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“Know the Hope of Your Calling”. Ephesians 1:18. What God Has Given Us. 1 Corinthians 13:13 mentions three things that are permanent: faith, hope, and love Spiritual gifts were temporary v.8-10 The parts ended when the complete had been given v.10

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What God Has Given Us

  • 1 Corinthians 13:13 mentions three things that are permanent: faith, hope, and love

  • Spiritual gifts were temporaryv.8-10

  • The parts ended when the complete had been given v.10

  • Even in the beginning, God’s concern was that the church have faith, hope, and love

  • Colossians 1:5, 1 Thessalonians 1:3


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Ephesians 1:15-16

  • “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:”

  • What is missing?

  • It is what Paul prays that the Ephesians would come to understand…


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Ephesians 1:17-19a

  • “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may 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 exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,”


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Hope

  • Faith stands under hope Hebrews 11:1

  • Hope stands on faith

  • Expectation of hope based on promise

  • Strength of hope stands on faith in 2 things

    • The willingness of promise maker to keep his word

    • The ability of promise maker to keep his word


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Paul’s Petition for the Ephesians

  • “ that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understandingbeing enlightened; that you may 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 exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,”


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Paul’s Petition for the Ephesians

  • In order to know the hope of your calling,

  • You need to know the riches of glory of God’s inheritance in the saints


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Ephesians 1:18

  • The riches - the value

  • Of glory – not material value

  • Of His inheritance – not our inheritance in Heaven

  • In the saints – weare His inheritance

  • Paraphrase: God wants us to know how special we are to Him

  • We are all that will be left of creation Heb. 12:28


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Paul’s Petition for the Ephesians

  • In order to know the hope of your calling,

  • You need to know the riches of glory of God’s inheritance in the saints


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Paul’s Petition for the Ephesians

  • In order to know the hope of your calling,

  • You need to know the riches of glory of God’s inheritance in the saints

    faith in God’s willingness to keep His promise


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Paul’s Petition for the Ephesians

  • In order to know the hope of your calling,

  • You need to know the riches of glory of God’s inheritance in the saints

    faith in God’s willingness to keep His promise

    and


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Paul’s Petition for the Ephesians

  • In order to know the hope of your calling,

  • You need to know the riches of glory of God’s inheritance in the saints

    faith in God’s willingness to keep His promise

    and

    2. You need to know the greatness of God’s power that works toward you


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Paul’s Petition for the Ephesians

  • In order to know the hope of your calling,

  • You need to know the riches of glory of God’s inheritance in the saints

    faith in God’s willingness to keep His promise

    and

    2. You need to know the greatness of God’s power that works toward you

    faith in God’s ability to keep His promise


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Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians

  • Paul proceeds to answer that prayer by writing the first three chapters of Ephesians

  • 1-3Know the Hope of Your Calling

  • Information to assure us of God’s love

  • Information to assure us of God’s power

  • 4-6Walk Worthily of the Calling

  • How to live based upon the calling

  • You must know it in order to live by it


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Know the Hope of Your CallingEphesians 1-3

  • 1:3-14 praise

  • 1:15-23 prayer

  • 2:1-13 past to present

  • 2:14-18 peace

  • 2:19-3:13 plan

  • 3:14-21 petition

  • All of it emphasizes God’s willingness

  • 1:19-23 and 3:20 describes God’s power


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Know the Greatness of His PowerEphesians 1:19

  • exceeding greatness of His power

  • Super-mega dynamite

    according to the working of His mighty power

  • Active energy of His strong power

  • The greatest example is the resurrection and exaltation of Christv.20-23


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Know the Greatness of His PowerEphesians 3:20

  • God is able to do what we ask

  • God is able to do what we ask or think

  • God is able to do all that we ask or think

  • God is able to do above all we ask or think

  • God is able to do abundantly above all we ask or think

  • God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think


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Know the Love of ChristEphesians 3:19

  • God has blessed us 1:3-14 v.4; 1 John 3:1

  • God has saved us 2:1-13 v.4; Titus 3:1-7

  • God has provided the means of reconciliation with Him 2:14-18; Romans 5:5-11

  • God tells us of His intention 3:1-13; Romans 8:28-38

  • What more can God do to prove His love for us than to give the greatest gift and tell us it is because He loves us?


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Walk Worthily of the CallingEphesians 4:1

Walk in unity4:1-16

Walk not like the Gentiles 4:17-32

Walk in love5:1-7

Walk in light5:8-14

Walk in wisdom5:15-21

Relationship rules to apply to our walk 5:22-6:9

Fight with faith6:10-20


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God Wants You

  • To be strengthened by the Spirit in your heart

  • To make your heart a home for Christ by faith

  • To know His love for you 1 John 4:16

  • To experience God’s love so that it is a life-changing experience Romans 2:4

  • To be raised with Christ 2:4;Colossians 2:12

    (Faith raises us after we are buried in baptism)

  • To walk worthily of the calling 4:1, Rom. 6:4


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