FRIDAY, June 1
Scripture: Ephesians 1:17-18,22-23
The goal of the book of Ephesians is mentioned in the introductory chapter. That goal should always be before us when we study this book. It is outlined in verses 17-21, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is 1. the hope of His calling, what are 2. the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is 3. the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe… And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Jesus bought all fullness for us. The goal is that we take our place in the body of Christ in order that the church may express the fullness of Christ. The entire aim of the book of Ephesians is stated clearly: that we become equipped to take our place in the Body and contribute our part of the expression of the fullness of Christ in the world. We settle for part but the stated goal is “all in all.” All of God in all the church! How are we doing in that category? Do we feel like we are making the maximum contribution that God ordained us to make toward the fullness of Christ? Do we personally feel like we have achieved the fullness of Christ? One way to examine that is to ask ourselves, are we doing the things Christ did? Since the Bible promises we can do the things Christ did, if we are not doing them, then we need to acknowledge that there are some gaps either in our preparation and understanding or in connecting with the Holy Spirit to do the things Christ did. God’s Word has a purpose – to teach us to walk and demonstrate the fullness of Who Christ is in us. “All in all” is God’s goal. As we align with the nine Sonship Gifts faith grows for “all in all.” We should make God’s goal our goal as well!