The past two blog posts I focused on Ephesians 1:17-19, My Favorite Prayer To Pray for myself and my family. In my last post, I concentrated on the fact that Paul prayed for the Ephesian church to know What Is The Hope Of God’s Calling. He also prayed for them to know what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. God’s calling and His inheritance link together because God’s calling invites us to know and experience this rich inheritance.
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.
Notice these four weighty words in Ephesians 1:18: riches, glory, inheritance, and saints. The hope of our calling is that we partake of this rich inheritance.
Called To Partake Of This Rich Inheritance
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
- Because of God’s calling, we can confidently expect to partake in the riches, in the glory, in His inheritance, and in the saints. These are spiritual things, gifts from God that diminish the value of earthly treasures.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to
the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
Positioned And Qualified To Partake Of This Rich Inheritance
- Jesus positioned us in His heavenly family, the family of God to partake of His rich inheritance. Without Jesus and His work, we are spiritually destitute. Our God wrote us into His will before our earthly parent thought of being a parent.
Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Qualified in the original language means to make sufficient, render competent or worthy. It comes from a root word which means, It is enough. Where we were deficient, God made us sufficient. In all areas we lacked competence or worth, He poured Himself out as an offering to fill us with His own ability and value. Paul said that we are partakers of grace in Philippians 1:7. Grace also reminds us that we are receiving something completely unavailable to us based on our merit alone. Since God Himself qualified and positioned us in His family as His beloved children that we might partake of this rich inheritance, we have reason to be thankful to Him and Him only.
What Is This Rich Inheritance?
The inheritance we receive as God’s children is the same as Christ’s inheritance.
and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
We share in the same inheritance Christ inherited for Himself and for us. Titus 3:7 says we are heirs according to eternal life. Jesus lives forever and as joint heirs with Him, we also live forever. Whatever inheritance Christ received when He stepped into eternal glory, we will share in that.
- He is perfect. We will be perfected.
- He reigns. We will reign.
- He lives forever. We will live forever.
- He is healed and whole. We will be healed and whole.
- However, on this side of eternity we also share in His sufferings.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Partakers of His Suffering and His Power
As partakers of Christ’s inheritance we share in the sufferings of Christ in this present age and this present world, but we also share in His power to overcome. That is why Paul also prayed for them to know the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe. (Ephesians 1:19) His exceeding great power is available to those who believe. Through Jesus’ power, He overcame the sufferings of this world.
Dear Sister, You have Jesus’ power through His Holy Spirit in you; therefore, you are an overcomer. You have all that you need to face your present sufferings, to go through trials and difficulties, and to come out on the other side victorious. Look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith.
Watch my 4 minute video for an extra word of encouragement about Ephesians 1:17-19 and His inheritance.