(Ephesians 1:18) “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”
Hope and inheritance look ahead to the future. Both are looking toward an end result. The “hope of his calling” looks to the promise of eternal life. Paul never refers to hope as an uncertainty. Hope in Paul’s epistles is the certainty of something that will surely come to pass. The inheritance is the glory of God operating “in the saints.”
Why does Paul pray for the saints to understand these things if they will not be experienced until some future time? Because God’s will is for us to use the light He sheds on this hope and inheritance in our lives here on this earth right now! Why else would Paul pray so fervently for the eyes of faith to be opened to these promises?
Our view of eternity affects how we live life right now. Is eternity a reality and certain fact to us or is it a distant dream? God’s plan for His people has always been to live in the light of eternity. How much would our lives change if we saw everything as it relates to our hope and inheritance? Instead of thinking about eternal life as something we have to wait for, the Lord designed us to live it out as a present possession. Instead of believing we are not heirs until we die, the Lord already made us heirs, joint-heirs with Christ! Better yet, we’ve already received the inheritance! The glory of the Lord can work through us while we are here on this earth if we would just allow it to operate as a fact in our lives.
Renewed Thought – Live today in the reality that eternal life is a present possession.