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EPHESIANS: Live a Life That Endures

EPHESIANS: Live a Life That Endures

Date:5/2/21

Series: Ephesians

Passage: Ephesians 3:14-21

Speaker: James Pritchard

Live A Life That Endures
Ephesians 3:14-21

C.I.T.—In his prayer, Paul articulates the building blocks for the Christian life.

C.I.S.—Build these principles into your life to endure in the Christian life.

Purpose—I want to give our church, especially the graduates the building blocks for a faithful, enduring life.

Introduction—Students leaving the church/faith—endure to the end

  1. Live life from Spiritual Dependency 14-15; 20-21
    1. Father
      1. From who every family/fatherhood—play on words
      2. Named
        1. speak/proclaim something
        2. acknowledge something
        3. refers to designation/authority given—named pastor
        4. Refers to the ultimate authority on fatherhood, God
      3. Able to do exceedingly abundantly
      4. Unlimited power
      5. Beyond what we can ask or even imagine
      6. Ultimate glory
      7. Matthew 7:7-11
      8. Application
        1. The live that will make it will be the one that depends totally on the Heavenly Father.
        2. This means a life of prayer and Bible study.
  • This means a life of obedience and worship.
  1. Live life from Spiritual Dynamite 16-17a
    1. He may grant according to riches
      1. His glory refers to the magnificent nature of God, his shekinah glory in the OT
      2. Not from, but according to
  • A wealthy man gives a set amount rather than a percentage amount
  1. The granting will be in line with the extent of God’s glory
  1. Strengthened by the Spirit
    1. Power—dynamite
    2. The Holy Spirit serves as the agent for this strength
  • This strength is for the inner man
  1. The body ages and weakens, but the inner man should continue to strengthen
  2. Our sin limits what the Spirit will do in our lives—1 Thess. 5:19; Ephesians 4:30
  3. We must feed and be filled by the Spirit--Ephesians 5:18-20
  1. Christ would dwell
    1. Parallel statement—being strengthened by the Spirit is the same as Jesus dwelling in your heart
    2. Dwell means to make himself at home
  • Not simply being a guest there, but living there
  1. By faith—our walking by faith instead of walking by sight or in sin
  1. —Old bachelor finally getting married, and his new wife moves into his bachelor pad.
  2. Application
    1. This describes a unity between God and me.
    2. While we have the Spirit and Jesus in our lives upon our salvation, they might not be activated in our lives.
  • Paul calls us to activate them.
  1. This describes a life that walks intimately with Christ, and therefore, in strength.
  • Live Life from Spiritual Discernment 17b-19a
    1. First we have an intimate relationship
      1. natural metaphor—roots of a plant
      2. Building metaphor—foundation of building
  • This foundation is the love of Christ that is experienced with the indwelling and empowering of the Holy Spirit
  1. Syntactically, what is said next is not possible without this first
  1. Comprehend
    1. Kata + lambano—to grasp, emphatically
    2. Metaphorically refers to grasping intellectually
  • Something that all of the holy ones know
  1. Height and depth, etc. refers to the entirety of the subject
  1. Know
    1. Ginoskw—experienced knowledge, something that you come to know
    2. Christ’s love
      1. Love that come from Christ
      2. Also the love that belongs to Christ
  • 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:19, John 13:35
  1. Beyond human knowledge
    1. Without a relationship with Christ, a person cannot understand this love.
    2. It is beyond any human knowledge or experience other than Christ.
  2. Matthew 22:36-40
  3. Application
    1. Life is best lived the Jesus way.
    2. He created everything and thus knows how best to live.
  • Christian love is the ultimate moral ethic and drives all of right living.
  1. We must live our of discernment that is informed from love.
  2. Without that we are up a stream without a paddle.
  1. Live Life from Spiritual Distinction 19b
    1. In order that—this last part is impossible without the first three.
    2. Fullness of God—this reflects the totality of who God is
    3. Filled with—His love infiltrates and characterizes your life
    4. —Filled with rage, filled with compassion, filled with God’s fullness
    5. Application
      1. This reflects a life that is totally controlled by the Lord.
      2. Only this life will give God ultimate glory.
  • This life will look weird to the world, but will fit right in among the saints in Heaven.

Conclusion

  • —Learning how to swim—dad kept going backward
  • In order to make it across the pool, you had to take that first paddle.
  • What is your next step?
  • Have you trusted in the Lord?
  • Are you fellowshipping with Him?
  • Are you following Him?
  • Enduring starts with the next step.

 

 

 

 

Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Don't stifle the Spirit.

 

Ephesians 4:30 And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption.

 

 Ephesians 5:18 And don't get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit: 19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 1 John 3:16 This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

 

1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

 

 John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

 

Matthew 22:36 "Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?" 37 He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands."