Presentation on theme: "The Father (14) The whole family (15) Ep.2:18-19; 4:6 Church militant / triumphant Death does not end our relationship A group united by descent from a."— Presentation transcript:
The Father (14) The whole family (15) Ep.2:18-19; 4:6 Church militant / triumphant Death does not end our relationship A group united by descent from a common ancestor. Named after the father. A group united by descent from a common ancestor. Named after the father.
Paul’s Prayer 1. Mightily strengthened with power through Spirit, 16 Agent: Holy Spirit Object: strength Sphere: inner being Resources: riches of His glory Opposite of losing heart (13) Strengthen your inner being w. power through His Spirit (NRSV). 2 Co.4:16
Paul’s Prayer 2. That you may comprehend love of Christ (17-19a) Agent: Christ Object: dwell in heart Condition: through faith Result: rooted, grounded in love Purpose: comprehend love of Christ “Metaph., divine powers, influences, etc., are said to dwell in one…to dwell in his soul, to pervade, prompt, govern it” Heart = mind, 4:23; Hb.8:10; 10:16 “Metaph., divine powers, influences, etc., are said to dwell in one…to dwell in his soul, to pervade, prompt, govern it” Heart = mind, 4:23; Hb.8:10; 10:16
Width, length, height, depth Wide enough to reach whole world Long enough for blessing of eternal life High enough to reach heaven Deep enough to release satan’s grip
His love passes knowledge Paradox: to know the unknowable Paul preached (prayed) over their heads... and his own To cast beyond, e.g. in a spear-throwing context…to attain a degree that extra- ordinarily exceeds a point on a scale of extent, go beyond, surpass, outdo” – BDAG
Paul’s Prayer 3. That you may be filled with all the fullness of God (19) Agent: God Purpose: filled w. all His fullness Extent: with = up to; in every respect He fills each to capacity –Be all that you can be –Have everything He has for us Grow into Him in every respect Col.1:9; 2:9-10 Mt.5:48; Jn.1:16; 2 Co.3:18; 1 Pt.1:15-16 Ep.1:23 Ep.4:10 Ep.4:13 Ep.4:15
Doxology How powerful is God? 1. He can do 2. What we ask 3. What we think 4. All we ask or think 5. More than this 6. Much more 7. Very much more God can do infinitely more than we can ask or conceive
To Him be the glory Instrument: in the church Missionary societies give glory to man’s institutions Denominations give glory to founders, not to God Church: the masterpiece of God’s grace (2:7)
To Him be the glory Ep.1:6, 12, 14 Recognize His honor, splendor… To all generations (does not change w. times) Not to glorify the church : “to Him be the glory” (Ep.3:21) Not to exalt wisdom of man: “The church must change” Not to exalt wisdom of man: “The church must change”
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