January 20, 2021

Reflections on Ephesians 1: 15-23 Part 3

The Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, prays:  

“…that God…may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation

as you come to know him…so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know…the hope to which He has called you…the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and…the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe…”

Resources for the journey of 2021:

The hope to which we are called;

The riches of God’s inheritance among the saints; and

The power of believing.

Do we know the glorious riches of God’s inheritance among the saints?

“Among the saints”…that means, “the church.”  Paul is a champion of the church.  It is interesting to note that the Apostle says little about the teachings of Jesus, the beatitudes, the parables, the miracles…for Paul, Jesus’ greatest miracle was the church.  For Paul, Jesus’ greatest teaching was that his work would continue in and through the church.

So, here he describes the church as “the glorious riches of God’s inheritance among the saints.”

Is that how you see the church?

Do you see in this fellowship the heritage of God, the purpose of God,

the fullness of God?

When we gather for worship and stand around visiting and drinking coffee, and

wishing we had a donut…what do you see?

When you sit in church committee meetings,

what do you see?

Do you see riches…glorious riches?  The Greek word we have translated as “riches” has the connotation of “extravagance”.  The church, Paul is saying, can only be defined as extravagant riches.

Here’s an idea!  The next time your bank tells you it’s time to fill out another financial statement, why don’t you list church membership as one of your assets.  And on the dollar line, just write in, “extravagant”.

Your banker will probably smile and say,

“That’s nice but we can’t count that.”

And then you say,

“Oh, but we have to count it.  The church is a significant part of my net worth.”


Stay safe my friend, and be patient.