Principle Three

The first priority of the new Believer is to know Christ:  who He is, what He has done, is doing, and will do. And to know the greatness of His power and love.

 

[The following scripture passages and questions are here to guide you in your thinking. The questions are not answered.  If you are truly seeking, you will sense God guiding you.  You will see and understand those things which are most needful for you.  And, most importantly, you will know that God cares for you.]

Ephesians 1:16-17 “…remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him…”

Question: (Fill in the blanks) ” that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the __________________ of ______________.

Question: Read John 16:13-14.  How does this passage in John help you to understand Ephesians 1:17?

1:18-19  “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might…”

Question: (Select all the correct answers.)  Paul’s prayer is that the believer may know what is:

  1.   the way to prosperity and health.
  2.   the hope of His calling.
  3.   the riches of his glorious inheritance.
  4.   the immeasurable greatness of his power.

Question: How can knowing the hope to which he has called you help you?

Question: How can knowing the riches of his glorious inheritance help you?

Question: How can knowing the greatness of his power help you?

Ephesians 3:14-19 “For this reason I bow my knees before the father,…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Question:  (True or False) Paul prays that believers be strengthened with power in our inner being through our dedication and self-discipline.

Question: (True or False) Christ dwells only in Heaven.

Question:  The Greek word translated “know” in this passage means to “have an experiential knowledge”, i.e, to know the love of Christ in our day to day experience. Do you know the love of Christ in this way? If not, then why not?

Summary:

The believer should not focus on himself/herself or on others. The believer must focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. The believer’s priority is to know Christ, not just by Biblical facts but also by having a daily relationship with him through faith and prayer.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
(Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)

 

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