“For This Reason…”Ephesians 3:14-21
When I read verse fourteen of chapter three, a song immediately pops into my head. It is a disco tune with quite a hook, “We are Family…” In this case, it is the kind of family that really hooks me. First, we are all a part of it. Paul says that the family is in heaven and on earth. It is enormous. In addition, it is universal. We are family here and in heaven. We span all that can be spanned. The second awesome thing is that we carry a name given to us by the creator of this family, none other than the Father God, the father of the Lord Jesus Christ, our brother! We are named after him! Yep, Christian. The name means the anointed. Not only is Jesus anointed, but so are we, and it began on the day of Pentecost. By the way, it did not end, as some pretend, in the year 95 AD at the completion of the New Testament Cannon. It is still happening, now, today and tomorrow and until Jesus comes again. Yes, we are Christian in every sense of the word Christ. The Christ incarnate in us, born in us. Now, you think that is a lot for verse fourteen and fifteen, check out the next one.
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner person [man],”
Notice the relationship of the highlighted words for a moment. You may want to take a moment and cross-reference them with chapter one verse nineteen. Another good place to look is Acts chapter two and verse 8, Acts chapter one, verse eight, and once again, John chapters 13 through 15. Romans chapter eight is also another great place to read about the words in highlight. What are the words al about? The word glory is commonly misunderstood. Many lay folk think of it as praise due to God, or some kind of bright light around God, or something. Those things may be true, but are just a small part of a great big picture of the nature of the Almighty. Glory, from the feminine Greek noun doxa, means dignity, honor, and praise. The implication that the Holy Spirit is telling us through Paul here is that God gets praise and honor by working His power through us, when we are willing vessels. In addition, the source of power is endless, and comes from an awesome and glorious site. If we caught just a tiny glimpse of that source, we would be so overcome we could not stand it. In fact, a verse says, “No one shall see my Glory and live”. That Hebrew word has a different meaning, by the way, one referring to visage of God.
Our passage goes on to speak about faith. The way to get all of this is not by reason alone. It is by faith that we can receive. You cannot just merely “think” your way into getting these wonders from God, you must cultivate two basic things the rest of your life, one of them being faith. I will tell you what the other one is in a minute. Hebrews 11:1 states that “Now, (not later and not before) now faith is the substance of hoped for and the evidence of the unseen…” MP and in verse six, “if you do not have faith and live by it you can not please God.” Many reputable scholars think that James, the brother of Jesus wrote this passage. Paul states in our passage that through faith we can be strengthened with power of His might from His glory in our inner being. Wow! Now, about that other basic.
Love. If we want the kind of power that Paul tells us about, we must have the relationship to the source that he describes here. It is the kind of love that roots us and grounds us. That means that we become firmly planted and unmovable in our FAITH. It is the kind of love that has dimensions too.
We can know the “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of the love of Christ. Since Jesus Christ is Eternal, which He has always been and will always be, and He has always loved us… that means our comprehension will always be growing and growing. It is the kind of comprehension that surpasses the Gnostic of this earth. In fact, it surpasses all knowledge and leads us to the fullness of God. Think of it this way. Think of it as being brought to the dinner table of God the father, in a totally happy and joyful environment, and being fed to your hearts content, all the while you are resting in His arms. That is how I picture the fullness of God. Being filled by Him, my sustainer.
The final prayer of this chapter is equally as awesome, and I invite you to make it your prayer this week. It tells us that Jesus is able. That He is able to do more than we could ever imagine, yet He chooses to do those power-filled acts through us! If you want a faith booster, take a moment and pray this prayer with me today:
“20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”