18 …having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.” (Ephesians 1:18-19 (ESV)
Paul prayed that the Ephesian believers in Christ would possess an increasing and lasting understanding of the Scriptures. This understanding, or enlightenment, unto biblical truth would extend to three particular areas of the believer’s life in Christ. What are those three areas?
First, “that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you.” Second, “that you may know…, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”
Again, to know (οἶδα; oida) means to understand, comprehend and remember. It is a factual knowledge. What the believer is to also know are the riches of His glorious inheritance. God is the subject. It is His inheritance. We, as believers in Christ, are the Lord’s inheritance. Paul calls believers saints (ἅγιος; hagios). Believers in Christ are God’s holy and dedicated people. This is a soul stirring truth to grasp and comprehend.
Dr. John Walvoord writes, “God will inherit those whom He has purchased at a great price according to the riches of His grace (v. 7). This is the second of six times in Ephesians in which Paul referred to “riches” (1:7, 18; 2:4, 7; 3:8, 16). In 1:14 Paul wrote that the Christians’ “inheritance” is their final redemption from the presence of sin. Here in verse 18 he wrote about God’s inheritance, the saints themselves! Because of the “glorious grace” (v. 6) of “the glorious Father” (v. 17), He will receive “His glorious inheritance” (v. 18).”
Take the time today to pray that God would open the eyes of your heart and provide you a deeper understanding of this biblical truth. Have a blessed day. Take time to thank God for calling you by His grace alone, through God given faith alone, unto eternal life in Christ alone
Soli deo Gloria!