Your inner being is always at flood tide with rush of God's love for you. These Blessings Are from God. He did not look upon his calling as a drudgery, but he entered upon it with intense delight. Firstly, Paul’s circumstances are difficult and he is suffering. Jesus himself reminds us that to become his disciple is a risky and costly thing, Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me…”. The Unfathomable Riches of Christ for All Peoples, Above All Powers, Through the Church Missions Week. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. The first insight is found in Luke’s account of Paul and Silas’ imprisonment in Philippi (Acts 16:23-40). Each of us is called to sacrifice our priorities: ambition, comfort, security, safety, and life for the sake of Christ Jesus. Making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. To ensure you receive the best experience on Lifeway.com, we use cookies to process information about your visit. ), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (New York: Doubleday, 1996), vol. The gospel knows nothing of the notion of the ‘silent believer’. As believers we are, therefore, recipients of his glorious grace. In chapter 2 and the first half of chapter 3, Paul talked about the great transformation that God has wrought in their lives, from death to life (2:1-10)—and how Christians are no longer divided into Jew and Gentile, but are now one in Christ Jesus (2:11-22). We celebrate Epiphany on January 6 as that time when God came into the world as a man named Jesus. These Blessings Are Spiritual. New International Version Update. Moreover, this grace is given for a purpose, that we might pass it on. Paul is clear, God’s grace ‘was given to me for you‘ (verse 2). I want to call our focus on a love that comes to rag dolls like us who are flawed and broken, bent and tattered, but made beautiful because of that love. The Purpose of Suffering – for you Gentiles, For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you. Paul begins by drawing our attention to his present situation, he is a prisoner. One thing that Jesus constantly declared was that God was His Father. Prayer for Power (Ephesians 3:16-17) C. Prayer for Knowledge (Ephesians 3:18 … So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. A. Just so, we who are His by faith in the Son of God are rooted in love, absorbing our life from the love of God. This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Oct 23, 1988. Now add the second verb. Ephesians 3:15 . A Prayer for the Ephesians. Exegesis: Ephesians 3:1-12 The epistle text for this week can be read with two different agendas in mind.On one hand the focus is on establishing apostolic tradition. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ephesians 3:20. You might as well ask people to like the taste of rotten bread or the sound of a mechanical drill" as to expect that God would find something lovable in us. Ephesians 3:14-21: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. This is what the human heart craves. Sermons on Ephesians 2. It is important that we see that the call to Christ is the call to walk the way of the cross. There is nothing you can ever do to earn it, so there is nothing you can ever do that will stop it. Love, The Root And Foundation Of Spiritual Knowledge . Ephes. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. As we have already considered earlier in this series, Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles was wildly controversial among the Jewish religious authorities and even in some of the churches (consider Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia, for example). Ephesians 2:1-3 – From Rags to Riches (Part I: The Terminal Disease) Ephesians 2:4-7 – Get a Life! But now, let's add the most important word of all, the word "love." I. To recipients of grace, the gospel is glorious because the grace of God is glorious. Paul stood with an unshakable confidence that he was precisely where the Lord of the Universe had called him to be. HE WAS A MOST CELEBRATED PRISONER. Yet it is possible to grieve His Spirit by our sin (Eph. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. In Romans 9:23 The riches of His glory, on His vessels of mercy. And God dwells among his people and, through his people, displays his glorious grace. ), but concur with the ESV translators that the phrase here denotes cause. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. The apostle often refers to his prison-life, and here presents himself to the Churches as "an ambassador in bonds" (Ephesians 6:20). [1] Recent scholarship (beginning with the Anglican Cleric, Edward Evanson’s, monograph published in 1792) has questioned Pauline authorship of Ephesians with many scholars positing the letter to be a forgery by a later disciple who reworked Paul’s letter to the Colossians. a. How is it that Paul could continue in the faith knowing that a final imprisonment and execution faced him in Rome? Sermon – Ephesians 3:1–12 – Mystery of Christ January 9. The cause that beckons forth "agape" is never found in the object of love. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. John Piper Oct 23, 1988 275 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Paul wants us, Firwood Church, to see one another with absolute clarity, to see ourselves with all our dissimilarities, and glory in the truth that he has made us to be one people, one body, one family and one church. Paul understood that he was not a victim of circumstance or chance, but rather he belonged to Christ Jesus. None of us are worthy to be God's servants, but God has not only saved us by grace, but he has chosen to use us by grace. