CITIZENS part 6 – The Experience Of Citizenship (Eph 3:14-21) – Steve Sudworth
Ephesians Study Material- Eph. 3:14-21
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. In Chapter 2, Paul brought the church to a revelation of praise for the ways in which Christ has saved that naturally spilled into a oneness of all who believe. Chapter 3 continues along the some vein, distinguishing the uniqueness of the whole Church (both Jews and Gentiles) in the world. In the preceding verses Paul digressed slightly from his original prayer to bring the readers attention to who they are including, their call to impart the mystery of the gospel. The verse that follow return the reader to the original thought process, once again directing the reader to an attitude of praise.
Text: Eph. 3:14-21
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
In Paul’s return to his original prayer, everything is once again because of Jesus. The unique call that is upon the church, the supernatural strengthening of the body; everything is because of Jesus. And even in that, it is because of Christ’s love.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- What does it mean to be filled with the fullness of God?
- How does Paul’s thought process in verses 14-21 relate to verses 1-13?