If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
Welcome to another Terrific Tuesday, where we take a look at God’s word, His kingdom or His people to see what we can learn about ourselves, Him and/or our relationships with Him.
A guest teacher in my Sunday School class the other day taught from Ephesians 2. It was a good lesson, but my eyes kept wandering to Ephesians 1:18, in which Paul says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”
This verse of scripture fascinates me. First of all, in his introduction, Paul says, “To the saints at Ephesus . . .” This book was not written for lost people, but for born-again Christians. He’s talking specifically to the body of Christ.
He says at the beginning of this verse that he prays “. . . that the eyes of your heart be enlightened . . .” He thinks what he is about to say is important enough that he wants all of us to be enlightened—to understand what he’s talking about. This is no minor point he’s bringing to our attention.
“. . . that you may know the hope of His calling . . .” He wants us to know and understand what His calling means to us.
“. . . what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints . . .” Wow! Read that again—His inheritance in US. God has an inheritance in us? And it’s a rich and glorious inheritance?
This brings up a seeming contradiction. God is complete within Himself. He doesn’t need anything external in order to complete Himself. And yet, He considers us to be a rich and glorious inheritance. He considers Himself better off because of us.
That’s a mind-boggling thought. The God of the universe—the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent maker and ruler of all things—considers Himself to be richer because of us, His saints.
Let’s make a slightly more specific application here. If you, a reader of this blog post, have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then Paul is talking to YOU here. God considers Himself richer because of richer because of YOU.
Fascinating concept, isn’t it? How does this statement about God’s inheritance in you make you feel?
Do you have a New Testament passage or concept you’d like to see discussed here? Maybe something you’ve never quite understood. I’d love to hear from you about that, too. I’ll try my best to explain it.
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