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Ephesians - Week 3

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
January 14, 2023

Week 3
January 14, 2023

I Am Blessed
I Am Chosen
I Am Predestined
I Am Adopted
I Am Accepted
I Am Redeemed
I Am Sealed

Ephesians 3:1
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—

“Prisoner of Jesus Christ”
A Heavenly Perspective
Was Paul’s Only Perspective

Philippians 1:12
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel

Ephesians 3:2-5
if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets

Why A Mystery?
Old Testament Saints Were Not Born Again
So They Were Limited In Their Ability To Understand Spiritual Things

Levels of Learning
Experiential Knowledge – From Experience
Educational Knowledge – From Education
Revelation Knowledge – From The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 3:6
that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel

Two Mysteries Paul Is Speaking About
The Gentiles Sharing In The Promises of God
The Jews and Gentiles Being Joint-Heirs With Christ

The Gentiles Did Not Become A Part of the Jewish Body
The Jews Did Not Become A Part of The Gentile Body
Jews and Gentiles When They Put Their Faith In Christ Become A Part of Christ’s Body

Ephesians 3:7-9
of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ

Ephesians 3:10
to the intent that now the manifold (multifaceted) wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places

Ephesians 3:11
according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord

Revelation 13:8
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Acts 15:18 TLB
That is what the Lord says, who reveals his plans made from the beginning.

Titus 1:2
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began

Ephesians 3:12-13
in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Paul’s First Prayer

Ephesians 1:15-19
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit (mental disposition) of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe

Paul’s Second Prayer

Ephesians 3:14-19 Is One Sentence

Ephesians 3:14-16
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man

There Is A Difference Between
Living For God
Letting God Live Through You

The Key To Victory As A Christian Is Being Guided and Led By The Holy Spirit

Ephesians 3:17-19
that Christ may dwell in your hearts (soul and spirit) through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Believers Should Be Spiritually Strong By God’s Spirit
Christ Will Be at Home in Their Hearts by Faith
Be Rooted and Grounded in Love
Should Receive Revelation Knowledge
Should Be Filled with God’s Fullness

Ephesians 3:20
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

Ephesians 3:20 AMPC
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] —

True or False
God Will Do Exceeding Abundantly Above All That We Ask or Think?

No Power Working In Us
No Power Working Through Us

Ephesians 3:20-21
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, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.