Thoughts on Ephesians

On Sunday, Aron encouraged us to read Ephesians to augment our study of Revelation, as one of the letters from Revelation was addressed to them. Reading Ephesians is always an encouragement, but this morning I was especially affected by being reminded about why we are here and that we are a dwelling place for Him.

Eph 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Eph 2:22 – And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Eph 3:16-19 – I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

It amazes me that I (we) are his dwelling place, but it makes more sense to me when I remember that we are God’s workmanship. He made us to be a dwelling place for him. He didn’t just make us to sit there and look pretty, but to do good works that he has prepared for us.

I was trying to absorb this as I read Chapter 3:14-21, Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. It is an excellent example of how to pray, but back up a few verses for a key – 3:12 states “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Well, that continues to blow me away, but I don’t argue with it. Or do I? Do I (we) ever approach God all bound up and with timidity?

When my kids were little, they typically just burst through the door and started talking. Unlike God, I would have to stop them sometimes so I could catch up with their thoughts. With God, he already knows, so why not be bold with him? He already gave us permission.

Now for the final mind-blowing impact of Ephesians of my morning, Eph 3:19 – “to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” That sounds like a contradiction to me. How can I know something that surpasses knowledge? Well, look to Eph 3:20 – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

He can do immeasurably more than I would ever think, and He measures everything differently than we do. Time, love, faith, works. I encourage you to spend some time in Ephesians this week and see how God will use it in your life so that you will more “know this love that surpasses knowledge.”

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