Brooks. But perhaps these things, or something like them, will be found in all. He created them, because He saw beyond the dark sin of man, and knew that His love could snatch from sorrow and the grave a new creation still. It wants a strength which is not ethereal but real. See more ideas about ephesians, ephesians 3, scripture. The essence of it is Christ dwelling in your hearts; Christ living in you; Christ in you, the Lord your righteousness, the Lord your strength; Christ in you, the hope of glory. Maclaren, D. D.Let us consider that great thought of the Divine strength-giving power which may be bestowed upon every Christian soul.I. I do not know what Christianity means, unless it means that you and I are forgiven for a purpose; that the purpose, if I may so say, is something in advance of the means towards the purpose, the purpose being that we should be filled with all the strength and righteousness and supernatural life granted to us by the Spirit of God. Indirectly through the believer obeying the impulses and directions of the Holy Spirit.(A. Let a man labour ever so hard, let him pile his earthly treasures ever so high, he can never with his own puny hand fill the dark and sad abyss within himself.3. To be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; Corona Cannot Prevail Against Her. There is the measure. He alone has that mysterious energy which called everything we see out of nothing. I would maintain, in opposition to many modern conceptions, the actual supernatural character of the gift that is bestowed upon every Christian soul. We are still going inwards in search of that great something of which our text is the name. Probably, I should say, both. We are tempted to doubt God's power to restore us with the imagination that He has cast us off. Every man in himself is poor. We wish one another blessings; He gives the blessings.II. But God has not only created us; He has also preserved us, even in the midst of our deep depravity and alienation. Brooks. He prays that you will be able…to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge. We are tempted to doubt God's power to restore us with the imagination that He has cast us off. God is first and last a God of love. If his connection with Christ is cut off, in an instant he becomes as weak as any other man.(T. Then each yields, is altered, combines, and makes the one grand product that is sought. It is not enough to have grace enough to carry us to heaven; we must abound in the fruits of righteousness to the praise and glory of God, Let us, then, pray earnestly that we may become "strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might," and that our inward man may be renewed day by day, even though our outward man show signs of weakness and decay. Let not a bone of Him be broken, but let us take in a whole Christ, up to the full measure of our capacity. What says the new vegetation to these? And affections — the likes and dislikes; those excellent servants, but horridly bad masters. Let our attention dwell next on this — the apostle's prayer for his fellow Christians at Ephesus is a prayer for a gift of power from the Spirit of God to the spirit of man. H. Spurgeon.Now this lamb they were to eat, and the whole of it. And let us humbly believe that it is the prayer Christ prays with us, moved by a consistency in love, and hope, and saving energy which we so sorely lack.III. From what we already know in this direction we may conclude that the whole of nature is one vast and intricate design manifesting the wisdom and goodness of God; and we are expressly told that all things are working together for good. He alone is the true possessor of everything. They attempt to feed their starving souls on the imperfections of Christians — poor feed enough they find it! So complex is our nature that it is hardly possible to give an account of it sufficiently simplified to be plain to an unobservant man.I. Manners. They judge the Lord by "feeble saints." John Piper Mar 22, 1981 66 Shares Sermon. There is a supernatural influence, and energy of the Divine Spirit in our spirits, which may become so real and manifest within us that the physical miracles of Christ rank beneath it. From day to day, from year to year, and from century to century, the whole universe is upheld in its primeval freshness and power. Go deeper still, and you will find another outer man, which may go by this denomination — mind; indicating strong intellectual life, love of truth, i.e., natural truth; which presents itself to us in the form of fact and law — the scientific spirit. God might have given away everything He had made; He might have emptied the exchequer of heaven; but the price would not have purchased the redemption of a single soul. Every man in himself is poor. Rich as is the patience of God, man could not be saved by the mere lapse of time. Happy are they who receive a few crumbs from this rich table, or a few glimpses of this glory! From what we already know in this direction we may conclude that the whole of nature is one vast and intricate design manifesting the wisdom and goodness of God; and we are expressly told that all things are working together for good. There is laid down in the being of each man, or deposited there in germ, an ideal, a Divine ideal, which ought to become, under the nourishing powers of redemption and providence, the real. And what is "the inner man"? Do your work, whatever your work may be, patiently, thoroughly, trustfully, effectually. First repentance, then cleansing and forgiveness, then gratitude, then filial love, then active goodness. The strength of the Almighty One enters into the believer. In a machine, a great variety of movements and powers contribute to one result. If in any of us the spiritual power has ebbed and fallen, let this prayer be ours. By the Spirit; by the Holy Spirit. THE LIFE OF OUR SPIRIT, HOWEVER, BEING BEGUN, MAY BE IN THE FEEBLENESS OF INFANCY. All the attributes of God culminate in love. The moment a man comes to himself, all these things begin together, and go on together. Do your work, whatever your work may be, patiently, thoroughly, trustfully, effectually. The whole inner man in all its corners is to be filled, and to come under the influence of this power, "until there be no part dark, as when the bright shining of a candle giveth thee light." III. Home > Sermons > Ephesians. Then, thoughts — those little springs that swell into oceans, those germs of everything. Spurgeon. I. The rich gift lies in the possession of the faculty to invent or make. Language labours to utter all that is implied here. Now, the Christian teaching nowhere leads us to despise manners. )The inner manA. A. Paul’s Prayer a. (Strengthen believers through the Holy Spirit in their inner being) Physical strength is what we do with our bodies. Now, God has the power to create. Oh! Our usefulness depends on large supplies of spiritual strength. The rich gift lies in the possession of the faculty to invent or make. It gives no definition of what the term includes. But the sad thing is that in some instances that is all that you will see, even when you meet, nothing but the dress. If in any of us the spiritual power has ebbed and fallen, let this prayer be ours. The man himself is wanting in force, though there are spiritual forces at work in him. It is a blessed thing to know that we are poor (Matthew 5:3). It supposes a communication with us when we are spiritual which is no less than God's own communion with us. We speak of body, soul, and spirit belonging to us. He was rich in love; and His goodness overflowed. Not after them, but with and in them. Indirectly through the believer obeying the impulses and directions of the Holy Spirit. The might which the Christian needs is conveyed through the agency of the Holy Spirit.3. If his connection with Christ is cut off, in an instant he becomes as weak as any other man.(T. This new life of goodness begins just with the other things we have named. Ephesians 3:14-21 Rooted in Love. See my blog series on theology for more about these changes. But the riches of God are seen in the preservation of all things in existence as well as in their creation. But there are so many outer men put on by some — one, another, and another yet — that the real inner man might seem to be hopelessly buried.I. When he wanted money he could turn everything he touched into gold. Through this process of faith, love, and comprehension, WE REACH A MARVELLOUS KNOWLEDGE; the knowledge of the unknowable — "to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. This is the sphere, the direction, the destination, of the strength prayed for. So goodness throws off sin, and dresses and adorns the soul in the beauties of God's holiness. It is to the riches of the love of God, therefore, that we owe our very existence. Go deeper still, and you will find another outer man, which may go by this denomination — mind; indicating strong intellectual life, love of truth, i.e., natural truth; which presents itself to us in the form of fact and law — the scientific spirit. Fighting for Hope. The Christian needs to be strengthened with might in the inner man.2. Height — raising up to heavenly places. The leaven is hid deep in three measures of meal until the whole be leavened. H. Spurgeon.Now this lamb they were to eat, and the whole of it. In Romans 2:4 Paul speaks of the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering. Asleep; by fits and starts perhaps awaking, and then falling into slumber again. 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