The Spirit Of Wisdom And Revelation - Ephesians 1:17-18 (KJV)

The Spirit Of Wisdom And Revelation

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, Ephesians 1:17-18 (KJV)

Paul desired the Ephesian Christians to understand what great wealth they had in Christ. The Christian life has two dimensions: faith toward God and love toward men. Faith and love were just the beginning, the Ephesians needed to know much more. This is why Paul prayed for them, and for us (Philippians 1:9–11). In none of these prayers does Paul request material things. He does not ask God to give them what they do not have, but rather prays that God will reveal to them what they already have.

The believer must grow in his knowledge of God. To know God personally is salvation (John 17:3). To know Him increasingly is sanctification (Philippians 3:10). To know Him perfectly is glorification (1 Corinthians 13:9–12, Genesis 1:26–28), the better we know God, the better we know each other and ourselves.

We must get to know Him as Father, Friend, Guide, and the better we know Him, the more satisfying our spiritual lives will be. We must notice two facts. First, enlightenment comes from the Holy Spirit. He is the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Isaiah 11:2, 1 Corinthians. 2:9–16).

The Holy Spirit reveals truth to us from the Word, and then gives us the wisdom to understand and apply it (Ephesians 3:14–21). Second, this enlightenment comes to the heart of the believer (Ephesians 1:18).