Friday, January 26, 2018

"By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints - His set-apart ones, " {Ephesians 1:18} Amplified Bible

 I chose the amplified Bible today because it is close to the literal translations. I try hard to give you the best research and commentaries because it's God's word. We want truth, not just words on a page.

I love the use of words at the beginning of this verse. "by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light,"it says. This figurative language gives us a new twist on the meaning. 

Verse 17 left us with, "that you may know Him better." Having the eyes of our heart opened to receive the wisdom and revelation also mentioned in 17, we are beckoning for the truth. Our hearts are prepared to soak in the revelation he gives us. 

The word beckoning means to follow, or something that seems to be appealing or inviting. James 3:17 says, But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. Who wouldn't want these gifts? The Bible says that God is love, and all of these definitions of wisdom fit perfectly with His love for us.

God gives to each of us wisdom so that we may "know the hope in which he has called you."This hope is not just of heaven some day, but abundant life here on earth. When our hearts are set free of the burden of sin and destruction we are living the life God intended for us on earth. 

Jennifer Kennedy Dean, a wonderful Bible teacher calls life without Jesus, not life. She is right on, because if we aren't lifted out of our sinful, natural ways we don't see the light of God and the wisdom of His words."For the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 

From wisdom we have peace. Our hearts can rest when we are basked in God's truth and love. His ways are so amazing and life giving. Life that is far beyond anything we know in the natural.
When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can't help but grow closer to His heart.

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