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The Two Prayers in The Epistle to The Ephesians
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1. Ephesians 1:15-23
2. Ephesians 3:14-21

* The Two Prayers of Ephesians

We do not know how to pray, because we neither know the height of the Father's love and power, or the depth of our own need.  Here in these two prayers we are prayed for, in words with which the Holy Spirit helps us in, 'our infirmities' (Romans 8:26 KJV)

The subject of both is Christ, but in the first it is what God, in Christ, has made Him to be to His People, and in the second it is what God has made us to be in Him.  In the first it is:- 'we in Christ'; and in the second:- 'Christ in  us'.  In the first it is God's power which He wrought in Christ, and in the second it is the Father's power that works in us.

Praise God!

In Christ Jesus
Chris



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Re: The Two Prayers in The Epistle to The Ephesians
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 02:31:13 PM »
'Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;' -
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that ye may know what is the hope of His calling,
and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power,
Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead,
and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion,
and every name that is named,
not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under His feet,
and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church,
Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.'

(Eph 1:15-23)

Praise God!

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Re: The Two Prayers in The Epistle to The Ephesians
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 02:37:33 PM »
'For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints
what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end.
Amen.'

(Eph 3:14-21) 

Praise His Holy Name!

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Re: The Two Prayers in The Epistle to The Ephesians
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 03:16:12 PM »
These prayers are distinct, and full of contrast, yet this subject is common to both, and is in fact the subject of the epistle as a whole.
 
It is Christ
What God, in Christ, has made Him to be to His People,
and what God has made us to be in Him.
'We in Christ'; and, 'Christ in us'.
God's power which He wrought in Christ,
and the power that works in us.

This is the revelation of  the Mystery or Secret, which had been hid in God from ages and from generations: yes, 'before the foundation of the world.' This secret is not concerning the blessing of Gentiles (as such) with Israel; for this was never a secret, but was part of the original revelation to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 - 'And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.'  No, it concerns 'Christ and His Church' as forming one Spiritual Body; of which He is the great and glorious Head in heaven, and His People are the members upon earth.  All spiritual blessings are in Christ the Head, and ministered to the members according to their need, and in accordance with His will.

Praise God!


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