Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Enlightened to His calling
Question of the day: You might think I'm going to write about the last 12 verses of Ephesians 2, a section of Scripture titled "Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah." But I wrote about that a few days ago. No, today I'm in chapter one, dealing with this one verse ... Ephesians 1:18 "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the richness of His glorious inheritance in the kedoshim". What does God want us to know, and do we actually know it?
Answer: God wants us to know the "hope of His calling" (aka "the richness of His glorious inheritance"). God has called us (His people, who are called by His name) to be His children. That is huge (especially if the top part of what I wrote today depressed you). Just the thought of being a child of God brings tears to my eyes (aka "the eyes of my heart").
As children of God, we receive the highest status possible (higher than the angels and higher than being Jewish - see RT below).
Rabbi Trail: I say "higher than being Jewish", not because I'm stuck on it, but because I encounter so many people who are. To be grafted in or grafted back in to the family of God, and to "drink of the fatness of the root" is as good as it gets. End RT.
The hope of our calling is to be seated together with Yeshua (Is He really our older brother?). Ephesians 2:5-6 "Even when we were dead in our trespasses, He made us
alive together with Messiah. (By grace you have been saved!) And He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua"
Earlier, we were seeking to increase "joy". Well, well, well, it seems like God has a plan for that. Pray with me ...
"May the God of shalom place His hand upon each one of us right now. Heavenly Father, touch me, your child, and put me in order. Lord, order my life so that the reality will reflect your love and eternal plan. You have brought me into you own family through adoption, through which I call you 'Abba.' Bless me now, Lord, as I submit to
Your divine authority. Change me, mold me, shape me, use me, and finally, put me in order. In Yeshua's name I pray. Amen."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,