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Riches of the glory

November 1, 2017

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:

Oh, to see the mystery

January 12, 2015

Galatians-3-26

The Verses of the Day for January 12, 2015 focus on the Church, the Body of Christ, which is described in Galatians 3:26-28 in the New Living Testament:

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

God is very concerned about diversity, not only in nature and in other features of the universe but in every aspect of life, particularly among people. Acts 17:26 also makes known that God “. . . hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Holman Christian Standard renders the verse this way:

From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.

When the Church emerged as a new entity on the Day of Pentecost, God provided an amazing display of diversity. When those who waited for the promise of the Father that Jesus Christ spoke of as he departed to heaven, there was an amazing gathering of individuals who came to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost:

Now there were then residing in Jerusalem Jews, devout and God-fearing men from every country under heaven (Acts 2:5).

Although God demonstrates diversity in all of His creation, He also desires a demonstration of unity within that diversity. The Church, the collective body of believers, who have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and who endeavor live out the precepts and principles of their faith are also an illustration of unity within diversity. One of the terms used to describe this example of diversity is “the mystery,” a metaphor used to describe the union of Jew and Gentile into one new man, the Body of Jesus Christ, the quintessential example of unity within diversity.

Paul speaks of “the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Paul was the first to receive an understanding of this concept which was later more fully revealed in Ephesians and elsewhere in the Scriptures. As believers we endeavor to synchronize our desire to comprehend to a greater degree the mystery of the one body with God’s desire to show us and teach us, as expressed in this poem:

Oh, To See the Mystery

Ephesians 3

Enlighten our eyes that we might openly see;

Expand our minds and widen our comprehension

To understand the temple of the mystery.

Teach us to fully comprehend each dimension

And ascertain the magnitude without measure:

Reveal to us the true length,

though it is endless;

Teach us to find the full breadth,

though it is boundless;

Help us to reach the vast height,

though it is measureless;

Teach us to probe the great depth,

though it is fathomless.

Show us your divine design for the inner man.

Make plain the purpose, the pattern, the symmetry

Unfolded in the blueprints of your master plan

For the One Body, temple of awesome beauty.

Share with us the value of this priceless treasure,

Held in the secret places of your good pleasure.

Show us the riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in each of us, the hope of glory.

 

The Church is the ultimate expression of oneness or unity of purpose, of unity within diversity.

Listen to and take a look at musical rendering of Galatians 3:27-28 called “As Many of You” which is also expressed in sign language.

Another reminder: To live is Christ

August 18, 2013

Philippians_1-21

The Verse of the Day for August 18, 2013 is taken from Philippians 1:21 in the King James Version, but I prefer reading the verse in the Amplified Bible:

For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity].

As I read the verse, I also acknowledge that “. . . in him we live, and move, and have our being.” I am further reminded that of the truth revealed in Galatians 2:20:

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

This message is powerfully reinforced in this stirring rendition of the song based on this verse by Phillips, Craig and Dean, “I am Crucified with Christ”:

Sometimes it is difficult to grasp fully the reality that God in Christ lives in me, as is so magnificently expressed in Colossians 1:27 where the essence of the revelation of the mystery of the “One Body of Christ” is made known to the Paul:

 To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.

That verse was, in part, the inspiration for the song: “Christ in You, Christ in Me” that was also included in an earlier blog entry this year:

Christ in You, Christ in Me

   Colossians 1:27

Even before the world began,

God put together His master plan,

Calling Jews and Gentiles into one body,

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

Enlighten my eyes, help me to see

All that you have called me to be.

Share with me the secrets that you have for me,

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in me, the hope of glory

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory.

 

Put on God’s Word, renew your mind.

Seek Him with your whole heart, and you will find

He’ll open your eyes; He’ll let you see

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

I’m no longer bound; I’ve been set free.

I once was so blind, but now I see.

I’m walking into my destiny:

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in me, the hope of glory

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me the hope of glory.

 

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory.

CampaignKerusso offers another musical composition based on the same scripture from Colossians 1:27:

The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead resides in every born-again believer. We have the privilege of demonstrating that power, as we apply the principles of the Word of God whereby we manifest all that God desires for us:

 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Ephesians 3:17-20).

May the Verse of the Day establish a solid foundation upon which to build each day, as the week unfolds before us.