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In Search of the Holy Grail

• Greg Boyd

In the middle ages, a myth was started about the cup that Jesus drank from at the last supper. It was thought that if a person were to find this cup and drink from it, they would become immortal. Today, people look to many other things for life.

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In the middle ages, a myth was started about the cup that Jesus drank from at the last supper. It was thought that if a person were to find this cup and drink from it, they would become immortal. Today, people have many other things that they look to for getting life: money, fame, pleasure, etc. There is even a Christian version of this. We look to a revival, retreat, book, or religious leader, something that can make us feel truly fulfilled in our Christian life.

In Ephesians 1:18-22, the apostle Paul prays for believers, that they would understand what has been given to them. When he prays for the eyes of their hearts to be enlightened, he is asking that the truth be made clear in their minds. He wants them to know that they are complete in Christ, that there is nothing to add. The fullness of God dwells within each believer. That means that all of God’s joy, peace, love, and life is within us also. What actually robs a believer of fulfillment is not realizing the truth of what they already have in Christ. We get it all when we believe, so it is futile to be searching for something more.

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  • Ephesians 1:15-22

    15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also 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 the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

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