18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Paul prayed that the Ephesians would come to a place of spiritual intelligence in three areas:
That they would understand God the certainty of His plan for them.
That they would understand the riches of God’s inheritance.
That they would come to grips with God’s power for their lives.
what is the hope of His calling,
The first area that the Ephesians needed to know about was the hope of God’s calling on their lives. They needed to expectedly know about the fact of this calling (Ga 1:15; 2 Ti 1:9; 1 Pe 2:9; 5:10).
Our hope rests in God’s eternal call on our lives. Hope, in Scripture, carries the idea of certainty. The issue here relates to our present situation. Until we come to grips with the idea that our salvation rests in God’s promises, we cannot mature in the Christian life. Once a Christian knows for sure that he is headed for eternity, then he can grasp something of the riches of His glory. Doubt blunts this hope or confidence.
Our eternal future security rests on God’s promises.
Hope relates to the object of God’s provision. The more we keep our eternal destiny in view, the more confidence and focus we have in time. It is important to know factually our call to salvation. Our hope rests on this call. Certainty of our eternal future rests on God’s promises. The Christian does not live in despair. He lives with confidence in God’s promises to him (1 Jn 3:2).