For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
What’s the point of the parable of the beggar who was unknowingly sitting on a box full of treasure?
In verse 18, Paul prays for the Ephesian Christians that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened. Talk together about what he wants them to see with the eyes of their hearts.
How would you define/describe the word “hope”? What is “the hope to which God has called us” as Christians?
Why is it so important for humans to have a sense of responsibility?
Talk about the responsibility/purpose that we as Christians have because of the hope to which God has called us?
What is Paul getting at when he speaks of “the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (v.18)?
What are the powers to which Paul is referring (v.21) that we need to be delivered from and that Jesus is far above?
How did Jesus defeat these powers? How does this impact your life?
What did you sense God saying to you through this passage and this message?