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To Know Him More - Interceding for one another

Text: Ephesians 1:3-19a


What God has Already Done!

The Favor that God has shown to us in Christ

We are chosen for holiness and predestined for

adoption. (1:3-6)

We have received redemption and forgiveness

by grace (1:7-8)

We are given the knowledge of God’s will and

plans in Christ (1:9-10)

Those who hope in Him are predestined to

receive an inheritance for His glory (1:11-12)

Those who believe the gospel inherit the Spirit

(1:13-14)


Footnotes: verses 3-14

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the

heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the

praise of the glory of His grace, with which He favored us

in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His

blood, the forgiveness of our wrongdoings, according to

the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all

wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of

His will, according to His good pleasure which He set forth

in Him, regarding His plan of the fullness of the times, to

bring all things together in Christ, things in the heavens

and things on the earth. In Him we also have obtained an

inheritance, having been predestined according to the

purpose of Him who works all things in accordance with

the plan of His will, to the end that we who were the first

to hope in the Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth,

the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you

were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of the promise,

who is a first installment of our inheritance, in regard

to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the

praise of His glory.”


A Heart to Pray for One Another

Because…

He heard of their faith

He heard of their love for the saints

Therefore…

He gave thanks for them

He prayed for them


Footnotes: verses 15, 16

“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you,

while making mention of you in my prayers;”


Our Greatest Need

That God would give them

a spirit of wisdom

a spirit of revelation

TO KNOW

HIM MORE !


Footnotes: verse 17

“ that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father

of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of

revelation in the knowledge of Him.”


What to Know about Him and Us

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 and glory of His inheritance

what is the boundless greatness of His power

toward us who believe.


Footnotes: verses: 18,19

“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 [w]boundless greatness of

His power toward us who believe.”


A Prayer for One Another

God, I pray that Your Holy Spirit would help us to

know You more.

Open our hearts to know the security and hope

that we have because we belong to You.

Open our hearts to know the blessings and glory

that You have promised to us.

Open our hearts to know Your great power and

love that keeps us until we partake of Your glory