You are fixed to unbreakable love. In 3:16, he referred to God’s power through His Spirit that strengthens us in the inner man. He wants you to recognize that His love is worked into every crevice of your being - Rom. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Missions Week. You cannot lay hold of God's deep affection for you, His self-sacrificing tenderness, His passionate sympathy, or how He goes out of His way to express kindness to you - alone. And God dwells among his people and, through his people, displays his glorious grace. 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. It is translated in our Bibles by the common English word love. C. "When Pandy was young and a looker, Barbie loved her. 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 … What Paul says next is an attempt to gather into words something profoundly personal. This entry was posted in All Children's Sermons and tagged Children's Church Object Lessons, children's sermons, Childrens Sermons Object Lesson, Ephesians, Ephesians 3:18, favorite things, free, free children's sermons, how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, Love, Sunday School Object Lessons by Sermon Writer. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. Ephesians 5:7-14 is about walking in light. "I don't want charity," we might say when receiving what we did not earn and cannot pay back. In Romans 2:4 Paul speaks of the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering. Paul begins by drawing our attention to his present situation, he is a prisoner. These are the notes of a sermon preached by Andy Evans on the morning of the 23 January 2011 at Firwood Church. Biblical Commentary Ephesians 3:1-12. 1. "Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her "(Eph. And this miracle is not peculiar to Ephesus or Firwood, the grace of God is seen powerfully at work everywhere Jesus Christ is received and professed as King. [6] Most other translations (NIV, NET, NKJV, etc.) How to walk the Christian life. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. We have been established here by that Master Builder. Verse 19 takes us to the edge when it speaks of knowing (lit., knowing through experience) "the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge." He is married to Leeanne and is the father of Joey and Craig. Sermon – Ephesians 3:1–12 – Mystery of Christ January 9. The Apostle Paul explained God’s love in this fashion: Ephesians 3:18NLT "And 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." This is the first Sunday in the season of Epiphany. ), Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), p. 240-242. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio.. Ephesians 3:14–21 . The glory Paul speaks of in verse 13 is reserved for believers. 3:1-13 (ESV) For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles- [2] assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, [3] how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Here in Ephesians 3:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the profound importance of the transformed inner man. Missions Week. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. "Agape" is decision love. In other words, Paul’s suffering and imprisonment is of no value and benefit to the man or woman who refuses to believe, accept and receive the gospel. [4] D.G. Paul wants us to understand that now, in Christ Jesus, everything has changed. We were alienated and without a hope in the world. 5:25). It is not because of our intrinsic worth, but because he is infinitely worthy. It is a pure gift, given to the undeserving and the unlovable. That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may comprehend and know the love of Christ. 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. A. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ephesians 3:20. T. Croskery . Sermons on Ephesians 2. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household…”. When Barbie had lunch, Pandy ate beside her at the table. The salvation of souls and the glorification of Christ Jesus is his highest aim. Each of us is called to sacrifice our priorities: ambition, comfort, security, safety, and life for the sake of Christ Jesus. We ran back up to our room - no Pandy. The Gospel teaches that even a murderer and persecutor of Christians, like the Apostle Paul himself, can become a church planter and Pastor. Paul is a prisoner of the state when he wrote the amazing words for the Ephesians and for you and me. Let us consider the force and beauty of the expression, "the family in heaven and in earth." (I John 4:10). You are also "firmly established in love," says Paul, and this time he uses a word from architecture. 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. But, we still arent to the limit: Now to Him who is able to do far more a… Ordinary correspondence from the author of Tom Sawyer usually brings $1,200 to $1,500 a page. From your heart, would you sing the truth: "Oh How He Loves You and Me.". We'd love to hear from you. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 1:3 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. Yes, Paul is imprisoned as a result of his ministry to Gentiles; he is in a cell on behalf of them. Ephesians 3, Sermon Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references 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. Victor P. Furnish helpfully summarises the alternative positions, Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, p. 541. Verse 17 tells us that as a believer in Christ "you have been rooted and firmly established in love." Perhaps we are facing rejection from neighbours, friends and family or perhaps we have been overlooked for that promotion because we have turned to Christ. A. At one time we were separated from God, the people of God and the things of God. Ephesians 4:17-32 contains instructions about walking in purity. Ephesians 2 Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4. Ephesians 3:14-21: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics "the Family In Heaven And In Earth." Similarly, whether we have been called to serve in a way which is prominent or inconspicuous, our very calling is in itself a grace gift. Ephesians 3:4 . Verses 2 through to 13 are, in effect, one prolonged digression and bridges the gap between the Apostle Paul’s celebration of the glory of the grace of God in the formation of the church and his subsequent prayer for that same church. The implications of this are astounding. Ephesians 3:18. Paul was a minister (servant) by God's grace. How Can We Be Clothed with Power? 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. "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." It is not that we are lovely, but that he is loving. Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? To ensure you receive the best experience on, we use cookies to process information about your visit. The good news of the gospel is not that we get to go to church, but that he makes us to be the church. 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., Ephesians: His Glorious Grace – I, Paul (Ephesians 3:1-13). We are called to go, we are called to tell and we are called to live out the gospel implications daily in our lives. He also wants you to know that nothing can ever cause His love for you to cease. ), To be loved by God is an act of charity toward beggars and rebels. For those of us who do believe, however, we are the fruit of Paul’s ministry and it is this kingdom advance which makes the suffering and imprisonment purposeful, meaningful and worthwhile. We are not fixed on the shifting sands of lesser foundations. It goes far beyond the trite expressions of love we use when we speak of loving where we live or loving the hamburger our favorite restaurant makes. Reid, ‘Prison, Prisoner’ in Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, p. 753. There is nothing you can ever do to earn it, so there is nothing you can ever do that will stop it. We are not dead tumbleweeds, tossed about by whatever prevailing wind comes along. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. We want to caught in someone's arms when we fall, we want someone to watch over us, we want to experience "a consummate love," to be enraptured in the lavish love of Someone who knows the truth about us, but will not turn away. Sermon – Ephesians 3:1-12 A Mystery. Firstly, Paul’s circumstances are difficult and he is suffering. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. IN PRAYER . Ephesians 1-3 reveal to Christians the riches we have in Jesus Christ. In other words, this is not for casual Christians. 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. Sermon Notes for Ephesians 3:20 ← Prior Section. But thats not enough, He is able to do far more abundantly beyond what we ask. Ephesians 3:1-13: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics "the Prisoner Of Jesus Christ." Satan would rather have me preach or teach than pray. 3. Yet while Paul was thus thankful for his office, his success in it greatly humbled him. For a lengthy and persuasive defence of Pauline authorship see, Hoehner, Harold (Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary. John Ortberg tells the story of his sister Barbie and her favorite doll when she was growing up, a doll named Pandy. Indeed, Paul’s first imprisonment in Roman was as a direct result of Paul’s involvement in the Jewish/Gentile controversy. Scripture: Ephesians 3:10. See Hoehner, p. 472. And yet, when it comes to the love of God, we are all charity cases. 5:5, "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.". Paul stood with an unshakable confidence that he was precisely where the Lord of the Universe had called him to be. Sermon: Powerful Praying (Ephesians 3:14-21) Posted on November 10, 2008 by Brian Evans. Ephesians 3:14-21. On the chapel bulletin board was the sermon topic for that Sunday. I. At one time we were apart from God and on the outside looking in, but now, because of the cross, we are brought near and Jesus Christ establishes and becomes our peace. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The recipients of this letter were mostly Gentile Christians. (3:23-25), What that means is that God presented Jesus, whose death, received by faith, absorbs God's wrath for you so that you are made right with God. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. I personally believe that: Satan would rather have me witness than pray. This is the most important point this morning. [7] O’Brien, Peter Thomas. (Adapted from C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves, p. I feel this way because God is the all-powerful God of the universe. To be rooted in something means you are drawing nourishment from it, your life, your food, your water, that which sustains you and causes you to flourish. His glorious grace is not simply given for our own benefit and personal enhancement. Sermon Notes for Ephesians 4:1 Next Section →. We're sorry, an error occurred. So in v. 18-20, he asks the Father to give you what it takes to make the jump from head to heart. Moreover, Paul understood that his suffering and imprisonment was immensely purposeful. Ephesians 3:3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 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. 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. 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). From the noble idea of the elevation of the heathen to equal privileges with the Jews, the apostle proceeds to a second prayer for the Ephesian converts, in which he rises to still greater elevation of thought. She had lost a good deal of her hair, one of her arms was missing, and generally speaking, she'd had the stuffing knocked out of her. In his dignified British manner he replied, Madam, can you think of anything in your life that is big to God? She loved her with a love that was too strong for Pandy's own good. Indeed, most translations (e.g. When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, “Men of Israel, help! 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—. […] I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles. This sermon text on Ephesians 1-3 shows what God has given to us, and what Jesus has done for us. I pray that, as we unpack the deep and profound truths of this passage, the Spirit of God would awaken us in order that we might receive all that Paul prays for us: strength, love, power and all surpassing revelation of Christ  Jesus. An epiphany is a moment when you suddenly understand something which has been hidden from your view. But for reasons that no one could ever quite figure out, in the way that kids sometimes do, my sister Barbie loved that little rag doll still. Paul wants us to remember who we were before Christ radically intervened. Paul does not then pick up this thought until we reach verse 14, For this reason I bow my knees before the Father[2]. 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). This blunt statement would, I imagine, be unsettling and even offensive were it not for Paul’s later encouragement in verse 13. A Prayer for the Ephesians. MINISTRY IS A PRIVILEGE - Vs. 7a. This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Paul wants us to see this and to marvel at the glorious grace of God at work towards us and at work within us. Ephesians 3:19: Christ's Transcendent Love: E. Johnson, M. A. Ephesians 3:19: Different Capacities: Bowden. When you one day stand before God as all men will, you will either plead your own righteousness, or you can stand there in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, that has been accounted to you by your faith in Him. