Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NTC Day 30: Luke 9, Ephesians 1-3

In Ephesians chapter 1, Paul wants the saints in Ephesus to grasp something important. This is clear by the use of the words wisdom, revelation, knowledge, and enlightened. There are three things that stand out to me that he wanted the saints to know:

  1. The hope to which [God] has called you
  2. The riches of [God’s] glorious inheritance in the saints
  3. The immeasurable greatness of [God’s] power toward us who believe

Even broken down into numbered points this passage has a depth that is hard to grasp and process. There’s just a lot going on here. But for simplicity’s sake, God has given three things to the saints: hope, riches, and power and it all revolves around Christ. We have hope because we are called and saved in Christ. We have riches because we are heirs of an inheritance with Christ. And we have power working towards us that worked in Christ when he was raised from the dead.

And why should all of this result in the praise of his glory? Consider what it is we have come out of. Into hope from hopelessness. Into riches from poverty. And into power from helplessness. How can we who were hopeless, helpless, and destitute not praise the glory of God in Christ Jesus for what he has done for us and in us.

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