Ephesians 3;14 - 21
May 7, 2017
Many of us as Christians could use some changes in our lives. Some of us may need some major adjustments. Each of us has an inner being, the real person down inside. The body may change and even die, but the real you down inside will live forever. The inner man of the unsaved person is dead. He is alive physically and aware of the visible world, but he is dead spiritually and cut off from the world of spiritual things. This is why Jesus said to Nicodemus, a teacher of the law, “You must be born again.” (John 3) The inner man must be made alive by God’s spirit.
1. A New Life Within-Redeemed
Verse 17 says, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Once our sins are forgiven through receiving salvation, then God can move into our inner man and make us alive spiritually. Then we begin to cooperate with Him as He begins the work of interior decorating. God’s grace redeems us through Jesus Christ and his gift of eternal life. His spirit within us will help us as we are being transformed into His glorious likeness. Has anyone ever said, “You look just like your father or mother?” You take on the traits of those who influence your life.
Christ is alive in you!
Should you be like Jesus?
Should people have the right to watch the way you live?
Are we witnesses in this world?
2. A New Life Within-Reformed
Verse 19 says we are to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Titus 2: 11-12 says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.” God’s grace not only redeems us it reforms us as well. We spend a lot of time on our outer appearance when we need to consider some interior changes. Why not allow the Lord to reign in all areas of your life. Why not begin with the inner man. There should be something powerful growing within us every day that makes us easier to live with and makes us more effective as messengers of the grace of God. I believe inner beauty can be seen just as easily as outer beauty. We should have power to grasp the work of God as he changes us from the inside out.
What has God changed in you? Are you continually changing?
Was this change a positive thing for you?
Should the changes God works in you have an effect on others around you?
3. A New Life Within-Rejoicing
The thing that makes a house what it is, of course, is the character of the tenants who live inside. The same is true of a Christian who is filled with the joy of Jesus. There is an overflow that cannot be stopped. The beauty of Holiness brings forth love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. (Galatians 5:22) When Jesus is permitted to move into our hearts and take control, then everything starts to change. Most often these Godly changes will result in rejoicing over blessings that never end. As God continues to renew our minds we think God’s thoughts. We desire His will to be done. He gradually helps us overcome old habits and replaces them with new habits of love and kindness. Like any workman, Christ uses tools to accomplish the task. His tools are the Bible, prayer, worship, Christian fellowship, and sometimes even suffering and sacrifice. Rejoice, because we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2) Remember, “He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Do you need some changes in your life?
What would God take out of your life?
What would God want to bring into your life?
How beautiful would the change be to you, your family, and others?