Ephesians 1:3-18. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
Paul is praying for us to know. To know God. Not just know about God. And not just know what God knows. But really know God and to know him through the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places that are ours in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Ephesians 1:18 Paul is listing the spiritual blessings that allow us to know God now that the eyes of our heart have been enlightened. Right away he reminds us of our hope. The hope to which he has called you. But what exactly is this hope? What are we moving toward? How will this all end (or should we say begin?)? And here is the answer:
that you may know…what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints
It literally reads: “that you may know…the wealth of the glory of his inheritance in the holy ones.”
This phrase is a tad tricky but most scholars agree that Paul is talking about God’s inheritance here. Earlier we wrote about our inheritance in Christ. But what does God inherit? What do you get the God who has everything? There’s only one thing God doesn’t fully have yet, and that’s us. You and me. His people. His church. His family. His kids. His bride.
God will spend eternity enjoying you.
Let that sink in.
This is one of our craziest blessings in Christ. God’s reward is you and me. Most of us think we are going to have to sneak in the back door of Heaven or be relegated to the back row or something. But this is not the picture God is painting for us here. We are his reward. We are what he is looking forward to.
Maybe our revealing as the treasure of God will be a bit like this.
the wealth of the glory
More glory than you can every imagine. Glory upon glory. Honor upon honor. Heaped up. Poured out. This is the sight at the revelation of the children of God (us). When God inherits us, the manifest glory will blow our minds and hearts. It will literally perfect us, transforming us into the likeness of Jesus, on the spot.
The Trinity will spend eternity honoring, glorifying, applauding, and high-fiving each other over your salvation.
“You did it! You saved Brady!”
“No, YOU did it!”
“No YOU did it!”
“No, WE did it!”
Or something like that.
And then all that glory, like always, will spill over onto us. It is because we are God’s inheritance that his glory will explode and will be our inheritance to share with Jesus forever.
Romans 8:17. if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
that you may know
Do you know this amazing truth? That you are God’s inheritance and that he is yours? Do you know it? Do you think about it? Claim it? Trust it? Anticipate it? Is this your hope? God receives me and I receive him. Is this the God you know and worship? A God who would do whatever it takes to find you, save you, rescue you, and restore you? Is your God the one that wants nothing else but to receive you unto himself? Is your God the one that would give you your inheritance twice if that’s what it takes for him to have you back forever as his inheritance (Prodigal Son)? Can you imagine not only your enjoyment of God but also God’s enjoyment of you as a trophy of his glorious grace?
This is the whole point of our salvation, of our lives, of our union with Christ, of “to live is Christ” – we are united to God as his reward, his prize, his precious possession, his people. In the end it’s all about God. He gets both what he wants and what he deserves – you. Me. Us. His church. What grace.
Songs about God inheriting us are hard to find, so this will have to do (still a good one).