Posts Tagged ‘hope’

Verses 18-20: “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,”

Paul here is voicing a prayer for the Ephesians; according to some reading I did in the Holman Concordance on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (page 94), he prays that we might comprehend our hope, our riches, and God’s power.

I got to thinking about the U.S. dollar, our currency. My son once asked me is it still backed by gold, as it was in the past. I looked up the information today on the Federal Reserve’s website, http://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/currency_12770.htm . Per that information, in short, our currency “shall be redeemed in lawful money on demand at the Treasury Department of the United States, in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, or at any Federal Reserve bank”. It is no longer redeemable in gold. We have the hope/faith that our paper money is legal currency. A lot of folks base the worth of their riches on U.S. currency, and the power of the federal government to make good on that promise.

As Christians, our hope is “built on nothing less than Jesus’s blood and righteousness” as the old hymn, The Solid Rock, goes.
We have riches in Christ that far outstrip anything this old world has to offer. I chuckle to remember the old story joke about the old rich man trying to take one precious item into Heaven, and the angel’s reaction when he sees it is gold bars…”pavement? You want to bring pavement into Heaven?” (streets of gold).
Our faith which supports our hope and our riches is the power of God Himself. The petty pursuits of man, fictional or real, to pursue what they think is power on this world, pale in comparison to the real power our Lord has.

Something to think about.

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verses 11-13: “When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully, just as I also have been fully known. But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

These verses tie into the previous post’s verses about maturity. When we grow up, we naturally don’t act as we did when we were kids (some might argue otherwise about people in today’s society! 🙂 ) As kids, we want to be adults so we can do things that require more responsibility and maturity. Jesus wants us to grow as Christians; for one thing, that’s how we become disciple makers…we have to grow as a disciple first. Even when we become a mentor or disciple maker, we still grow. You never stop learning at the feet of Jesus!

And just as “we see in a mirror dimly” now, through our study and gifts, one day, we “shall know fully, just as (we) also have been fully known”. Have you ever read a good mystery, or seen a good movie, only to never find out how it ended? And then the satisifaction (or disappointment) that you had when you finally, finally found out what happened? I guarantee you, you won’t be disappointed in the final pages of Jesus’s story!

May faith, hope, and love abide in you today; but the greatest of these is Love!

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