Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scripture
Eph. 2.16-20 / Part 2 – God’s Inheritance / 18 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.
Living in stability, confidently in this present age. This is the subject of Paul’s prayer.
Life can be a torrent of trial and pain. No one is immune. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like testify to natural instability. Divorce, rape, murder, homosexuality, terrorism and their consorts reflect human instability at the deepest levels. Wars, revolutions, coups and imperialistic conquests reveal governmental and societal instability. Even the church is fragmented while cults and false religions proliferate. Upheaval is everywhere. Christian leaders fail all around us. How do we keeps our heads in a world gone mad?
As we noted yesterday – first we endure by clinging to the blessed hope before us. Heaven. And all of its eternal promises fulfilled in the return of Christ and our resurrection. Time itself is but temporary. Our hearts and heads are set on Heaven. But Paul prays for more than the hope before us. He prays for a revelation of God’s heart toward us. That we might know what are the “riches of his inheritance in the saints.”
At first blush, this seems to say something else. At least our minds often read it differently. Quickly, we jump to thinking about OUR inheritance. Another way of speaking of Heaven. Synonymous with our hope. But that is not the text. The second feature is regarding GOD’S inheritance. Not ours. What are the riches of HIS inheritance? Scores of times, God refers to His people as His inheritance (see: Deut. 4.20; 9.26, 29; 2 Sam. 21.3; 1 Kings 8.51, 53; Ps. 28.9; 33.12; 78.62, etc.) In other words: we are to find great stability in a clear apprehension of how richly God prizes His own.
Hear me Christian, God does not just tolerate us. Christ has not interposed against and unwilling Father. We can face all the stones and arrows of life awry because of sin, when our hearts seize upon the depth of God’s love for us. He cherishes His blood bought ones. He prizes His saints. He sets infinite value upon the objects of His love. Zeph. 3.17 says “he will exult over you with loud singing.” Can you grasp that? Can you take that in? God exulting over you – you weary Christian – with singing!
How many times we imagine Him detached. Good to us as a good God must be. Loving us as any parent must love their child. But it is not so. We are not naturally His. He has chosen us. Adopted us. Set His love upon us. No matter how unlovely. He determines to love us. He delights to love us. He sets the value of His Son’s blood upon us. His banner over us it LOVE! In the darkest hours beloved – He counts you His prized inheritance. His sweet joy. His personal delight. The symbol of His riches. Do you know it? Do you feel it? Do you think that it is so? IT IS! And what more can keep us calm and peaceful in the storms of life than this? In the boat on Galilee they forgot it. “Wake up!” they cried to Jesus. “Don’t you care if we die?” Oh what a horrible charge. Oh what a faithless attack. Care? How about dieing in our place? How about suffering the deepest indignity? How about His willingness to be misunderstood, humbled, smitten, mocked, bruised and murdered? Care? It is as though all He is is care. God is LOVE.
Never doubt it dear saint – you are His inheritance. When that informs the mind, the soul must be at peace. When assured of His good will and love toward us, the doubts over His providences are erased.
Oh indeed! – that His Spirit might give sight to these blind eyes. That we might find a foundation incomparable and inexpressible.
Oh how richly He values His inheritance – His purchased possession – his people.