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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,

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:20 able. This is one of several great ascriptions in the New Testament extolling the supreme ability of God on behalf of His people. He also “is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him” (Hebrews 7:25) and “able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24). Note also Romans 16:25; Philippians 3:21.

3:20 power. The “power” in us is not that of our own strength, of course, but the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, II Timothy 1:7).

3:21 in the church. The “church” consisting of all born-again believers in Christ will be an eternal entity, even though also composed of many unique individuals. See, e.g., Hebrews 12:23, where it is called “the general assembly and church of the firstborn;” it is also called “the glorious church,” which is the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 21:9).

3:21 throughout all ages. There is evidently more than one age to come, but the succession of ages, however they may eventually be defined and revealed, will all be characterized by the “exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).

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