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August 26th, 2010, 12:36 PM
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Ephesians 3

1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—

2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,

3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,

4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),

5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:

6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,

11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—

19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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August 28th, 2010, 09:52 AM
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I am hoping to really read through this chapter and respond some time today.
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August 28th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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What I really liked was vs. 14-21. Paul's prayer for the Ephesians.
This could very easily, and hopefully is, a prayer for us. It really does give us a glimpse of the vastness of the ability of God and the love that God has for us. And this eminsity and love of God is at work within us. WOW that is big.
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August 28th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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Even though I'm not in here much, I'm with you all in spirit. I just finished ephesians and this chapter really spoke to me, especially the last verses. Christ's love for us is unfathomable - and the key to completeness, both in accepting it and showing it towards others.
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August 29th, 2010, 03:32 PM
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The whole chapter is just huge. I don't even know where to begin.

I think vs. 10 and 21 are key bookends to this glorious passage and tie back to a theme in the whole book which in my words "Look at what God is doing through you and through the church!"

Which raises some questions - How does this impact your service at or in your local congregation? How do you go about choosing a local church to be a part of? Does it matter what "kind" of church you attend? Should we have so many "kinds" of churches?


10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. .... 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


AMEN!

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Even though I'm not in here much, I'm with you all in spirit. I just finished ephesians and this chapter really spoke to me, especially the last verses. Christ's love for us is unfathomable - and the key to completeness, both in accepting it and showing it towards others.
I like the way you explained this as "the key to completeness"
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August 30th, 2010, 08:55 AM
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Just because I don't post, please don't think I'm not reading!
Hubby and I purchased a study book yesterday!
Ephesians- Our Imeasurable Blessings in Christ-
By John MacArthur
Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse at a Time!

Maybe this will help me dig deeper!
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