The Hope of God's Calling
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation of knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling..." Ephesians 1:17-18
Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ is something that cannot be earned; it requires revelation. The word revelation comes from a Greek word meaning ‘the unveiling’, to make known something that has been hidden. Revelation is God’s supernatural disclosure of Himself and His will to His created people. God is the author and initiator of revelation, not something we derive on our own. The Bible is the source of God’s revelation, leading to His Truth (II Peter 1:20-21). God’s revelation is understandable, making it possible to progress in relationship with Him and to walk in His ways. Revelation is necessary to attain the knowledge of God; His nature, character, creation and salvation.
The Holy Spirit is the key to God’s revelation, opening our eyes to receive God’s truth, teaching our hearts how to understand, interpreting, applying the truth by faith and speaking God’s Word into our lives. In God’s timing, the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts and minds revealing His secrets and mysteries as we are willing, open and focus on God’s Word (I Corinthians 2:9-10). Walking with the Lord and receiving His provided provisions depends on enlightened understanding. The prayer that Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-19 is the springboard for revelation. The God of my Lord Jesus Christ gives to me the spirit of wisdom who is Christ in me, revelation in the knowledge of Christ and my eyes of understanding are opened wide. Because of Jesus Christ, I know the hope of God’s calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and the exceeding greatness of His power.
God knew us before we were born; He designed a magnificent and unique plan for each of us (Romans 8:29, Jeremiah 1:5). The hope of God’s calling is Him in us. God’s calling is a personal journey with Him. He wants us to live as ourselves on earth and to do what is in us to do (Ephesians 2:10). When we stand firm in our gifted position, a child of the living God, endowed with His Holy Spirit, we can look within and see what is in our heart to do.
God is a God of purpose. Since we are created in His image, we must activate His purpose for us and allow it to motivate life. God’s purpose for all people is to be saved, come to the knowledge of the Truth and to have revelation of His gifted power that He has toward people (I Timothy 2:4, Ephesians 1:16-19).
The Hope of God’s Calling
1. God chose us. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…” John 15:16. Ordained is to invest one with authority, to belong and become a part of a new order. The hope of God’s calling is to be God’s will for our lives. It is great to know the Lord Jesus, but it is greater to know that He knows us.
2. We were born by God’s will; we were meant to be. “…even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will or the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” II Timothy 1:9.
3. God called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus (I Peter 5:10). He said, “I called you by name, I formed you, I created you, I am with you and I have created you for my glory (Isaiah 43:1, 7). Glory means the ability to speak forth amazing results. It also means ‘fat’; best of the best in scriptural terms. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.” Genesis 45:18. Taking this concept from God’s point of view produces a sense of belonging to a power greater than we are. It challenges us to stop trying and start trusting the gift we have from God, the Holy Spirit. When we accept the gift of ‘fatness’ from our Creator, we find splendor everywhere. As we see ourselves as a miracle, we will see miracles all around. Seeing miracles produces more miracles.
4. David spoke of the ‘high’ calling of God as the ‘hope’ of God’s calling. I joy in Your strength and I greatly rejoice in Your salvation (Psalm 21:1). You have given me my heart’s desire (vs. 2). You have set a crown of gold on my head (vs.3). You have laid honor and majesty upon me (vs. 5). You satisfy my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagles (Psalm 103:5). Thank you Lord Jesus Christ I contain the fountain of youth because of You. Amen.