19
Sep
2013

EPHESIANS 1:15-18A THE FATHER OF GLORY, MAY GIVE TO YOU THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM

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Eph 1:15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;

 The Christian Life has 2 dimensions:

  • Faith towards God -Trust
  • Love towards Men - Obey

Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God and your neighbor

Paul knew these two things were the just the tip of the iceberg

Notice Paul’s prayer, same as in all the prison epistles.

It is not for health, wealth, or material things

He prays for spiritual perception and real Christian character.

  1. He Prays first of all for spiritual wisdom and revelation

The Holy Spirit is the one who reveals all spiritual wisdom

But you cannot hear from the Holy Spirit if you have not opened your heart to hear

Mt 13:13 Jesus said Seeing they see not and hearing they hear not

2.     Second, He prays they may know God, not only as Savior, but as Father friend and guide

Psalms 63:1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

5
Sep
2013

EPHESIANS 1:11-14 TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY

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Ephesians 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

 The whole section from verse 1-14 tells us everything He does is to the praise of His glory.  We see in this section today how to be saved.  You hear, you trust in the Gospel and having believed you are sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day He comes back to get us.  There are 5 great things that come with being Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.  The sealing work of the Spirit is mentioned 2 other places in the Scripture, 2Corinthians 1:22 and Ephesians 4:30

1.    A seal on a legal document means it is a finished contract or transaction

You know what the seal means? We are not in the process of getting saved. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ God gave you the Holy Spirit and said - That is a finished transaction.

2.    It means security and protection.. We are secure in Christ - Hebrews 6:19

3.  Authenticity… It’ real, we are a genuine child of God - Ro 8:9

When God gives us His Holy Spirit He is saying this is an authentic child of the King. The only authentic Christian is the one who possesses the Holy Spirit, who’s sealed with a mark of authenticity. 

4. Ownership…He owns us - 1Co 6:19-20

5.  Authority and power - Read the the eighth chapter of Esther. Esther wanted the king to settle a certain issue. So she said, Okay, you make the edict, king, and you sign it with your seal and we'll carry it out. And so they're walking around with this letter from the king. And it's a sign of authority. Esther 3:8-15,

We have His authority and power in our lives over sin, suffering, and temptation.  The Authority to preach the Gospel and go in His name since He has sent us Mt. 28:20

In essence, the “deposit” of the Holy Spirit is a little bit of heaven in believers’ lives with a guarantee of much more yet to come.

Who is The guarantee of our inheritance – The Holy Spirit – This means He will never leave us or forsake us Hebrews 13:5