More on Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians
Paul prayed that the Ephesians might be given the Spirit of wisdom; that they might be led deeper and deeper into a knowledge of eternal truths. We noticed previously that there were some necessities, basics, that must be there first in order that we might be led into that deeper knowledge. Having those basics: independent thinking people, a powerful pulpit, and a love for meditating on the Word of God; let us continue in looking into that prayer and add a couple of thoughts that Paul added.
First a fuller knowledge. Perhaps this is part of that spirit of wisdom that we spoke of earlier. Surely this is a specific knowledge of Him. That knowledge of Christ must be an ever growing knowledge. Growth in knowledge is essential to be a Christian. Any man who follows any profession knows that he dare not stop studying. A doctor knows that a new drug or treatment may very well be introduced any day that would save the life of his next patient. No lawyer is worth his salt if he stops studying when he leaves law school. No teacher, dentist, etc. is of any value if he quits studying and improving. And this is certainly true of the Christian. We never know all there is to know about Jesus. There is always more to be learned and thus the need to study.
And there is the realization of Christian hope. We live in an age of despair... it seems to be customary for all to speak of the tragic state of affairs of this world. We openly wonder how much longer this can go on. There are pessimistic sounds everywhere. But in spite of those Paul wants the eye of the hearer to see the hope that is in Christ. It is the hope of his calling. Why and how were you called to be a Christian. The hope upon which that call is based is that which should sustain us every day.
And then we should see the riches of the inheritance in the saints. Primarily Paul speaks of the beauties of felllowship. He isn’t talking about after awhile or heaven, but he is talking about the joy of Christians being together. Jesus’ promise of John 10:10 is that we may have “the abundant life.” He wasn’t talking about after awhile, in the bye and bye. He was talking about the here and now.
Read Hebrews 5:12-6:2