Context: Ephesians 1: 1-23
Focus: Ephesians 1: 18
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:18 (My Emphasis)
Paul exhorts the Ephesians for their strong faith and says he thanks God for them and prays constantly, asking Christ to give them spiritual wisdom and insight so they may grow in the knowledge of God. He prays their hearts will be flooded with light so they can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called – His holy people who are His rich inheritance.
What is our confident hope, and what is the calling Paul speaks of? What are God’s people ultimately called to be and to do?
Those who are in faith in Christ Jesus are called heavenward to eternal life, therefore, the calling is to live a holy life, separated, set-apart, for the Lord’s good pleasure. Those who have answered the call are predestined to bring Him glory, honor and praise for evermore. The chosen are called to be transformed into the likeness of God’s only Son, and to reign with Him forevermore.
But the scriptures say, many are called by this message of salvation, but few respond and become the chosen elect they were predestined to be through faith in Jesus Christ.
How about you? Have you answered His Call?
“And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
Romans 10: 8-10
CR – Matthew 22: 14, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Peter 5:10,
Romans 8: 28-30, Matthew 4: 21-22, 1 Peter 1: 3-5, 1 Peter 1: 13-16
Lord, my hope is in your salvation, alone. My hope is in your calling me out to be your own and with my response to your calling, I know I am heaven bound, and the transformation taking place within me, makes me “holy” in your righteousness, set apart for your praise and glory alone. Abba Father!