October 8, 2017
Living a Life Worthy of Our Calling
Ephesians 1: 15-23
The Hinge Verse in Ephesians is Chapter 4 verse 1 “…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. ” In simple terms, Ephesians Chapters 1-3 talks about and defines our calling in God, and Chapters 4-6 detail how we live in that calling.
Ephesians 1: 1-12 tells us that we are Chosen, Adopted and Redeemed in Christ. Ephesians 1: 13-14 ” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.“
Ephesians 1: 15-23 “For this reason, … I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 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 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 his holy people, … “
Paul is praying for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that we may know Him better and that we may know the hope of our calling. There are things we see with our eyes, but we don’t see. Sometimes, something is right in front of us, but we don’t see it. Matthew 13: 13 “…Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand “. It requires the Spirit of God to open our eyes.
1 Corinthians 2: 6-14 “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, …None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However,…these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit...“. Pray for ourselves that we may have our eyes opened.
The Hope of His Calling
The hope that we have is not only in God’s total supremacy, not only in what God has done for us, but also in what we are looking forward to. In Ephesians 3: 16, Paul prays that we may know the hope, to which we are called to live now, the glorious inheritance that God has for us eternally, and His incomparably great power, which He has for us who believe, to strengthen us in our inner being to live a life worthy of our calling.