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Ephesians Chapter 1:15-23, Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

   Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

 Heaven BoundImagine before the universe was created, the Lord knew who you were; God knew everything about you and has amazing plans for your eternity. God the Holy Spirit lives in you as a security deposit to guarantee the promise of your redemption in Heaven. You are destined for greatness through the blood of Christ who has paid for your sins.  You are adopted into the family of God.

  This is who you are in Christ! But, do you know who you are in Christ?  In the first 14 verses, Paul’s goal is for you, the believer, to understand your destiny.  We need to know our identity in Christ.  As Christians we have to have the right vision or worldview of our Christian faith.

 

 In the second part of chapter 1, Paul prays that the realization of our identity in Christ becomes real, not just theory.  We need to know the inheritance coming to us and live according to our future, not our past.

 Ephesians 1:15-23

(15)  For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,

(16)  I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

(17)  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

(18)  having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

(19)  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might

(20)  that he worked 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 above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

(22)  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,

(23)  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 Ephesians 1:15-23

 

Paul in Prison(15) this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints,

 For this reason refers to earlier points in Chapter 1, the guarantee of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the completion of redemption to come. Paul connects the reality of our identity in Christ.  It has been at least two years since Paul last with the Ephesian church. The last time, he warned them of the threats of “ravenous wolves” who would come against them, and men who shall speak perverse things arising from their own group (Acts 20:29-30).  Their reputation of the church’s strong faith preceded them; they had established a reputation through the demonstration of love.  They treated their fellow saints with love and respect, setting a model for future churches. The excitement of this church would later be wanting, forty years later, Jesus warns the Ephesians of losing their first love (Revelation 2:1-4).

            Everyone who is saved has the Holy Spirit dwelling in them, they are saints..  We are saved by the blood of Christ, not by our own righteousness.  The word saint is translated from the Greek word, hagios, meaning consecrated, separated.  When we accept Christ, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are distinct from those who are in the world, God sees us covered with the blood of His Son. Because of the blood of Christ, we are declared righteous and stand righteous before God.

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