Ephesians 3:14-21 “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with the power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”
I. From the bottom of his heart, Paul prays that the Ephesians will all soon come together to serve Christ. A. Paul Kneels Down and Begins to Pray (v14-15)
1. Kneeling down shows how much respect he has for God.
2. Begins to pray, not for himself, but for the Ephesians. B. Paul Prays for Power (v16-17a)
1. Paul prays that God will strengthen the Ephesians with power in their inner being. 2. Prayer for salvation.
C. He Now Asks God for the Ephesians to Have an Understanding of God’s Love (v17b-19) 1. Paul wants them to know that God’s love is greater than knowledge. 2. He also wants them to be filled with the complete fullness of God. D. Paul Praises God’s Powers and Wants all Generations to Know (v20-21) 1. God can do everything and anything.
2. To God be the glory for all Generations now and forever more.
Anyone who has heard the stories about writing an exegetical knows that it is going to be long and exhausting. That is a simplified version of what I heard from the upperclassmen. My whole first year of college I have been worried about taking Bible Interpretations simply because of this of this assignment. Now that I have the assigned verses that I am to study, the paper does not seem as boring as I thought. However, it is the long process that I imagined it was going to be. I never thought I would have time to partake in writing a 12-page paper, including footnotes, being a music education major. I have a specific schedule I usually stick to and working the paper into my schedule has been rough. I use to be a big procrastinator last year and the old habits have returned with this paper in mind. I believe I received the passage for a reason not “just because”. I believe God tries to speak to us through the verses we are assigned. I have been praying hard to absorb the message God is trying to tell me.
The author of the book of Ephesians is the apostle Paul. Paul had a life no one would have ever expected him to have. Paul, who was once Saul, was well known for the persecution and murdering of Christians. Saul’s life soon changed when he had a conversion experience on the road to Damascus. This conversion experience changed Saul’s life, so much so that his Hebrew name Saul and decided to be called by his Roman name Paul. Paul despised Christians; when Paul became a Christian, it was unheard of since he oppressed them. Paul did most of his writing when the first churches began to arise. Paul wrote letters to these new churches across Asia Minor because he was not able to visit the churches physically. Paul’s letters to the church were letters of instruction. This was mainly to lead the church in the right direction with its people and to organize oppressed Christianity. Much of the oppression began from Asia Minor, Ephesus, focusing on Pagan worship. One of the largest cities in Asia Minor is Ephesus. Ephesus has a population of approximately 250,000. Here stood one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This famous statue is known as the Temple of Artemis. The temple of Artemis is a big attraction to tourists, and is an important...
Bibliography: Wood, A. Skevington. “Ephesians.” In The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 11, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, 3-92. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978.
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[ 3 ]. John R. W. Stott, The Message of Ephesians: God’s New Society (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity, 1979), 131-141.
[ 4 ]. Peter T. O’Brien, The Letter to the Ephesians (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1999), 252-270.
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[ 10 ]. Edward W. Goodrick, and John R. Kohlenberger, The NIV Exhaustive Concordance (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990), 1539.
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