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SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Revelation Of The Truth To The Saints: Ephesians 1:15-23


Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;… 
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:… 
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,
and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet,
and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Paul now shares with the church at Ephesus the content of his prayers on their behalf.  By doing this Paul is declaring his motivation for his great love, concern, and desire for their spiritual welfare and receipt of various blessings of God.  Please keep in mind, all of these blessings would be given to the believers at Ephesus only through the gracious intervention of the Lord.  They did not deserve these wonderful blessings nor could they earn them in any way.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        Paul’s motivation for desiring and praying for gracious blessings on behalf of the church – 15-16
II.        The gracious blessing of a knowledge of the person and work of the Lord – 17
III.        The gracious blessing of a understanding of their eternal blessings that await them – 18
IV.        The gracious blessing of awareness of the Lord’s power exhibited in in all aspects of salvation – 19-20a
V.        The gracious blessing of a comprehension of the exaltation of Christ – 20b-22a
VI.        The gracious blessing of the exaltation/Lordship of Christ – 22b-23



In this morning’s devotional, Paul explains his desire for the church to come to a greater understanding of the Lord’s person and work on their behalf…

(Ephesians 1:19 -20)  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,

Paul continues to request that the Lord graciously reveals His work to us.  In this case he asks the Lord to show us His great power He exercises towards believers…
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,

Our gracious Lord reveals to us the magnitude of His overwhelming power that He exercised on behalf of those who have come to faith in Him.

The Greek word for “power” used here is the word “dunamis”, it is from this word that we get our English word “dynamite”.  The idea behind this word is the power that is necessary to accomplish the given task.  In other words, our verse is teaching us that the Lord has more power than is needed to accomplish any task at hand… in this case it is bringing the lost to a saving faith in Him.

This is why we say He is the Almighty …
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”  (Revelation 1:8)


according to the working of his mighty power, 

This great “dynamite power” at our salvation was exercised according to His “mighty power”.

Here, the word for “power” is a different Greek word.  It is the word “kratos”.  This word is commonly translated “dominion” and speaks of the ability to absolutely control and bring into submission.

In other words, because He is in absolute control of every aspect of salvation (His kratos power), He then worked overwhelmingly (His dynamite power) in the lives of men to bring to them that salvation.   Put another way, His reign as Sovereign over salvation (kratos), was the basis for His successful intervention in bringing men to faith in Him (dunamis).


Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,

Proof of His possession of these great powers was proven to us when He raised Christ from the dead.  He not only has dominion over sin and death (kratos), but He also displayed that dominion for all to see when He actively intervened and raised Christ from the dead (dunamis).

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  (Colossians 2:10-15)



The greatest blessing that we receive from our gracious Lord is the blessing of salvation.  it is through this blessing that all other eternal blessings flow.  All of the work needed to secure our salvation was performed by the Lord and based upon His dominion over salvation.

May we all with thankful hearts bow before our Sovereign Lord as we think about His overwhelming powers He exercised on our behalf when He brought is to salvation and submission to His Lordship.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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  1. Terry says:

    You are most inspiring

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I appreciate your observation of the Greek word kratos and dunamis.

  3. vonhonnauldt says:

    Quite different from what I read so often about our having to “let” God do whatever! Thanks!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Many times, what the Bible teaches contradicts what we think it teaches! Thanks to our fallen, sinful natures we all struggle with understanding and submitting to the idea our God truly is in control of all things (including salvation). But once this truth enters into our hearts and minds it becomes one of the most precious of all the truths in the Bible!

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