Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17–19 is life-changing—it reminds us of our identity, causing truth to sink deeply into the fabric of our lives. In particular, this prayer contains three things Paul wants the Ephesian believers to grasp about their position in Christ:
- The hope of God’s calling
- The riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
- The surpassing greatness of His power
These three components point to the abundance God provides out of His own power for those who believe.
The Power of God in Us
Ephesians 1:20–23 continues to examine that power behind God’s provision. This is the power God used to raise Jesus from the dead so that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly places.
It is significant for our faith not only that He is alive, but also that He is “seated.” The fact that He is “seated” means His work of redemption is accomplished. No further sacrifice is necessary to atone for our sins.
Freedom from Sin
Christ’s work on the cross means that we are free from sin. His perfect blood paid the penalty of our sin so that we are no longer its slaves. Although we are still being progressively sanctified while on this earth, it is our position in Christ that counts—we were buried and raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3–7).
Paul reminds the Ephesian believers (and us!) to live in accordance with the true dignity of our calling. We should not walk in the ways of this world any longer, but should live out of our identity in Christ. After all, we find true fulfillment through the life of Christ in us.
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