When I was in college we humorously referred to a couple of our very bright professors as having a 20/20 I.Q. Thus I was excited when I first read Ephesians 1:18 where Paul speaks about our “eyes of understanding”. That’s the King James Version. The New International Version renders it, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
So it was that I understood God wants us to have 20/20 I.Q.s. God is not honored by ignorance. Parents take no delight in the dullness of their children. It is with pride that children, who are on the honor roll, are praised. After God make Adam and Eve He came to the Garden in the evenings to walk and talk. Those talks were science lessons filled with facts of flora and fauna. As each evening’s lessons were absorbed they became more and more like their Creator. They were made in His image and were to become mental wizards in which their Father could delight.
Paul, a man with a 20/20 I.Q., understood and shared with us in Ephesians 1 God’s great hope that we will grasp the inheritance to which we are called and realize great power comes from great knowledge. God is all powerful because He is all knowing. Creation was not a work of magic. It was the product of mental prowess and scientific action. As Albert Einstein once said, “God is a scientist, not a magician.” “By the word of the Lord were the heaven’s made.” The word was His encyclopedic knowledge of all that is. It is to this that we are called.
Written by Roger Bothwell on September 15, 2014
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