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"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints..." (Eph.1:17-18).

These two verses are a prayer on the apostle Paul's part for the Ephesian people, and us. The message is for those who "were marked in Him with a seal, the holy Spirit." (1:13). From the beginning of this letter to the Ephesian church, Father, Son and Holy Spirit interweave their very Being in the creation of this new, redeemed people... As it did then, the Three continue their "oneness" in the sustaining power that molds Christians into what they should be. The blessings, or gifts, for which Paul prayed are nothing new to them. Back in verse eight, he declared that his readers had redemption and forgiveness of sins, and that they abounded "in all wisdom and understanding." In actuality, Paul's readers awaited no future realizations of God's favor. It was not for anything that these Christians yet needed to experience that the apostle prayed for. So... What's the big deal here, and just what is Paul praying for? I think that he prayed for them to realize the magnitude of the gifts God had already granted... Maybe he is saying that Christians do not need a constant diet of excitement. Spiritual growth would come by "the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him..." Peter (2 Pet.3:1) told Christians that his purpose was for "stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words that were spoken beforehand..." Paul prayed that God might grant his readers renewed reflection on blessings that God had lavished upon them... Not only are these gifts here with us in our present Christian life, but recognition of a coming judgement and the hope of a future life with God in the heavens is a vital part of the gospel message. We should never overlook the richness of the blessings (gifts) already enjoyed by Christians as we bask in the inheritance God has given.

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Free.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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