In that "inner man" the "strength," then, must be found — conscience, motives, thoughts, affections, silent teachings, spiritual converse, and the trafficking of the soul with God. Mind. Raleigh, D. D.)LinksEphesians 3:16 NIVEphesians 3:16 NLTEphesians 3:16 ESVEphesians 3:16 NASBEphesians 3:16 KJVEphesians 3:16 Bible AppsEphesians 3:16 ParallelEphesians 3:16 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 3:16 Chinese BibleEphesians 3:16 French BibleEphesians 3:16 German BibleEphesians 3:16 CommentariesBible Hub. So for this Divine Indweller there is no part of my life that is not patent to His tread. We can know something of His great love, and it is definite knowledge, not just speculation. Go deeper still, and you will find another outer man, which may go by this denomination — mind; indicating strong intellectual life, love of truth, i.e., natural truth; which presents itself to us in the form of fact and law — the scientific spirit. 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. And all this misery and confusion of soul is often aggravated by a misinterpretation of those dark words of Scripture which are written concerning backsliders who have utterly fallen away, and have eschewed the blessing of the life they once entered. We describe our body by its various limbs and organs. If in any of us the spiritual power has ebbed and fallen, let this prayer be ours. How comforting, how apposite, how true, how deep, how full the words to those who feel their weakness — "strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man." Man measures by his own ideas of his own need. recover himself? John Piper Sep 26, 2015 1.3K Shares Sermon. It is a blessed thing to know that we are poor (Matthew 5:3). What else could it be to be sufficient? When he was hungry he would create bread. Rich as is the power of God, man could not be saved by mere power. THE RICHES OF HIS WISDOM. The sublime act of creation did not exhaust or weary God. ( B) through his Spirit in your inner being, ( C) Read full chapter. Something more had to be given, something more had to be done, and God gave that — God did that. There are others who are often inspired with a passion for Christian perfection, but in them, too, there appears to be no real vigour. What else could it be to be sufficient? Ephesians 6:4 – The Spirit-Filled Family: Parents. All the attributes of God culminate in love. Ferguson, D. D.)Strengthened with mightA. You must go deeper, much deeper. Think of God's love in providence. 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. Let not a bone of Him be broken, but let us take in a whole Christ, up to the full measure of our capacity. Everything will go to give "strength."III. Notwithstanding all that He has revealed of Himself in the past, there still remain in Him for evermore depths of splendour unrevealed. This might is obtained in answer to prayer.4. It is a domain of beauty, and we have no adequate language in which to speak of it. It embraces, it unites, it consolidates, it makes real, it makes a man a man, it makes a Christian a Christian. It must be a supernatural power. And He will come into that feeble, vacillating, wayward will of yours, that is only obstinate in its adherence to the low and the evil, as some foul creature, that one may try to wrench away, digs its claws into corruption and holds on by that, He will lift your will and make it fix upon the good and abominate the evil, and through the whole being He will pour a great tide of strength which shall cover all the weakness. (2) To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. New International Version 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I. "You are to be rooted and grounded in love. D.)Strength of characterJ. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. Of course there is a working limit at each moment, and that is our capacity to receive, but that capacity varies, may vary indefinitely, may become greater and greater beyond our count or measurement. )Christian strengthG. It wants power of spiritual thought, spiritual perception, spiritual emotion, spiritual control, spiritual activity, spiritual endurance, spiritual influence, such as we see pervading and flowing from the whole character and conduct of Christ. Spurgeon. That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory Or according to, and out of that rich, plenteous, and glorious fulness of grace and strength in Christ Jesus. D.)Strength of characterJ. THE RICHES OF HIS WISDOM. The whole universe and the plan of redemption is summed up in love. In secret, there the "strength" must be found. Our inner man, our innermost man, wants a life and a strength which is not human but Divine. The prayer of the text must be our prayer, because it asks for the power which is our perpetual need, which is the perpetual need of our children and brethren.IV. 1. This is our way to the priesthood and princeliness which the redeeming God bids us come up to and exercise. We are tempted to doubt God's power to restore us with the imagination that He has cast us off. The thinking and feeling faculties, the marvellous soul which perceives, searches, imagines, desires, loves, hates, resolves, and so forth — is not to be omitted from "the inner man," which the Spirit of God visits and renews, inhabits and ennobles. Be it our first care that we are born of the Spirit, and living in the Spirit.II. Probably, I should say, both. F. Muir, M. It wants a strength which is not ethereal but real. Let not a bone of Him be broken, but let us take in a whole Christ, up to the full measure of our capacity. But a something spiritual, vast, deep, related to eternity, related to God. 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. How rich the expression! Ephesians 3:16 The measure of God's power J. H. Rogers, M. A. Let us look at them a little more accurately.I. The Holy Ghost must enter, and He will do it. His great and inconceivable act of creation, then, was a demonstration of His perfect freedom and His boundless power. How comforting, how apposite, how true, how deep, how full the words to those who feel their weakness — "strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man." But the sad thing is that in some instances that is all that you will see, even when you meet, nothing but the dress. All the active powers of the man, the woman, are concerned chiefly about that — the dress of life — what to wear on the person, in the house as furniture, in the garden as adornment, on the road as equipage. Object suggested: A raw carrot with green top intact, if available. Indirectly through the believer obeying the impulses and directions of the Holy Spirit.(A. The discovery of our own poverty implies some apprehension of the wealth of God, and hence its blessedness. Not merely an animated something, to be covered with dress and beautified with manners. Each of these parts we describe in various ways, according to the numerous feelings and motions our inward nature is accustomed to. He created them, too, although He foresaw their fall, rebellion, and ingratitude. The manners are beneath the dress, come through the dress, make the dress more or less expressive, impressive, and beautiful. Sin reduces the soul to utter destitution, and all have sinned. 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. "Might," true might, ever increasing might; might in prayer; commanding prayers; might in the spiritual battle, might in the battle with that wicked heart; might with the devil; might over daily self, might, might in work. He does not pray that his own circumstances would be changed, nor that the circumstances of the Ephesians would be changed. A general is wise who can conduct a great campaign to a successful issue; but he is rich in wisdom who has always in his mind a plan beyond the last stratagem of the enemy, and can therefore turn the tide of battle when all seems to be lost, and pluck from the heart of widespread disaster a glorious victory. THE LIFE OF OUR SPIRIT, HOWEVER, BEING BEGUN, MAY BE IN THE FEEBLENESS OF INFANCY. If the apostle wrote for any hearts thus fallen he might well write that he prayed for them. Not only did it hang there, but it upheld four thousand pounds' weight attached to it! Having dwelt thus far on the supreme importance of spiritual life, and of the extreme need of its Divine strengthening which is occasioned and evinced by falls, let us in the next place seize a truth which we have barely touched yet. But the riches of God are seen in the preservation of all things in existence as well as in their creation. There is no limit except the uncounted wealth of His own self-manifestation, the flashing light of a revealed Divinity. But a something spiritual, vast, deep, related to eternity, related to God.2. Directly towards God.2. 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. Ephesians 3: 16- 19 Have you ever felt unloved, unwanted and rejected? W. Dale, LL. Does it mean by "the inner man" all the parts of our being which are not bodily? When he wanted money he could turn everything he touched into gold. Let not a bone of Him be broken, but let us take in a whole Christ, up to the full measure of our capacity. We must not reject a single particle of what is revealed concerning Him, but must feed upon it all as we are able.(C. The glory of an object is that bright medium in which it stands revealed. Painters seek to represent the glory of a saint by drawing a circle of light around the head. How little do we know of that mystery of sorrow that seems to enter into the very Godhead, and all to save such a creature as man! Begin at the centre, not at the circumference; not with outsides. 2. Gibbert. Happy are they who receive a few crumbs from this rich table, or a few glimpses of this glory! You must go deeper, much deeper. 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. Instead he focuses on spiritual need and specific needs. Be Constant in Prayer for the Joy of Hope. By the Spirit; by the Holy Spirit. Today we’re going to … God is revealed in nature, and therefore the heavens declare the glory of God. ADVERTISEMENT. 