Eternity – it’s what we are made for. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us this. Our hearts have something about them that craves mystery and understanding.
God did make us to live in time. Actually, this same verse in Ecclesiastes tells that He makes all things beautiful in their time. Our days are numbered and we should ask the Spirit to teach us how to value our moments. We are appropriate for our days; we are fitted for the season of history in which we find ourselves.
And yet we still possess hearts that desire the everlasting things. There is a whole reality that is outside of time and very much hidden from our view, and so our wanting persists. This desire can be made crooked or perverted, as the writer of Proverbs indicates: “… Men of perverted speech forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways” (Proverbs 2:12-15).
We do sometimes direct our concentration to the caverns of our internal natures. We do get caught in our need to know, in our lust to discover the shadowy corners of our interiors.
What does this produce? Deceived people who are desperately wicked as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. These are ones who become data collectors, and the overload of accumulated knowledge – much of it trivial and false — brings a weight that sinks them. They get mired in the mud of self; their only hope is to seek Him and draw near to the One who loves them more than they could ever imagine.
Yes, God has set eternity in our hearts, a space shaped for Him, a place for all of who He is. This space is immeasurable for so are the riches of Him who called us out of the kingdom of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of His Dear Son.
This is what Paul draws our attention to in Ephesians 3. The words that he delivered in these pages are words that he got while under constraint. The troubles and tribulations he endured brought him to a straight place, physically. Still, his heart soared above all that he faced. He could not keep these things to himself.
And so he kept sending out letters full of truth and light. What God had shown him was for all of us to read and learn and live.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians while under house arrest in Rome. His days at this time were spent with a Roman centurion chained to him. He was classified as something of a nuisance to the Empire for his commitment to the Gospel and the Way of Christ. Later, his status would get a downgrade, as far as the Empire was concerned, and he would be labeled an enemy of Caesar. This designation would lead to him losing his head in execution.
While incarcerated, this servant of the Lord wasted no time. He was serious about what God had given him to do and the truth he had been given to share. He devoted himself to the stewardship of the mystery and revelation communicated to him by the grace of Jesus Christ.
The working of the Lord’s power could not be stopped in Paul. He had “the unsearchable riches of Christ” – inexhaustible resources that he was drawing upon.
Paul was beautiful for his time, even the time he spent under lock and key, guarded and watched. Something had been shown this man, something that had been left untold in other generations.
The Spirit had come and there was a “pure language” being spoken, a language that sang of mercy and forgiveness, of grace and truth (see Zephaniah 3:9). All people from all nations were now compelled to call upon the Name of the Lord and serve Him in unity. This is the essence of His Church. She was formed as the Body of Christ to possess the manifold wisdom from God and to make this wisdom known.
Strength on the Inside
Read of the encouragement Paul delivers to Ephesus and by extension to all who follow Christ.
Do not lose heart over what had befallen him, Paul wrote. He saw himself and the believers in this demonically charged city as people living out the mysterious purpose of God.
Be confident. Be bold. Go to God.
And he told them just how to do this. Focus on the inner man, Paul said. Ask the Spirit to supply His strength. This Spirit is the Helper whom God sent into our hearts to dwell.
It is by the Spirit that we can be empowered to choose His Way, His Truth, His Life; by Him we can be moved in our wills to do of God’s pleasure (see Philippians 2:13).
Be confident. Be bold. Go to God and ask Him for this power for living.There’s a root and ground given to us. This comes to us by the faith of the Son of God. The love of Christ is what it is. Click To Tweet
There’s a root and ground given to us. This comes to us by the faith of the Son of God. The love of Christ is what it is. We are rooted and grounded in Him, in His love. His love being what it is, He opens us to the eternity that is in us.
Love surpasses knowledge. This is what the man and the woman lost sight of in the Garden in Genesis 3. They looked at the Tree of Knowledge and followed the low road that brought sin and death.
Christ has put us back on the high road. He’s shown us the narrow way of the Finished Work; we now walk with Him on the eternity road. In His Way, we are “filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). What comes to is immeasurable: His strength and a holy comprehension of the limitless breadth and length and height and depth of who He is.
Bow before the Lord and rest in His power. Thank God for the heart He has given, a heart made for eternity, a heart that can expect Him to do “exceedingly and abundantly, far beyond what we could ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).”
This brings Him glory in all generations, forever and ever.
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