Sixteen Sunday after Trinity 06 October 2019 A.D. Holy Communion

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity   06 October 2019 A.D.   Holy Communion

The Epistle. Ephesians 3:13-21                                    The Gospel. St. Luke 7:11-17.


                                               O LORD, we beseech thee, let thy continual
                                               pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because
                                               it cannot continue in safety without thy succour,
                                               preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness;
                                               through Jesus Christ our Lord.                   Amen.


 

I DESIRE that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

  It is interesting to see how St. Paul worded this passage when he was writing to the church at Ephesus.
  He first establishes his credentials: “... For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named...,” and his call to fulfill this calling.

   Then Paul immediately seeks to comfort these believer in the following manner: “...to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

 His greatest concern seems to be making sure these young believers (young in faith, not necessarily young in age) would not be discouraged at the trials and tribulations that were besetting Paul.  He asks for a spiritual blessing upon the believers, strength from the Holy Spirit to strengthen the soul, their faith in their service of God.  
   He makes clear the concept of the law of Christ, being written upon their hearts, causing the love of Christ to be shed {as the blinding light of Truth} into the city of Ephesus; all bearing witness to the work of God. 
  Paul desires for each believer in Ephesus, and us by example, to see that this good affections may be grafted in to the believer. And where the his Spirit dwells, there he (Jesus) dwells.
  “And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls! How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks; the length, that it continues from everlasting to everlasting; the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of sin and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly happiness and glory *.” 

   Paul will conclude his brief message of encouragement with a prayer of thanksgiving:
    “...Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen...” 
    We can find a synergy of connections between heaven and earth or more specifically the church.  Each believer has this capacity for being a vessel of light, comfort, and calm in an exceedingly  chaotic world.  Paul is encouraging us, by way of example, to the Ephesian church, to be a light to the world.  And this blessing is to be shared until the end of the ages. “ Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. Should not this satisfy man? Must he needs fill himself with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his happiness?”*

   Do we have marching orders issued directly from our Savior?  St. Paul seems to write this in his letters to the various churches he started all over the Mediterranean area. He wrote to encourage them and in legacy to encourage future believers down through the ages. 
  Do we have marching orders from our Savior, Jesus Christ ? 
Read the Word and you should be able to answer in the affirmative.

Let us go and do likewise.

Let us pray:

 Almighty God, LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech Thee, O Lord; and by Thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

GIVE us light in the night season, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that our rest may be without sin, and our waking to Thy service; that we may come in peace and safety to the waking of the great day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

* Matthew Henry: Commentary on Ephesians. 

 

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