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The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Bernier: “Strength in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:14-19)

October 29, 2014

From the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Bernier of Providence REC in Texas, here is a sermon titled Strength in the inner man, with an excellent thought on what one thing – above all others – we should ask God to grant us.  Quoting Ephesians 3:14-19, Dr. Bernier tells us:

This was the prayer of the apostle Paul to God the Father on behalf of the church: that…

He would grant you, … to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye May be able to comprehend … the love of Christ … that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

The first part of this prayer requires what we could call an “upgrade” in our spiritual life, to be “strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man”.

The inner man is the spiritual dimension of our existence, that part of us which carries above all else the image of God within us, our spiritual life.

“God is a Spirit” and he created us in his image as spiritual beings also, that we may grow out of our corruption to “worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24.

This is the reason why our inner man must be strengthened with power. Our inner man has become weak by the corruption and bondage to sin and death, making us weak in our understanding of the truth and incapable of enjoying perfect freedom from sin and communion with God which is the purpose of our creation.

If you’ll read the rest of the message, you’ll find Dr. Bernier makes an excellent case for our need to beseech God “to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”

 

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