Summary: Possessing the Best
Intro: Three of the most beautiful books in the Bible are the prison epistles. Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians. We have some of the greatest teachings on the position of the church and the power of the believer found in these epistles. In the midst of prison, Paul is writing to these churches about the freedom, authority, power and liberty of the believer. In the first chapter we have a prayer for the Ephesians, and within this prayer we find four things Paul desires for all believers. Tonight, let’s look at his prayer, and see four possessions of the believer or four possessions of the church.
Possession One- spirit of wisdom, revelation, understanding
Possession Two—know the hope of His calling
Possession Three—the riches of his inheritance
Possession Four-the exceeding greatness of His Power
I. Spiritual Knowledge—the first part of Paul’s prayer is that every believer walk in spiritual revelation. That the saints of God wouldn’t walk in ignorance in any area.
a. Wisdom—spiritual wisdom is knowing how to operate in the spirit in any given situation. God wants to give us wisdom in every decision we make in our lives. If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God.
b. Revelation—God wants the believers to walk in a dimension of the spirit where divine revelation can be poured into our lives. He wants to reveal mysteries, things hidden from this world. The Word of God will be spiritually discerned.
c. Enlightened—God wants our eyes opened to things that the natural man cannot see because he is blinded by this world. Spiritual enlightenment, seeing the things through the eyes of faith that others miss.
II. Hope of His Calling—v.18b Paul prays that every believer would understand our hope we have in Christ. From prison Paul is writing to people our hope is in Christ.
a. Blessed Hope—that Christ will return for us. Whether we are dead in Christ and are raised first, or we are alive and remain, and are caught up together with them in the air. We have this hope that sustains us.
b. Blessed Assurance- His Calling—our hope isn’t in ourselves but
It is in Christ. He has called us out of darkness, he has called us out of this world. We have this confidence—we are called by His Name.
III. The Riches of His Inheritance-v.18
Paul now moves into the next possession we have in Christ, a glorious inheritance.
a. an incorruptible inheritance—the possessions we have in Christ cannot be lost, cannot be stolen away. They are all non—perishable goods. We have been left a spiritual inheritance.
b. Glorious—the church as the body of Christ has been given everything needed for victory. He didn’t leave us here with nothing, but has left us everything needed to walk in victory.
c. Every good and perfect gift comes from above—we have blessings on our lives from above.
IV. Spiritual Power—v.19-23 exceeding greatness of his power
Paul wants every believer to know our position in this world is not of ourselves but in Christ. We walk in the same authority, dominion and power through Christ.