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Ephesians 3: 20 (KJV)
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
This is perpetually God’s will. There is no generation, however far in the future, which can be exempt from the imperative here. It is God’s will that glory to himself shall be in the church and in Christ Jesus; and people who do not consent to this are not in harmony with God’s will.
We can ask every good of which we have heard, every good which God has promised in his word; and we can think of, or imagine, goods and blessings beyond all that we have either read of or seen: yea, we can imagine good things to which it is impossible for us to give a name; we can go beyond the limits of all human descriptions; we can imagine more than even God has specified in his word; and can feel no bounds to our imagination of good, but impossibility and eternity: and after all, God is able to do more for us than we can ask or think; and his ability here is so necessarily connected with his willingness, that the one indisputably implies the other; for, of what consequence would it be to tell the Church of God that he had power to do so and so, if there were not implied an assurance that he will do what his power can, and what the soul of man needs to have done?
As Bruce said, “This is another one of Paul’s “super-superlatives,” coined to express God’s capacity to transcend all that we ask or think.” As Paul concluded the prayer, it never occurred to him that in asking God to make the Christians as perfect as God himself he had exceeded, in his request, the ability of God to grant it; on the other hand, he was convinced that God could do far more than any mortal might ask.
Having finished his short, but most wonderfully comprehensive and energetic prayer, the apostle brings in his doxology, giving praise to Him from whom all blessings come, and to whom all thanks are due. Let us understand that Paul did not undervalue the divine nature of the power of God in human life, the same being the most remarkably powerful influence that people can know. In this marvelous doxology, Paul did not leave the church out. Great as the power of God in human life assuredly is, it works in those who are “in Christ,” being particularly their endowment. Being “in Christ,” is the same as being “in the church” – this is another truth that is emphasized in this doxology. It is noted that that in this great truth that Protestantism has failed. All of the systems which set aside the church, or propose salvation apart from it, are disconnected, and shall always be disconnected from the mainstream of Christianity.
Seeing then that we have this confidence that God can and will supply all that we can ask or think, let us therefore learn that the duty of praise and thanksgiving is what we owe to God for received favors, and indeed is all we have to pay Him. However, neither this, nor any other duty, can find acceptance with God, but by and through the mediation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, that the experience we have had of God’s gracious power in working in us, by converting and quickening grace, may and ought to confirm our faith, that He will do exceeding abundantly for us above what we can ask or think, when we are upon our knees in prayer before Him.
Have a great and God filled day!