15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Living God’s Word:
Try an experiment. Get your Bible study prayer group, or Christian friends to finish this sentence: The church is _____________. You will undoubtedly get many different answers. But Ephesians 1:23 tells us that the church is Christ’s body, filled with him. Just as Jesus is God in a form that we can grasp, that we can understand, the church is to present Jesus to the world in a form it can understand. We are his hands, feet, muscles, tendons, voice. If Christ is truly the Head of the church, what does that say about the role of the pastor(s), elders, deacons, worship leaders, and other members? If we are truly his body, what does that say about the role we are to play at our jobs, in our schools, in our relationships?
Words to Live By: Paul gives thanks for God’s power at work in the Ephesians. God’s power is not automatically good news. It terrifies sinners, but it comforts us who know His love for us in Christ.
Prayer: Merciful Lord, powerful to save, grant us Your good Spirit that we may boldly confess Jesus’ saving Gospel. Amen.
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Pastor Rod Lindemann
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The Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
Words to Live by and Prayer: Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (2002). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. Purchase a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible at www.cph.org or contact Rod Lindemann.
Living God’s Word: Adapted from Life Application, Barton, B. B. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.