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Summary: God promises to move in ways greater than our imagination. What a promise!

Ephesians 3:14-21 (quickview)  “Beyond Imagination”

INTRODUCTION

Julies Verne, a famous writer in the late nineteenth century was known for his science fiction and his ability to envision things beyond imagination. In a world before flight, Verne wrote of space travel and a trip to the moon. Ships were just converting from sail to steam, but Verne wrote of a submarine that was powered by a strange force—he foretold nuclear power. The people of Julies Verne’s day did not believe that any of the things he wrote about would ever happen, because they were beyond imagination.

Paul is a Christian, Theological Julies Verne in the book of Ephesians. He writes of things beyond imagination. He’s not like the writer of Revelation who writes of spiritual warfare, seven headed dragons, and global destruction. Paul writes about the cause for amazing examples of faith under fire, world changing prayer, and creative love.

What Paul envisions in his letter to the Ephesians is not your everyday religion.

INNER RENEWAL

American society is made up of people who want to be rejuvenated. We pay billions of dollars for weight control programs, botox injections, personal trainers and fitness machines, and clothes cut in the latest style and made with the most fashionable fabric. We are into looks—outward looks.

The transformation that takes place in a Christian’s life goes beyond surface changes and looks. Christians are changed inwardly.

The first thing that Paul prays about and imagines for the Christians at Ephesus is that they will have the inner strength of the Holy Spirit. Paul is envisioning the inner strength of an oak tree that enables it to withstand the forces of wind and nature. Perhaps Paul is even imagining the structural core of a skyscraper that enables it to stand straight and tall even during earthquakes. Through the Holy Spirit, Christians have a core strength that can withstand and overcome all of the opposing forces that Christians might encounter.

Paul envisions Jesus Christ in the heart of the believer. God no longer dwells on the fringes of the universe. God has pitched his tent in the hearts and lives of every Christian. God is present in the center of the individual at the seat of the individual’s will. God is present—guiding, instructing, comforting.

Paul understands that the Christian life is deeply rooted in love. The picture he paints is that of a tree whose roots go deep in the good soil of God’s love. From that soil they provide strength and security, and also the energy and ability to love and produce the fruits of the Spirit.

UNIMAGINABLE LOVE

Paul always had trouble fully comprehending God’s love. He identified himself as the chief of sinners and couldn’t understand why God would love him and so dramatically invite Paul into the family of God.

Each and every one of us have experienced the unimaginable love of God in our lives.

· God loved us when we were still God’s enemies.

· God loves us when we like Judas betray him, or like Peter, deny him.

· God loves and forgives us before we even ask.


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