Today I was going to read through the entire book of Ephesians like it is meant to be read for it is a letter from Paul to the church of Ephesus. Of course this is a universal letter since it isn’t really addressing any issues to any particular church, but is the most magnificent of all of Paul’s writings for in six packed chapters of goodness, the whole plan of God is revealed from beginning to end. God is the main character in history, it is His Story. A proper understanding that God is the main character of the Old Testament leads us to a proper understanding of Jesus being revealed as the main character in the Gospels and the Holy Spirit being the main character until Jesus returns. Paul understands this, he understood that God created, he understood that Jesus was the solution to the woes of mankind, and he understood that the Holy Spirit is the power that transforms lives.
What stood out to be more than anything today while reading these three chapters was the prayer that Paul prayed after laying a complete picture of God’s plan to unite the body, the church, under one headship, Christ’s. Ephesians 3:14-21 reads this
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
When I read verses 16 and 17, my heart burned inside because today was one of those days when I knew that my inner being was strengthened with power through his Spirit. I knew I needed his help because I had to go eat dinner with a group that had never ate together before and I had to arrange it which is always terrifying for me because in the past I haven’t been very good at arranging fun dinners. Social gatherings and being in the spotlight in non-Bible and not serious times but chill hang out times is not my strength whatsoever, but rather it is my weakness as I usually resort to someone that just listens and is really quiet. Today though, my heart had this reassurance constantly throughout the night that He was in our presence helping us out in all our weaknesses. Romans 8:26 says Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. There wasn’t even that awkward period of time when you gather a group together that has never hung out together. There was lots of laughter and great conversations. I felt my inner being was burning so that when I read this tonight, I knew that it wasn’t just feelings, but rather it was the power of God living within me declaring that in me, Christ wants to dwell fully. This might sound strange to some people, but in past times, these moments have always occurred during moments of ministry usually where I connect with brother’s in the faith on some deep personal sharing that leads to prayer, but never during a social situation where it was just a hangout/dinner event.