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When reading through the Scriptures, when you see certain words repeated often, it’s usually a sign that the author really wants to emphasize the importance of this word. As an example, Paul regularly uses the word inheritance in his letter to the Ephesians. In many cases, this term is used to encourage Christians to rejoice in the inheritance we have already received (1:11) and the inheritance promised to us (1:14).
But later on, this term is used in a different context. In Ephesians 1:118 reads, I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know…the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
If you read this too quickly you may miss it. The context of this verse isn’t about Christians rejoicing in the inheritance we have already received. Instead, this verse is about God’s inheritance. Here, Paul is praying that Christians would know with absolute certainty that the people of God is His inheritance. His followers are His treasured possession. He desires to be with His people.
READING & PRAYERS:
EPHESIANS 1:15-23 (also read the commentary notes in your study bible of choice)
In what ways do you see yourself? Does the truth that you are part of God’s inheritance, His treasured possession impact your view of yourself?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t regularly see myself as somebody treasured by You. Continue to help me see myself in the same way You see me, and help me to grow in seeing others as You see them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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