sermon on ephesians 3:16

There are perpendicular movements and horizontal movements; zig-zag movements and elliptical movements; — a swift and bewildering involution and evolution of forces, and a warring multitude of sounds — hissing and hammering, grinding and thumping; and yet there is the utmost harmony, and the most delicate and precise balance of action throughout the whole. LET IT BE CERTAIN TO US THAT THIS GIFT OF STRENGTH TO OUR SPIRITS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS OUR PERPETUAL NEED. Every man in himself is poor. These must be pure. All the attributes of God culminate in love. Christ loving and living, Christ dying, Christ risen, Christ ascended, Christ coming again, Christ triumphant over all His foes — the whole Lord Jesus Christ is ours. But it is not in the deepest sense life.4. This, then, is the first care for us — not only that our body be living in health, however congenial and helpful this may be; not only that our mind be alive to all our earthly concerns, and strong to attend to them, however lofty and important they may be: but that our spirit be alive, active, and enthroned in the world within us, having some conception of, and some participation in, the share which God would give us with Himself, in His own thoughts and purposes, His own joys and griefs, His own ways and works. Not only did it hang there, but it upheld four thousand pounds' weight attached to it! I look first to conscience. Raleigh, D. D.Everyone has an inner man, a better self, a potential perfection within him, which will awake and begin to flower when he feels in his soul the touch of God. V. THE MEASURE OF THIS STRENGTH. But the sad thing is that in some instances that is all that you will see, even when you meet, nothing but the dress. What says the new vegetation to these? And let us humbly believe that it is the prayer Christ prays with us, moved by a consistency in love, and hope, and saving energy which we so sorely lack.III. We glorify God by this fuller strength. But perhaps these things, or something like them, will be found in all.1. Through dress, through manners, through morals, through religious ceremony, we have to go to find the inner man, the very soul. This might is obtained in answer to prayer.4. The leaven is hid deep in three measures of meal until the whole be leavened. THE TEXT SPEAKS OF "THE INNER MAN." L. Cuyler, D. D.When I was a student at Princeton, Professor Henry had so constructed a huge bar of iron, bent into the form of a horseshoe, that it used to hang suspended from another iron bar above it. God is not only glorious, He is rich in glory. Notice, first, THAT IT IS ALL "IN THE INNER MAN." In every one of these cases, to use language which suggests rather than expresses the truth, the vigour is not derived from the central fountains of life, but from springs that are more or less distant from the centre. You must go deeper, much deeper. God is first and last a God of love. John 3:16, Jesus faith love) KJV. Knowledge is power. CONSIDER THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BLESSING ASKED FOR. Not so. This is not to be confounded with "the new man." Morals. And let us humbly believe that it is the prayer Christ prays with us, moved by a consistency in love, and hope, and saving energy which we so sorely lack.III. Moms in Prayer - God is Loving, Awesome & Wise. We are still going inwards in search of that great something of which our text is the name. By all that is beautiful and holy, by all that is deep and rapturous in the relation of Father and Son, measure the sacrifice involved in the death of Christi1. The riches of His glory. Do your work, whatever your work may be, patiently, thoroughly, trustfully, effectually. There are great varieties of experience. And, above all, the inner working of the Holy Spirit, which goes on low down in the innermost chambers. When we speak of a man's intellectual life as strong or weak, we do not mean that some particular faculty is admirable or the reverse of admirable; a particular faculty may be singularly vigorous, and yet the man may give us the impression of intellectual feebleness; a particular faculty may be very deficient in vigour, and yet he may give us the impression of intellectual strength. This is seen in the power to create. 2. It is easy to see, indeed, that the Fountain of strength is in the Spirit; for all the nine graces of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22) - are so many factors of this inward power. 