Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2003

Ephesians #8

Ephesians #8

Paul's prayer in Eph 1:15-23 is that we might learn the implications of the fact that believers are united to Jesus Christ forever. Eph 1:15 faith works itself out in love for other believers. He prays for enlightenment: understanding in Christ -- He is the supreme ruler of the universe and we're related to Him. Paul was severely attacked and persecuted and defends himself by amplifying his "weakness" in 2Co 11:22-33. In 2Co 12:7-9, "that the power of Christ may rest upon me" carries the theme of Eph 1:15-23. 1Pe 4:12-14 Peter presents similar attitude about suffering -- exceeding joy while demonstrating the power of Christ. Eph 1:19 says we possess Christ's power (he uses 4 Greek words for power). Eph 1:23 "His body -- the fullness of Him" sets up the bride and marriage discussion in future chapters.

Scripture References: Ephesians 1:23, Ephesians 1:19, Ephesians 1:15-23, Ephesians 1:15, Ephesians 1:15-23

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More than any book Ephesians reveals the blessings from God based on our relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith. Eph 1:3 is the a key verse. Other key verses by chapter include Eph 2:8 Eph 3:19 Eph 4:1 Eph 5:18 and Eph 6:10-11.

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