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. There is a direct passage between God and my spirit. Children’s Sermon Ephesians 3:14-21 Rooted in Love. It is a domain of beauty, and we have no adequate language in which to speak of it. I find myself mow, first strengthened as a believer, so as to be fit for standing alone; but at the same time, secondly, having all over me, and all through me, love; love being my soil and cement. It is a prayer to "the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named," who is the only Father who has riches enough in His glory to be able to strengthen us with might in our inner man when we have sapped its power by infidelity to His gift of the Spirit. If we say that a man is remarkable for his intellectual energy, we think of him as having in the very centre of his intellectual life a free and inexhaustible fountain of force and activity. )Strength through the SpiritT. 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. Nothing of an exterior nature can be more charming than graceful, polished, easy manners. The riches of His glory. Prophet, Priest, and King, Christ Divine and Christ Human. III. The prayer of the text must be our prayer, because it asks for the power which is our perpetual need, which is the perpetual need of our children and brethren.IV. There is a direct passage between God and my spirit. Known only by those taught by the Spirit. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles. His perfection, His excellence. It is a field of truth, and the end of all our searching is to discover that it is unsearchable. He alone can create. The Holy Ghost must enter, and He will do it. He alone can create. Painters seek to represent the glory of a saint by drawing a circle of light around the head. We use the term goodness as a general expression to embrace the mercy, the compassion, the benignity, and the love of God. Manners. My reading of the New Testament is that as distinctly above the order of material nature as is any miracle is the gift that flows into a believing heart. Happy are they who receive a few crumbs from this rich table, or a few glimpses of this glory! Quite the contrary. Having our spirit "born from above," endowed by the Spirit of God with its proper life and power, and applying ourselves to its exalted exercises, we live in connection with two worlds — the world of sense, and the world of spirit. Scripture: Ephesians 1:15–21. These make "the inner man," the real essence of a man's being; and all the rest — all we do and all we say, all we suffer and all we enjoy — these are only the outsides, only the reflections of that "inner man." There are great varieties of experience. He who was rich became poor for us (2 Corinthians 8:9).4. But preeminently in the work of redemption do we see the riches of His goodness. This ought to be our prime passion. Some trees in early spring are yet covered with last year's leaves; all withered now and begrimed. Morals. God is not only glorious, He is rich in glory. But what we have to notice more particularly here is, not merely the wisdom of God, but the riches of His wisdom; and these are seen, not only in the original adaptation of means to ends, but in the way by which God can bring good out of evil. Nothing of an exterior nature can be more charming than graceful, polished, easy manners. There is the measure. We describe our body by its various limbs and organs. We are tempted to doubt God's power to restore us with the imagination that He has cast us off. There is an inexhaustible source of mercy upon which we may draw at pleasure in the supreme exigencies of our life. Those of us who are conscious that this is our condition should pray to God that we "may be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inward man."(R. How manifest the traces of His wisdom in the way in which the earth has been fitted to develop and support man, and in the manifold provision made for man's education and comfort. Something more had to be given, something more had to be done, and God gave that — God did that. It is limitless with the boundlessness of God Himself. This new life of goodness begins just with the other things we have named. Think reasonably, accurately, scripturally, thoughtfully. When he was hungry he would create bread. Exterior show is with them life, and they are always dressing. You have been trying often to change the outer man, your conduct, your way of speaking, your appearance in people's eyes! To be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; We say, "What shall we do?" God comes to fill up the sorrowful void with His own rich heart. A man is known — a woman is known — by the dress. That won't do. I would maintain, in opposition to many modern conceptions, the actual supernatural character of the gift that is bestowed upon every Christian soul. The Spirit strengthens the believer by leading him to the fullness of grace that is in Christ, by shedding abroad the love of God in his heart, by applying the promises of the gospel, by making the Scriptures sources of that "joy of the Lord which is our strength," and thus causing us to go from strength to strength till at last we stand before God in Zion. We say, "What shall we do?" It is the gift of God: not by growth and development within itself, or adaptation to its circumstances merely, but through the direct influence of the Holy Spirit.III. 