New International Version
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
King James Bible
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Darby Bible Translation
giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit for sharing the portion of the saints in light,
World English Bible
giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
Young's Literal Translation
Giving thanks to the Father who did make us meet for the participation of the inheritance of the saints in the light,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Giving thanks unto the Father - Knowing that ye have nothing but what ye have received from his mere mercy, and that in point of merit ye can never claim any thing from him.
Which hath made us meet - Ἱκανωσαντι· Who has qualified us to be partakers, etc. Instead of ἱκανωσαντι, some MSS. and versions have καλεσαντι, called; and B (the Codex Vaticanus) has both readings. Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath called and qualified us to be partakers.
Of the inheritance - Εις την μεριδα του κληρου. A plain allusion to the division of the promised land by lot among the different families of the twelve Israelitish tribes. The κληρος was the lot or inheritance belonging to the tribe; the μερις was the portion in that lot which belonged to each family of that tribe. This was a type of the kingdom of God, in which portions of eternal blessedness are dispensed to the genuine Israelites; to them who have the circumcision of the heart by the Spirit, whose praise is of God, and not of man.
Of the saints in light - Light, in the sacred writings, is used to express knowledge, felicity, purity, comfort, and joy of the most substantial kind; here it is put to point out the state of glory at the right hand of God. As in Egypt, while the judgments of God were upon the land, there was a darkness which might be felt yet all the Israelites had light in their dwellings; so in this world, while the darkness and wretchedness occasioned by sin remain, the disciples of Christ are light in the Lord, walk as children of the light and of the day, have in them no occasion of stumbling, and are on their way to the ineffable light at the right hand of God. Some think there is an allusion here to the Eleusinian mysteries, celebrated in deep caves and darkness in honor of Ceres; but I have already, in the notes to the Epistle to the Ephesians, expressed my doubts that the apostle has ever condescended to use such a simile. The phraseology of the text is frequent through various parts of the sacred writings, where it is most obvious that no such allusion could possibly be intended.
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Twenty-Third Day for the Holy Spirit in Your Own Work
Knowledge and Obedience.
"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
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,
For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
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