First of all, I would like to apologize for the delay in this post. It has been a very busy week for me in many ways. But, I’m back at it now, and I’m going to do my post on Ephesians 1:15-23 which says:
“15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Paul starts off this section by telling the people that he was praying for them. He wants to let them know that he is praying for them, so that they may be encouraged. He starts his letter much in the same a modern believer might. He encourages them by telling them that they are in his prayers. He transitions from this to his point: the Gospel. It seems that everything Paul writes seems to point to the Gospel. He points them to the Cross by talking about the great power God exerted when He rose His son from the dead to sit at His right hand. That is also how he wraps up his letter; he tells them of the power that Jesus used to triumph of death.
This power is the same power that can save you from sin! This is the power that has the ability to raise someone from the dead; the power that can make a blind man see, a lame man walk. Where was this power displayed most clearly? In the Gospel. On the Cross, Jesus not only laid down His life as a sacrifice for you and me, but also atoned for the sins of the whole world, past, present, and future. Three days later, Jesus rose again, triumphing over death and sin.
Jesus loves you very much. He loves you so much that He died for you on the cross, and rose again to be a sacrifice for your sins. I hope that you are encouraged greatly by the Gospel, and by how much Jesus loves you.
Next week I will be posting on Ephesians 2:1-10.