Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Ephesians Sermon Series
The Power of the Resurrected King
This opening chapter of Ephesians is actually a prayer of Paul’s that celebrates the greater story of God, and when we understand this greater meta-narrative we start to understand our own story.
Ephesians 1:15 & 16 – Paul’s Thankfulness
Paul was touched and thankful for the church at Ephesus. But then Paul starts to shift in verse 17 to share his hope and expectation for them.
Ephesians 1:17-19 - Spirit of wisdom as you come to know Him.
According to Paul the depths of God is revealed to us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us a window, a peek, lifts the veil at different moments of our lives so we can see God’s depths, wisdom and glory.
Ephesians 1:20-22 - Paul describes the power of Jesus
So right here in the first chapter, Paul wants to make it clear:
· God’s ultimate power was displayed in the resurrection.
· Jesus is seated at God the Fathers right hand in the heavenly places.
· Jesus is far above all rule and authority and power.
· Jesus is the head over all things for the church.
Ephesians 1:23 – The Church fulfills Jesus’ reign here on earth
We as individuals and as churches often neglect opening ourselves to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The church needs a recalibration of living into the power of the resurrected Christ.