasurable greatness of his power toward those who believe.
Now comes the crescendo of Paul’s prayer as he is explaining how revelation, faith and believing, the calling, and the inheritance, are by the greatness of God’s mighty power. This power he explains, ~ “that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.” Verse 20.

  
It is a lengthy explanation that spreads over two chapters.  Paul’s prayer begins in verse fifteen to the end of the chapter, without a period.  
            The same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him at His right hand is the mighty power that quickens the sinner who is dead in trespasses and sin (2:1, 5). This is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward those who believe, our eyes enlightened by this power for salvation. 

Paul could have inserted a parenthesis in verses twenty to twenty-three in which the roles and purpose of Christ and the church are revealed, but it all fits together. It is a matter of wisdom and revelation, and requires study and meditation, for believers to understand how we are related to Christ and the church; and how we get there. 
            Christ having been raised and seated at the Father’s right hand, is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Verses 21-23         
            The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, is the only one who can reveal Himself to us. He does this when he opens our eyes to see his Son, head over all things, and given to the church. His body of believers that He brings to life by the power of His Holy Spirit continues to experience His filling, the inheritance in the saints.

Dear Father, thank you for this prayer that you inspired Paul to write, not just to the early churches, but also for us. We pray this prayer for your people everywhere, that we will experience this filling, and together, this fullness of Christ. Pour out your Spirit upon us for new revelation, for we shall never have all the wisdom and knowledge here on this earth. Prepare us for your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

(Excerpt from PRAYERS That Bring the House Down)

P. S. to Results of Word Survey

This thought came after yesterday’s post.

If we took every word that pertains to God and His kingdom, in addition to every word in any language, put them in a large bag, shook them up, turned the bag upside down, dumping all the words in a pile, JESUS would come out on top of them all.

Blessings to you as you continue to search God’s Word for the meaning of Life found only in the Lord Jesus Christ.

“To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable
in holiness before God, even our Father,
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.”
1 Thessalonians 3:13

Fran

 

Words of Life ~ ATTEND

One meaning for attend, our Word of Life for this week, is taken from the same Hebrew word as attentive which we have studied already, but with variations. This study reminded me of teaching my grandchildren these three words concerning the Word of the Lord: HEAR, HIDE  and HEED. We must HEAR Him speaking to us even as we read. We must meditate and memorize ~ HIDE it in our hearts. We must live by it ~ HEED what we READ.

Old Testament  H7181
Strong’s Concordance defines ATTEND, qashab kä·shav’; to hear, be attentive, heed, incline (of ears), attend (of ears), hearken, pay attention, listen. The same word is used for hear and hearken.

These references from the Psalms all speak to God to attend to their cry, prayers and their supplications Psalm 66:19; Psalm 55:2;Psalm 61:1;Psalm 86:6

 “Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.” Psalm 142:6

 Soloman uses the word attend as to a son and to children.

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.” Proverbs 4:20

“My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:” Proverbs 5:1

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” Proverbs 4:1

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The word H995 biyn bene is used in Job 32:12; meaning to perceive, discern, understand, consider relating to God as He spoke to Job’s accusers. Nothing was hidden from His understanding and consideration of the things they had spoken.

“Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:”

New Testament G4337
Strong’s Concordance defines ATTEND, prosechō pros-e’-khō; give attention to, take heed; to devote thought and effort to.
The same word is used for heed and beware

“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” Acts 16:14

Paul writes to Timothy of his need for attendance and devotion to God’s Word

“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
1 Timothy 4:13

The writer of Hebrews 7:13 speaks of the attendance of a priest at the altar

“For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.”

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G4342 proskartereō pros-kär-te-re’-ō;to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing.
We find a different word here in Romans 13:6 relating to those in civil authority who act as God’s ministers over evil.

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Still another meaning is the following word and reference.
G2145  euprosedros yü-pro’s-e-dros; sitting constantly by, devoted

In this context, Paul is speaking to those who are single to encourage their constant devotion to the Lord. that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction (1 Corinthians 7:35).

Whether in a civil office or as the Lord’s personal servant, we are to give attention to, take heed, to devote ourselves to the Lord and His Word ~ to sit constantly by in devotion to our Lord.

Our Father in heaven, you know well our thoughts and distractions. Work in our hearts by your Holy Spirit, drawing us continually to your Word ~ to our Lord and Master who steadfastly devoted Himself to your Holy will. Open our eyes to our Savior and High Priest who daily attends to our needs ~ at your right hand making intercession for us ~ and here with us ~ for your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

Are You a Blessing?

blessed-bejpgIn a recent conversation with a young woman, she expressed her desire to be married and to have a family. She had thought several men might have been the right one, but was now hoping for another prospect. After discussing the subject for a few minutes, she said that she did not understand why God had not given her a husband. She was 28, and still living with her family.

I asked her, “Are you a blessing, where you are?

With some thought, she admitted, “No, I’m not.”

She was not happy with her circumstances and desired to escape her present living conditions.
She realized that if she was not content with what God had given her, she should not expect more.

I asked her to read my post, The Plight of the Discontented Woman. She then agreed that she needed to examine her relationship with the heavenly Father before she could expect anything to change with her circumstances.

God has blessed us with everything that we need for a life of happiness and joy in Him. (2 Peter 1:3) He has given us all things needful in this life and for eternity through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:32) He has created us and redeemed us in Christ, so that we will be a blessing to Him and to others.

ARE YOU BLESSED?
Have you been BLESSED
by the BLESSINGS that are ours in CHRIST?
Are you BLESSED every day
by the GRACE of our LORD JESUS CHRIST?

ARE YOU BLESSED?
Then ~
Be a BLESSING to God and others today.

Dear Father, Thank you for creating and redeeming us in Christ, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us be content in Him for all of life here as we will be forever.  By the power of your Holy spirit, make us a blessing to you and others today.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.