Ephesians 1:11-23

By Sean Finnegan

Ephesians 1:11–12   God predestined the church to “be to the praise of his glory.”  This is our purpose as a community, to make much of God.

Ephesians 1:13–14   The spirit is God’s seal that we are His and His pledge of our future inheritance.

Genesis 38:11, 13-23   Tamar provides a helpful if colorful example of how a pledge works.  Just like Judah didn’t force Tamar to receive the pledge, God does not force us to stay faithful.  But if we do, He has guaranteed
our inheritance.

Ephesians 1:15-19   Paul prayed four things for the church:

  1. that God would give the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him,
  2. that they may know the hope to which God called them,
  3. that they may know the riches of His inheritance in the saints,
  4. that they may know His power toward us who believe.

Ephesians 1:20-23   God demonstrated His power by raising Christ from the dead, seating him at His right hand in heaven, and bestowing on him a position above all other authorities (Daniel 7:13-14).

How do your prayers sound?  Although our tendency is to focus on ourselves and others who are in need, it would be better for us to become more God-focused—know Him, the hope He called us to, His inheritance, and His power.

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