Hyper-ek-perissou (“exceedingly more abundantly”)

Paul says in Ephesians 3:20 that God is “the one able to do exceedingly more abundant than all that we ask or think…” He uses a Greek adverb ὑπερεκπερισσοῦ (hyperekperissou), a rare compound word that is the strongest possible to indicate abundance and overflowing-ness. And he says that God is able to do this beyond anything we might ask or think.

What is greatest thing you could think about asking God for? The thing you have never asked for, because you think, “No, that’s too audacious…”?

God, Paul says, is able to do that.

Now, the question is, “Why wouldn’t he?”

The context in Ephesians 3:14-21 is personal transformation, and 3:20-21 specifically is a doxology, an outburst of praise to God.

Verse 21 says, “To him (the one able to do exceedingly more abundantly than all we ask or imagine)–to him is the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, in every generation forever and ever, Amen!” This is not a wish. It states the reality. God has the glory. It is his, and it was his, and it will be his.

The reason we don’t see our “God-sized” dreams realized? James tells us why:

“You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

Why doesn’t God accomplish our “God-sized” dreams?

1. We don’t ask him to accomplish them. We only think about them, but we never actually ask!

2. We ask, but we ask wrongly. We ask for our glory, and not his.

We should boldly approach our great God, and ask him to purify our motives, so that we ask only for his glory!

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About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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4 Responses to Hyper-ek-perissou (“exceedingly more abundantly”)

  1. Sarah says:

    Great post! It’s given me a lot think about.

  2. Sarah says:

    –a lot *to* think about–

    🙂

  3. Lee says:

    3. We simply lack faith that the living, sovereign creator of the universe can change lives!

    Matthew 19:23-26
    23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (NKJV)

  4. Hal says:

    This was very timely (even though it’s 2010!) as I have been believing God for and “exceeding abundant” amount to retire my mortgage. But as I read this post, I realized that the desire to retire the mortgage was as much to take pressure off me as it was to glorify God. So I’m praying for God to purify my motives; that paying off the mortgage will allow me to have more money and time to give to His service. Thank you so much for this post.

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