Enlightened Eyes

I have a dear friend, Amanda, who loves Jesus with all her heart and craves His Word. She just texted me to express some imagery that came to her mind while studying Ephesians 1.

Here is what she wrote:

In Ephesians 1:15, I imagine two arms, with the inscription of “faith in Jesus” on one arm and “ur love for all saints” on the other. And hands that are clasped together, as if praying… This faith and love being the sweet aroma in the nostrils of our Father.

In regards to Ephesians 1:18, I imagine the heart with sun shaped eyes full of golden light pushing its way off the page.

Scripture is rich with imagery and meaning. I recently read the following:

With painstaking effort we should work in the mines of truth, discovering the precious jewels that have been hidden…. Jesus meant just what He said when He directed His disciples to “search the Scriptures” (John 5:39). Searching means to compare scripture with scripture, and spiritual things with spiritual. We should not be satisfied with a superficial knowledge.

–Sons and Daughters of God, p. 10

It isn’t possible to draw the exact imaginings of another person, but below is what I envisioned as I pondered Amanda’s description.

praying girl

 

Here are the illustrated verses in context (Ephesians 1:15-23):

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, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

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