Unpacking Ephesians 1:15-23

“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which existsamong you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:15-23)

Ephesians has always been one of my favorite books in the Bible (not that there are some books that are less important), and this passage is quite impressive. It is like, the gospel in 30 seconds. And it comes with a lot of “3”s (I have bolded them for reference).

  • Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and the (Holy) Spirit: our God is three in one.
  • Faith, Hope, and Love: the uniting elements of the body (1 Corinthians 13).
  • Spirit, Heart, Mind (Knowledge): knowing the Lord requires the spirit, heart, and mind.
  • Head, Body, and Feet: Christ is the head, the Church is the body, all things are under His feet.
  • Calling, Inheritance, Power: He called us first. Then we inherit Him and His life, the imperishable and indestructible. Then we share in His power.

And then the “not-3″s…

  • This age and the age to come: there are only two age and we are waiting for the new heavens and new earth.
  • Prayers and thanksgiving: Paul has set a pattern for our christian living.
  • “In accordance with the working of the strength of His might”: we live by His life, His power, His strength.
  •  “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion”: Christ is supreme over all things.
  • “from the dead” and “seated Him at heavenly place”: His death and resurrection, in which we also partake of.

And of course there are more.

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