The Love of God

Ephesians 3:14-21

 

  1. From His Love Comes Spiritual Strength (vs 14-16)
    1. Paul knows he can go to the Lord because He loves
    2. Paul knows God can help because He is sovereign
    3. Paul knows he can ask of the Lord because He loves
      1. “according to the riches of His glory” vs 16
      2. Isaiah 41:10, “I will strengthen you”
    4. From His Love Comes Spiritual Security (vs 17-18a)
      1. Paul knows that eternal security comes through Christ
      2. Paul knows that relationships point to our security in Christ.
      3. Psalm 95:6, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!”
    5. From His Love Comes Experiences of His Love (vs 18b-19a)
      1. Paul wants them to comprehend God’s love
      2. Paul wants them to experience God’s love
        1. 2 Types of knowledge
          1. Objective: The Bible teaches that God loves me.
          2. Subjective: I have experienced God’s love for me.
            1. The truth doesn’t come from experience. But the truth is, God gives us experiences of His love.
            2. Psalm 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
          3. “Paul is not asking that his readers might become more able to articulate the greatness of God’s love in Christ Jesus or to grasp with the intellect alone how significant God’s love is in the plan of redemption. He is asking God that they might have the power to grasp the dimensions of that love in their experience.” -Carson
        2. From His Love Comes His Fullness (vs 19b-20)
          1. Paul wants them to know God fully
          2. Paul wants them to be in awe of God’s nature
        3. From Our Love We Glorify Him (vs 21)