EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 2, Paul talked about the Gentile Christians in Ephesus. And this must have an effect on the way that we live. Each of us has received grace that we might boldly proclaim, empowered by grace, the glorious truth of the gospel of his glorious grace. The implications of this are astounding. MINISTRY IS A PRIVILEGE - Vs. 7a. Ephesians 3:19: Filled with God's Fulness: G. Brooks. 4:30), and so we must ever seek to mortify our sin that we might be a fit dwelling place for Him. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. Ephesians 3:1-13. Other dolls came and went; but Pandy was family. Verses 2 through to 13 are, in effect, one prolonged digression and bridges the gap between the Apostle Paul’s celebration of the glory of the grace of God in the formation of the church and his subsequent prayer for that same church. And so Paul moves himself centre stage not because he is trying to usurp the glory of God, but rather because, as a recipient of grace, he is a vessel in and through whom the glorious grace of God is revealed and made known. (From Rags to Riches, Part II) Ephesians 2:8-10 – By Grace You Have Been Saved (From Rags to Riches, Part III) Ephesians 2:11-12 – Remember When … Ephesians 2:13-17 – War and Peace; Ephesians 2:18-22 – Caution! The best Paul can muster is talk about dimensions - "the breadth and length and height and depth" of God's love for him. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Ephesians 3, Sermon Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references Sermon – Ephesians 3:1–12 – Mystery of Christ January 9. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. Paul’s suffering was very real. As believers we are, therefore, recipients of his glorious grace. John Ortberg tells the story of his sister Barbie and her favorite doll when she was growing up, a doll named Pandy. He is chained because he simply refuses to be quiet about Jesus Christ. The Epistle To The Ephesians Sermon outlines based on the Epistle to the Ephesians. God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles. Every discovery shook his soul. Ephesians 3:14-21. But now, let's add the most important word of all, the word "love." She had lost a good deal of her hair, one of her arms was missing, and generally speaking, she'd had the stuffing knocked out of her. It is not that we are lovely, but that he is loving. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. This is what the human heart craves. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Scripture: Ephesians 3:10. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! Paul "bows his knees before the Father in prayer, that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth [of God's love], and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.". Ephesians 3:18, 19: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. Find answers to some of the more asked questions. What exactly is this that we are rooted and grounded in? Luke tells us that both Paul and Silas were beaten with rods and then thrown into the inner prison and fastened into the stocks (Acts 16:22, 24). a. If you are into quick fix Christianity, with instant discipleship, you'll give up too early. Firstly, Paul’s circumstances are difficult and he is suffering. I. It is important that we see that the call to Christ is the call to walk the way of the cross. A Sermon on Ephesians 3:16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (ESV) Read more How does God change our thinking? In Romans 9:23 The riches of His glory, on His vessels of mercy. Missions Week. So if you're a loner, you're not only weakening yourself, you're robbing other believers of your part in learning the heart of God for His own, and your missing out on that as well. [3] Hoehner argues that this letter was written during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome, probably during the latter half of AD 60. For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. Paul wants us to remember. Scripture Ephesians 3 Sort Bible Verse. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. There is trace of self-pity or regret. One thing that Jesus constantly declared was that God was His Father. Scripture: Ephesians 3:14–21. This blunt statement would, I imagine, be unsettling and even offensive were it not for Paul’s later encouragement in verse 13. The prayer of the apostle, which includes a reference to the whole family interest of the universe under the blessed Father, is one of the most fervent, comprehensive, and sublime to be found in all Scripture. It is important that we note two things with regards to Paul’s circumstances. 4 For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. We don't use that word much these days, except to refer to those whose life and circumstances have made them indigent. Here in Ephesians 3:16, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the profound importance of the transformed inner man. b. Ps. Sermon Notes for Ephesians 4:1 Next Section →. A. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. To recipients of grace, the gospel is glorious because the grace of God is glorious. 