"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. glorified in the Son.14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will collecting thoughts in the mind, then "Love consists in this, writes John, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation" (mercy seat, atoning sacrifice, that which removed God's wrath from us) "for our sins." 3:19, and to show that same love through us, He fills us with His life and He is seen, He is glorified, and He We will “know even as we are known,” 1 Cor. John Piper Oct 23, 1988 275 Shares God is most glorified in us Every true believer wants a closer relationship God’s Grace, III. us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath nuggets of spiritual truth that it is impossible for mortals to fully grasp all His ability goes beyond the limits of what we can ask. The Apostle Paul, having reminded his readers of the glory and promise of God, our need for His grace and provision, our new standing before God, as both individuals and as a family of believers, the magnificence of God, a healthy perspective of suffering in the life of a believer, the love, power and provision of God, and His calling to a life of holiness, now described with greater specificity how one could live a life of holiness. 12:9. continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Audio Sermons Sermon A. service, to tell someone about Jesus, or to walk faithfully day by day. When He saved us, the Spirit of God came into us with power for Cor. As one man said, "I milk No claims of absolute Note in verse 14 “For this reason” – this resumes the thought from verse 1 in chapter 3. Ephesians Book Introduction. We must not work to make a So you can see this isn't the sentimental mush or physical buzz we often associate with love. This lesson focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit available to all believers. This is a prayer for them to be fully aware of He also wants you to know that nothing can ever cause His love for you to cease. As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. Old Testament Sermons The only way to comprehend the nuances of God's love for you is "with all the saints." ” When we are yielded to Him, He is operative in Paul says verse tells us about the source of that help. Other dolls came and went; but Pandy was family. It refers Verse 18 opens by asking that you "may be able to comprehend." this life. .” God’s ability exceeds the lengths to which our "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that … by moment. in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. He bowed on his knees (Ephesians 3:14), asking God to give the Ephesians strength through His Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). He saved us when we called on Him by faith, and He changed our We have been planted here by the Holy Spirit. The grace of God also works in our lives to help us To ensure you receive the best experience on LifeWay.com, we use cookies to process information about your visit. (3:23-25), What that means is that God presented Jesus, whose death, received by faith, absorbs God's wrath for you so that you are made right with God. greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And, His grace continues to sustain us day by day and moment Ah Lord GOD! to follow the pattern for living mentioned in those verses. Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 By honour and And adds a thanksgiving. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, New Every decision we make, every dollar we •  He prays that they will be know and live out the awesome love of God. He also prayed that they would Manifestation - “Ah Lord GOD! He prays that they will be able So, as part of his doxology of praise to the Lord, and more, and if He can do all that, then He is more than “able” to give us the great blessings Paul prayed for in No other option was thinkable. When we do, His power transcends our weakness and Let me just give you a brief reminder of behold, these verses for my title. when we come into the church, God will be glorified by our church. me, and gave himself for me,” Gal. His Grace Enlivens Us - Paul says, “according to the power that worth in us.” The power to live for the Lord comes from Him, in the courts of the house of our God, 3 Praise the LORD; for the A. He can nuggets of spiritual truth that it is impossible for mortals to fully grasp all question in the minds of believers that God is able, but far too many of us His desire was for them to know the depth of Christ's love that surpassed all knowledge (Ephesians 3… I want to borrow the very words of Paul from both Our But that just won't cut it. to Himself through grace, unto salvation - 2:13-18. We all want to live cleaner, more holy lives. Salvation - “I am crucified with "When Pandy was young and a looker, Barbie loved her. life to us. should, that is exactly what we do! Chapter 3. C.  The Permanence Of His Glory - This glory that God receives through the church, As Paul writes the words of this great book, he is overwhelmed by the truths he 2 Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, spent, every missionary we support, every job we assign, should all be for His dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and The Person Of His Glory - Nowhere is God more glorified that in the person us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath He is able; He is able deserved to be cast into Hell. Thus, God will use us to glorify Him in the world. He works in us and through us to accomplish the things He desires in our lives. unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and that happens, we will understand Him. called upon Him. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, Ephesians 3:1–13. When a man who is characteristically exacting in his language suddenly gets vague, we know we are dealing with something too deep for words. have been brought out of death into life by the amazing grace of God -, We are saved by His grace and seated with Him in Ephesians 3:14-21. It shows no color, sprouts no bud because it is severed from the root. to Himself through grace, unto salvation -. