Today’s Reading: Ephesians 1
Key Verse: Ephesians 1:17
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.”
Thirteen times in this reading we find, “in Christ,” “in Him,” in Himself,” “in Whom,” “in the Lord Jesus,” and so on. It’s plain to see that Paul has a clear message he fervently desires to communicate. In fact, the phrase “in Christ” or its equivalent appears 35 times throughout this letter, and the Holy Spirit intended these words for the whole Church in every place and throughout all time. What do we have “in Christ?” “Heavenly places,” “He chose us,” “Redemption and forgiveness,” “purpose,” “all things,” “an inheritance,” “the praise of His glory,” “trust,” “the Holy Spirit of promise,” “the guarantee,” “wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,” and “His mighty power”…and that’s just in the first chapter! We need to meditate on these facts. If not overwhelmed, we need to check our pulses to make sure we are still alive.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I want to personalize the key verse: Dear God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I ask for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Your Person. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I have visited the spectacular ruins of Ephesus and stood in the great amphitheater, where Paul preached and caused a riot (Acts 18:24-28; 19:1-41). I didn’t cause a riot back in 1964, when one Sunday evening I refused to preach my Salvation message in the Sudbury church, where I was pastor. After asking a deacon to take over the service, I walked to the Mine Mill Union Hall, where a dance was in progress. People were milling around outside the hall. I raised my voice and began to preach on how to have assurance of Heaven. The union president, Weir Reid, listened from across the street. The Toronto Star, called Reid, “Canada’s last angry socialist.” Mr. Reid later offered me, at no cost to the church, the use of their camp facilities for a week each summer for a Christian camp. I continued to pastor there for over four more years, and I don’t believe we ever had another Sunday evening service where someone in the congregation did not bring out a friend who did not yet know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Every service found one, two or more at the altar giving their lives to Christ.