3. )The wealth of God -- rich in gloryF. God is revealed in redemption, and therefore Jesus Christ is the brightness of His Father's glory, and the express image of His person. He who was rich became poor for us (2 Corinthians 8:9).4. Not as a beautiful clothing by which the inner man speaks and makes itself known, but as one complete outer man, which muffles, hides, and sometimes buries out of sight, the glorious inner man of God. The machinist would be wise who could invent and construct a machine which, by the simplest movements, could produce mighty results; but he would be rich in wisdom, who, out of that same machine, when marred and broken, could produce still mightier results. Might in power, that great power, holiness; that silent witness, that most eloquent of all things, holiness. So does all the lifting power of a Christian come from the currents of spiritual influence which flow into his heart from the Living Jesus. Maclaren, D. D.)The strengthening of the inner manJ. First — what may be called a soul consciousness — a consciousness of having, or being, a soul. We may even come to look down tremblingly into the horrible abyss of despair. )Strength by feeding upon ChristC. It must be "the inner man." THE RICHES OF HIS WISDOM. Scripture: Ephesians 3:10. LET IT BE CERTAIN TO US THAT THIS GIFT OF STRENGTH TO OUR SPIRITS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS OUR PERPETUAL NEED. It wants a strength which will not lie idle, but will be diffused through our whole man, and be available for our whole life. It embraces, it unites, it consolidates, it makes real, it makes a man a man, it makes a Christian a Christian. III. If in any of us the spiritual power has ebbed and fallen, let this prayer be ours. The moment a man comes to himself, all these things begin together, and go on together. The next thing is, the conscious relation to God. Not after them, but with and in them. It embraces, it unites, it consolidates, it makes real, it makes a man a man, it makes a Christian a Christian. We are too apt to conceive the religious life as consisting in a series of consecutive exercises, the beginning of the one waiting for the completion of the other. We are also taught that the bodies of men will be raised from the dust of the ground in a new and higher form. We wish one another blessings; He gives the blessings.II. Now we look at a moral man — a man who distinctly recognizes the great moral law of God, that stretches over the world and runs through and through it. But God has not only created us; He has also preserved us, even in the midst of our deep depravity and alienation. John 3:16 tells us, “ For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Or as some plant, drooping and flagging beneath the hot rays of the sun, when it has the scent of water given to it, will, in all its parts, stiffen and erect itself, so this Divine Spirit will go searching every corner of the inner man illuminating and invigorating all. "That He would grant you," is the daring petition of the apostle, "according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened." So great is the capacity of the soul, that if a man had the whole universe he would still be poor, being destitute of God. FAITH. In that beautiful parable of the prodigal, touching as it does at so many points the actual experience of sinful men, we find that the wandering son no sooner comes to himself than he begins to think of his Father, and to talk of Him there, in those barren fields among the swine; and of His house, the beautiful home of his youth, and of His hired servants, and of the bread loading His tables — until his soul and his eyes are so full of the beauty and the peacefulness of other days, that the wilderness becomes more dark and dreary and horrible, and he says, "I will arise, and leave all this, and go home again to my Father."3. Wisdom is commonly said to lie in the use of the best means in order to the best ends; and many things might be said as to the adaptation of means to ends in nature. Then each yields, is altered, combines, and makes the one grand product that is sought. So complex is our nature that it is hardly possible to give an account of it sufficiently simplified to be plain to an unobservant man.I. What must I do? They attempt to feed their starving souls on the imperfections of Christians — poor feed enough they find it! Think reasonably, accurately, scripturally, thoughtfully. I do not know what Christianity means, unless it means that you and I are forgiven for a purpose; that the purpose, if I may so say, is something in advance of the means towards the purpose, the purpose being that we should be filled with all the strength and righteousness and supernatural life granted to us by the Spirit of God. When he wanted money he could turn everything he touched into gold. The rich gift lies in the possession of the faculty to invent or make. God will act up to the dignity of his infinite perfections. So a regenerate inner man will not throw aside these outer men altogether, but transform them, mould them to its own uses, make them speak its meanings and flash out all its lights. A woman once approached the famous preacher, G. Campbell Morgan, after he spoke and asked, Do you think we should pray for even the little things in our lives, or just for the big things? The discovery of our own poverty implies some apprehension of the wealth of God, and hence its blessedness. And the point to mark is that the whole inward region which makes up the true man is the field upon which this Divine Spirit is to work. THE BLESSING SOUGHT IS REGARDED AS A FREE GIFT, "That he would grant you... to be strengthened." Wisdom is commonly said to lie in the use of the best means in order to the best ends; and many things might be said as to the adaptation of means to ends in nature. Let us look at them a little more accurately.I. 3. And what is "the inner man"? Ephesians 3:16 July 8, 2004. So is our spiritual strength daily renewed by the Bread of life; and thus the apostle could say of himself, "I can do all things through Christ; which strengtheneth me.". A man is known — a woman is known — by the dress. The rich gift lies in the possession of the faculty to invent or make. Beware of despising the riches of God (Romans 2:5).