July 15th, 2016
Acts 19 explains how the Apostle Paul was God’s tool to root and establish the Ephesian believers in the love of Jesus Christ. They learned how Jesus lived among mankind; was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day, He arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and on Pentecost poured out the Holy Spirit on His followers. The Ephesians received this news with gladness and enjoyed full salvation in Jesus Christ.
In his letter to the Ephesians, years later, Paul is still on his knees praying that they will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). All of God’s grace is needed to live the holy life: living in unity with other believers and walking as children of light; maintaining sexual purity and establishing Christian homes; also expressing faith in wholehearted labor and respectful treatment of those employed (see Ephesians 5-6).
Paul prays for these believers to experience the fullness of Christ, not simply in a moment following regeneration, but in daily growth in Christlikeness.
Author: Blair Rorabaugh