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Ephesians 1:15–21 ESV
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1:15–20 ESV
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
“For this reason” - What was the reason?
#1 “Because I have heard of your faith in the lord Jesus”
#2 “Your love toward all the saints”
Paul begins to give thanks for them and prays for them (This prayer is still true for us today).
Paul prayer has a purpose behind it!!!
He prays that - “The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you”
#1 The Spirit of wisdom ( Wisdom: the capacity for rational thought)
wisdom n. — the capacity for rational thought, inference or discrimination (and the application of it).
#2 Revelation (Revelation: what is revealed, a disclosure)
#2 Revelation (Revelation: what is revealed, a disclosure
Spirit and Revelation in the knowledge of him (God) - It about knowing more about God. Don’t settle for less!!!
what is revealed, a disclosure
#3 Eyes of your hearts enlightened - Heart: the seat of the intellect.
If the eyes are open then:
the seat of the intellect
“You may know what is the hope to which he has called you”
- The Greek word for hope means “eager anticipation.” Believers are to look forward eagerly to His return for them and the establishment of His righteous kingdom.
The Grace New Testament Commentary C. Paul’s Prayer for Believers’ Wisdom and Understanding (1:15–23)

The Greek word for hope means “eager anticipation.” Believers are to look forward eagerly to His return for them and the establishment of His righteous kingdom.

“What are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints”
The Grace New Testament Commentary C. Paul’s Prayer for Believers’ Wisdom and Understanding (1:15–23)

Here the focus is on believers being His inheritance, those whom the Lord Jesus inherits with the right to rule over them forever.

- Here the focus is on believers being His inheritance, those whom the Lord Jesus inherits with the right to rule over them forever.
“What is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe”
- He saves, He keeps, and He uses believers, all of which is based on His power toward those who believe.
The Grace New Testament Commentary C. Paul’s Prayer for Believers’ Wisdom and Understanding (1:15–23)

He saves, He keeps, and He uses believers, all of which is based on His power toward those who believe

All this is done - According to
“according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”
- The working of his great might - Might: capability, implying personal potential.
capability, implying personal potential
- This might “he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead.
- This same might seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.
Christ is far above:
All rule
Authority
Power
Dominion
(These terms for angelic beings show that Jesus Christ is not only above all people, but far above the angels as well)
Above every name that is named
- Also every name that is named is under His authority. This is true not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Both in the present and in the future, Christ’s authority is shown by His position above all things.
Ephesians 1:22–23 ESV
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
The Grace New Testament Commentary C. Paul’s Prayer for Believers’ Wisdom and Understanding (1:15–23)

Also every name that is named is under His authority. This is true not only in this age but also in that which is to come. Both in the present and in the future, Christ’s authority is shown by His position above all things.

Ephesians 1:22 ESV
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,
Ephesians
“And he” Who is he? __________
“Put all things” - ALLLLLLLLL things
“Under his feet”
“Gave him as head over all things to the church”
Who is the church? The church is his body
“The fullness of him who fills all in all”
The Grace New Testament Commentary C. Paul’s Prayer for Believers’ Wisdom and Understanding (1:15–23)

These terms for angelic beings show that Jesus Christ is not only above all people, but far above the angels as well

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