Eph 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
In my last blog I wrote about the Hope of His calling. Please note that I did not exhaust the topic but only introduced the concept. For further study research the idea of your body as the temple of God.
Now we turn our attention to the second thing that Paul prayed that the Ephesian Christians would receive, their inheritance. Notice that the receiving of this treasure is received in the same manner as receiving the hope of His calling. It cannot be taken, but it has to be received. By that, it is clear that God desires for you to have it but it is not ‘free for the taking’ but that it can only be received in the manner that God chooses for you to have it. So, let’s look at those conditions.
You must first receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. In other words, knowing God comes by the spirit of wisdom and revelation which is given by God. He does not hand out the spirit of wisdom and revelation to just any person, or even to every Christian. A person must first become a Christian and then, when his heart has grown to the place where it longs for righteousness and seeks the ways of God, then it is rewarded by the Holy Spirit opening the spirit of wisdom revelation that is required to know God. The spirit of wisdom isn’t just smart but it is the application of truth in the light of God’s will. The longer you walk with God the more you come to know Him and His ways. Truth alone is not enough for we are finite and carnal so the addition of revelation to know what we could never guess or apprehend is also required. Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! We could never know God at all until He reveals Himself to us. We catch glimpses of God in our growth and our walk and marvel at the wonder of who He is. We read Scriptures that tell us of His Holiness and Splendor and our mind goes to TILT. We then begin to project what it might mean – and still we have only a glimpse.
So now we look at our inheritance. You must be an heir in order to inherit so God moves us from being a child of Satan to a child of God through regeneration. We don’t immediately feel changed but we are changed. When a man is married to his wife, he may still feel like he did only moments before, but he will never be what he was prior to the marriage. When a man joins the military, he is a soldier the second he signs the papers, yet he still needs the training and disciplines that will cause him to order his conduct as a soldier. It is not how you feel that makes you different, but who you Lord is. When we surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, He then takes full responsibility for you in all that you do and what you become. He also, seals you with the Holy Spirit and you are changed. (II Corinthians 5:17) As a child of God, you now are an heir to all the treasures of God. I am not talking about gold and silver and precious stones, but about the fullness of God. The real treasures are those of eternal qualities, such as eternal life, a love that never fails, goodness, righteousness, etc. Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. We are being transformed into creatures that are identified as God’s children and are made in His image, His likeness and with dominion. A fantastic study is what heaven is like. We see through a glass darkly but there we shall see God face to face.
This inheritance is glorious in several respects. First, it is glorious in that it is a reflection of the glory of God, Himself. His glory is magnified by itself. Take for an example, a bright light that is shined in a mirror and reflected back on itself. If you were to behold the bright light, it would appear even brighter when the reflection was added. So it is with God’s glory, His wonder is only enhanced by His works and He appears even more marvelous. Our inheritance is beyond the sphere of material value; beyond the sphere of personal value; and encompasses our value to God.
Our inheritance is for only in the saints. In the Scriptures, saints are the Christians or the born again, the believers in Christ. This knowledge is only know by the saints and God and cannot be known any other way. It is important to know who you are and who’s you are. You are the love of God, the bride of Christ, the church, the Children of God. He died for you and will spare no cost to see you completed as He planned. He promised that He would never leave you and would be there for you to do whatever is required to complete His promise to you.