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Knowing God Better View video
Ephesians 1:15 - 1:23
15. For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16. I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
17. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19. and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20. he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21. far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
22. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
23. which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Reflection
Knowledge from God (1:15–19a)
Paul gives thanks for the faith of the Ephesian believers and says he constantly remembers them in his prayers. Specifically, he prays that God, through the Holy Spirit, would open the eyes of their hearts to know three things: the hope to which they have been called, the riches of His glorious inheritance, and the greatness of God’s power for those who believe. The knowledge that Paul speaks of is not simply facts and information; it is knowledge that comes from an intimate relationship with God. This knowledge can only be attained as God opens our hearts and reveals Himself to us through His Spirit. Let us join with Paul and pray that God would enable us to truly know Him better.

Power of God (1:19b–23)
The apostle describes the nature of God’s power made available to believers. This power raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly realms. It is a power far above all others in this present age as well as in the age to come. Through this power, Christ is exalted and reigns over all creation. It is an amazing truth that the church as the body of Christ is filled by the incredible power of the One who fills everything in every way. This not only reveals the intimate relationship we have with Christ, but that God works through the church to accomplish His glorious purposes. In Christ and through Christ, the church is empowered to participate in God’s great plan of redemption for the world.
Application
- Of the three things Paul prays for in this passage, which one stands out to you most? What is something God has revealed to you recently through times of intimate fellowship with Him?

- In what ways have you experienced God’s power in your life? How have you seen His power demonstrated through your church?
A Letter to God
Lord, open the eyes of my heart to know You in the most intimate and personal way. I want to have more than facts about You; I want to know You as my loving Father and mighty King. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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