Today you should read: Ephesians 3:14-19
Since recently finishing the book of Job here at Jumpstart, I looked forward to a more encouraging Bible read. Not that Job isn’t important or necessary, but it is challenging while it tests both the intellect and the emotion with a rather melancholy story. I’d bet you can identify with this statement: Ephesians is a breath of fresh air!
Paul’s letter to the churches in the region of Ephesus is pastoral, theological, and practical; these three are each vital to the life of the Christian. We need God’s shepherding protection & guidance, we need God’s timeless truth, and we need to live a changed life of benevolent, Christ-honoring action. Today’s passage (3:14-19) ties in all three of these critical elements found in Ephesians. Paul shepherds these believers by reminding them of God’s love and sovereign care. He builds them up with invaluable tenets of the faith that they need to believe. And then he calls them to live their faith boldly!
Concerning the practical application, there is something Paul does here that I can appreciate. While he is telling them that they are to do great things for God, he challenges them to draw their strength from God. In fact, he is reminding them that they can’t really do it on their own; they need the Holy Spirit to do it through them. Why do I appreciate this reminder? Because I, far too often, try to carry out my life plans/decisions/ministry/__________ in my own power, many times resulting in a mess of things. Yet, when I am yielded to Jesus and find His power through my weakness, He does more than I could ask or think! What a paradox!
What did the Lord teach you today from this helpful letter?
One final extra thing that the ESV Study Bible called to my attention. If you wonder if Paul affirmed the doctrine of the Trinity, look no further than the book of Ephesians. It is saturated with references to Father, Son, and Spirit. Check out this little chart:
Happy Monday, CPC!
Posted by: Todd Thomas