“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, 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, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,
according to the working of his great might”
My focus was drawn to several things as I read these verses this morning: that it is God who gives us wisdom and revelation so that we may know Him, that He enlightens our hearts to know the hope we have in Him and to realize the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us. But there is one aspect that I hadn’t really seen before: the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.
The other times I’ve read this passage, my mind processed it as our inheritance as saints. But that isn’t what it says. The inheritance is God’s.
His inheritance in the saints.
And not just that – the inheritance is glorious.
Think about that.
If you have trusted in Christ for salvation, you are one of the saints referenced here. You are part of God’s glorious inheritance.
Is that not unfathomable?
Reading the Scriptures that tell us that God’s love is displayed on the cross, that Christ died for us when we were still sinners, rebellious and defiant and not seeking Him, that upon believing in Him we are sealed with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our inheritance – this alone can fill us with wonder. That God would see us in our sin, send His own Son to die on a cross, draw us to Himself, and seal us forever.
But here, in Ephesians 1:18, Paul prays that God would grant the church wisdom and revelation, enlightening our hearts to know the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints. The riches of His glorious inheritance in us.
Oh, that God would enlighten our hearts to know this. Not so we are built up with pride. But so our hearts are filled all the more with love for Him, with amazement that He treasures us this much, and with steadfast hope that He will continue and complete His work in us to present us blameless before His throne with great joy. Because perhaps that is part of this mystery we are contemplating: the riches of this glorious inheritance of God’s, fulfilled through the work of His Spirit in His saints as they are renewed day by day, brought from glory to glory, transformed into the image of Christ as we more clearly behold His face.
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you
to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth”
“Not like [worthless idols] is He who is the portion of Jacob,
for His is the one who formed all things,
and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;
the LORD of hosts is His name.”
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2:9-10
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”
“But the LORD’s portion is His people,
Jacob His allotted heritage.
He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.”