11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this\ is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.
A Parable: The Kingdom of God is like having a best friend who lives next door. He plays with us and shares his best toys. He understands us and who make us laugh. When we are bored we can always knock and his door and there we start to take him for granted until the day his parents move away. Like the darkness of Good Friday, we are left alone and suddenly lost because we miss out friend so much that nothing can comfort us. We sulk and go into a deep sadness without out our friend to help us through. Then he returns when we thought he was gone forever. The celebration is one in our hearts. For we now no longer take him for granted. The toys he shared with us seem secondary and we are so happy.
When I prayed through Ephesians 1.11-20 last night what struck me was verse 1.17. The Spirit of wisdom and revelation comes through being with Jesus and sense Jesus is God with us in all things, then the Spirit of Wisdom gives us the ability to live life with a sense of Glory. What the Spirit of Wisdom reveals in the light of Jesus’ love is the very structure of the good life. The more we connect with the Holy Trinity in our daily life, the more the arts of being a good parent, good husband are revealed to us and the more we are filled with the fruits of the spirits. The glories of forgiveness and connecting with the whole of God’s creation unfurls before us.
Love, for Christian, is the practice of being with God and others and being vulnerable in allowing the encounter with God and others to transforms us. The slow unfolding of this transformation comes in the process of sanctification.