CITIZENS part 2 – Revelation Of Citizenship (Eph 1:15-23) – Steve Sudworth
Ephesians Study Material- Eph. 1:15-19
Paul wrote the letter of Ephesians as a general letter to a large region of churches during his first Roman imprisonment. The letter to the Ephesians and the letter to the church in Colosse were most likely written around the same time and delivered at roughly the same time. The letter to the Ephesians is a passionate and beautiful letter, riddled with hymns and exhortations, rich in theology and eschatology setting it apart from all other Pauline Epistles. The letter emphasizes the nature of the church and the relationship of Christ as the head of the church. Paul spent the first 14 verses poetically describing the power, knowledge and will of God. Reminding the church who they are and who they serve. In the verses that follow Paul uses this as a platform to introduce a prayer for the church which expresses a deep longing for the church to be continually built up in the knowledge of the Lord.
Text: Eph. 1:15-19
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of His great might.
2 Pet. 1:3
Paul is praying for the church to grasp the reality of who they are in Christ, lifting up his brothers and sisters in the Lord Paul earnestly asks that they know the “hope to which they are called.” This “hope” in the biblical sense, is hoping in expectation for that which will surely pass. His first request is that the Church has a revelation of who the Lord is and this a revelation of the hope that the church is called too, including the spiritual inheritance that awaits the church and the constant goodness of the Lord.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- Why is it impossible to have a revelation of what we are called to unless we first have a revelation of Christ?
- Why does Paul “not cease” in prayer?
- What are the practical implications of who, how and what we should pray for seen in this passage?