Today’s text begins as an actual prayer. It is the prayer of the Apostle Paul for the churches scattered through Ephesus. He is in prison writing this letter. As he sits down in prison, confined for preaching the gospel he’s got the churches on his mind.
These churches were special to the Apostle. They had a grip on his heart and special place in his mind. He loved Ephesus, and thought of her often. She was sentimental to him, sacred and special to him. Here we get a glimpse of the awesome relationship that he had with her. Paul’s thoughts for them are revealed in his prayer request for their spiritual growth and development in Christ.
- Paul asks God to give them the spirit of wisdom
- Paul asks God to give them the spirit of Revelation and knowledge of Him
- Paul asks God to give them eyes of understanding
Paul desired that they would know the hope of God’s calling and know the riches of God’s glory that is reserved for the inheritance of the saints in God. Paul ends up meditating in this verse on what God had already gave to the Church (Jesus) and he is caught up in the revelation of Christ Power, Position and Pre-eminence.
The Apostle wants the church to know the power of Christ. (The power that God the Father raised Jesus His Son with from the dead.)
He is writing to you and I also, that we would know that Christ power supersedes whatever is affecting us today. In Jesus we have the answer to the problems of this old world.
- In Jesus we have the assurance of heaven
- In Jesus we have the hope that all will be alright
- In Jesus we have the assistance in the time of need
- In Jesus we have the assurance after awhile every thing will be alright
Paul is encouraging the Saints with the good news of Christ everlasting Power. God has set him (Jesus) at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion. Jesus is seated in the heavens as Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
- His seat there indicates his glory,
- His seat indicates that the work of redemption has been completed.
- His Seat indicates he is in Charge
- His seat indicates that he has made all things well
- His seat indicates there is no greater power any where in the universe
- His seat indicates that HE IS GOD
In short these verses remind us that Jesus has all power. According to this passage all things have been placed under his feet, and God the Father has given him to be the head over all things to the church. I don’t know about you, but I am a member of His church. He has all authority over my life, and I am glad today that Jesus is the head of my life. When I get to heaven I am going to tell Paul thank you for writing this letter, and for teaching me about prayer.
Because he prayed like this for the Ephesians, I want to pray like this for you.
I’m So glad that somebody prayed for me, aren’t you? I love you and I love being your Pastor!
For Christ and His Kingdom