3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. Far More Than You Think. A. predominantly Gentile) somehow undermined the law of Moses and compromised the holiness of God. Listen to Romans 3: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. In Christ, you are like a building that has its pilings driven deep down into the bedrock below. When Barbie could get away with it, Pandy took a bath with her. I feel this way because God is the all-powerful God of the universe. Sermon Ephesians 1:3-14 The Mystery of His Will Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Dr. Randy L. Hyde Context, context, context. We are not fixed on the shifting sands of lesser foundations. Sign In. C. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 3 Sermons. Missions Week. There are two conditions to moving from head to heart. It was a package deal. This is far different from biblical Christianity, which assumes that God plays no favorites in delivering revelation but has given to all of His people all that they need for life and godliness in the Scriptures. "Agape" is decision love. The Apostle Paul explained God’s love in this fashion: Ephesians 3:18NLT "And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is." His allegiance to Christ has led him to this prison cell from which he is now writing. Paul understands that he is imprisoned because of the gospel of Christ Jesus. 6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. [4] D.G. [1] Recent scholarship (beginning with the Anglican Cleric, Edward Evanson’s, monograph published in 1792) has questioned Pauline authorship of Ephesians with many scholars positing the letter to be a forgery by a later disciple who reworked Paul’s letter to the Colossians. In his dignified British manner he replied, Madam, can you think of anything in your life that is big to God? The gospel knows nothing of the notion of the ‘silent believer’. (3). The reality of this kind of grace is an outrageous notion. And this miracle is not peculiar to Ephesus or Firwood, the grace of God is seen powerfully at work everywhere Jesus Christ is received and professed as King. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 3:16 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. We rest upon a steady love that surrounds us, making us durable and consistent. Paul’s point is that the grace poured out upon him is not for his benefit only. When a man who is characteristically exacting in his language suddenly gets vague, we know we are dealing with something too deep for words. The salvation of souls and the glorification of Christ Jesus is his highest aim. Ephesians 3. That you 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 passes knowledge. All of us, with Paul, are called to be stewards of God’s grace and ambassadors for the sake of the gospel. Indeed, Paul returns to this glorious truth in chapter 3 when he writes. 3. (I John 4:10). Luke describes Paul’s return to Jerusalem and the subsequent imprisonment which would lead, firstly to Caesarea and then, eventually, Rome. Christ and his church are deeply and intimately one. She had remained behind at the hotel in Canada. I want to shine a light on the amazing love of God for us. Ordinary correspondence from the author of Tom Sawyer usually brings $1,200 to $1,500 a page. Leave a Comment Powerful Praying. The Apostle Paul[1] points us back to his earlier and great essay on the glory of the grace of God made manifest in the incorporation of Jews and Gentiles into one new man, the Church (Ephesians 2:15). Paul wants us to remember who we were before Christ radically intervened. So when Paul says we are rooted like a great oak in love and grounded like a well-founded building on love, let the truth of what that means strike you. Ephesians 4:17-32 contains instructions about walking in purity. These Blessings Are Conditional. info@firwood.church, Ephesians: His Glorious Grace – I, Paul (Ephesians 3:1-13). Which is why the translators of the Bible in past generations did not use the word "love" to capture the meaning of "agape." Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 1:3 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 3 Sermons. Spring beckons new life everywhere in my back yard but here on this skeletal tree. C. S. Lewis picked up on this thought: "We are all receiving Charity," he wrote. New Testament Commentary, Exposition Of Ephesians, William Hendriksen, Baker Book House, pp. The cause that beckons forth "agape" is never found in the object of love. Ephesians 3 - NIV: For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, He begins by pointing out Paul’s manner of prayer for the Ephesians. Paul’s acceptance of his circumstances, suffering, imprisonment and even death, flows out of a greater reality. Ephesians 2:1-3 – From Rags to Riches (Part I: The Terminal Disease) Ephesians 2:4-7 – Get a Life! In other words, Paul’s suffering and imprisonment is of no value and benefit to the man or woman who refuses to believe, accept and receive the gospel. There is nothing you can ever do to earn it, so there is nothing you can ever do that will stop it. And because of this, we are stronger than the storms that beat upon our lives. R.M. This sermon text on Ephesians 1-3 shows what God has given to us, and what Jesus has done for us. