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Summary: Bible study throughout the book of Ephesians.

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Note: This is a study through the book of Ephesians as done in 1995. One of the main sources I used at the time was Beacon Bible Commentary vol. 9.

Title: Strengthened by the Spirit

Theme: To show the purpose of being strengthened by the Spirit

Text: Ephesians 3:14-21

Ephesians 3:14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Ephesians 3:14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

A symbol of humility before God. Paul is about to pray and because of this he is humbled. He realizes who he is in the light of Jesus Christ. He realizes where he stands in the light of humanity and God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Here is the request of Paul. This is he prayer request to the Father. This is what he feels is important. It is that the Spirit may strengthen us in the inner most being.

Notice he sees the most important of all. The outward appearance is not near as important as the inward. Man looks on the outward appearances but God knows the inward. He knows the heart. It is important that the Spirit works inward because what is inward will be reflected outward.

Paul understood this. He knew that if there was a strong internal Spirit it would make for a strong outward appearance.

I. Christ may establish His presence in our hearts

17a "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; "

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10. And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.

So the most important thing we can do in this life is have Christ dwell in our hearts. I thing one of the main words in this verse is the word dwell. The word dwell is the Greek word katoikeo {kat-oy-keh'-o}which means to "live in as home". It gives the idea of settling down and being at home. We could expand this verse to say,"that Christ might finally settle down and feel completely at home in your hearts."

This is first and foremost important in our lives. It is also the main priority of the Spirit. To change in any other way without having Christ in our hearts is truly a waste.

II. That we may be grounded in a sincere love for God, Christ and others

17b "that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,"

As a result of Christ dwelling in our heats then we in turn will have a heart that is "rooted and grounded in love". It has a foundation that is in love. It is stable. I am reminded of the fruit of the Spirit found in

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.


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