(F. (2)It is an opposition principle. But we are regarding manners just now not as an expression of the Christian principle of feeling, but as a substitute for it. Asleep; by fits and starts perhaps awaking, and then falling into slumber again. Then, thoughts — those little springs that swell into oceans, those germs of everything. It is thenceforth good for nothing.". The leaven is hid deep in three measures of meal until the whole be leavened. Next, motives. The next thing, or the thing which goes along with this very often, is the consciousness of sin. We must not reject a single particle of what is revealed concerning Him, but must feed upon it all as we are able.(C. Now we look at a moral man — a man who distinctly recognizes the great moral law of God, that stretches over the world and runs through and through it. Peter exhorted the women that their adornment should not be in the hairstyle, or the jewelry, or the fancy clothes but the inward adornment of the heart. Does it mean by "the inner man" all the parts of our being which are not bodily? The agency by which it is imparted is that of the Holy Spirit; for He alone has access directly and immediately into the inner man; He alone, the Spirit of God, can deal effectually with spirits of men. It wants a strength which is not ethereal but real. But perhaps these things, or something like them, will be found in all.1. The glory of a king is seen when he sits upon his throne, crowned and sceptred, surrounded by his nobles, and canopied with banners, that speak of his victories. It may be enfeebled when it ought to be maturing through disorders preying upon it from our inferior desires. This is the sphere, the direction, the destination, of the strength prayed for. This might is obtained in answer to prayer.4. We can scarcely look at any work of God with an intelligent eye, but we begin to discover uses and harmonies and proofs of design in it. There is a certain imperfection in many of us which I do not know how to describe except by saying that, though at times particular spiritual faculties may appear to be vigorous, the central life is weak. Or does it mean especially the part which we call the spirit, by which, when it is made active within us, we discern hidden and eternal realities? There is the measure. All this may be with a slumbering inner man. The sublime act of creation did not exhaust or weary God. There is no limit except the uncounted wealth of His own self-manifestation, the flashing light of a revealed Divinity. There are others who are often inspired with a passion for Christian perfection, but in them, too, there appears to be no real vigour. Not as a beautiful clothing by which the inner man speaks and makes itself known, but as one complete outer man, which muffles, hides, and sometimes buries out of sight, the glorious inner man of God. He alone is the true possessor of everything. Now, the Christian teaching nowhere leads us to despise manners. He will be like some subtle elixir which, taken into the lips, steals through a pallid and wasted frame, and brings back a glow to the cheek and a lustre to the eye and a swiftness to the brain, and power to the whole nature. A man is known — a woman is known — by the dress. They are never away from the glass. If a man could create in the highest sense of the word, how rich he would soon become! Morals. Let a man labour ever so hard, let him pile his earthly treasures ever so high, he can never with his own puny hand fill the dark and sad abyss within himself.3. God is not only glorious, He is rich in glory. 5-D Love. We are also taught that the bodies of men will be raised from the dust of the ground in a new and higher form. From what we already know in this direction we may conclude that the whole of nature is one vast and intricate design manifesting the wisdom and goodness of God; and we are expressly told that all things are working together for good. NET RSV ASV YLT DBY WEB HNV. The text is a prayer. There is the measure. Quite the contrary. Search a pre-defined list ... Sermon Notes for Ephesians … From all eternity God was sufficient for Himself, full of life and joy, and under no obligation, either from without or from within, to create a single world. )Strength by feeding upon ChristC. We may even come to look down tremblingly into the horrible abyss of despair. 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