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What does Ephesians 3:20 mean?


What does Paul mean by the phrase "according to the power that works in us."?

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Ephesians 3:20 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,

When we understand scripture and believe and obey the gospel a process is begun that transforms the way we live.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The scripture given by inspiration of God is able to make us wise unto salvation.

2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

The scripture or word of God is able to change the way we think.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Changing the way we think changes the way that we live.

2 Peter 1:5-7 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This change in the way we think is said to be the mind or spirit of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16  For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

Submitting our will to the will of God, as Christ did, is called walking in the spirit.

Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

If we think as Christ thought and follow his commandments this is the spirit or power of God working within us which will ultimately result in eternal life; as Paul explains:

Romans 8:6-14 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

It is by the way that we live that we shall be judged.

Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

Matthew 25:45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

It is in the forgiveness of our sins and the bestowal of eternal life that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.

I hope this helps.
Glenn Smith
 
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