Wisdom and Revelation (Eph. 1:17)

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”

One of the things that jump out of this verse is Paul’s continued reference to God’s glory. In Paul’s introductory information, the glory of God is paramount. We are familiar with this theme in the Old Testament where the glory of God is recognized by the heroes of old. Moses, in particular, came in direct contact with the glory of God. The prophets also were confronted with this glory.

In the New Testament, believers are so tuned to Jesus as Lord and Savior, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that we move God the Father, to the back of our worshiping mind. Paul is making sure that the faithful saints of Ephesus are reminded that the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are to bring glory to God. Not just God the Father, but God the supreme ruler of the universe, the creator of all things. To that God, the triune God, be the praise of his glory.

What does this God want from the faithful saints? He wants them to know him. Not as an acquaintance but deeply, fundamentally as a child knows his parents. This is a gift of prayer. God wants to give us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation. We just have to ask. When we start the day do we ask for wisdom and understanding. Is it our prayer when we open the word to read or study.

Many of us have relied on preachers, teachers, and commentaries for our knowledge of the creator. These people can teach us about God. Only God can teach us to know him. We can know him deeply and fundamentally by our own study if we enlist his help. God has so many gifts, and he desires to give them. We need to ask.

What will you ask God for today? What could be better than a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God?

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