Power Source Eph 3:14 – 21
I know the feeling of having or experiencing power and feeling powerless. I have felt this in my life both in the water when surfing and out of the water. The best and most skilled surfers seem to always be in touch with the power of the waves. They can plug into the speed and power seemingly at will. In a situation where I am coasting along barely able to maintain momentum; I have seem my pro surfer friends access amazing power. They gouge a huge turn or make a seemingly unmakeable section out of nothing.
It seems to be all about knowing where the power is and how to access it. This is what Paul prays for the people of God in Ephesus. He picks up where he left off in vs 1 and prays for the Gentile believers. Paul pours out his soul for these people, he petitions God that they might have knowledge of Gods great purposes. His prayer is 4 fold; it encompasses these 4 things.
Strength or Power; Love; Knowledge & Fullness.
‘Strengthened in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts’… Remember that Paul is praying for believers here. Doesn’t Christ already dwell in there hearts? Christ indwells every believer absolutely and Paul is not speaking of a second indwelling here. ‘The indwelling of Christ is a thing of degrees’, Charles Hodge.
If we are all honest we know this to be true; at times we seem so closely linked and plugged into the power source of God, it seems Christ dwells in every aspect of our lives. Then there are those days when Christ feels like a distant memory or an occasional visitor. I know the distance is all on my part…. it is about this very thing that Paul prays.
There are two similar greek verbs , ‘paroikeo’ and ‘katoikeo’. Paroikeo means ‘to inhabit as a stranger’ Paul used this in Eph 2:19 (aliens) Katoikeo means ‘to settle down somewhere’.
One temporary the other a permanent abode. “Paul prays to the father that Christ by his spirit might settle down in their hearts and from his throne there both control and strengthen them”. Stott
It is this indwelling power of Christ that allows us to be ‘rooted and grounded in love’… to ‘have strength to comprehend’… ‘the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge’… And when Christ has settled in our hearts and we have yielded to his rule and reign, we shall become like Christ. This is Gods purpose and promise (Rom 8:29; 1 Jn 3:2) …that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Col 2:9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him,
Just like the waves; the power is there, its a matter or seeing it and accessing it. God is not a petrol pump that we pull up to; raise our hands in worship and cry ‘fill her up mate’… Neither does he dribble his fullness out in fashioned measures. The gifts he attributes as he pleases but the spirit and his fullness, well we are full. Why do we keep pestering him for more? You can’t be more full, just like you can’t be more adopted as a son or daughter.
I love the conclusion of Paul’s prayer it points us to the key… ‘Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.’
Its HIM, GOD, he is able to do more abundantly…according to his power at work in us… all for His Glory.
* Quit working ON yourself and allow God to work IN you. * Quit asking him for more and fully embrace what you already have.
* Begin to comprehend with Knowledge, his Love, Power and Fullness.
“There is no such thing as a great man of God, only weak, pitiful, faithless men of a great and merciful God.” ― Paul Washer
”“There is no such thing as a great man of God, only weak, pitiful, faithless men of a great and merciful God.” ― Paul Washer