Tuesday, October 15, 2019
A Greater Experience
Maybe we could call the book of Ephesians "The Book of Unveiling."
Here, Paul takes us from the seen to the Unseen,
from this world to the one above.
And here he shows us Eternal Purposes,
Eternal Powers, and Eternal Promises.
Here, he opens to us a realm which one day, in heaven, we will see in all its fullness.
Here, his desire is that on earth we may know the riches which are ours in God.
- "all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."
"In Whom ... redemption." (1.7)
... "an inheritance." (1.11)
... our trust (1.13)
"in whom ... sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" (1.13)
Then, in verses eighteen and nineteen, Paul speaks of his unceasing prayer that God would give them to understand through the Spirit of Revelation:
1. the hope of the calling,
2. the riches of the glory of His inheritance,
3. the greatness of His power.
Again, there are things that we will only understand in fullness when we reach heaven -and yet Paul's yearning for the saints is a reflection of the yearning
of the Spirit of God over His children.
If we could understand these three things,
the Hope, the Inheritance, and the Power,
we would have little need for anything else.
Here we would find the answer to all our prayers for a greater knowledge,
and a greater experience of the things of God.
This is the place of freedom without limit.
This is where we exchange the earth-bound realm of our human limitations
for the immeasurable dimension of the kingdom of God.
This is the reason for Paul's unceasing passion of prayer for the saints -
and this is what Paul would pray if he were here with us today.
that they might Know ...
that they might taste Life in all its Fullness.