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Ephes. info@firwood.church, Ephesians: His Glorious Grace – I, Paul (Ephesians 3:1-13). Paul makes precisely this point when he writes of ‘the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you’ (Ephesians 3:2). T. Croskery . C. S. Lewis picked up on this thought: "We are all receiving Charity," he wrote. The outcome of all of this is that we have become and are made into a holy temple in which God’s presence, goodness, power, mercy and grace is present and made manifest. Ephesians 3:18. BLESSED BE THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. This is surprising because Paul has used the preceding chapters and verses to ensure that God is seen to be as he is: at the centre of everything, everywhere and at every time. And so we come to the first of the two unusual things about this passage, For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—. Want to get in touch? R.M. Paul’s focus here is not on the grace of Apostleship or ministry, but on the grace of God embodied and proclaimed in the gospel. When Barbie had lunch, Pandy ate beside her at the table. Only now Paul, temporarily at least, shifts the focus to himself; but note that Paul does this with great purpose. read ‘a prisoner of Christ Jesus’ and the genitives can denote possession, Paul is the prisoner of Christ Jesus, or cause, Paul is a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. Which is why the translators of the Bible in past generations did not use the word "love" to capture the meaning of "agape." Satan would rather have me preach or teach than pray. It is noted, however, (and I am persuaded) that the letter contains an exceptional number of autobiographical references and details, chief among which stands Ephesians 3:1, 7-8 and 13 (see also Ephesians 1:1, 4:1, 6:19-20 and 6:21-22). B. Ephesians 3:14-21. [Even though Pandy was more rag than doll, Barbie loved her with a love that made Pandy beautiful.] The prayer of the apostle, which includes a reference to the whole family interest of the universe under the blessed Father, is one of the most fervent, comprehensive, and sublime to be found in all Scripture. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household…”. Ephesians 3:3 Cults commonly claim to have special teachings that are available only to a few who are wise enough to understand them or have enough money to buy this knowledge. It always involves giving away your life in some form. Please see below for details. On the chapel bulletin board was the sermon topic for that Sunday. This is the most important point this morning. There is some dispute as to which imprisonment Paul is referring to here, some arguing for imprisonment in Ephesus, some for Caesarea and some for Rome. You stand on a Rock. Sermon Ephesians 3:14-21 Grounded in Love Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists By Dr. Keith Wagner Ephesians 3:14-21 If you have been to Yosemite or Sequoia National Park you have enjoyed the beauty of … It is rather "the hidden man of the heart" (1 Peter 3:4); the man "created after God" (Ephesians 4:24) in righteousness and holiness; the interior principle of spiritual life; the personification of out' intellectual and spiritual life, with its impulses, its feelings, its struggles. How to walk the Christian life. In Romans 2:4 Paul speaks of the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering. She had remained behind at the hotel in Canada. So if you're a loner, you're not only weakening yourself, you're robbing other believers of your part in learning the heart of God for His own, and your missing out on that as well. Edgar . John Piper Oct 24, 2004 75 Shares Message. 2011 Today is the Sunday after Epiphany. In the first century there was a necessary concern with creating a continuity of tradition and authority for the fledgling Christian church. It shows no color, sprouts no bud because it is severed from the root. His words burn on the page, and our hearts take fire as we read them. My father turned the car around, and we drove from Illinois all the way back to Canada. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Satan would rather have me study my Bible than pray. (John 3:16). Ephesians 3:1-2 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you Paul understands that not only is his imprisonment a consequence of his devotion to and the purposes of Christ Jesus, but also that his present circumstances directly relate to his ministry to the Gentiles. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. b. Ps. A. And it was all a gift, a gratuitous and free act of charity for we, the lost. