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Ephesians 3:14-21 Strengthened with power

We are looking at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers…

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Yesterday, I talked a bit about where this prayer is heading… “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” What a glorious destination! But what does God reveal to us through Paul’s prayer about how we can arrive there?

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The cross’ power to sanctify

The thought came to me today that perhaps the primary way that Jesus’ cross saves us from the power of indwelling sin is that the cross releases from our fruitless attempts to establish our own righteousness. Continue reading

a chat with my brother

The following is a chat I had some time ago with my brother about original sin. The thoughts are… well… a little disorganized, but I thought some people might enjoy the informality of the discussion we had. Continue reading

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