Prayer for illumination (Part 2)

Prayer for illumination 2:

The hope of our calling 

Four things, to see and know and savour

Eph 1:18 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,

Eph 1:19  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might

❖ The hope of his calling

❖ The riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints 

❖ The immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe

❖ The working (supremacy) of his power in Christ

The hope of his calling

What does this hope of his calling mean? If you think of what God promises in the Old Testament, it must be eternal life; think of John 3:16. It is eternal bliss and blessing. It is never to die and never to sin anymore; it is deliverance from this body of sin and death. It is to be glorified with Christ. It is to live in righteousness forever; it is to stay in the new Jerusalem. It is never to die again. 

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave us his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 11:25 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life..”

But the hope we were called to is more than that; that is not the ultimate thing; the foremost thing is to see God and not die but live. To see his glory and know his glory and enjoy his glory without any obstructions like an earthly body and indwelling sin. Because John 17:3 says, this is eternal life; that you may know the Father and Christ whom He sent.

Palm 27:4 “  One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.”

The hope of our calling is to be with God forever, see his glory, know him and enjoy him forever without sinning again. Paul is praying that you may see this. You and I need to see and know this. The material things around us will fade away, and our earthly hopes and dreams will fade away, but what is eternal will stay. We are not returning to nothing when we die. We have souls that cannot die, and God has called us to uninterrupted holiness and fellowship with Him. Don’t let the world obscure this from your sight. We have a hope that unbelievers don’t have, a hope built on unshakable glorious promises.

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