The Pauline prayer (Part 2)

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“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;”

(Ephesians 1:15,16)

 

 

In the last article, we focused on the Pauline prayer from Ephesians 1. We established that this prayer of this Apostle Paul provides a sustainable prayer guide for the man in Christ. We also learned that after salvation the next most important thing is growing in knowledge of what Christ has done and what it means for us.

As we continue along those lines, let’s read from verse 19.

Eph 1:19,20: “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward 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,

 

God’s mighty working power was demonstrated to ‘us-ward’ who believe. Jesus was raised from the dead for our benefit. When he died, we died with him. When he was raised, we were raised with him. That is why sin has no power over our mortal bodies; we are dead to sin. We have been raised to walk in the newness of life. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us. Hallelujah!

 

Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Jesus is seated far above principalities, power, might and dominion. That is good news. But this is great news; you are seated with him. As we would read in the next verse. The church is the sole beneficiary of Christ’s authority.

 

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

 

Hallelujah! Jesus is head over all things to the church! You are the reason why he died and rose again. Christ is the head over all things for your benefit. The first Adam had dominion over the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, but for the man in Christ, it’s so much more than that. Our dominion is spiritual. The Apostle Paul did not cease to pray that you’d understand these truths. Meditate on them until the eyes of your understanding are flooded with light.

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