The Apostle Paul writes,
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.”
~Ephesians 1:17-19 (NRSV).
That, above, is indeed a great mouthful, and theologically rich to boot!
The “spirit of wisdom and revelation” — a gift from the Father — is what is required to discern right from wrong as we’re personally and interpersonally concerned.
Yes, it’s the acknowledgement of our sin and the impartation of forgiveness through the redemption in the name and works of Jesus Christ our Lord. It’s about repentance, for all true believers in Jesus have repented, and continue to do so through this newfound Spirit of wisdom and revelation that lives within each one.
When the eyes of our hearts are enlightened we know, with truth. We discern the truth and, of course, we respond. We’re compelled to. Our hearts want to obey. The Power operating within us convicts us by wisdom and revelation.
The hope to which we’re called is a high and lofty hope, but it’s equally so inherently grounded in the dictates of the day. This Spirituality from God is above all practical. It’s augmenting our relationships and very statuses as loving human beings.
We’re called to a majestic inheritance — one ordered for the saints of the Lord. It’s a resplendently regal holy Power that manifests itself in and through us — it’s a greatness no one and nothing can match, understand or correspond with.
This is the prayer for the Ephesians and, since that time, it goes to all true believers.
Our calling is to the inheritance of the saints; to commune with, and receive, such Power of wisdom and revelation.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.