Inheritance of Power
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, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: (Ephesians 1:18-21)
In Ephesians 1, Paul was praying for the church. His heartfelt prayer was that their understanding would be enlightened. Did you know that you could be saved, but your understanding could still be dull? You can know Jesus but still lack a lot of spiritual knowledge. Paul said the enlightening would cause believers to, first of all, know the hope of [their] calling. That can also be translated as the expectation of His invitation. God has an expectation of what effect His invitation to a relationship will have on you. What does He expect to happen? Look at the next part: and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. God’s expectation is for you to receive and use your inheritance.
What does this inheritance look like? In verse 20, Paul unpacks it. This inheritance is: “according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead.” The saints' inheritance is the Holy Ghost, Who energized Jesus in the very pit of hell and gave Him authority over any demonic force. If you have a relationship with Jesus, you can walk in the same authority and power. Since the Holy Spirit energized and empowered Jesus in the middle of hell, it doesn’t matter what life throws at you or where you find yourself - the Holy Spirit has empowered you to be more than a conqueror as a part of your inheritance.
Practical Application – Spend some extra time praying in the Holy Ghost today and remind yourself that you aren’t powerless. You are full of supernatural power to defeat whatever the enemy brings.
Ephesians 1:11; Ephesians 1:14