18 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, 19 and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
Ephesians 1:18-19a NIV
18 I pray that He will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which He has called you, what rich glories there are in the inheritance He has promised his people, 19 and how surpassingly great is His power working in us who trust him.
Ephesians 1:18-19a CJB
Consider how much alike the two versions are and how different when the NIV says I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened while the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible) says I pray that He will give light to the eyes of your hearts. The AMP (Amplified version) tells us it is the Holy Spirit providing the light or rather our hearts are flooded with light by the Holy Spirit to be more exact.
What is it we are to see with the eyes of our hearts? But our hearts do not literally see, so it is that our hearts would understand or know the hope to which He has called us. The hope is of an inheritance for His holy people, He has promised to them. What riches or rich glories has He promised? They are those promised to His adopted sons and daughters as written about in Galatians 4
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.
So the inheritance of God that we will receive – already imperfectly here on earth – perfectly in Heaven is unity with Jesus as His brothers and sisters which is our glorious hope because of our acceptance of Jesus’ free Gift of Grace He and His Father assure us of a place in the kingdom of heaven. A hope that will be realized when we go to our home in heaven. This is the reason there is so little suffering when a loved one who is a Christian dies as he or she is in reality home – home in heaven.