Paul In Prayer

Paul In Prayer Ephesians 1

  Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,

 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him.

 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

11–12. The closing phrase of verse 10 in the Greek reiterates that the blessing mentioned there, like the others, is received in Christ. The same applies to the next phrase, for Paul continues, In him … we … have been destined and appointed … Basically the verb here, klēroō, means ‘choose by lot’.  … Foulkes, F. (1989)

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

 15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:

            Paul’s Prayer Life … Pray constantly … without ceasing

                                       … Giving Thanks, “Thanksgiving”

 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,

 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (NKJV)

Paul … in the simplest of terms

          … prayed constantly

          … Thanks for Christ (blood of Christ)

          … Thanks for brethren (put-on Christ)

                                             (choose by lot)

                                             (destined & appointed by blood of Christ)

                                             (In Christ)

When Christ came his presence was described as   

… the dawning of a new day, … the breaking in of the light of God

(Matthew 4:16) The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”  (NKJV)

(Luke 1:79) To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”  (NKJV)

(John 1:6-12) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  (NKJV)

          … right to become (Yes)

          … right to deny (poor choice)

(John 8:12) Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  (NKJV)

(2 Corinthians 4:6) For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  (NKJV)

          … to deny Christ (poor choice)

          … is to deny God (poor choice)

Paul … in the simplest of terms

          … prayed constantly

          … Thanks for Christ (blood of Christ)

          … Thanks for brethren (put-on Christ)

                                             (choose by lot)

                                             (those destined & appointed by blood of Christ)

                                             (In Christ)

In the Roman Epistle … Paul ask the question:

Romans 6

 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (NKJV)

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