After Conversion . . . . What Then?
Scripture: Eph 1:15-23.
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Paul’s response to the news of the conversion of the Ephesian believers was one of thanksgiving, 16.
Please note before we move on from verse 15 that faith in Christ is linked to love for the saints. Col 1:4; Philemon 1:5; 2 Thess 1:3; 1 John 4:21.
Paul did more than offer thanks for the conversion of the Ephesians. He began to intercede for them. What he prayed for indicates the needs of believers today and what it is we should seek after.
I. HE PRAYED FOR KNOWLEDGE TO BE GIVEN TO THEM
God sends His children to school and that under the best of teachers and instruction — the Holy Ghost and the Word of God. The knowledge spoken of is a full, clear, thorough knowledge.
1. They that know God would know Him better. Verses 8-9.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God, 1 Cor 2:12. Philips 3:1-8.
2. The knowledge of God is a given knowledge.Verse 17. Cannot be gained by our efforts and labour. It must gifted to us.
3. The teacher is the Holy Spirit. Verse 17. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you, John 14:26. There must be a submitting to His teaching and leading if we are to learn.