Sermon: Paul’s second prayer for the Ephesians Ephesians 3:14-21

April 29, 2018


Sermon: Paul’s second prayer for the Ephesians  Ephesians 3:14-21
Paul’s second prayer for the Ephesians  1. That you be strengthened, so that Christ may dwell…  2.  That you being rooted and grounded in love, you comprehend…  3.  That you may be filled with all the fullness of God…
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 4/29/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 5/13/2018
Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV  
    • Paul’s second prayer for the Ephesians
    • Paul just doesn’t teach or preach but he also prays
        • To know certain things
        • To experience certain things
    • Paul is addressing Christians
        • The Bible – different approaches for different audiences
        • Do we consider this today?
        • Non-Christian’s vs. Christian’s
            • As you read your Bible notice the difference
                • What verses are directed toward the non-Christian
                • What verses are specifically for the Christian
                • What verses are to everyone
                    • Good book???
        1. To know how to witness to others
            • We can’t promise something that is not promised
            • What are you doing if you convey false security?
            • Children of wrath vs. children of promise
        1. To increase our urgency to witness
            • The world is under the judgement of God
        1. For His people to know and believe in the promises
            • To draw strength and hope from them
The 3 main that’s and verbs
    1. That you be strengthened, so that Christ may dwell…
    2. That you being rooted and grounded in love, you comprehend…
    3. That you may be filled with all the fullness of God…
    • In chapter 4 Paul is going to urge them to walk accordingly
        • He tells them how
        • Prays for God to empower them to do what is commanded
    • Notice what Paul DOES NOT ask for
        • He does not ask for anything physical
        • He does not ask for long life or health
        • He does not ask for riches or wealth
            • He is concerned with their relationship to God
            • Seek first the Kingdom of God
    • Paul is in prison, but prayers cannot be stopped
Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV  
    • Is Paul actually on his knees?  Maybe
    • Whether we stand, kneel, sit or face to the ground, HUMILITY
        • We don’t command God
        • We don’t tell God
        • We don’t empower God
        • We ask God
            • With FREEDOM and REVERENCE (fear)
    • God is not prayed to in the OT as Father – new revelation by Christ
        • The son, would call his father, father
        • We are also sons, so we call him father
            • We are not equal with Christ
    • Possible
        • The dead are in heaven (no soul sleep)
            • To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord
        • The alive are on earth
    • Paul’s first petition
        • Strengthen your inner being
        • This is done by the Spirit
    • Our inner being becomes stronger and stronger over time
    • Our bodies get old, frail and weak over time
        • Yesterday, I noticed I’m getting older
        • Land of the dying vs. land of the living
            • This the natural course of the body
    • But our inner being is not subjected to age
        • Opposite – We grow stronger in the LORD
            • Forever and ever
    • Nothing can stop your inner being
        • Even if you were in prison, with your mouth glued shut
    • This strength is Christ indwelling you through faith
        • Received by prayer, taught by suffering
            • Through life’s experiences
Romans 8:31-39 ESV  
    • This is love
    • Since you have received a great love, you should love
        • Love is actions, not just words
        • Love that forgives one another
        • Love that does for one another
    • Love God and your neighbor
        • Are you lacking in your love for God
    • If you lack love, you lack Christ
        • No one can be in Christ and void of love
    • Paul’s second petition to God
    • We are to be rooted and grounded in love
        • What then shall I do, LOVE
        • Do you love God, read his word, and pray to Him (actions)
            • Sing praises to Him
            • Serve Him through the church
                • Oh, I’m too busy???
                • If we spent more time doing, there would be less sin
            • Serve him by serving others
                • Are you loving in word or deed???
        • Think of it, if you actively love someone, you can’t sin
            • Every sin is from a lack of love
            • Setting love aside to sin
                • Think of a recent sin
                • Think, what if I loved instead?
            • What happens when we love more, we sin less
            • Yielding to sin, we have put love aside
    • I can’t think of a single sin, unrelated to love
        • Which of the 10 commandments doesn’t contain love
comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
    • Notice the pause
        • It is assumed, Paul is speaking about love
            • He starts talking about our love
            • He ends with the love of Christ
                • There is a break here
    • Temple measurements (saints) or Christ’s love
        • The church is because of God’s love
        • And who can measure God’s love
to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge
This is a mystery, how can you know something that surpasses knowledge?
    • No matter how well you know me, there is a part of me you don’t know
    • No matter how well you know your spouse there is a part you don’t know
        • Magnify this by infinity – Christ
    • We are to know the love of Christ but no matter how much we know there will always be more to know
        • Our learning can never stop
        • Each time we study Christ there is more to know
        • Fascinating and exciting
            • What’s over the next ridge?
                • Oh what a beautiful valley
                    • Hidden Waterfall
                    • Canyon
            • Like the diamond we turn to see all the facets
            • Like the art work
            • This is not boring or labor some but an adventure
                    • There is an explorer in us all
    • What love is this, that one should die for me
        • Maybe if I loved him but no, He died for a sinner and a hater of God
    • Funeral – Sin
        • We tend to think sin is no big deal
        • It’s a mistake and no one is perfect
            • God was pleased to crush his son for Sin
            • Christ bore this death for us
                • This is a love of deeds, not just words
                    • I know but I can’t know
    • Paul’s third petition
        • Filled completely, to the rim
            • No space left for anything else
    • What are we filled with?  all the fullness of God
    • Not that a human can contain the fullness of GOD
        • Not that we can obtain equality with God
    • Attributes of God are in two groups
        • Incommunicable and communicable
        • These cannot be shared
            • Immutability – God cannot change
            • Omnipresence – God is everywhere
            • Omniscience – God knows everything
            • Infinite –
            • And so on…
Goodness, love, hate, mercy, wisdom and so on…
    • Children of God should share in the qualities of God
        • God is love, we should have love
        • God shows mercy, we should show mercy and so on…
Colossians 2:9-10 NASB  
    • All of the fullness of God can dwell in Christ
    • He is the exact imprint of his nature
Romans 8:29 NASB  
    • Because of your union in Christ
        • The branches are nourished by the root
            • The fullness of the root, enters the branches
        • Not in the amount of fullness but the quality
        • Not quantity but quality
            • A bottle and a tank in the sea
            • Both are filled with the sea
                • Neither can contain the sea
    • What will we fill the void with?
        • There is emptiness
            • It will swallow up everything you throw at it
                • And you are still empty
                • Alcohol and drugs will make it better
                • Entertainment and work will fill it
                    • My family will fill it
to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
    • It’s God’s power
        • When we are weak, we are strong
            • Because we no longer rely upon ourselves
    • There are things we won’t even think to ask for
    • Yet, God supplies all of our needs, according to his riches
        • It’s by God’s power and God’s might
        • Trusting in God, is faith
            • Trusting in ourselves is a sin
Glorify God and enjoy him forever (not just in word but also in deeds)

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