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Instead, we find the words of verses 14-19. Paul wants us to see this and to marvel at the glorious grace of God at work towards us and at work within us. It is the blazing light of the glory of God’s grace which inspires Paul to continue, it is ‘For this reason…’. Sermon Ephesians 1:3-14 The Mystery of His Will Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Dr. Randy L. Hyde Context, context, context. Ephesians 3:19: Filled with God's Fulness: G. Brooks. If you have a letter from Mark Twain in your attic, it could be worth a lot of money. Ephesians 2:8-10, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Romans 12:3-8 . You are also "firmly established in love," says Paul, and this time he uses a word from architecture. Ever try to do that, to talk about something that goes beyond words? We all want to be swept away, to be loved in spite of ourselves, to be fully accepted, to be cherished, to matter to someone. You are fixed to unbreakable love. For by grace you have been saved through faith. C. In Romans 11:33 he speaks of the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God. The only way to comprehend the nuances of God's love for you is "with all the saints." predominantly Gentile) somehow undermined the law of Moses and compromised the holiness of God. (I John 4:10). John Piper Mar 22, 1981 66 Shares Sermon. John Ortberg tells the story of his sister Barbie and her favorite doll when she was growing up, a doll named Pandy. The section closes with a doxology, giving glory to God (Ephesians 3:20-21). Ephesians 4:1-16 is about walking in unity. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. "THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY." As we work our way, over the next four weeks, through this prolonged digression we will need to take care to both remember and look forward. The beatings hurt, the discomfort was uncomfortable and the pain was painful (consider, for example, the catalogue of Paul’s trials in 2 Corinthians 11:16-28). As we look forward we must remember that the weighty truths of verse 2 through to 13 are intended to prepare us for the Apostle Paul’s prayer (in verse 14 through to 21) for the church in Ephesus and, by extension, for believers everywhere. Satan would rather have me fellowship with other believers than pray. We had returned almost all the way home when we realized at the Illinois border that Pandy had not come back with us. Paul’s suffering was very real. mark the beginning of this digression with a hyphen at the end of verse 1. So in v. 18-20, he asks the Father to give you what it takes to make the jump from head to heart. Exodus 20:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21 I saw a cartoon somewhere picturing two Army trainees standing in front of a military chapel. At one time we were separated from God, the people of God and the things of God. There are two conditions to moving from head to heart. The second unusual thing about this passage is the way in which Paul suddenly moves himself towards the centre of the picture. God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles. Missions Week. "Agape" is the love-word for absolute, un-self-centered, brutal sacrifice. Reid, ‘Prison, Prisoner’ in Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, p. 753. And this must have an effect on the way that we live. 3. Luke describes Paul’s return to Jerusalem and the subsequent imprisonment which would lead, firstly to Caesarea and then, eventually, Rome. You and I were saved by the sheer grace and mercy of God demonstrated and extended in and through the gospel of Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:1-13. Don't miss this massive, unchangeable fact: You are thoroughly loved by God. We are called to go, we are called to tell and we are called to live out the gospel implications daily in our lives. Sermon: Powerful Praying (Ephesians 3:14-21) Posted on November 10, 2008 by Brian Evans. The second thing to note, however, is that Paul’s suffering here is incredibly purposeful, Paul explains to us why it ultimately does not matter whether he is imprisoned in Philippi, Ephesus, Jerusalem, Caesarea or Rome (and he was imprisoned in all of these places); ultimately Paul is imprisoned for Christ Jesus (Paul will later describe himself as ‘a prisoner for the Lord’ (Ephesians 4:1)).[6]. Barbie's love for that doll, from Pandy's point of view, was nearly a fatal attraction. The first is "rooted," which pictures you as a great tree, whose roots have penetrated deep into the rich soil of God's love. A woman once approached the famous preacher, G. Campbell Morgan, after he spoke and asked, Do you think we should pray for even the little things in our lives, or just for the big things? SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 3 Sermons. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Your trusted source of Christian resources since 1891. 8:35-39). We'd love to hear from you. We ran downstairs and found the laundry room - Pandy was there, wrapped up in the sheets about to be washed to death. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The recipients of this letter were mostly Gentile Christians. Instead, we live, connected to our source of life and strength that lies beneath the surface. "I don't want charity," we might say when receiving what we did not earn and cannot pay back. David Mathis Apr 2, 2020 11.6K Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. 5:5, "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.". Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. His glorious grace is not simply given for our own benefit and personal enhancement. Paul understands that not only is his imprisonment a consequence of his devotion to and the purposes of Christ Jesus, but also that his present circumstances directly relate to his ministry to the Gentiles. Missions Week. 1. Ephesians 3. The glory Paul speaks of in verse 13 is reserved for believers. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. This was also asserted in the prophesies of the Messiah. Paul’s acceptance of his circumstances, suffering, imprisonment and even death, flows out of a greater reality. Scripture Ephesians 3 Sort Bible Verse. 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