That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:16-20).
Sometimes people misunderstand God’s present purpose in the dispensation of grace. They think that God is far removed from day-to-day activities of this planet and that He is not operating on earth today. Nothing could be further from the truth.
… To be strengthened … (:16)
It is God’s will that the believer be strong (Ephesians 6:10).
… with might … (:16)
This word is also translated (Strong’s Greek Lexicon #1411) as “miracle” and “miracles” in the King James Version. We’re talking about the power of God
Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness (Colossians 1:11).
… in the inner man (:16)
Not the outward man, where we often place the focus of our attention. Saints, more often than not, have a real preoccupation with sight. When believers learn the secret of this available inner strength they can endure tremendous difficulties and work under severe handicaps (Philippians 4:13).
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
The goal is that the life of Christ can be manifested in our flesh (II Corinthians 4:6-18). Now that’s power!
… by His Spirit … (:16)
For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
…When you received the Word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe (I Thessalonians 2:13).
… according to the power that works in us … (:20)
God’s mighty power is at work in you – in an astonishing measure!
And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to ward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His Own right hand in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:19-20)
God is busy at work. We are His workmanship. God’s power is at work in you. It is God’s plan to use you! He will accomplish His plan!
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
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