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Ephesians 1:18 "Open the Eyes of Our Hearts Lord"

posted Mar 9, 2015, 1:10 AM by Vicki Andros   [ updated Jun 28, 2015, 3:50 PM ]
Eph 1:18 continues a prayer that began in Eph 1:15 asking for spiritual wisdom and insight so that we might know God.  The NIV version of this verse askes that "the eyes of our heart might be opened".  The CEV version asked that our heart be flooded with light.  Both are asking for enlightenment.  If we haven't been inwardly spiritual, asking for this might be scary.
Eph 1:13-14 and then 15-16 were reviewed (see earlier posts).  Paul is praying for the fullness of Christ in the people.

We are called to be enlightened:   2 Tim 1:9-10; 1Th 2:11-12; 1Th 5:24.
This calling is ongoing, and we need to continue listening:  Tit 2:11-13; Ex 3:8
We need to focus on heavenly understandings:  1Pe 1:3-4  "God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade"