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HOW ABOUT YOUR SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION? WHAT DO YOU GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO?

29 Mar

“ENLIGHTENED EYES”
Ephesians 1:18-19

Intro.
1. Spiritual perception is crucial to successful Christian living!
a. For conversion & discipleship – Matt. 13:14-16
b. Chose right things, avoid sin & be approved – Phil. 1:9-11
c. Live worthy & please God, being fruitful & strong – Col. 1:9-12
d. Test ourselves to see if we are acceptable to God – 2 Cor. 13:5
2. Eph. 1:15-19 (v. 18) – That you may know (eidw eido: perceive, discern, discover, and give attention to)

  • THE HOPE OF HIS CALLING– Eph. 1:18
    • Saved in hope – Rom. 8:24
    • Laid up for you in heaven – Col. 1:5
      • Heard of it through the gospel – Col. 1:5
      • Hope promotes living by faith & love – Col. 1:4
    • A living hope – 1 Pet. 1:3 (Christ’s resurrection – cf. Acts 24:15)
    • Rejoice in our hope, without disappointment (shame) – Rom. 5:1-2, 3-5
      • Drives our faith – Rom. 4:18
      • Anchors our soul – Heb. 6:18-19
    • Eagerly wait for our hope to be obtained – Rom. 8:24-25; Tit. 2:13
  • THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF HIS INHERITANCE IN THE SAINTS – Eph. 1:18
    • His inheritance: In Christ – Eph. 1:11 (His blood – Heb. 9:14-15)
    • In the saints: The sanctified – Col. 1:12; Acts 20:32
      • Not in the world – Eph. 5:5
      • Among the saved – We share heavenly riches together – Acts 26:18
    • Heirs: Privilege of childhood – Rom. 8:14-17; Gal. 4:4-7; 3:26-29
    • Its Glory: Heavenly splendor – 1 Pet. 1:3-5:
      • Incorruptible – not liable to corruption or decay, imperishable
      • Undefiled – Unsoiled, free of contaminants, not deformed, debased
      • Does not fade away – Immortal, enduring in its original state
      • Reserved in heaven – Preserved & prepared for the faithful (1:5)
  • THE EXCEEDING GREATNESS OF HIS POWER TOWARD US WHO BELIEVE – Eph. 1:19
    • His power which saved us – Col. 2:11-13 (His operative power)
    • His power to complete His purposes & work in us – Phil. 1:6; Eph. 3:20-21
      • By the power which raised & exalted Christ – Eph. 1:20-21
      • By the power of Christ who now reigns – Eph. 1:22-23
      • By the power of faith & truth – Eph. 3:20, 16-17
    • His power to supply our needs – Phil. 4:19
    • His power to keep us safe from – Jno. 10:27-29

Conclusion

  • When we understand & perceive our hope, the glory of our inheritance & the power God uses on our behalf, we are equipped through our faith to:
    1. Hear & heed the word of Christ (Matt. 13:14-15)
    2. Make the right moral choices in our lives (Phil. 1:9-10)
    3. Live worthy of Christ & His gospel (Eph. 4:1)
    4. Be fruitful and strong in His service (Col. 1:9-10)
    5. Be vigilant to test ourselves & remain in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5)
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