Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Knowing God Through Prayer: The Spiritual Life – Part 1

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable19 greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.  Ephesians 1:15-19

1.  Spiritual life is a matter of the heart:  Ephesians 1:18a

a.  The necessity of new birth for a spiritually new heart: Ephesians 2:1-5, 1 Cor. 2:14, John 3:1-8, Ezek. 11:19-20

–  New birth is a work of God done to us: John 1:12-13, 1 Peter 1:3

–  New birth is a work of God’s sovereign and good pleasure: Ephesians 1:3-5

b.  The comprehensive nature of spiritual life: Romans 6:17

2.  Spiritual life is a Spirit-dependent life: Ephesians 1:18a, 1 Cor. 2:6-13

3.  Spiritual life is a growing life: Ephesians 1:18a, 1 Cor. 3:1-4, Heb. 5:11-14