The Book of Ephesians: Prayer for Strength.

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,” (Ephesians 3:16 (ESV)

Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers (Ephesians 3:1, 14-15), is a prayer for their personal and corporate sanctification. Justification is God’s declaration that the converted sinner has received the credited, or imputed, righteousness of Jesus Christ and God has delivered them from the penalty of sin by grace alone, through faith alone, through the person and work of Jesus Christ alone. Sanctification is the daily process of the believer’s spiritual growth in the Lord. In the process of sanctification, God is daily delivering the sinner from the power of sin in their lives.

“That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power.”  The Apostle Paul wrote that on the basis of the wealth and abundance of God’s amazing might and power, that He would give and produce powerful spiritual power within each believer.

This empowerment occurs within the believer’s inner being. In other words, the heart or soul of the believer is what the apostle had in mind. It is the individual’s ability to think, feel and make decisions for the glory and praise of almighty God.

This divine empowerment is solely by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) in order to strengthen the people of God to do the will of God for the glory of God. Thanks be to God.

Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “This is some of Paul’s most pointed language about the work of the Holy Spirit within individuals (2 Cor. 5:17). Paul speaks of the ongoing renewal of believers ‘inner self’ (2 Cor. 4:16) and of God’s working in them both the desire and the power to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:12-13). Christianity is neither a common confession to the exclusion of individual experience, not a private piety without corporate vision.”

May the Lord strengthen each of us today to do His will.

Soli deo Gloria!      

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