Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Eph 3:20-21
I find that dismantling these verses and putting them back together helps me greatly.
Firstly we establish with no real stretch of faith that God is able to do all that we ask. Then we widen to the realisation that God can do all that we ask or think (imagine). I don’t know about you but I can imagine rather a lot. I can imagine time travel, teleportation (my spell check tells me this isn’t even a word so lets Imagine that it is), my becoming a Jedi Master, visiting Perelandra. I could go on. More seriously can you imagine an end to civil wars, hunger, betrayal, cancer etc. How about the transformation of the most evil person into a compassionate father? God can do all we ask or IMAGINE.
Now Paul not only says that God is able to do more than we can ask or think. Not just more but far more abundantly or exceedingly abundantly more than all we ask or imagine. You’re getting the picture right?
????? According to the power at work within us ???????? Now things really start to get interesting. If we content ourselves to dwell only on the first half of this sentence we can view it as a description of the abilities of God. However these words reveal the place in which these actions of God take place. Within us. The power of the “able to do”
Then the finale “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.”
The glorification of God is not an event to be anticipated or hoped for. It is the working of his power in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations. That means yesterday, today, tomorrow.
These verses create in me a picture of a solid oak door frame. Enduring, powerful, unmoving. Past, present and future. So in the light of God’s power at work within us, glorifying Him in all generations, how come we so often seem unhinged?
Take a moment to consider the verses that immediately follow;
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph 4:1-3
Paul, in the light of God’s incredible power, urges us to walk in correct response to the call (word) of God. The response? All humility and gentleness, patience and pursuit of unity. I sometimes wonder if the reason we sometimes feel disconnected from the power of God in our lives is because we simply don’t understand what our response to God’s call ought to be.
If my people will humble themselves, and pray……. then I will