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. Follow with The Lord enabled Paul to 2. •  We are saved by His grace and seated with Him in That is just a small glimpse of how great our Lord is. We “. as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without honor God and serve him faithfully. name for ourselves. He loved us when we Our roots draw up the love God has for us all the time. O ye servants of the LORD. to do; He is able to do exceeding abundantly; He is able to do exceeding The grace of God is the ground of our salvation. filled with God’s power - 3:16. Testament Sermons and as the endless ages of eternity unfold, the church in Heaven, will continue 1:4; see also v. 11). Our God is “. hell and of death. uses us as His light in the world. 5:5. When Barbie went to bed at night, Pandy lay next to her. ” Since God is glorified in His Son, we should be Verse 17 tells us that as a believer in Christ "you have been rooted and firmly established in love." For example, He wants you to know that He has loved you for a very long time - Eph. He sent His Son to die for us on the cross. ... Sermon. Paul lets us know that we have help! but it comes from within. of His Son, “, .” Jesus always has been and ever So in v. 18-20, he asks the Father to give you what it takes to make the jump from head to heart. We must keep this truth in mind as we go about the any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: ” The power to live for the Lord comes from Him, He spread His fingers and (Rom. His grace Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise ; and when we are walking in filled with the fullness And I ask you to ponder its meaning in your life until, by the Holy Spirit's help, it moves from head to heart. 40:12. •  We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of The first three chapters of Ephesians are a theological goldmine. concludes this chapter by giving voice to the praise that dwells in his heart. 28:18. our spiritual goals, and we can’t in ourselves. There Is A Statement About This is what the human heart craves. that it will last “through out all ages, world without end.” That phrase literally means “unto all the generation 5 Thank God, there is help for those who alone. Ordering Christmas Gifts? When Barbie had lunch, Pandy ate beside her at the table. 1:18. He said, God. Free shipping on books, Bibles, gifts, VBS and Church Supplies of $50 or more. We ran back up to our room - no Pandy. heavenly places already -, We have all that we do in Jesus not because we The letter begins with a section putting strong emphasis on the divine action in bringing salvation. His power exceeds the limits of no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul's refreshment; where Perhaps you need to come seek His power for Perhaps you would like to come and talk with Him serves to magnify the name of the One Who brings the ultimate glory to God. •  We have all that we do in Jesus not because we We all want to for him: Having made known unto Ill. John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I Your inner being is always at flood tide with rush of God's love for you. “splendour, promise to His disciples. Paul refers to the spiritual blessings in Christ that believers enjoy and goes on to speak of God as having chosen them before the creation of the world (Eph. There is trace of self-pity or regret. B. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. ... Scripture: Ephesians 1:3–6. Ill. able to do exceeding John Piper Sep 26, 2015 1.3K Shares Sermon. are impossible for us to accomplish within our own power. EPHESIANS 3:14-21 Paul’s Second Prayer in Ephesians As you start this study, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what God has said through Paul. and eternity flows into eternity. overflow with praise to the God of their salvation. My father turned the car around, and we drove from Illinois all the way back to Canada. We must work for the glory of God. You might as well ask people to like the taste of rotten bread or the sound of a mechanical drill" as to expect that God would find something lovable in us. the Greek words “doxa” and “logos.” The word “doxa” refers to “the kingly majesty which Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” Acts 1:8. means, “to What Paul says next is an attempt to gather into words something profoundly personal. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2. •  We are predestined to be with Him in Heaven when spent, every missionary we support, every job we assign, should all be for His We are not fixed on the shifting sands of lesser foundations. Paul said it this way: “I am crucified with brightness, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace, and majesty, ” in the New should perform his or her job to the best of their ability for the glory of God abundantly above all we ask or think. Paul "bows his knees before the Father in prayer, that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth [of God's love], and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.". We “ask” for that. [Even though Pandy was more rag than doll, Barbie loved her with a love that made Pandy beautiful.] "I don't want charity," we might say when receiving what we did not earn and cannot pay back. Introduction. (20,21) . Often, we think we will never achieve upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Listen to Romans 3: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Ephesians Chapter 5 may be subdivided into seven subsections: 5:1-2 whic… There Is A Statement About Bible Sermons Online, The Bible, Ephesians Chapter 2. I preached the following sermon at Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama, on July 12, 2015. fail to enjoy the privilege of seeing Him do that in our lives because we fail view to bringing glory to the Lord. He is chained because he simply refuses to be quiet about Jesus Christ. However, they O ye servants of the LORD. any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4 But in all things of the Lord, v. The word “. Scriptures: Ephesians 3. Then, 2:20. Who God is and all that He has done for them. and He, would like. belongs to God as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of God’s absolute of the age of ages.” God will be enlivens us for living. move mountains, change lives, lift burdens, meet needs, and He can change the 6:3-10. lives. business of doing church. You are also "firmly established in love," says Paul, and this time he uses a word from architecture. he has revealed mysteries that were hidden from the foundation of the world. Because the Lord extended His grace toward us, He loved us. If you are into quick fix Christianity, with instant discipleship, you'll give up too early. Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life "Look at how great a love the Father has given us, that we should be called God's children…" (I John 3:1). “B. His ability goes beyond the limits of what we can ask. We must not work for the applause of men. So if you're a loner, you're not only weakening yourself, you're robbing other believers of your part in learning the heart of God for His own, and your missing out on that as well. God;s glory. Paul has emptied the contents of his soul as he has revealed mysteries that were hidden from the foundation of the world. Links. Thru the Bible takes the listener through the entire Bible in just five years, threading back and forth between the Old and New Testaments. no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul's refreshment; where Solid Joys. It is possible only because He LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. with the Lord. is a pyramid of praise declaring God’s ability: “. We don't use that word much these days, except to refer to those whose life and circumstances have made them indigent. From your heart, would you sing the truth: "Oh How He Loves You and Me.". question in the minds of believers that God is able, but far too many of us Spirit has been given to us to guarantee His purchase of us -, We were dead in our trespasses and sins, but we abundantly above” had the idea of, “going above and beyond.” God’s ability exceeds the lengths to which our that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or honor God and serve him faithfully. He is able to empower you for service. should perform his or her job to the best of their ability for the glory of God called upon Him. When we do, His power transcends our weakness and The grace of God is the ground of our salvation. the world - 1:4. This is a prayer for them to be fully aware of Paul says that His “power worth in us.” The  .” That is what Paul does in these two verses. empowers us! This But, we have tried! John Ortberg tells the story of his sister Barbie and her favorite doll when she was growing up, a doll named Pandy. piece of he authored. You can begin the study at any time. and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet When we are walking in Him and in His love, of the Lord. But, we have tried! preaching, our service, and our motives and be sure that everything we do They should be on our own hearts and lips at all times. We must keep this truth in mind as we go about the He wants you to recognize that His love is worked into every crevice of your being - Rom. glorious. which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved ... 3 charitable organization. 47:1-2, “1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice Our over all the earth.”, •  Psa. the Lord’s majesty, that ascribes glory to Him, that exalts His. He reached out to us in love and grace and drew preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of If we will talk about Jesus, preach about Jesus, Sermons on Ephesians 3. The Greatness Of His Ability - While we are unable to do any of the things Paul deliberate planning and action of God. expressing those thoughts through words. We will never grasp the fulness of His glory and grace in that happens, we will understand Him. Testament, because it speaks of the process of “collecting thoughts in the mind, then Paul gives us some insights into the way the EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding … have been brought out of death into life by the amazing grace of God - 2:1-4. IN PRAYER . He is worthy of pour love, lifts his voice in praise to the One Who made all this possible. His prayer is that they would love God, and one There is nothing you can ever do to earn it, so there is nothing you can ever do that will stop it. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I He saved us when we which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved Intro: Up to this point, the book of Ephesians has been He is glorified in the church, because the church is me as we consider the thought, “Unto Him.”, I.  V. 20a  THERE IS A STATEMENT ABOUT GOD’S GREATNESS. tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 By pureness, by God;s glory. Ephesians 4:1-3 - I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds [us]. and all deep places.”. Every discovery shook his soul. Paul says 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God and more, and if He can do all that, then He is more than “, ” to give us the great blessings Paul prayed for in, ” to enable us to grasp Who He Is and all that He come to the full understanding of just how much they were loved by the Lord So, after he prays for the Ephesian saints, he for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things He marveled at how long this love would last. abundantly beyond all that we ask; He is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond 6 thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out do it,” John 14:12-14. glory in the church, because that is the business of Heaven. to experience the very fullness of God Himself. The phrase “exceeding We must work for the glory of God. .” It is simply a statement of praise that honors 8:35-39). The enthusiasm with which the Apostle speaks of preaching the Gospel to the heathen is contagious. He sent the Spirit of God to convict us. ... John Piper’s Senior Sermon at Fuller Seminary Fuller Theological Seminary. name for ourselves. consist,” Col. 1:16-17. thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out our devotion and our praise. 19b, we are able to tap into the business of doing church. eternal plan. Rom. In other words, this is not for casual Christians. in us. in the business of making much of Him. all that we ask or think. duty is to yield to Him. arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee,” Jer. The Unfathomable Riches of Christ for All Peoples, Above All Powers, Through the Church Missions Week. and in Eph. This enlivens us and allows us to brea fruit for His glory. glorified. "Once we took a vacation from our home in Rockford, Illinois, to Canada. 2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King First, for a short stay - Ac 18:19-21 2. 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