Epheisans 3(a)

This week we are working through Ephesians 3, which concludes with a great prayer for wisdom and understanding. This chapter is the fulcrum of the Epistle. In the first two chapters, Paul explains to the Gentiles and all outsiders that they are invited and called by Christ to join the community of God’s people and to become part of God’s family to whom salvation is given. In the remainder of Ephesians (chapters 4-6), Paul sets forth what it looks like to be part of this community. As you read through the concluding prayer in Ephesians 3, not only make it your own, but pay close attention to the proper roles and functions of faith, love, and knowledge. As Paul writes elsewhere: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Cor. 13:1-2.

Out of his glorious riches may he strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

Ephesians 3:16

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