Flipping these few verses in my mind over and over again. My visual inclination immediately highlights these nine reasons (1:3-14) and stands them out in the paragraphical text like a run-on sentence. As these nine pillars cannot be taken out on its own. You allow these pillars of stone tablets stand together and drill them all deep to the ground on where you stand, it’s breathtaking to view in all angles. It’s spectacular like you are fingering the kaleidoscope in circular motion. These pillars are the gospel to my ears, to my eyes, to my heart, to my understanding that ultimately seeping into every nook and cranny of my action and reflex. They should be worn on my sleeve or even tattooed on my forearm and let them not be hidden.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
… For This Reason … I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers (1:16).
Because time and time again, I need such Gospel :
preached to me,
sung to me,
prayed into me,
so that I will always remember
who Christ is to me,
who Christ has done for me, and
who Christ desires for me.
So that the fruit of such prayer is that …
I could Know Him Better (1:7).
Buchanan preached so powerfully on this passage in Ephesians.
When the Lord shows you on the road trip with this game, I Spy With My Little Eyes,
do you really see what He sees?
do you really see what He sees what you cannot see in your circumstances?
do you really see what He sees in You when you feel you are drained by the boatload?
If you can see what Christ sees in you.
If you see who Christ is.
If you see who you are in Him.
… everything changes …
Everything changes, even when He would blind you, not out of spite, but that He wants to turn off all the lights out to disorient you, so He could re-orient you. His work in unseen realities always is a work of disorienting and reorienting. There is no confusion nor redundancy of what He does. Every single move of His is another step forward to unveil the fog so that we could see what He sees. To see the unseen reality breaking in, all hell breaking loose, all heaven, that’s the unseen reality, breaking in.
Reflecting on these knifeful by knifeful with my trembling heart, I am holding onto this reality that even when I cannot see another step in front of me, I rest my whole being on the fact that He sees them all and He is taking me by the hands to lead me to the right direction. All I am required to do is to continue to wrestle in prayers, to stand firm to do what He wills me to do, to grow in maturity, and to stay fully assured of what His Gospel manifests in my life. Yes, there are many circumstances only in prayers I would be able to engage His understanding, to allow His revelation to flow through me, to upend my nerve and sights, so that I can know him better.