Walk Thru The Word: Ephesians 3: 1-16  (ESV) The Uncircumcised of Heart are Alienated from God

13So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Message Map Ephesians 3: 13-21

Ephesians lesson #6

“WE CAN KNOW God Four Dimensionally WHICH SURPASSES Knowledge TO Abundantly Fulfill His plan”

Eph 3: 1-2 Paul’s Stewardship Involved suffering as a prisoner of Christ To Serve His Church    

I, Paul, a prisoner of (one who is bound as a captive (one forced into subjection) to Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship (management  and administration whereby a person looks after another’s affairs) of God’s grace (a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ,) that was given to me for you

CAPTIVE, NW 1828 noun

  1. A prisoner taken by force.
  2. A slave. Anciently captives were enslaved by their conquerors. But in modern times, they are not made slaves in Christian countries; and the word captive in a literal sense, rarely signifies a slave.

Eph. 3: 13 13So I ask you not to lose heart (be negatively influenced by experiencing inner weariness or weariness of heart) over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

Eph 3: 13 & 1-2 Paul’s Stewardship Involved Being a prisoner of Christ To Serve His Church    

Paul was arrested and made a captive — taken prisoner; brought into subjection by …

Eph 3: 13 & 1-2 Biblical Stewardship Is dedicated service to Christ

Biblical Stewardship is not being a Flunky of Tolerance (willingness to endure an allowable amount of variation) but a determined and purposeful servant of Christ.

A flunky is • a person who performs relatively menial tasks for someone else, especially obsequiously.

Tolerance is the capacity and willingness to endure what we mistakenly believe is an allowable amount of variation from God’s Word! 

Our capacity for tolerance is increased like the diminution in the body’s response to a drug after continued exposure to or use of what the Bible calls Leaven that corrupts whatever with which it is mixed! (Gal 5:9, 1 Cor. 5:6, Matt 13:33, Luke 13:21, Hosea 7:4).

When we allow what we think is a minuscule amount of variation, we leaven the entire lump.

  1. Michael Ortiz, director of The Strike Force of Prayer, said this to me about 2 weeks ago: “The Devil will use a lake of truth to hide an ounce of poison.” 
  2. That is because the little poison of leaven turns the entire body of knowledge.

Eph 3: 13 & 1-2 Biblical Stewardship Is dedicated service to Christ

True of False …  (Let congregation answer first, and then show the answers by hitting the down button on the computer)

Christ, His Disciples and Paul …

  1. were “minions, lackeys to people who were offended by the Gospel of Jesus Christ? T/F  
  2. subordinated themselves to people who were offended by the Gospel of Jesus Christ? T/F
  3. were obsequious (obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree) with those who told them to stop preaching the Gospel? T/F
  4. obeyed God over man! T/F

When we allow what we think is a minuscule amount of variation, we leaven the entire lump.

A flunky is • a person who performs relatively menial tasks for someone else, especially obsequiously.

Other terms for “flunky include “minion, lackey, hireling, subordinate, underling.”

Was Christ or Paul …

  1. ever a “minion, lackey, hireling, subordinate, underling”?
  2. ever subordinated to people who were offended by the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
  3. ever obsequious (obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree) with those who told them to stop preaching the Gospel?

Galatians 5:9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of … A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. …

1 Corinthians 5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? … Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? …

Matthew 13:33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of … Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough …

Luke 13:21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about . Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every … It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour …

Hosea 7:4 They are all adulterers, like an oven heated by the baker: the city rested a little from the mingling of the leaven, till the whole was leavened. …  

Eph 3: 14-15 God is The Genesis of 2 Types of People: the Born Once earth bound & The Born Twice heaven bound

Eph 3: 14–15 14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

God is the Originator of those who are a) born once and are bound (tied, confined or restricted) on earth, and b) those who are born twice (John 3;3-7) and are bound (on their way to) heaven.

The Heaven Bound are born Again.  The Earth Bound are entrapped in Adam, but can be born again. 

God is the Heavenly Father of those who are both born once on earth and those born twice for Heaven.

God is the Father of those who are both born once and are bound (= an adjective for those who are tied, confined or restricted) on earth, as they are trapped in their carnal-Adamic nature. and those born twice for Heaven…

These two types of people in 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 also are called first Adam of dust and second Adam  of heaven people. 

If you only are born born once on earth (John 8:24),  you will die twice, once on earth, and then again at judgement, with the second death being the lake of fire (Rev. 2:11, Rev. 19:20, Rev. 20:10, 14-15, Rev. 21:8  ).

Eph 3: 16-17 We must be strengthened with Spiritual Power for Christ  to dwell in our hearts through faith

16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened (confirmed) with power (ability) through his Spirit in your inner (the soul, conscience) being, (man, both male and female as both are created in the image of God – each equally vested with individual personhood and destiny (cf. Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus).

Accordingly, the Bible uses 444 (ánthrōpos) of a specific man, woman, or class (type, group) of people – i.e. mankind in general (inclusive of every man, woman and child; see also 1 Cor 11:7). (435 /anḗr specifically refers to a male and 1135 /gynḗ to a female.))

