June 11, 2017
Ephesians 1:18-23Contemporary English Version (CEV) *Scripture Reference On PowerPoint Only*
18 My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God’s people. 19 I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used 20 when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side[a] in heaven. 21 There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well. 22 God has put all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything. 23 The church is Christ’s body and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything.
It began in Eden
1. A designed existence
John 17:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
2. A redeemer for sin
Genesis 3:15 New Century Version (NCV)
15 I will make you and the woman enemies to each other. Your descendants and her descendants will be enemies. One of her descendants will crush your head, and you will bite his heel.”
This was alluding to Jesus, defeating Satan’s rule over this world. That our redeemer would take His hit, but ultimately prevail.
3. A necessary death
Hebrews 2:14New Living Translation (NLT)
14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had[a] the power of death.
4. A powerful resurrection
a. We are tied into this resurrection. It literally changes the spiritual plane of existence.
Romans 8:29New Living Translation (NLT)
29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn[a] among many brothers and sisters.
Matthew 27:52-53New American Standard Bible (NASB)
52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the [a]saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
Jesus entire ministry was resurrection
1. He restores spiritually, emotionally, and physically
Isaiah 53:4-6New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 Surely our [a]griefs He Himself bore, And our [b]sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[c]Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was [d]pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our [e]well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
The resurrection wasn’t an event; it was a person.
John 11:25-26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
1. We are united in resurrection with Christ
Romans 6:4-6New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become [a]united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be [b]in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old [c]self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be [d]done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
2. Don’t limit your resurrection
Luke 18:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”
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