Faith Community Anglican Church Strathpine

Address

St Faith's Church
1 Sutherland Drive
, Strathpine, 4500.


Phone

07 3881 2090


Email

secretary at faithcommunity com au

 

 

Ephesians Sermon 2 - The greatness of his power

Paul’s effervescent opening benediction celebrating the outpouring of God’s blessings led him into prayer for his readers and us. He prays especially, that we may know three things: First, the hope to which we have been called; second the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints; third, the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us. Paul highlights two qualities in these Christians, faith and love. Both are fundamental to being a Christian. He specifically mentions their love for ALL the saints. All is significant. We can easily love selectively. Christian love encompasses all of God’s family.

The essence of Paul’s prayer is found in the words “that you may know.” Knowing here is not about intellectual knowledge but deep relational knowledge. Knowing Jesus is a knowledge of both experience and understanding. It is personal. Paul prays for the three things mentioned above.

  1. Hope. Hope is not a vague wish that something might be true or real. Christian hope is based on the resurrection of Jesus and the salvation he has won for us. God has called us and that gives us hope. We are “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” We have been called to a new kind of life.
  2. “The riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” (See 1 Peter 1:4). That will include our resurrection body, perfect fellowship with the saints, before the Throne of God.
  3. “His incomparably great power for us who believe.” This is the same power that raised Jesus from death and exalted him to the highest place. There is power behind the promise of God. Paul wants us to know the power of the exalted Jesus Christ and his glory.

Jesus has been appointed head over the Church, and we are his body in union with him.

His final phrase is a difficult and puzzling one. There seems to be paradox used here. The church is the complement of him who fills everything in every way. Other metaphors. Bridegroom & bride; Shepherd & sheep; etc.. Jesus sees himself as incomplete without us.  In all of this Paul is highlighting the practical outworking of the blessings poured out on us.