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.” Third, “that you may know…what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.”
What are believers to know (οἶδα; oida), understand, comprehend and remember? The factual knowledge the believer is to also know is the immeasurable greatness of God’s power to each and every believer in Christ. This supreme and surpassing greatness of God’s unique and exclusive ability is extended to all believers. It is without measure. In other words, it is extraordinary.
Dr. John Walvoord says, “The word “power” (dynamis; cf. 3:20) means a spiritually dynamic and living force. This power of God is directed toward believers.” This power is God’s ability to regenerate, redeem, justify, adopt, indwell, sanctify and ultimately glorify each and every believer in Christ. This power changes the sinner’s status from an object of God’s holy wrath (Romans 1:18-32; Ephesians 2:1-3), to become a believer in Christ who is an object of His holy love (I John 4:7-12).
This accomplishment is through the working of God’s great might. The Lord’s powerful strength functions and accomplishes what God intends for it to accomplish: the salvation of a spiritually dead and wicked sinner into a holy and righteous child of God.
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!