This is a very interesting prayer that Paul prays in Ephesians 3.14-19. Many are familiar with these verses, but let’s read carefully. Paul is asking God to supernaturally strengthen each Christian. This is certainly understandable, but let’s read on and see why Paul prays for this strengthening… “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith”. What does this indwelling do?
Paul then goes on to state four things about the power of this supernatural strength.
Supernatural strength permits:
- Christian Love
- Comprehension of the Bible
- Knowledge of Christ
- Understanding of the fullness of God
Paul is implying that each believer, on faith alone, is too weak for Christ to indwell, unless God supernaturally, through the Spirit, strengthens the believer…this really highlights mankind’s weakness.
Eph 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, Eph 3:15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, Eph 3:16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Eph 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3:18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, Eph 3:19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Therefore, Paul says:
Php 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Notice how God’s supernatural strength is perfected…in human weakness.
2 Co 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Published on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:02 AM CDT
The Eight Beings in the Bible
There are eight types of beings encountered in the Bible. Some are found in Heaven and some are found on earth. Some are even found residing at various times in heaven and on earth. Each of these beings are described throughout the Bible, and they make up the biblical story of sin and redemption. God speaks of each as a separate entity, and has an eternal plan for each that is described in the Bible. The interplay between each entity is how God reveals Himself and His eternal plan. The Bible is the story of redemption and judgment, and it is told for the glory of God’s name.
Ps 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Ps 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!
The Eight Beings in the Bible
Ge 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
- The Holy Spirit
Ge 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
- Gentile Mankind (man then female)
Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
- Host of them (an army of heavenly beings)
Ge 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
Ge 3:24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
- The promised savior/Messiah (Jesus Christ)
Ge 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
- Nephilim (From intimate relations between human women and fallen angels)
Ge 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.
- Israelites (Jews)
Ge 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
- New Man/Saints (Christian and Jewish Believers)
Eph 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility Eph 2:15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, Eph 2:16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
The new man/saints are the eighth entity encountered, and the number eight represents a new beginning in the Bible. Here is a quote on the number eight.
There are some interesting associations in the Bible with the number eight. For instance, the number eight is often connected with a new beginning; the circumcision of the heart represents a new beginning.
Published on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:12 AM CDT
Seven Steps for Day-to-Day Renewal
Paul tells us that our “inner self” is being renewed day-to-day. How do we complete this biblical day-to-day renewal?
To be renewed each day, you need to:
- Delight in obedience
Ro 7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being…
- Do not lose heart
2 Co 4:16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
- Study the Bible, because renewal is done through knowledge
Col 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
- Live in righteousness and holiness
Eph 4:24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Wait on the Lord
Is 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
- Do not be conformed to this world
Ro 12:2a Do not be conformed to this world, …
- Review and renew your thinking
Ro 12:2b but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
With these seven steps, you will know the will of God for your life each day.
Published on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 4:10 AM CDT
Why We Have Church Leaders
God appointed five types of church leaders to equip the saints to do five things.
Eph 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, Eph 4:12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, Eph 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
- For the work of ministry
- For building up the body of Christ
- For unity
- For knowledge of the Son of God
- For maturity to the measure of the fullness of Christ so that the saints will not be deceived
Published on Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 4:56 AM CDT
Scripture is Profitable for Seven Things
2 Ti 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2 Ti 3:17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Scripture is profitable for seven things:
- Training in Righteousness
- Good work
Published on Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 4:43 AM CDT