Ephesians 1:15-23 | Day Two
By: Sophie DeMuth | To download this series in it's entirety, click here.
"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." - Ephesians 1:17
Today we are finishing up the first chapter of Ephesians!
Ephesians is a letter, so remember it’s important to read it from beginning to end. Set aside some time this week to read it all the way through!
To keep Ephesians in context, summarize what Paul said in Ephesians 1:1-10.
Now, prepare your heart before God—confess sin, eliminate distractions, and center your mind on Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you during this time in the Word.
Open your Bible to Ephesians 1:11–14. What correlations do you see between this passage and verses 3–10? What words or phrases repeat?
The Lord chose you to be His daughter. How does this truth impact the way you think about your relationship with God?
What does it mean to be marked with a seal? How does Paul describe the gift of the Holy Spirit in verses 13 and 14? How do we receive the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit guarantee us?
What does “to the praise of His glory” mean? What two verses mention this phrase? Who gets the glory?
We see here at the end of this passage that the entire reason God sent Jesus to redeem us and unite us with God is for God’s glory. Through saving us, He shows us His love, grace, truth, power, might, and justice. Go back through verses 3–14 and as you read, soak up the fact that God deserves all the glory for what He’s done in your life.
How could you glorify God with the words you say, the thoughts in your mind, and your actions this week? Be as specific as possible.
Now, read Ephesians 1:15–23. What stands out to you about Paul’s prayer for the church? Why?
What does Paul pray for the church in verse 17? How can we know God better?
What three things does Paul pray for the church to see in verses 18–19a? What hope have we been called to (what does God promise us for the future)?
Have you ever thought of the church as an inheritance (v.18)? Why or why not?
How do you treasure community with other believers in your daily life?
What is the power Paul describes in verses 19–21? How does it make you feel to know that the same power that raised Jesus from the grave lives in you?
Read the passage again. This time, take note of the authority and power of Christ. How does knowing that Jesus has authority over the earth, the church, and you impact you and your walk with Christ?
Who could you pray for this week, just as Paul prayed for the Ephesians?
As you close your time, read the passage one last time. This time, read it as a prayer over your own life and the lives of your friends. Write out the memory verse and read it aloud to yourself, allowing the truth to soak in. Think about what it means that Jesus has all authority. Thank Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit and praise Him for conquering the grave.