June 25, 2019
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 25 June 2019
The Word of God reveals that those who believe (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ have been blessed with “every spiritual blessing” (Eph 1:3). Not only is it important to know the wealth of spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus, 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,” v. 1b) to know Him to the fullest extent.
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 enlightenment 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) (cf. 1 Cor 2:10-16).
A crucial truth for believers to know is that they 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 people of God praise 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 in the ingenuity or strength of humanity; rather, it is resident in the personal life of the saints. The question to ask yourself is whether the prayer of Ephesians 1:15-23 will be realized in your life.
As a consequence of “the riches of the glory of His inheritance” (Eph 1:18), one may appeal to God that He would grant wisdom and revelation for the purpose of obtaining complete knowledge of Christ. Do you ever feel perplexed? Do you ever question what is the best action in response to a particular issue or circumstance? Pray for wisdom (in accordance with the words of Ephesians 1:17-21)!
When you do pray biblically, note that the wisdom and revelation pertains to knowledge of Christ. Not only does God answer with regard to particularities, but also by granting a more intimate knowledge of Christ (in whom are the treasures of wisdom and revelation). The Bible reveals that it is good to pray for wisdom, but also expect that God will grant a more complete knowledge of Christ as the answer. The reason is that the more you and I know Christ — the more we become like Him — then the more we are able to make wise decisions that are pleasing to God. Just as Christ was dependent upon Scripture (cf. Matt 4:1-11; John 1:10-18; Heb 4:12), we will know how to rely upon God’s Word more completely, and to understand and apply its absolute truths.
Join me in praying “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is” the nature and purpose for “the hope of His calling” (1:18). The believer's hope is not wishing for something that may or may not occur. Biblical hope is eager anticipation and unwavering confidence with regard to the certainty of God’s promises. The hope of God’s calling is to be expectant. Our lives need to be filled with biblical expectation by rejecting thoughts and practices that are contrary to Scripture, and this is so we “may be enlightened.”
REMINDER: the Capitol Commission (interim) Bible Studyis next Tuesday, 2nd of JulyRoom 123 CAP, Basement of Georgia's Capitol, @ 12 Noon