We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints – the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.
I love the introductory greetings of Paul’s letters, they are always so full of joy and love.
It is possible that this particular introduction may have a lovely hidden gem with in it if we are prepared to dig a little below the surface and peel back the English to see the original meaning of the Greek.
The word for ‘stored up’ in the Greek is the word ‘apokeimai‘ which can also be translated as ‘laid away’ or ‘reserved’.
To me, this conjures pictures of something being held back, something kept for later as a special reward.
Is it the hope that is being reserved?
There is no questioning that followers of Christ have a hope, in a new heaven and a new earth, in all things being made new and whole again
So to take the full context of the word ‘apokeimai’ in the sentence, is Paul making a point that there is more hope hidden away or reserved than the hope that we already have?
Is this another example of the riches of God’s promises? Is it possible that God has more in store for us than we think or imagine?
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
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