Sunday, December 17, 2017

A SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION

In Ephesians 1:18-19, Paul the apostle prays we will experience divine wisdom and revelation.

First, that we will know the hope to which we have been called (1:18). Such knowledge of Christ takes away despair and gives us a sense of joyful expectation for the future! There is no place for despair in the life of a believer in Christ. He guarantees eternal life to those who put their trust in him.

Second, that we will know the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints (1:18). Some say this means that God himself has an inheritance in us–that we are the treasure he hopes to inherit.

It is more commonly taken, however, to mean that God has an inheritance for us– ‘riches’ and ‘glory’. Jesus hinted at it when he talked about treasures in heaven that no thief can steal and no moth can nibble (Matthew 6:19).

Such a heavenly inheritance can never corrode or fade away. It is of eternal worth.

Third, that we may know the ‘incomparably great power for us who believe’ (1:19). This is the same power, he says, that God used to raise Christ from the dead! And this kind of power is available to us!

Selah!

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.


Barry Chant

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.



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