2017 WORD

The verse that the Lord is telling us for this year.

Ephesians 3:20-21

New International Version
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

New Living Translation
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

English Standard Version
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Berean Study Bible
Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

It’s not just how the verse is translated. More importantly is how are we to make sense of this verse in our life. What possible way can we benefit from it?

The Apostle Paul in this epistle is simply giving back all the glory to Him, our Father in Heaven thru Jesus our Lord. He, however, inserted a quality or characteristic of our loving Father, the God of all creation.

The message ought to be clear to us.

  • God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask
  • God is able to do immeasurably more than all we imagine
  • God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask
  • God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we might think
  • God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask
  • God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we think
  • God is able to do infinitely more than all we ask
  • God is able to do infinitely more than all we imagine

There might be a big difference on word choices for each translations but the same is true for all: GOD IS ABLE.

  1. IMMEASUREABLY = Incapable of being measured. Limitless!
  2. INFINITELY = Having no boundaries or limits; impossible to measure or calculate.
  3. ABUNDANTLY = More than adequate; oversufficient, abounding

God’s ability applies to 2 things here:

  1. ALL we ask. Including what we might ask. Yes, even the possibility of your asking is accounted for. You might, but then, you didn’t ask. See just how great our GOD is?!
  2. ALL we think. Including what we might think.Yes, even the possibility of your thoughts. You see, sometimes, you may just not thought of something that you should have.

Now, what will you be asking the Lord in prayer?  What will you be thinking of? Careful not to doubt. He knows. He sees. He understands.

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In other epistles, Apostle Paul wrote the following verse, a cross-reference to the one above:

2 Corinthians 9:8

New International Version
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

New Living Translation
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

English Standard Version
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Berean Study Bible
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Underscoring and italics are mine for highlighting the point.

No doubt about what the Word of the Lord is saying. It is now up to us to believe. Let God who is able, hear our prayers and let our thoughts reach Him. He never fails for His love endures forever!

All glory to God! Amen!

by Mar Marilag 01/02/2017

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