to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Here is a major prayer of Paul’s for the church. He wants the people to be rich, very rich. This sounds nice. We want to be rich. But, as you know if you know the Scriptures at all, riches in this world mean nothing. Paul wants the people of god to have riches that will last forever and which are worth far more than silver or gold. Paul wants the people to have a clear, soul-encouraging, life-altering grasp of the gospel.
It’s funny when you look at the books that say what things need to be central to any church. Sometimes you will see that it is programs and activities. Sometimes you will see authors recommend this type of ministry or that. But the Scripture is clear, where the true church is, you find the people of God fully committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul prays that the people will have “full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery.” This is not a prayer for a slight, child’s grasp of the gospel. No, Paul wants the people to go much deeper. God wants his people to have the riches of fully understanding, fully grasping, fully knowing the good news of Jesus. God wants us to know the Scripture well. He wants us to grasp the gospel in depth. He wants us to not be satisfied until we stand face-to-face with Christ.