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Pray for Revelation

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PRAY FOR REVELATION

 

Eph 1:17-19  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.

 

There's information we get about God in the Bible. But while it's one thing to be informed, it's another thing to be inspired. It's one things to be informed of the hope of his calling, which is namely eternal life in heaven. But it's another to take that to heart. It's one thing to be informed of the riches of the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.") But it's another to fully grasp the significance. And it's one thing to accept the fact of the greatness of God's power towards us who believe - such as his power to raise us from the dead. But it's another to be inspired by that fact.

 

Thus a matured faith goes beyond the mere acceptance of facts and teachings, to grasp the revelation of those ideas, their implications and applications. And God wants you to get to that point.

 

But at issue here in this study is how do you get there. Well we see here that one element that helps is to pray for yourselves and others that God may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Now as vague and esoteric as this may seem, consider adding this to your prayer requests.

 

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6 hours ago, bcbsr said:

But at issue here in this study is how do you get there. Well we see here that one element that helps is to pray for yourselves and others that God may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Now as vague and esoteric as this may seem, consider adding this to your prayer requests.

God's very revelation is given to everyone through natural revelation and by a general calling to and through special revelation as contained in Scriptures. But though the covers of scripture may be opened a thousand times the covers remained closed to them Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 6:9, therefore, one must be illuminated by the Spirit which is not to be confused as the spiritual gift of revelation which was dispersed to offices such as Prophet, Christ, and Apostle. 

 

John Calvin: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. But what does Paul wish for the Ephesians? The spirit of wisdom, and the eyes of their understanding being enlightened. And did they not possess these? Yes; but at the same time they needed increase, that, being endowed with a larger measure of the Spirit, and being more and more enlightened, they might more clearly and fully hold their present views. The knowledge of the godly is never so pure, but that some dimness or obscurity hangs over their spiritual vision. But let us examine the words in detail. 


The God of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Son of God became man in such a manner, that God was his God as well as ours. 


“I ascend,” says he, “to my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17) 


And the reason why he is our God, is, that he is the God of Christ, whose members we are. Let us remember, however, that this relates to his human nature; so that his subjection takes nothing away from his eternal godhead. 


The Father of glory. This title springs from the former; for God’s glory, as a Father, consists in subjecting his Son to our condition, that, through him, he might be our God. The Father of glory is a well-known Hebrew idiom for The glorious Father. There is a mode of pointing and reading this passage, which I do not disapprove, and which connects the two clauses in this manner: That God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may give to you. 


The Spirit of wisdom and revelation is here put, by a figure of speech, (metonymy,) for the grace which the Lord bestows upon us by his own Spirit. But let it be observed, that the gifts of the Spirit are not the gifts of nature. Till the Lord opens them, the eyes of our heart are blind. Till the Spirit has become our instructor, all that we know is folly and ignorance. Till the Spirit of God has made it known to us by a secret revelation, the knowledge of our Divine calling exceeds the capacity of our own minds. 


In the knowledge of him. This might also be read, In the knowledge of himself. Both renderings agree well with the context, for he that knows the Son knows also the Father; but I prefer the former as more natively suggested by the Greek pronoun, ἐν ἐπιγνώσει αὐτοῦ  

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