Through the inner ma , we are rooted and grounded 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith

Eph 3: 17b-19  —that you, being rooted (cause to strike root, be firmly planted, fixed, established) and grounded (have a firm foundation laid) in love ()good-will, love, benevolence, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Fullness

“it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell,” (Colossians 1:19,)

so he who has Christ dwelling in him can want nothing. It is a mistake to imagine that the Spirit can be obtained without obtaining Christ; and it is equally foolish and absurd to dream that we can receive Christ without the Spirit. Both doctrines must be believed. We are partakers of the Holy Spirit, in proportion to the intercourse which we maintain with Christ; for the Spirit will be found nowhere but in Christ, on whom he is said, on that account, to have rested; for he himself says, by the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me.” (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18.) But neither can Christ be separated from his Spirit; for then he would be said to be dead, and to have lost all his power.

Isaiah 61:1 (ESV) The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.

Luke 4:18 (ESV) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

Eph 3: 14-15  the Transition from Earth Bound

To Heaven Bound People born again (John 3: 3- 7. 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his… Click To Tweet

Eph 3: 14–15 14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

Eph 3: 14–15 14 The Heaven Bound are Born Again The Earth Bound are entrapped in Adam, but can be born again. 

Here’s the Process for them to Transition:

  1. bow in Confession (bend) their knees only to Him, and not so-called “iconic” intermediaries
  1. born again (John 3: 3- 7. 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spiritic 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.)

Calvin notes regarding Ephesians 3:14

Pelagianism is the belief that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without special divine aid..

We are thus enabled to refute the slanders of the Pelagians and Papists, who argue, that, if the grace of the Holy Spirit performs the whole work of enlightening our minds, and forming our hearts to obedience, all instruction will be superfluous.” 

Eph 3: 18  It requires strength to comprehend the breadth, length, depth, height = the Four dimensions of the spiritual temple, Representing “the fulness of God”

Eph 3: 17b-19  —that you, being rooted (cause to strike root, be firmly planted, fixed, established) and grounded (have a firm foundation laid) in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses (xxx) knowledge, (xxx) that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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Calvin – 19. And to know the love of Christ. By those dimensions Paul means nothing else than the love of Christ, of which he speaks afterwards. The meaning is, that he who knows it fully and perfectly is in every respect a wise man. As if he had said, “In whatever direction men may look, they will find nothing in the doctrine of salvation that does not bear some relation to this subject.” The love of Christ contains within itself the whole of wisdom, so that the words may run thus: that ye may be able to comprehend the love of Christ, which is the length and breadth, and depth, and height, that is, the complete perfection of all wisdom. The metaphor is borrowed from mathematicians, taking the parts as expressive of the whole. Almost all men are infected with the disease of desiring to obtain useless knowledge. It is of great importance that we should be told what is necessary for us to know, and what the Lord desires us to contemplate, above and below, on the right hand and on the left, before and behind. The love of Christ is held out to us as the subject which ought to occupy our daily and nightly meditations, and in which we ought to be wholly plunged. He who is in possession of this alone has enough. Beyond it there is nothing solid, nothing useful, — nothing, in short, that is proper or sound. Though you survey the heaven and earth and sea, you will never go beyond this without overstepping the lawful boundary of wisdom.

Philippians 4:7 “the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

No man can approach to God without being raised above himself and above the world. On this ground the sophists refuse to admit that we can know with certainty that we enjoy the grace of God; for they measure faith by the perception of the bodily senses. But Paul justly contends that this wisdom exceeds all knowledge; for, if the faculties of man could reach it, the prayer of Paul that God would bestow it must have been unnecessary. Let us remember, therefore, that the certainty of faith is knowledge, but is acquired by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, not by the acuteness of our own intellect. If the reader desire a more full discussion of this subject, he may consult the “Institutes of the Christian Religion.”

That ye may be filled. Paul now expresses in one word what he meant by the various dimensions. He who has Christ has everything necessary for being made perfect in God; for this is the meaning of the phrase, the fullness of God. Men do certainly imagine that they have entire completeness in themselves, but it is only when their pride is swelled with empty trifles. It is a foolish and wicked dream, that by the fullness of God is meant the full Godhead, as if men were raised to an equality with God.

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Eph 3: 20 God Advocates To Abundantly Provide What is according to His plan for His Glory 

Eph 3: 20 20Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

NLT Eph 3: 17-20  17Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Websters 1828 Here the whole preceding parts of the sentence are to accord, i.e. agree with, correspond with, or be suitable to, what follows. according here, has its true participial sense, agreeing, and is always followed by to. It is never a preposition.       

God promises us victory, and that He’ll advocate for us, but we have to follow His Will and do His work, according to  His way, but God doesn’t work through passivity:

 Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!

 Let’s Pray:

Thank You, LORD for giving us the ability to know You, and giving us the capacity to be filled with your love, and understand what Your will is for us!   

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