08/09/21 THE WORD
Scripture: Ephesians 3
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READ and STUDY the WORD
Paul The Preacher To The Gentiles
Ephesians 3:1-13 (WEB) 1 For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles, 2 if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you, 3 how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words, 4 by which, when you read, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the children of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit, 6 that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of His promise in Christ Jesus through the Good News, 7 of which I was made a servant according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all men see what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ, 10 to the intent that now through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In Him we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you may not lose heart at my troubles for you, which are your glory.
Questions and Answers:
1. What special task had Paul been given by God (Ephesians 3:1-11)? Paul had been called by God to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, the Good News.
2. Who make we approach (Ephesians 3:12)? We may approach God with freedom and confidence.
3. What did Paul ask the Ephesians to not do (Ephesians 3:13)? Paul asked the Ephesians not to lose heart even though he was experiencing trouble.
A Prayer For The Ephesians
Ephesians 3:14-21 (WEB) 14 For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, that you may be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, 19 and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Questions and Answers:
1. To whom did Paul say he bowed his knees (Ephesians 3:14)? Paul said he bowed his knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. After whom did Paul say every family in heaven and on earth is named (Ephesians 3:14-15)? Every family in heaven and on earth is named after Christ.
3. Who can strengthen us (Ephesians 3:16)? We can be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in our inner person.
4. Who can dwell in our heart (Ephesians 3:17)? Christ may dwell in our heart through faith, being rooted and ground in love.
5. What else may happen to us (Ephesians 3:18-19)? We may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, length, height and depth and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fulness of God.
6. Who can do exceedingly abundantly (Ephesians 3:20)? God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
7. How does Paul close his prayer (Ephesians 3:21)? Paul prayed “To Him (God) be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. AMEN.”
HEAR the WORD
Ephesians 3:14 (NIV) For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder the above verse. I’m convinced by this verse. I don’t kneel before God often enough. How about you?
MEMORIZE the WORD
Ephesians 3:12 In Him (Christ) and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
How awesome it is to be able to approach God with freedom and confidence.
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
Share this verse with others.
PRAY the WORD
Lord, I ask You to grant us power through Your Spirit in our inner person (Ephesians 3:16). Lord, I pray You will dwell in our hearts through faith. I pray we will be rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17). Lord, I pray we will comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth of Your love toward us (Ephesians 3:18). Lord, I pray we will know Your Son, Christ Jesus’ love which surpasses knowledge. And may we be filled with all Your fullness (Ephesians 3:19). Lord thank You for doing exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Lord, I pray to You be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever (Ephesians 3:21). AMEN.
“May you and I knee before our heavenly Father.” <>< Dona