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Ephesians Devotional—Week Three, Day Three (12/16/09)

Ephesians 3:10-13

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, {11} according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. {12} In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. {13} I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

God is determined to live through His people—to display His attributes through human beings in whom He dwells. In particular, Paul the apostle desired to place God’s wisdom on display … that the angelic hosts might have knowledge of what they have been searching for in the Old Testament prophets (1 Peter 1:10-12). Paul was God’s instrument to tell them of these things.

Jesus Christ is the Way to God (John 14:6). Because of His finished work at Calvary the believers can draw near to God with great confidence (Hebrews 10:19-22; 1 John 2:1-2). The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom on the day He died (Mark 15:37-38). Access into the Holiest was gained through His resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven.

Due to Paul’s ministry of proclamation of these great truths, he did not want pity or sympathy with regard to his sufferings. He was suffering for the gospel. Remember Ephesians 3:1, which began this long paragraph. In that verse he calls himself the prisoner of Jesus Christ.

  1. How can God display any of His attributes (characteristics) through us? Refer to Colossians 1:27 to help you with your answer.
  2. Do you have confidence in prayer? Are you certain that God has invited you to spend time in His presence as often as you desire? Why or why not?
  3. List a few things you might to or believe that will give you greater boldness and encouragement when you pray. Let the Bible be your guide.
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