November 28, 2012
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 28 NOVEMBER 2012
Ephesians 1:3-14 reveals to believers that they have been chosen and blessed of God (1:3-14). The remaining verses of chapter 1 (vv. 15-23) are based upon the revelation of these truths and provide a prayer for wisdom and revelation. Not only is it important to know the wealth of spiritual blessings in Christ, but also how to live a transformed life as a result of such truths. God is glorified in the salvation of the believer whose life is continually transformed by the appropriation of the spiritual blessings that he or she possesses. God’s desire is for believers (saints) to know Him to the fullest extent.
(The Greek word for “saint” is hagios, which means “holy ones.” The believer does not produce the holiness; rather, every true believer is a saint (holy one) because the holiness of Christ Jesus is imputed by grace through faith. For this reason, every true believer will be a visible display of God’s grace for all eternity. Can I get an “Amen” and “Hallelujah”!).
The hope of the Christian is based upon the true act by which God brings the believer into a saving relationship. The hope of God’s calling is a settled assurance; it is because the calling is Godward that believers are to live holy lives. Spiritual illumination is necessary to understand the hope of God’s calling, the riches of inheritance in Christ, and the surpassing greatness of God’s power. The complexity and magnitude of these truths is so profound that the saints of God need to pray for wisdom (illumination) (see 1 Cor 2:10-16).
As a saint of God, do you know that you are precious to the Lord? Those who are trusting in God for salvation are made His inheritance and He is glorified in the lives of His saints. As the saints bring praise to the glory of the Lord, it is pleasing to God and glorifies Him before all humanity. God’s power surpasses human comprehension; it is demonstrated in raising Christ “from the dead” and seating Him at the right hand of the Father “in the heavenly places.” The greatest availability of power today is not found in human ingenuity or strength; rather, it is the omnipotence of God to bring every spiritual blessing that He has promised to those who trust in Him.
The provision of God is available to every believer so that we may live in a manner that is pleasing to Him and to seek His inheritance. The inheritance of the Christian is one we scarcely comprehend. The believer is chosen by God the Father to be His spiritual child. Christ Jesus forgives the sins of the believer, and gives an inheritance that this world has no ability to ascertain or understand. The believer is sealed in Christ by the Holy Spirit, who makes our final redemption secure when we see our Savior face-to-face. Certainly, the magnitude of these blessing can elude us, thus let us be more consistent in living for our Lord God and Savior. Let us pray for each other to comprehend the magnitude and significance of these blessings.
Yours in Christ,