Our Only Hope for Ephesians 4, 5, and 6 (Ephesians 3:14-21)

Pastor Tom Champness, November 10, 2013
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

It has often been noted that perhaps more clearly than most epistles, Ephesians is divided into two parts - chapters 1-3 (the teaching), and chapter 4-6 (the commands). We sometimes refer to this as the indicative (1-3) and the imperative (4-6). There are many responsibilities placed upon the believer in chapters 4-6. How do we obey? What enables us to carry out God's commands with abundant joy? It's the doctrine presented in chapters 1-3. Our only hope for Ephesians 4-6 is found in what Paul tells us at the end of Ephesians 3.

Tags: application, Biblical Theology, holiness, imperative, indicative, Obedience, teaching

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Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

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