Daily Bread 14/21/2023


Daily Bread – April 21, 2023 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) Ephesians 1:18 – …the eyes of your understanding being enlightened to know the confidence of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the holy ones. The Confidence Of His Calling The choice was made to translate ‘elpis’ as “confidence.” The definition of “hope” is to wish for something that seems possible, or likely, with the implied meaning of wanting something to be true. On the other hand, ‘elpis’ may be equally translated, “confidence” or “expectation,” both of which remove the element of uncertainty that is found in the definition of “hope.” The definition of confidence is: “a belief in your ability to succeed.” Expectation is: a “confident belief that a particular event will happen.” This difference is emphatic when a doctor who wants to bring encouragement and certainty to a sick or dying person says, “I am confident that you will be better,” rather than “I hope you will get better.” This translation made “His calling” the focus of the confidence, because it is His purpose for our lives that has given us a full assurance concerning the certainty of our success (Hebrews 10:22). His calling has placed upon our lives a new identity and a heavenly purpose. The call we are to live out everyday is heavenly and holy (Hebrews 3:1; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 1:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:7). The riches of our inheritance are that we are heirs of God and co-inheritors with Jesus (Romans 8:16-17). We are those called to show forth the praises of Him Who has called us out of darkness, and into this marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 5:14; Colossians 1:13). We are called the sons of God, and called unto eternal glory, to obtain the glory of Jesus (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1; 1 Peter 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:14). We are called to inherit the blessings of God, and to shine as the lights of the world – to live and reign with God forever and ever (Romans 5:17, 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 2:6). Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen