eyes [ophthalmos] of your [humon]
understanding [dianoia] being enlightened; [photizo] that [eis] ye [humas] may know [eido] what [tis] is [esti] the hope [elpis] of his [autos] calling, [klesis] and [kai] what [tis] the riches [ploutos] of the
glory [doxa] of his [autos] inheritance [kleronomia] in
[en] the saints, [hagios] KJV-Interlinear
18 I pray
that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is
the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in
the saints, NASB
Eyes of understanding, is an expression for the correct comprehension and orientation to truth and life and all things around you.
For being enlightened, means that your education in truth, the truth of life and all that pertains to life, both in this physical world and in the unseen spiritual world, will be accurate and correct, and not distorted by the many deceptions and distractions that exist in this world, which are designed to confuse and make things ambiguous for you.
So, Paul in his prayer, conveys Gods desire that you know, and that you know correctly the truth, and not the many invented pretenses that are in the world.
And what is it that you need to know, which by the way you can know by means of learning doctrine? But the hope, is not here referring to salvation, because Paul is already speaking to believers.
The hope, is a reference to the blessings that exist beyond salvation, namely the rewards and blessings of eternity, as well as the blessings and stabilities that doctrine and the advancement to spiritual maturity bring to you in this life, in spite of the many difficulties you will likely face in this life.
Of His calling, is Gods plan specifically for your life.
In eternity past God laid out a plan, and phenomenal plan for your life.
You have only to pursue it properly as God has defined and designed that pursuit, or you disregard it by doing things your own way. Which means that you will lose big time.
The riches of his glory, is again an expression that means exactly 'the riches of glorious wealth.' This means phenomenal wealth. Wealth such that has never been seen, ever, in human history.
Today there are multi-billionaires. In the past there have been extremely wealthy people, kings, pharaohs, and such. In centuries past, kings in early Europe, owned virtually all of Europe. And though back in those early times, that wealth was far beyond their ability to control or even know all of what they had, then so too, we have an expression that describes a wealth that exists for you, that is far, far, far in excess of anything and everything that you could possibly calculate or understand. Thus the 'beyond imagination' expression is derived elsewhere in scripture.
In inheritance in the saints, means just that. You have a guaranteed inheritance, assuming that you comply with Gods plan and do not go off on some half-cocked tangent.
Most folks do not know anything of what they could have in life. Most folks do not know of what they are going to miss out on in this life and in eternity. And when they find out, oh what a disappointment!
But then, the opportunity to find out and to know and to secure your future is readily available right now. But then who among people out there, really care?
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