The Glorious Church
Paul in our study has just concluded his prayer for the Ephesian Brethren... His prayer is for them to be strengthened with power in the inner man. Physical exercise is profitable for a little... but spiritual exercise is profitable unto all. It is the inner man that needs to be strong. His prayer also was for them to permit Christ to dwell in their hearts through faith. After all, He can dwell in us no other way. There is no special inner glow, warm feeling, or miraculous sign that is given to those who dwell in whom Christ dwells. It has to be by faith. Remember Jesus said “I am with you always, even to the end of the age”. Matthew 28:20. And then, he added, his prayer was that they may have power together with all saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Can you really think of, or comprehend the love of God? Of course not, it is too great. There can really be no measurement placed upon the love of God. And his prayer continued that the Ephesians may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now obviously no human can possess the fullness of God for that would be God Himself. But you can grow and mature.. in the knowledge of God and His will and word.
The last part of Verse 20 is what is called a Doxology, that is a statement of praise or glory. God is able to do”exceedingly abundantly above all that can think or ask.” We have all asked some great things of God. He may have chosen to grant that prayer or perhaps, not but in any regards the power of God was sufficient to do all that we asked, even though it is according to the power that works in us. How often do we feel that we simply don’t have the power to resist the devil? We don’t in and of ourselves have that kind of power in us. But the power to resist the devil comes from the Lord. He will empower us. He will give us all that we need. The power that we have is based upon the power to which we are connected. There are times when our electric power stops; our lights go out. Why? Because the power supply was interrupted. What is your power source? Are you sure you are connected to the Lord from whom all power comes?
Ephesians 3:20, 21