Sometimes a “taste” of something
That may have been in the back of Paul’s mind when he addressed the Ephesians and said, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19)
Paul knew that once the “eyes of the heart” were opened, “the hope of His calling,” the “riches of the glory of His inheritance” and “the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe” would instill a continual desire for more and more of Christ filling them, flowing through them, overwhelming and empowering them.
One taste of His Goodness would lead to another….then another…
This is a favorite topic of author/speaker/teacher Harold Eberle. He states, “I want to reign in life. I want my brothers and sisters to reign in life…people know they’ve put their faith in Jesus and they’re saved by Grace, but they see it is as a one-time act. Paul refers to ‘reigning’ as an ongoing experience of the Christian life when he writes in Romans 5:17, “…those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Eberle continues, “…I find that most Christians have a weak definition of Grace. We’ve inherited the definition ‘unmerited favor,’ but that’s a weak definition. Grace is much more than that. ‘Grace’ is God freely giving His Nature, His Love, His Power, His Help, all of Himself to give unto us, everything that you and I need. That’s what ‘Grace’ is…Here’s the transition that I try to help Christians understand: Christians know that they receive Grace as a one-time act – that’s when they get saved. But Paul is teaching it’s not to be a one-time act, that any Christian who will learn how to liv19e in this ‘Grace,’ the abundance that’s flowing from God 24 hours a day, will have inside of them a transformation take place. That they will have Jesus, who now lives within them, rise within them and they will have His victory now become their victory.
“In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that we might know the power ‘which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.’ The same power that resurrected Jesus from the grave 2,000 years ago, when Jesus was laying in the grave – dead in the grave – God poured out His power towards the Son. That dead body, which was lifeless, came alive. Then, God the Father ascended Jesus up into heaven; as He was being ascended, everything was being put under His feet – every demon, every trial – because Jesus was being raised up to be seated with God above all rule, above all authority. Jesus, then, sat down at the Throne. That power that raised the dead body of Jesus and ascended Him up into heaven is the same power that’s directed towards (me) and you, right now. That’s what Paul was trying to get Christians to understand.”