Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
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,
[Ephesians 1:15-18 NKJV]
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened was what I intended to muse upon, but as it developed in the Lord’s guiding I became aware of the deeper part — His inheritance in the saints.
Yesterday was Easter Sunday — a special day in any year, but this year especially so, as we could tangibly experience His presence bringing people together, gathering the threads of experience and weaving them into a tapestry of ... what exactly? I’m not sure really, but I shall pin my flag to “a tapestry of hope”.
Today we reconnected via the wonder of the internet with our spiritual family at Springbank Church in Campbeltown. It was a precious time; not just for the content of the meeting, but for ‘the gathering of the saints’.
We can see clearly that The Lord is constantly at work, weaving the threads of His life into an amazing patchwork quilt of experience of Him. We can see that our time at Springbank connected us to others in Kintyre which linked us to a greater global Christian community, in turn taking us to Ireland for a time, then returning us to Scotland and the daily turbulent waters of Earra Gael.
But along the way we have connected with so many wonderful Christian saints from every continent — from Christian Communities in Alaska and Africa, to small house groups in Salta, Argentina and missionaries working with the Dalits in India. Incredible, but gloriously true, and it continues.
The eyes of our understanding have been amazingly opened to a truth we would never otherwise have seen — and ‘thanks be to God’ — He has given us a revelation of His inheritance in the saints. Friends, this is a truly humbling work; something never sought or considered; but transforming and uplifting.
We have gone from a couple of individuals in a backwater of Scotland to be connected to a rich inheritance of The Lord’s saints on a global stage. We all have. We are part of the Family of God, yes — but more than that — we can see the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Open the eyes of our understanding to that incredible truth, O Lord!
Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means identification with Him to the death of everything that never was in Him.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART