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Soli Deo Gloria – Ephesians 3:20, 21

What causes you to worship God?What sorts of things move your heart to overflow in praise to God?And I’m not just talking about Sunday morning when you are singing hymns that you didn’t write.I’m asking: what are the kinds of hymns that regularly emerge from your heart during the week?What are the wells of joy that your soul draws from that causes you to break forth into singing?Are they things that make your life easier during the week?Is it that promotion you have longed for all those years?Is it deliverance from some temporary setbacks?
Now, don’t get me wrong: we are to thank God for everything, and therefore everything, the good and the bad, the surprising and the mundane, ought to all provide subject matter for the believer’s worship: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18).But when we look to the NT and see what sorts of things caused the apostles to start singing, we come face to face with the first doxologies of t…

The Love of Christ, the Fullness of God – Ephesians 3:18-19

In these verses, we reach the pinnacle of Paul’s prayer for the saints in Ephesus, and, indeed, the pinnacle and climax of all Christian experience.Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in one of his sermons on this text, rightly said, “There is no more staggering statement in the whole range of Scripture than this.”[1]It is something we could not dare to pray for were it not in Scripture itself.It is this: “that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”That is what Paul is ultimately praying for.The reason they needed to be strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner man was so that Christ would dwell in their hearts by faith, so that, being rooted and grounded in love, they might be able to comprehend the love of Christ so that they would be filled with God’s fullness.It all leads to that.
Now it is important to see that the culmination of this prayer really explains what it means to be filled with all the fullness of God.The structure of Paul’s thought here requires that it be explaine…