Riches of the glory

Ephesians 1 18

Taken from Ephesians 1:18, the Verse of the Day for November 1, 2017 makes a bold declaration. In actuality, verse 18 is part of the introduction to a powerful prayer expressing God’s desire for His people written by the Apostle Paul:

Ephesians 1:17-18 (Amplified):

17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].

18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),

Verse 18 brings to mind the words of the hymn “Open My Eyes that I Might See” which is, in essence, a prayer expressed in song. The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano:

An intriguing expression “the riches of the glory” is used in verse 18. God desires that we know, in a most intimate and personal manner, meaning experientially know, that as believers we are part of God’s priceless inheritance. The same expression occurs in Colossians 1:27 where God makes known His desire that believers might know in the same manner something else:

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

This verse speaks of “this mystery,” a spiritual phenomenon whereby Jews and Gentiles would be united in one body, the Body of Christ. This “great mystery” was hidden in Christ before the foundations of the earth.  Had Satan known this mystery or great secret, the Scriptures declare that he never would have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ.

Not only does God, our Father, desire that His children know that “this mystery” has been revealed, but we also desire to be enlightened as to what that really means, as these lyrics express:

Christ in You, Christ in Me

Enlighten our eyes, help us to see

All that you have called us to be.

Share with us the secrets from your treasury,

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in you and me, the hope of glory.

Not only is our prayer that God will enlighten us and illuminate our lives by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation, but God’s prayer for us is the same, as is expressed so powerfully in Ephesians 1:14-23:

Scripture Release offers a musical rendering of this compelling prayer:

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