Ephesians 3:20-21

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

This is the benediction that Paul declares after his closing prayer at the end of the first three chapters of Ephesians. Before teaching the application of these glorious truths in the last half of his letter, he condenses everything he has written in the first half into two marvelous verses, full of the superlatives and praise appropriate for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul raises his hands over us in blessing, declaring that God can accomplish infinitely more than we could possibly ask or imagine. The Greek word hyper, meaning over, above, or beyond is used twice for emphasis. And it is absolutely stunning to discover that it is God’s limitless power at work in us to achieve what is above and beyond anything we could ever think to ask of Him. We do good works that He has ordained for us, yet it is not us, but the power of Christ in us. And He can do much, much more than that!

But wait, there’s more! Paul reminds us again of one of the main themes in his letter and one of the main reasons God does everything He does: that His name would be praised and celebrated by the people He has redeemed. Everything God has done from before time began is for this eternal grand finale.

So today, “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,” as the ancient hymn exhorts. And admit again the words you sang as a child: “I am weak, but He is strong.”

Tom Day

X