Vs.18 "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the glory of His inheritance in the saints."
In our last lesson we got as far in our study as the last phrase of this text, and did mention briefly what the other side of the phrase teaches, namely, the saints inheritance in God. But that is not the primary lesson conveyed in the text. It reads, "The glory of His inheritance in the saints."
God has an Inheritance, and from this text we learn that it is in the saints. God is glorified by His every act, and by all of creation, but nothing magnifies His glory more than a saint who realizes he is unworthy of the least of God's favors.
The title "Saint" speaks of the redemptive grace of Christ Jesus, and of all the glorious purposes of God being realized in Him. Saints are sinners redeemed by the marvelous grace of God, and are instruments whereby God's glory Is reflected in the earth.
It is beyond the sphere of our comprehension to realize the measure of God's inheritance in the saints, but the saint needs to be constantly aware that, he is a purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory (Vs. 11).
Vs.1 9"And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power."
Paul's prayer for the Ephesian saint’s closes on a grand note, and that is that they might know "what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe."
Paul tells the Ephesian saints that they have been effectually called, and that inherent in this call is the unfailing hope that brings into view the saints inheritance in Christ. Then, Paul makes them aware that all of their great blessings are but the outgrowth of God's inheritance in them, and that all redounds to the praise of God's glory.
Their "call" is a past experience, their hope of that call was to be their future experience and now Paul tells the Ephesian saints what makes that "hope" sure and stedfast. It is, "The exceeding greatness of His power." Paul uses such adjectives as "eternal," "Mighty", and "Glorious", to describe God's power, in our text he refers to God's power as exceeding great. Actually God's power is of such nature that it defies human description.
LITERALLY PAUL SAYS, GOD’S POWER IS INFINITELY SUPERIOR, SURPASSING ALL POWERS, and he stress the point that all this measureless power of God is operative in behalf of the saints. It was from this power that their redemptive call was Issued, and it is by this same power that their hope will be realized. God's beneficent power is directed toward the "usward who believe."
Vs.20 "Which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places."
While God's power is humanly Incomprehensible, we are reminded by Paul of a demonstration of God's super abounding power. God manifests His power by the resurrection of Christ from the grave, and setting Him at His own right hand in glory.
The same Divine energy that raised Christ from the dead is at
work in each believer conforming him to the image of Christ, and is
climaxed by their resurrection from the grave. Thus it is, Paul can
say with triumphant tone, "O death where is thy sting? 0 grave,
where is thy victory?" (I Cor- 15:55)
"Which He wrought in Christ, When He (God) raised Him from the dead…" The resurrection of Christ from the grave is the capstone, or crowning work of redemption. Without the resurrection of Christ from the grave, His perfectly obedient life, and sacrificial death would all have been in vain. The resurrection of Christ from the grave attested to the fact of the Father's approval of the sacrifice, and all that the sacrifice represented. In view of Christ's resurrection, Paul says, "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us" (Rom. 8:33, 34).
The saint’s temporal dwelling is that of a "vile body", or a body of humiliation, but when He, Who is our life shall appear we will be given a body like unto the body of His glory. "When He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (Phil. 3:21, 1John 3:2). The only way a saint can truly behold Christ as He is, exalted above all of creation, is to have a body "fashioned like unto His glorious body."
"FAR ABOVE," Not merely above, but "Far above all principality, and Power, and might, and dominion, and-every name that is named..." in these words Paul plainly states, there is no power, or combinations of powers that is not infinitely inferior to the sovereign and all sustaining power of the resurrected and glorified Son of God.
The Rulerships of this world will go on in their defiance of God’s appointed Head until He comes to this world and puts down all rule and authority. Then, will be heard the universal angelic pronouncement, "…The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11:15). Then will the kings of the earth worship and pay homage to that "name which is above every name."
Vs. 22 "And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the church."
In the resurrection and exaltation of Christ, all things were placed under His dominion.
Then will that last enemy, death, be eternally destroyed. "And there shall be no more death" (Rev. 21:4).