The Plan of God, The Prayer of Paul
|Ephesians 1 (NKJV™)
|In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
|which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
|having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
|that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him.
|In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
|that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
|In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
|who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
|Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
|do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
|that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
|the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may 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 exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
|which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
|far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
|And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
|which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
The book of Ephesians exalts the new life we have in Christ—a life that produces a new relationship with God and with others. In this series, Pastor Skip Heitzig explains how "the unsearchable riches" (Ephesians 3:8) we have through Jesus affect the way we interact with other Christians, our families, and unbelievers as well as the way we fight the Enemy.
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