A Purposeful Prisoner: Paul’s Life in Christ, Part 2

June 30, 2019 Speaker: Robby Baxter Series: Paul's Letter to the Ephesians: Life in Christ, Life in the World

Scripture: Ephesians 3:7–3:13

Key Truth: God demonstrates His wisdom by our redemption from sin and reconciliation to Him in Christ. 

What has most affected your understanding and practice of wisdom?

 

 

The Church as the Theatre of God’s Wisdom

Ephesians 3:7-10

What most affects your view of the church? 
Are you making the most of the opportunity to participate in the display of God’s wisdom before a watching heavenly host?

 

“God’s wisdom reconciles seeming irreconcilables. …God in Christ produces life by means of death, glory by means of shame (the ‘shame’ of the cross), the blessing by means of the curse, power by means of weakness…”

William Hendriksen, Exposition of Ephesians

 

 

Confidence Through Faith

Ephesians 3:11-13

What most affects your confidence in God?  

“Faith produces confidence, which again, in its turn, produces boldness.  There are three stages in our progress. First, we believe the promises of God; next, by relying on them, we obtain that confidence, which is accompanied by holiness and peace of mind; and, last of all, comes boldness, which enables us to banish fear, and to come with firmness and steadiness into the presence of God.”

John Calvin, Commentary on Ephesians

 

 

Application:
           

Ephesians 3:7-13 teaches us that:

-God demonstrates His wisdom by our redemption from sin and reconciliation to Him in Christ.

More in Paul's Letter to the Ephesians: Life in Christ, Life in the World

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The Bonds of Peace: Unity in the Church in the World

July 7, 2019

A Prayer for Growth in Christ and the Fullness of God

June 23, 2019

A Purposeful Prisoner: Paul’s Life in Christ, Part 1