READ: Ephesians 1:15-21
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. —Ephesians 1:7
A prisoner who survived 14 years in a Cuban jail told how he kept his
spirits up and his hope alive: “I had no window in my cell, and so I
mentally constructed one on the door. I ‘saw’ in my mind a beautiful
scene from the mountains, with water tumbling down a ravine over rocks.
It became so real to me that I would visualize it without effort every
time I looked at the cell door.”
Ironically, some of the most hopeful books of the Bible—Philippians, Colossians,
and Ephesians—come out of Paul’s house arrest in Rome. The letter to the Ephesians gives a hint as to what the apostle Paul saw when he thought
about life beyond his place of confinement.
First he saw the spiritual growth in the churches he left behind. This book
opens with a burst of thanksgiving for the vitality of the Ephesian
church (Eph. 1:15-16). Then he sought to open the eyes of their hearts
to even more exalted sights: the “exceeding riches” of God’s grace
(2:7). When Paul cranks up the volume to express God’s plan of love, not one low, mournful note sneaks in.
If you feel discouraged or question whether the Christian life is worth
it, Ephesians proves to be a great tonic. It prescribes the riches in
Christ available to all. —Philip Yancey
Heavenly Father, thank You for the staggering
good news of the riches of Your infinite grace.
Thank You for the encouragement and hope
we find in Ephesians. Amen.
No one is hopeless whose hope is in God and His Word.