A Christian Meditation with Ephesians 1:17-18
When we come to the Bible and read it without envisioning its truth with our imagination, we miss a lot of its transcendent wonders that only imagination can experience.
Biblical authors thought the ancient Jewish way; through images and story. We tend to read and learn in a way that focuses on propositional truths rather than images and story. We’re looking to understand certain truths and we focus on trying to understand that and we have various questions about that rather than using our imagination to envision the images and the story that the Jewish authors are seeing in their mind when they write.
There are certain biblical passages that are so full of spiritual realities we don’t understand that sometimes the best way to understand them is to experience them with our imagination. What Paul called the eyes of your heart.
Ephesians 1:17-18 (NIV)
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…
God has already given us his Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). But in another sense there are certain blessings that the Spirit gives after we already have the Spirit. These are things we pray for for ourselves and for others. As Paul prays here.
In this Christian meditation, we’re using our biblically guided imagination to re-narrate our hopes and desires, as well as our bodies, back in line with the promise of the gospel.
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