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Sermon. Paul understood that he was not a victim of circumstance or chance, but rather he belonged to Christ Jesus. God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999), p. 228, Firwood Church,300 Middleton Road,Westwood,Oldham, OL9 6JH In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. It surrounds and saturates you all the time. Epiphany is that sudden awe inspiring feeling we get when we come into the presence of God. Sometimes there is a tendency to distance God from the difficult circumstances in our lives. It is true that Paul will elsewhere introduce himself as a slave (or bondservant) of Christ Jesus (e.g. "Once we took a vacation from our home in Rockford, Illinois, to Canada. Ephesians 3:19: Filled with God's Fulness: G. Brooks. Only now Paul, temporarily at least, shifts the focus to himself; but note that Paul does this with great purpose. "THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY." 1-3 – How to Walk in Unity with Other Christians. Paul’s point is that his imprisonment and his sufferings are worth it because the progress of the gospel through his ministry is for their glory. He did not look upon his calling as a drudgery, but he entered upon it with intense delight. 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. The grammar of this opening sentence is strange because Paul begins to trace a particular train of thought, but is then distracted and undertakes a lengthy digression which then stretches from verse 2 through to verse 13 (marking the fourth of the eight lengthy sentences which characterise this letter to the Ephesians). And because of this, we are stronger than the storms that beat upon our lives. This glorification is “in the church and in Christ Jesus.” That is to say, it is within the company of believers in union with Christ that God is glorified. Ephesians 2 Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4 Return to the Main Player Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. The word for able describes focused effort that does not let up until the task is accomplished. We, like Paul, are stewards of the glorious grace of God made know through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. Grace, humility and the gospel go hand-in-hand and cannot be separated. remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. You stand on a Rock. But now, let's add the most important word of all, the word "love." 4 For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. John Piper Sep 29, 1985 10 Shares Sermon. The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed . Oct 19, 2010. I. 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. 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? Instead, the used the word "charity." [3] Hoehner argues that this letter was written during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome, probably during the latter half of AD 60. The Apostle Paul[1] points us back to his earlier and great essay on the glory of the grace of God made manifest in the incorporation of Jews and Gentiles into one new man, the Church (Ephesians 2:15). All of us, with Paul, are called to be stewards of God’s grace and ambassadors for the sake of the gospel. It is the blazing light of the glory of God’s grace which inspires Paul to continue, it is ‘For this reason…’. New International Version Update. In the first century there was a necessary concern with creating a continuity of tradition and authority for the fledgling Christian church. No other option was thinkable. - Ephesians 3 Sermons. Introduction. 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). When Barbie went to bed at night, Pandy lay next to her. There are two conditions to moving from head to heart. John Piper Mar 22, 1981 66 Shares Sermon. Whether we are called to preach, teach, lead worship, work with the young people, serve others or evangelize, the calling and the ability is all a result of the grace and mercy of God displayed and poured out in and through Christ Jesus. B. Christ and his church are deeply and intimately one. And so our prayer is that he would be glorified in our lives, in the Church and, indeed, in this church. Making Known the Manifold Wisdom of God Through Prison and Prayer. I. There is no end to the truth, but there should be an end to the sermon, or else it will answer no end but that of wearying the hearer. 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. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. Ephesians 3:15 . We cannot be certain, but the most convincing arguments point towards Paul’s first Roman imprisonment.[3]. For a summary of the arguments for and against Pauline authorship, see P. Furnish, Victor, ‘Epistle to the Ephesians’ in Freedman, David Noel (eds. Paul is clear, God’s grace ‘was given to me for you‘ (verse 2). 2, p. 539-541 & E. Arnold, Clinton, ‘Epistle to the Ephesians’ in Hawthorne, Gerald F., Ralph P. Martin and Daniel G. Reid (eds. As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. (2). Paul wants us to remember. Ephesians 3. The enthusiasm with which the Apostle speaks of preaching the Gospel to the heathen is contagious. HE WAS A MOST CELEBRATED PRISONER. His allegiance to Christ has led him to this prison cell from which he is now writing. Barbie's love for that doll, from Pandy's point of view, was nearly a fatal attraction. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. 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. But consider Paul’s explanation of all of this to Gentiles in Ephesus: Paul writes that it is for their sake that he is now imprisoned; Paul writes that it is because of them that he is chained to a wall. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. Oct 24, 2004. Again, this is a really important observation. Ephesians 3:16-17a Christ does not wait for us to be perfect before He takes up residence within us, and for that we can rejoice. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. Which is why the translators of the Bible in past generations did not use the word "love" to capture the meaning of "agape." That is, it is love that is fixed, not in fleeting emotions or in the passion of the moment, but in the will. For by grace you have been saved through faith. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. The best Paul can muster is talk about dimensions - "the breadth and length and height and depth" of God's love for him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. 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. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has … Paul is a recipient of grace that he might pass it on, in Paul’s case, specifically for the benefit of the Gentiles. Love, The Root And Foundation Of Spiritual Knowledge . 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