Spiritual EmpowermentEphesians 3:16-21

**No confession results in:

No fellowship – 1 John 1:6-8.

Quenched, grieved, insulted Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30, 1 Thes. 5:19, Heb. 10:29) and no Spiritual Empowerment.

Pledge???? 2 cor 5:5b
               Life, after the point of eternal salvation, must rely on the Biblical technique of Spiritual Empowerment.  The diagram above is titled: Spiritual Empowerment Ephesians 3:16 and visually demonstrates the key elements of this important Biblical Concept.  In Ephesians 3:16b, the Apostle Paul hoped that the Believers at Ephesus would learn “to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.”  They needed to understand and exploit the Holy Spirit’s work on their behalf.

The position circle of this diagram lists some of the things that God the Holy Spirit does unconditionally at the point of a person’s belief in Christ.  Grammatically or contextually, each verse in the outer circle describes a completed action by God the Holy Spirit on behalf of the Believer.

The potential circle lists some of the conditional ministries of the Holy Spirit for the Believer.  In the contexts of each of these passages, the controlling ministries of the Holy Spirit are contrasted with being controlled by personal sins.  On a moment by moment basis, the Christian is either filled by the Holy Spirit or controlled by their sin-nature.  To have the benefits of the conditional ministries of the Holy Spirit, Believers must deal with their personal sins according to the standards in the center circle.

The practice circle lists three conditions that must be met to benefit from the Holy Spirit’s conditional ministries.  First, according to I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  When the Believer uses the simple technique of confessing (admitting) their known personal sins to God the Father in private prayer; they get cleansed (1 John 1:7b and 1:9b), restored to fellowship with God (1 John 1:5-7a), and filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).  Second, after Spiritual cleansing, the Believer needs to: “Long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (I Peter 2:2).  God wants Believers in Jesus Christ to learn about Him, to learn about their salvation, to learn what He expects from them.  Third, God expects Believers in Jesus Christ to use the Word of God that they have learned:  But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).

When Spiritual Empowerment is practiced, God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20b).




(Hyperlinks for the above chart)
NAS Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,


NAS 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?


NAS 2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.


NAS Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.


NAS 1 Corinthians 12:12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.


NAS 1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.


NAS John 14:16 "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.


NAS 1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.



NAS Ephesians 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,


NAS Philippians 2:1 If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,


NAS Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.


NAS Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.


NAS Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


NAS Romans 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,


NAS 1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.


NAS Philippians 3:3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,


NAS 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


NAS 1 Peter 2:2 like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,

NAS James 1:19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. 27 This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.


NAS 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit;


NAS Hebrews 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?


NAS Ephesians 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.