The Foundation of Our Faith
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Eph. 3:20-21 (NKJV)
As Paul addresses the redemptive work of God for humanity in Ephesians 3, he explains that in God’s own time, God sent Jesus Christ into the world to redeem humanity from our sins. And, even more, in spite of his unworthiness, God personally chose him as His vessel to carry the “Good News” to the gentiles.
As we arrive at Eph. 3:14, we find Paul praying for the Believers in the Church at Ephesus. He is praying that in spite of the challenges of life and faith that they shall encounter as they follow Jesus Christ that they will remain faithful to Christ and each other. As Paul prayed for the Believers at Ephesus, he asks God to:
Strengthen them “according to His riches in glory” for the trials that they shall encounter here on earth as they follow Jesus Christ;
Allow the power and presence of Jesus Christ to dwell in their hearts as they live into their faith in Him on earth;
Help every Believer to be “rooted and grounded” in love. The kind of love that will give them the necessary strength to keep them following Christ amidst the trials of life and faith;
Help every Believer to comprehend and embrace with all of “The Saints” the width, the length, the depth, and the height of the love of Christ for all Believers, which transcends all human understanding; and,
Help Believers to understand and embrace they will be filled with the fullness of God as they live into their faith in Jesus Christ.
As Paul was praying for the Church at Ephesus, something miraculous occurred in his mind, heart and spirit. God clarified all that Paul had been praying about in verses 20 and 21. God allowed Paul to both see and declare all that he had been praying for as he sought God’s face for the Church at Ephesus. God allowed Paul to see and clarify “The Foundation of Our Faith”. When Paul writes, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think,” he is declaring “the omnipotence of God”. Paul is saying to all who have set their course unto Christ, “the ultimate power in heaven and earth is with you”. “Go forward and hold fast to your faith in Jesus Christ.” When Paul says, “according to the power that works in us”, he is declaring “by the indwelling of The Holy Spirit, The Spirit of God”, God has equipped all who have given their life to Jesus Christ for trials of life and challenge of faith we shall encounter. Paul is telling the Church at Ephesus and all believers, “dare to go forward in the word, way and will of God. You have a foundation that will never falter nor fail.” And, when Paul says, “to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” he is declaring that, “the power of God will continue to be made real in the lives of all who give their life to Christ until Jesus Christ returns for His church.
Paul says to The Church at Ephesus and to Believers everywhere that the secret to seeing the power and presence of God at work in our lives is to hold fast to “The Foundation of Our Faith” in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, “until He comes again for His church.” Amen.
Prayer: Almighty God, continue to make real Your strengthening presence in our lives as we seek to live into our faith in Jesus Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Rev. Larron D. Jackson, DMin
Ministry and Mission Coach