If we never find out what is available to us through Christ, Christians will find themselves living in spiritual poverty.
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:3, “who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
I remember when I first saw that in the Bible. I thought, “Wow, you mean that’s for me?”
There are so many promises in God’s holy scripture that belong to the believer, but if we don’t know they are there, we can’t receive them.
This is so important to the believer that Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:17-19, (Verse 17) “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, (Verse 18) the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of your calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, (Verse 19) and what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe according to the working of His mighty power.
This is the same things that Paul referred to in 1 Corinthians 2:9 where it says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
So, when Paul say “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened,” he’s talking about a “true heart knowledge.” God’s love is so great that we must approach God’s truth with a humble, teachable attitude. This knowledge doesn’t come through our own intellect. God reveals it to us through His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10).
The same goes for, in the difference of head knowledge and heart knowledge of the Word of God. People who only have head knowledge can’t be taught by the Spirit. Riches are found in knowing that we are totally accepted by God and that kind of knowledge is going to come through His Spirit.
You will never have a changed life until you experience the “exchanged life.”
Too many Christians try to change their lives on their own, and grow weary and quit. Christianity is not a self-help improvement program just because one can quote Bible scripture. It is a reformation process. It is death to life resurrection! We give Christ all that we were – spiritually dead, guilty sinners – and Christ gives us all that He is-resurrected life, forgiveness, righteousness, and acceptance.
That is the exchange – justification. We now have peace with God. We have been justified through faith through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1) The book of Romans begins with the wrath of God against the human race because of sin, Romans 1:18. Once we have been reconciled there is no more fear for the believer of God’s wrath.