Saturday, February 09, 2013

Ephesians 3:14-21 as a Spiritual Exercise: Some Comments & Insights

Monroe County

Tomorrow morning I'm preaching out of Ephesians 3:14-21.

Thanks for sending these thoughts on these verses!


Dear Pastor,  I am glad to participate in this execcise.
 I was reading this portion of the Scripture last week.
This is what I understood.

         Paul starts the verse 15, with a "therefore". That means, this prayer is caused by his previous statements. Verse 7-13 explain the reasons. (1) By grace Paul has became a servant of the Gospel.   (2) He was appointed as an Apostle to the Gentiles. (3) It is God's intention that through His church, the manifold wisdom of God is made available to all powers and authorities in heavenly realms ( I believe the angels, both good and bad) (4) Faith in Jesus and, being in Him, we are able to approach God, with freedom and confidence.(5) Not to be discouraged by his sufferings.

 For this reason, Paul is worshiping in Humble adoration, the  God who is the creator, and sustainer of the universe and all that is within.(All believers of past present and future became His family through His Son, Jesus Christ)
Paul then prays for the Ephesian Church ( we are included), for the following:
(1).To strengthen us though us with power  through the Holy Spirit living in us. ( As He did  to the apostles on the day of Pentecost)
(2) By faith Christ may dwell in our hearts . ( We must also have that awareness in our  life always)  
(3) Together with other saints , we may  be able to  feel and experience the abundant love of Christ that He exampled on Calvary. ( without love, compassion and fellowship within and among fellow saints, we may never be able to understand the love of God.)
( 4) That we may be acquire the Divine nature, and grow in it  to the fullness that we may be transformed into Christ-likeness.
   Then Paul gives the doxology: He praises the Lord, saying that He is able and ready to meet all our needs and bless us and much more exceedingly and abundantly, surpassing human understanding and imagination. Praise and Glory to HIs name, forever and ever, Amen!.

Thank you very much!
 God's Blessings!!.
 With Love and regards,


Pastor John:

Another word I received yesterday...after reading and re-reading:

02082013 Back to Basics
Let’s get back to basics. There’s nothing new under the sun.  My word and my heart will never change.
Seek My face, seek My heart.
There’s nothing new under the sun.
There isn’t some new dynamic way to reach me, or hear from me, or get My attention.  It has always been and will always be the same way – seek My face, seek My heart.  I am here, before you – reach out, here I am.
How I long for you to take the time – even just a moment – even if it’s just to whisper My name, I’m waiting…here for you…
There’s nothing new under the sun.  What has been will be.
Any new endeavor or pattern is just bells and whistles.  The end result is the same, it may just take you longer to get there.
There is nothing new under the sun.
Let’s get back to basics.  Seek My face, seek My heart.
Simply look into My eyes, hear My heartbeat, dwell in My presence.

humbly submitted....


Vs. 19: Scriptural justification for asking for more God!

19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, [b]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [c]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [d]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and[e]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

Now I can enjoy "Set a Fire" by Will Reagan with theological confidence:)

The amplified recharged the idea of abiding in Christ for me in vs. 17:
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,

"Settle down in me, and I settle down in you."
"Make your permanent home in me, and I make my permanent home in you." John 15:4
"Settle down in my love."

This sticks a needle in the eye of "striving." 
It's more like "nesting."

One dimension of his love becomes clearer to me: the permanence of my home in him, and his home in me.

"No place I would rather be..." 

Once again "Set a Fire" gets the volume turned up!

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A friend told me that having a relationship in which both people are fully loved by one another will not hinder or take away from the freedom of the individuals. Instead, it serves as a springboard for both people to move freely outward and make other meaningful relationships because they are secure in the one that is most precious to them. 

If this is true of earthly relationships, how much more so in the spiritual realm?  If we can accept the position of being fully in Christ and loved unconditionally and extravagantly, then it seems we could fearlessly move out from that position with our God given power. Oh what a glorious time we would have working in full force for the kingdom of God :)