“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power” – Ephesians 1:16-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: The redemptive work of Christ for man can be classified into his sufferings and glory that followed.
The authority in the name of Jesus is a vital fact the believer needs to appreciate. The prophets spoke about what Jesus was going to do for man. Hence, Apostle Peter says “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied f the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the spirit of Christ which was in them did signify when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow” (1Peter 1:10-11). Peter was specific as touching what the prophets spoke about Christ; his suffering and the glory that should follow. He calls this “grace” which implies something given to you freely, without asking. The sufferings of Christ and glory to follow is grace to us. Similarly, Jesus in Luke 24:24-26 says this same thing Apostle Peter says, it reads “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Jesus showed them from Genesis to Malachi things concerning himself; his sufferings and glory. Hence, in seeing what Jesus did, we can classify them as:
- Sufferings (which is his death and burial).
- Glory (that is, his resurrection and ascension).
In other words, in Jesus’ redemptive work, we see two things which are his sufferings and the glory that followed afterwards. The death and burial of Christ can be referred to as the sufferings of Christ. While his resurrection and ascension can be referred to as the glory that followed. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened.
CONFESSION: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The sufferings of Christ and glory that followed is the sum of the prophets’ utterances.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2