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Ephesians 3 1 21


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Eph 3:1-21

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Ephesians 3 1 21

  1. 1. Changing Our Hearts, Our Habits, and Our Holiness Chapter 3:1-21
  2. 2. <ul><li>We were far off </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gentiles, apart from God, with no access to His promises, and no hope. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We were brought near </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By the death and resurrection of Jesus, the wall was broken </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are now able to share in His Hope, and His promises and His Life. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>God is doing a new thing in us and through us. </li></ul><ul><li>We are being built into His Holy Temple </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Paul is a prisoner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physically, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More importantly spiritually </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Captured, captivated, and bought </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administration by Grace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Managed by God’s unmerited favour </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grace received from God </li></ul><ul><li>Grace extended to each other </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>God had a plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hidden but hinted at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revealed in the Gospel – the Good News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revealed in Bethlehem </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Intent of the Mystery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That ALL mankind was to be saved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That God’s multifaceted wisdom is revealed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have free and unhindered access to the throne of God </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Strength and Power </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power of the Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strength of the Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not bolstering of the flesh, but submitting to the Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Christ in our Hearts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dwelling in Faith </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confident Expectation </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Rooted in Love </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw our nourishment from the roots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God is the source of Love </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Power to Grasp </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All of us are needed in order to grasp God’s Love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s love in 4D – height, width, depth, and length </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Filled to Fullness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s fullness is not limited by our physical bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christ was filled with the fullness of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christ lives in us. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do not Hinder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God wants to do more than we can ask or imagine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is our reluctance to let the Holy Spirit work within us that hinders what God can do. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>We have a household built on Grace </li></ul><ul><li>God’s mystery – hidden in the past, revealed at Bethlehem in the Good News – the Gospel. </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer to have strength and power. </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer to have Christ in our Hearts </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer to be Rooted in Love </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer to Grasp God’s love </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer to be Filled with the fullness of God. </li></ul><ul><li>Warning to not Hinder what God wants to do </li></ul>