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ephesians 3:20. She loved her as strongly in the days of Pandy's raggedness as she ever had in her days of great beauty. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. [Even though Pandy was more rag than doll, Barbie loved her with a love that made Pandy beautiful.] Sermon: Powerful Praying (Ephesians 3:14-21) Posted on November 10, 2008 by Brian Evans. Ephesians 2:8-10, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Romans 12:3-8 . Denomination: Church Of God Combined, these two verbs convey the picture of endurance, of nourishment, of strength for the storms of life and solid perseverance. You and I were saved by the sheer grace and mercy of God demonstrated and extended in and through the gospel of Christ Jesus. How is it that Paul could continue in the faith knowing that a final imprisonment and execution faced him in Rome? "THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY." On the chapel bulletin board was the sermon topic for that Sunday. Paul understands that his very Apostolic calling with all its requisite giftings is a further demonstration of the grace of God at work. Scripture: Ephesians 3:1–13. And yet, when it comes to the love of God, we are all charity cases. Yet while Paul was thus thankful for his office, his success in it greatly humbled him. Paul wants us, Firwood Church, to see one another with absolute clarity, to see ourselves with all our dissimilarities, and glory in the truth that he has made us to be one people, one body, one family and one church. But thats not enough, He is able to do far more abundantly beyond what we ask. There are two unusual things about the passage set before us and that we will be working through over the coming weeks. "There's something in all of us that cannot be naturally loved. John Piper Sep 29, 1985 10 Shares Sermon. This is important to remember. Let us consider the force and beauty of the expression, "the family in heaven and in earth." We ran back up to our room - no Pandy. We, like Paul, are stewards of the glorious grace of God made know through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. When you one day stand before God as all men will, you will either plead your own righteousness, or you can stand there in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, that has been accounted to you by your faith in Him. These Blessings Are Spiritual. Moreover, Paul understood that his suffering and imprisonment was immensely purposeful. For a lengthy and persuasive defence of Pauline authorship see, Hoehner, Harold (Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary. In Romans 2:4 Paul speaks of the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering. Whether we are called to preach, teach, lead worship, work with the young people, serve others or evangelize, the calling and the ability is all a result of the grace and mercy of God displayed and poured out in and through Christ Jesus. (Adapted from John Ortberg's Love Beyond Reason, p. 11-13). Conversely, they (the church in Ephesus), he (the Apostle Paul) and we (believers, at every time and in every place) are but the objects of his great mercy and the recipients of his glorious grace. We're sorry, an error occurred. ‘A Prayer of Praise’ – Ephesians chapter 1 verse 3 – sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info) SERMON OUTLINE: (1). You are fixed to unbreakable love. T. Croskery . Again, this is a really important observation. We celebrate Epiphany on January 6 as that time when God came into the world as a man named Jesus. Ephesians 3:1-2 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you Paul understands that not only is his imprisonment a consequence of his devotion to and the purposes of Christ Jesus, but also that his present circumstances directly relate to his ministry to the Gentiles. Brothers, sisters - this is the most important fact that can be said of you, a fact that changes everything. "By the time I knew Pandy she was not a particularly attractive doll. A Prayer for the Ephesians. (Rom. Moreover, the disciple of Jesus should expect to face the same rejection, scorn and threat of persecution that Jesus himself faced, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. Return to the Main Player. IN PRAYER . The enthusiasm with which the Apostle speaks of preaching the Gospel to the heathen is contagious. But for reasons that no one could ever quite figure out, in the way that kids sometimes do, my sister Barbie loved that little rag doll still. She loved her with a love that was too strong for Pandy's own good. Each of us is called to sacrifice our priorities: ambition, comfort, security, safety, and life for the sake of Christ Jesus. He looked into the incongruity of how a sinner could ever be loved by a holy God. What Paul says next is an attempt to gather into words something profoundly personal. You might as well ask people to like the taste of rotten bread or the sound of a mechanical drill" as to expect that God would find something lovable in us. 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