His Glorious Inheritance

It’s a list I take note of every time I’m in Ephesians 1. Three things that Paul prayed the Ephesians would know . . . really know . . . fully get . . . comprehend at the deepest level of their beings. Three things that I always pause over, meditate on, wanting to “get it”, too. But this morning, thanks to a note in my study Bible, one of these things has taken on another facet of meaning. This morning the awe factor is multiplied as I consider His glorious inheritance.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe . . .                (Ephesians 1:16-19 ESV)

That God would give us the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation . . . that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened . . . that we might know, perceive, discern . . . three things. The hope . . . the riches . . . the power. And I’ve always viewed these as three things which are the graced possession of the believers. The hope of our calling . . . the riches of our inheritance . . . the power made available to us. But a note in my Bible “upset my apple cart” on one of these this morning. That perhaps what the apostle wants the children of God to know is not so much about their inheritance but about His glorious inheritance.

To be sure there is a rich inheritance stored up for all who are called to be saints. Paul has already said that “in Him we have obtained an inheritance” (Eph. 1:11) . . . and that the believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit who is “the guarantee of our inheritance” (Eph. 1:14). Peter reminds us, also, that we have been “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you . . . ” (1Peter 1:3-4). That we have an inheritance is clear . . . that it should be part of what helps set our eyes on “things above” is evident.

But the other way to understand this is that Paul wants us to fathom that we are, in fact, the inheritance being spoken of . . . a rich, glorious inheritance . . . God’s rich and glorious inheritance . . . an inheritance which He possesses “in the saints.”

That the mercy and grace of God would move the Father to redeem His lost creation at the cost of His beloved Son is more than enough to evoke awe and wonder. But to then think that He would so delight in redeemed ones as to view them as the riches of a glorious inheritance . . . well, that kind of takes your breath away.

What wonder in considering that God would view us as His glorious inheritance . . . that He would count those bought by the blood of the Lamb as “a people for His own possession” (1Peter 2:9) . . . that He looks forward to us being with Him as much as we do . . . that we, in some manner, are His prize. Unreal!

It brought to mind an old hymn that I have not sung in long, long while. A hymn based on the KJV rendering of a verse in Malachi.

“They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.”    (Malachi 3:17 NKJV)

We are His jewels . . . His riches . . . His precious treasure. In the saints, He who is All in All, has found His glorious inheritance. To Him be all glory and praise!

When He cometh, when He cometh,
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,
His bright crown adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom,
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.

Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

(William O. Cushing, 1856, Public Domain)

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