A Prayer: The Knowledge of Truth (Ephesians 1:15-23)Dr Daryl Miller, September 14, 2016
Part of the The Prayers of Paul series, preached at a Midweek Meeting service
WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 14
Title: A Prayer: The Knowledge of Truth
Text: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Eph. 1:17).
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:15 - 23
The apostle Paul began his letter to the Ephesians with a doxology to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Having written of the blessings of being in Christ, the missionary in bonds broke forth in prayer.
I. The subject of the prayer.
Only one great subject or theme exists in this mighty prayer. The great theme is that God would give each of his children the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know him better. This spiritual knowledge would result in the Christian’s heart being flooded with light, “that he may know.” The Lord intends not only to dispense grace, but also to reveal truth, as in the case of Paul (cf. Eph. 3:2?–?4). The Lord wants his children to walk in the light, not in the dark.
II. The object of prayer.
Spiritual knowledge consists of knowing the truth in Jesus. It includes learning of Jesus and hearing of Jesus (Eph. 4:20?–?21). Often Paul stated that he desired that the brethren not be ignorant of spiritual truths. The prisoner of the Lord described the outcome of knowing truth by using three statements that begin with the word “what.”
A. What is the hope of his calling? Peter once asked the Lord, “We have followed, and now what do we get?” This whole epistle witnesses to the wealth, walk, and warfare of the child of God. In 1 Corinthians 2:12 this same author writes, “that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” Truly, hope exists for the future of people in Christ, and hope exists for today as well.
B. What is the wealth of his inheritance? The Bible teaches that believers have an inheritance (1 Peter 1:4). The Lord invests greatly in each of his children. He guards both our inheritance in heaven and his inheritance in the saints.
C. What is the greatness of his power? Although God cannot fully explain his almighty power to finite creatures, Paul does share some tremendous insights into the scope of divine might as he closes this prayer.
1. God’s power is resurrection power. In other words, the power at work in the believer also raised Jesus from the dead. Think of the potential for that same power in your life.
2. God’s power is enthroned power. This power seated Christ as Lord at the Father’s right hand. Note the phrase “far above all” (Eph. 1:21). Jesus reigns in the power of an endless life.
3. God’s power is sovereign power. All things are under his feet. He rules over all the universe. Jesus Christ is head of the church by the same power that works in the believer’s life.
This prayer petitions that Christians might know what life in Christ is all about. It is a prayer for today and should be prayed today?—?a “knowing” of the hope, the inheritance, and the power given us in our Lord.
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