Hope, Riches, and Power

Ephesians 1:15 -21

15, For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,
16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Q: How do you know someone is a Christian?
A: 1. They have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and 2) They have love for all the saints (15).

Q: What do you pray for people who have everything? What do you pray for Christians with all blessings they have in Christ?

A: That the Father may give us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him (17). Paul wants us to know Him.
“A God centered, gospel shaped perspective knowledge. We forget how supremely blessed and cared we are.” Michael Reeves. “Christianity is primarily about knowing God which will work itself out to behavior changes.”

The knowledge of God is “having the eyes or your heart enlightened, (18). This is more than the mind’s knowledge.

Your Turn:
Listen to the whole sermon. I promise you will be enlightened.

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