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 God has not only created us; He has also preserved us, even in the midst of our deep depravity and alienation. I. There are others who seem capable of very lofty devotion of awe, of vehement religious emotion, of rapture in the Divine love, and in the hope, of glory, honour, and immortality — and who yet give us the impression that they are wanting in those elements of life which constitute spiritual energy. Now, the Christian teaching nowhere leads us to despise manners. It wants a strength which is not ethereal but real. Rich as is the patience of God, man could not be saved by the mere lapse of time. Having dwelt thus far on the supreme importance of spiritual life, and of the extreme need of its Divine strengthening which is occasioned and evinced by falls, let us in the next place seize a truth which we have barely touched yet. 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. For his own wants he would have an immediate supply. Vaughan, M. 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.". "Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? They attempt to feed their starving souls on the imperfections of Christians — poor feed enough they find it! Let Him come with the master key in His hand into all the dim chambers of your feeble nature; and as life is light in the eye, and colour in the cheek, and deftness in the fingers, and strength in the arm, and pulsation in the heart, so He will come and strengthen your understandings, and make you able for loftier tasks of intellect and of reason, than you can face in your unaided strength; and He will dwell in your affections and make them vigorous to lay hold upon the holier things that are above their natural inclination, and will make it certain that "their reach shall not be beyond their grasp," as alas! AND WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT? The whole universe and the plan of redemption is summed up in love. There is no limit except the uncounted wealth of His own self-manifestation, the flashing light of a revealed Divinity. If a man could create in the highest sense of the word, how rich he would soon become! AND HOW? When the inner man is found, sin is found in it, or cleaving to it very closely.4. The Inner Man. Sermon Bible Commentary. It is a prayer to "the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named," who is the only Father who has riches enough in His glory to be able to strengthen us with might in our inner man when we have sapped its power by infidelity to His gift of the Spirit. It gives no definition of what the term includes. He created other beings that He might lavish upon them the grandeurs of His mind and the felicities of His heart. "According to the riches of his glory." That new vegetation, that fresh leafage, comes out and pushes them off, and clothes the tree with virgin green, drawing food and beauty from the mould of the earth, from the wandering wind, from the passing cloud. 2. recover himself? Oh that we might all know the strength that gives that might. You and I act upon one another from without, He acts upon us within. What else could it be to be sufficient? He alone has enough and to spare.2. But we are regarding manners just now not as an expression of the Christian principle of feeling, but as a substitute for it. Probably, I should say, both. 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. Ephesians 3:16. 4. Not merely an animated something, to be covered with dress and beautified with manners. Then what becomes of all the outer men, such as those we named? All the active powers of the man, the woman, are concerned chiefly about that — the dress of life — what to wear on the person, in the house as furniture, in the garden as adornment, on the road as equipage. Not after them, but with and in them. There are others who seem spiritually weak, though their vision of spiritual truth is very keen and penetrating. We use the term goodness as a general expression to embrace the mercy, the compassion, the benignity, and the love of God. But with God he has all, and abounds; for the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof.5. This ought to be our prime passion. John Piper Mar 22, 1981 66 Shares Sermon. There is laid down in the being of each man, or deposited there in germ, an ideal, a Divine ideal, which ought to become, under the nourishing powers of redemption and providence, the real. The whole inner man in all its corners is to be filled, and to come under the influence of this power, "until there be no part dark, as when the bright shining of a candle giveth thee light." How