Message of the Day: A Right Understanding and Appreciation of the Immensity of God’s Grace and Wisdom
“…the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints..” (Ephesians 1:18, NKJV)
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians combines thanksgiving and praise with requests offered in true faith. Paul knows they are converts from paganism, but he expects them to develop a mature understanding of Christianity. He is not content that they should have a few basic Christian beliefs. He wants them to have true wisdom, based on a proper knowledge of God and a clear understanding of all the riches that are theirs through Christ, both in this world and in the next.
The eyes is the instrument by which we see; and in like manner the understanding is that by which we perceive truth. The idea here is, that Paul not only wished their “hearts” to be right, but he wished their “understanding” to be right also.
There are two things that we can glean from this. One, that we “may know what is the hope of His calling.” It means that it would be an immeasurable privilege to be made fully acquainted with the benefits of the Christian hope, and to be permitted to understand fully what we can expect in the world of glory. Two, (that we may know) “what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” which means that there is an abundance of wealth. It is not such an possession as man may be heir to in this world, which is always limited and cannot be enjoyed long. It is infinite and inexhaustible. Some equate this inheritance to eternal life.
May we comprehend and appreciate the immensity of God’s grace and wisdom.
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