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It is for this reason I bow my knee

Posted by appolus on May 2, 2013

In Ephesians 3:14 Paul writes that it ” is for this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” And previously he wrote in verse one of this chapter ” For this cause, I Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ,” meaning for this reason he bowed His knees, he was a prisoner. What was the reason that Paul bowed his knees? Why was he gladly a prisoner? Why, in other places in Scripture does Paul rejoice in his chains? We can find the reason back in chapter two of Ephesians, we can find the cause, the purpose, the reason for it all. We discover in chapter two that

1. God was rich in mercy and His great love for us and raised us up together with Christ to make us sit in heavenly places with our Lord and Savior. (Eph 2:4-6)
2. That He might show us the richness of His grace through His precious Son Jesus. (verse 7)
3. That by that grace, we may be saved by faith and not of our own works. (8-9)
4. That whether circumcised or uncircumcised , constrained by the Law or not, that in Christ Jesus there would be no division, no separation, no walls of partition , but we would be one in Christ by the work of Christ on Calvary’s bloody cross. (11-16)
5. That through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit we now have access to our Heavenly Father. (18)
6. That we are no longer strangers and foreigners to each other, no matter our background, but that all in Christ Jesus are being built into a Holy Sanctuary for God to dwell in, each one of us stones, rightly shaped and fitted together by the power of the Holy Spirit to form the household of God.

Now in chapter three we see the culmination and purpose of the above points. That by the richness of His glory, that we would be rooted and grounded in love, and that with all the saints we may know the length and the depth and the height of the Love of Jesus which surpasses knowledge. And in this ” knowing,’ we would experience the fullness of God. Can you bow your knee to this brothers and sisters? Do you realize that each child of God is a living stone that is being laid in place to build a dwelling place for God? And that the foundation of this dwelling place is Jesus and the Apostles? We are one in Christ, we belong to another kingdom, we are now strangers in this world, sojourners, pilgrims, merely passing through. In the flesh, when you travel abroad and have been gone for a long time and then meet another American, what joy it brings to meet a fellow citizen. Can you say that brothers and sisters when you meet a fellow citizen of the kingdom that we truly belong too? Does this one Spirit that unites us burn within your heart?

John writes in 1Jn 3:14 ” We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He who does not love his brother abides in death.” This is a great barometer to your spiritual health. Do you abide in life of death? “1Jn 4:20 If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” How indeed? We are of no use to the world and to the lost if we cannot love our brothers and sisters in Christ. In the separation now taking place, in the midst of the great falling away in which we now dwell, we will be tested on this as brothers and sisters from all kinds of back-grounds are brought together. Yet, those who burn with the Holy Spirit will recognize the Spirit in others despite very different backgrounds and the world will know us by our love for one another. For when the man made walls of separation have finally been swept away, when the scourge of denominationalism gives up its portion of saints, then, very likely in the midst of severe persecution,  the world will know that we are one and that God sent Jesus because of the ” richness of His mercy and His great love.”

And I have given them the glory which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one, I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.
(Joh 17:22-23)

2 Responses to “It is for this reason I bow my knee”

  1. Tremendous thoughts. May the Lord Himself supernaturally unify even those of the strongest differences in the Bride of Christ. He is able. Amen.

    • appolus said

      Unity is formed around the intimacy of knowing Him who is the way, the truth and the life.. In the knowing Him, hearts are knitted together. Those who ” know,” Him will walk this way, standing always upon the truth and have an abundant life in Christ. They will esteem their brothers and sisters higher than themselves and will have an undying loyalty to each other born out of the unity of the Spirit……………….bro Frank

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