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That You May Know

You May Know

Eph 1:17-19 is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. In this prayer, we see that God gives you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. As you know Him, He gives you this spirit and enlightens the eyes of your understanding that YOU MAY KNOW three things. 

We should know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe.  

The Hope – The hope of His calling. This hope is something that is common among all Christians, Eph 4:4. We are saved by hope Rom 8:24-25.  This hope is the redemption of our body and the glory that we share with the Lord in eternity.

You are called to be glorified and to reign with Christ, Rom 8:16-18. To reign with Him, you must suffer with Him, 2 Thes 1:4-12; 2 Tim 2:10-13. You may know the hope of His calling. The hope of His calling is what keeps you from fainting in your mind, Heb 12:2-3, and quitting before you’re done, Gal 6:9, 1 Cor 15:58.

The Riches – The true durable riches in eternity are magnificent. If you know these riches, you’ll give all you’ve got to invest in this inheritance.  The more you give up now, the more you will have to inherit later.

The Power – This is the exceeding greatness of his power. This is the power that raised Christ from the dead.  And it is available to us.  Ye may know this exceeding power. And when you do, you will never trust the arm of flesh again.

The less you depend on yourself, the more power you have available from Him. Eph 3:20 He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. 

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For He Who Promised Is Faithful

He Who Promised is Faithful

You have been promised a lot of things in your life and not all of them have panned out. We have all been let down by someone, something or some assurance. That is an element of the human condition. There are no guarantees in anything of human origin. With that dim conclusion, let me offer you some heavenly hope.

The church in Thessalonica had been in despair. They were uncertain as to the coming of Christ. They had received a false letter, “to the effect that the day of the Lord has come” (2 Thess. 2:2).  In the first letter, Paul mentions “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He continues with this, 

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thess. 5:23, 24).

The church there had also endured distress in the absence of Paul. “For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews” (1 Thess. 2:14). Paul reminds them of the affliction from evil men in the second letter by saying, 

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3).

The writer of the book of Hebrews understood the delusion that the recipients of the letter were under. He wrote them to encourage them not to go back. The message throughout the book holds fast, hold fast, hold fast (Heb. 3:6, 14; 4:14)! Don’t let go of what God has prepared for you and what so many have longed to see!

The eternal plan for the salvation of mankind was something that prophets and angels longed to know (1 Pet. 1:10-12).

These are things we can read about and live every day. It is so common to us that we would let it slip from our fingers without a thought of its value. As the readers of the Hebrew letter were about to do the same, God yells through the penman of the letter, “Don’t let go! The I Am is faithful.” 

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:23).

In your despair, God is faithful. In your distress, God is faithful. In your delusion, God is faithful. Look at your life and examine these things, and you will know it to be so. The Creator of the world has promised and is faithful. Men will disappoint, but God will never let you down. For this reason, David writes,

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? (Psa. 56:3-4). 😍