is it to be attained? We are also taught that the bodies of men will be raised from the dust of the ground in a new and higher form. Notwithstanding all that He has revealed of Himself in the past, there still remain in Him for evermore depths of splendour unrevealed. Let Him come with the master key in His hand into all the dim chambers of your feeble nature; and as life is light in the eye, and colour in the cheek, and deftness in the fingers, and strength in the arm, and pulsation in the heart, so He will come and strengthen your understandings, and make you able for loftier tasks of intellect and of reason, than you can face in your unaided strength; and He will dwell in your affections and make them vigorous to lay hold upon the holier things that are above their natural inclination, and will make it certain that "their reach shall not be beyond their grasp," as alas! We testify this fact in our common talk. And the means or instrument of your receiving it is your simple heart's faith. 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.III. It is to the riches of the love of God, therefore, that we owe our very existence. 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. This new life of goodness begins just with the other things we have named. Don't Settle For Safe. All that we know of God, as compares with that which lies hid, is but as the first yellow streak of dawn which breaks the darkness of night to the full brightness of noonday. Then what becomes of all the outer men, such as those we named? )Christian strengthG. 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. You and I act upon one another from without, He acts upon us within. Notice, first, THAT IT IS ALL "IN THE INNER MAN." "Might," true might, ever increasing might; might in prayer; commanding prayers; might in the spiritual battle, might in the battle with that wicked heart; might with the devil; might over daily self, might, might in work. All wilful sin injures our spiritual life, enfeebles its conceptions of God, dulls its sense of His presence. We wish one another blessings; He gives the blessings.II. Other topics may be compassed and disposed of in a certain way, but who shall grasp and estimate this? Indirectly through the believer obeying the impulses and directions of the Holy Spirit.(A. The first thing one human being sees of another, when they are approaching each other, is the dress. Think of the love of God in creation. Nothing of an exterior nature can be more charming than graceful, polished, easy manners. Life is a mystery in its lowest as well as in its loftiest forms; but I suppose that we all attach a more or less definite conception to words which describe life as vigorous or feeble. And affections — the likes and dislikes; those excellent servants, but horridly bad masters. We are taught in Scripture that a wondrous transformation must pass over the present world — that forms of being now around us will be dissolved in a deluge of fire, and that from this second deluge will emerge a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. How little do we know of the greatness of that gift, and of the depth of that sacrifice! Painters seek to represent the glory of a saint by drawing a circle of light around the head. In Ephesians 3:1, Paul calls himself a prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles. 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. 3. A man is known — a woman is known — by the dress. And affections — the likes and dislikes; those excellent servants, but horridly bad masters. Whatsoever there is of splendour in that, whatsoever there is of power there, in these and in nothing this side of them, lies the limit of the possibilities of a Christian life. Wheels of different sizes revolve in different directions. THE RICHES OF HIS GOODNESS. Not merely an animated something, to be covered with dress and beautified with manners. TO FAITH SUCCEEDS LOVE. Yet "the spirit" has a special place in "the inner man," for it is the crown and glory of our being. He created other beings that He might lavish upon them the grandeurs of His mind and the felicities of His heart. It is the want of love, it is the selfishness and hatred, that is the curse and woe of the world. Our FAQ * Send a MessageEmail: info@mljtrust.org, Site designed and developed by Five Q© 2012 MLJ Trust, Enter the Bible passage (e.g., John 3), keyword (e.g., Jesus, prophet, etc.) Now notice, next, THAT THIS DIVINE STRENGTH HAS ITS SEAT IN, AND IS INTENDED TO INFLUENCE THE WHOLE OF THE INNER LIFE. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Ephesians 3:16. 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. When he wanted money he could turn everything he touched into gold. There are no rooms of the house of my spirit into which He is not to go. Not at all. Not the old formal goodness; but goodness that is fresh and new and living: with love in the heart of it, gratitude lending it a glow and a lustre, faith building it up. 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