God’s Great Power-Ephesians 1:18-23

Ephesians 1:18-23 “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

Efesini 1:18-23 “egli illumini gli occhi del {vostro} cuore, affinché sappiate a quale speranza vi ha chiamati, qual è la ricchezza della gloria della sua eredità che vi riserva tra i santi, 19 e qual è verso di noi che crediamo l’immensità della sua potenza. 20 Questa potente efficacia della sua forza egli l’ha mostrata in Cristo, quando lo risuscitò dai morti e lo fece sedere alla propria destra nei luoghi celesti, 21 al di sopra di ogni principato, autorità, potenza, signoria e di ogni altro nome che si nomina non solo in questo mondo, ma anche in quello futuro. 22 Ogni cosa egli ha posta sotto i suoi piedi e lo ha dato per capo supremo alla chiesa, 23 che è il corpo di lui, il compimento di colui che porta a compimento ogni cosa in tutti.”

     Paul is praying that the Ephesians would know the Lord in a more personal way. He gives them three key points to ponder. First, he wants them to know the hope that still remains secure as when they accepted the Lord (v. 18). Second, he wants them to know the riches that are prepared for them as an inheritance of their faith (v. 18). And third, he wants them to know the present power that is available to all believers (v. 19). We believe in God’s power but we also need to know that His power lives in us. Notice the three words used to describe the power of God in us: working, mighty and strength.

God’s power is a working power and is the energy of God in us-God working on our behalf! His strength is what He provides for us to continue on. Ephesians 6:10 echoes this thought by saying, “Be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might.”

Paul concludes this thought by telling the Ephesians that the proof that His power works in us is Jesus: raised from the dead, seated at the right hand of God, above everything now and forever, all forces are under His feet, the head of the church, and He fills every need. Wow! This is who you are and what you receive when you have a personal relationship with the Lord.

Pray with me: Lord, I am amazed at how much You have done to give me power. As I meditate on what You have given me, help me to live in the full knowledge and power of my relationship with You.

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